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Today's News

  • World Championship Horse Show: Byers lead lots of Shelby winners

    Shelby Countians brought home more than 75 top-5 finishes from the 7-day World Championship Horse Show last week at the Kentucky State Fair, including 30 first-place finishes.

    The show culminated with three champions from Shelby County on Saturday night, and two more top three finishes in the marquee events.

    Rob Byers, who’s wife, Sarah, won the Ladies 3-Gaited Championship aboard Mr. Center Stage, said it was a banner week for his Premier Stables and the horses they train.

  • Shelby County School Board: Tax increase passes without any ‘thanks’

    A sarcastic "thanks, thanks a lot" rang out from the crowd as the Shelby County Board of Education passed a 2.5 percent increase, plus a .2-cent exoneration allowance, on personal property and real estate taxes.

    The vocal crowd  at the board’s meeting Thursday at Shelby County High School called out just before the vote that the board should not "keep throwing money" at problems in a time of economic restraint.

  • Shelby County School Board: Energy efforts savings offsetting rate increases

    Rate increases by utilities sometimes can rob the results of their thunder, but Energy Systems Supervisor Sherman Adams can come back with a pretty big bolt of lightning of savings for the school district.

    Adams told the Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday that the district is saving 1.7 million kilowatt hours over this time last year.

  • State faces another tough year for budget

    A packed house filled the Cardinal Club's main room and spilled over into the small meeting room for the Chamber of Commerce's legislative lunch on Tuesday.

    Both of Shelby County's legislative representatives, Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) and Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), spoke to the crowd, addressing major issues and concerns the state will confront when lawmakers reconvene next spring.

    Chief among those issues is the 2013 state budget and its projected shortfall of near $430 million.

  • If you want to learn some lessons in life, make a little hay

    A  man and I were talking the other day about another lost teaching moment for young people.
    We reminisced about how boys and girls are missing out on one of those annual activities that taught us so much about the challenges of life, about how we could face them, and, well, about nature, in a roundabout way.
    In fact, of the fundamentals taught to our dubious and dumbfounded dispositions, I might suggest this endeavor had perhaps the greatest impact on our development this side of a hug or a switch, though hardly anywhere close to that personal.

  • What we think: It’s your turn to be leaders

    Your outcry for better accountability by our elected officials and your decry of almost any decision of a fiscal nature have become our foundations of public debate.

    You, the public, often challenge those you elected to do a better job, to listen to the needs of the citizens and not to those of special interests, corporations or other political influencers.

  • MY WORD: Collins High School has a lot going for it

    Collins High School...an opportunity for success.

    As one drives up Discovery Boulevard, an impressive "green" school comes into view. Cross-country runners can be seen trotting over the sprawling rural campus. One also notices coaches and students from various teams sharing fields and making the best of a challenging situation. The band beats out cheerful tunes in the parking lot.

    If one enters the school, they quickly notice pictures on the wall proudly

    displaying last year’s Governor Scholar recipients. Three more will join them

  • Collins’ teacher pleads not guilty

    A Collins High School teacher has pleaded not guilty to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving students.

    The case of Shannon Hirchert, 42, of La Grange was waived to the grand jury during her arraignment Tuesday in Shelby County District Court. She did not appear.

    “We entered a plea of not guilty for her, and normally they would set that for a probable cause hearing, but we went ahead and waived it to the grand jury,” said Brian Butler, an attorney from Louisville who represented Hirchert.

  • Former deputy jailer honored for heroism

    It started out as just an ordinary day at work for Conrad Lanham, a deputy jailer at the Shelby County Detention Center.

    Then everything changed in a heartbeat when an inmate grabbed a female employee and put a sharp object to her throat.

    What Lanham did next earned him the title of Kentucky Deputy Jailer of the Year for 2010, an award given each year to a deputy who has displayed remarkable courage and bravery.

  • Public’s help sought in copper thefts

    Crime Stoppers is appealing to the public for help in apprehending whoever is responsible for a rash of recent copper thefts.

    The thefts having been occurring around the city county for the past few weeks, and usually involve the theft of copper tubing from commercial air-conditioning units, police say.

    The latest thefts occurred early Tuesday morning in Stonecrest off Midland Trail and at the Town Centre shopping center in Simpsonville.