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Today's News

  • SOUDER: God is pro-life (and pro-choice)

    There’s an old joke in which an atheist scientist comes to God and says, "We've figured out how to create life without you."

    "OK, let me see you do it," God replies.

    As the atheist bends down to the ground and scoops up a handful of soil to begin his work, God stops him and says, “Oh, no you don't. Get your own dirt!"

    The point, of course, is that the first verse in the Bible (Genesis 1:1) is true: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

  • Business Briefcase: Feb. 24, 2012

    Gas prices in Shelby County

    begin another sharp increase

    You probably have noticed those spiking gas prices again. They had reached $3.75 per gallon – a rise of about 25 cents – at Speedway on Midland Trail in Shelbyville as of Wednesday afternoon, and most fuel outlets tend to follow Speedway in price swings.

  • O’Brien sues Pearce over lease

    O’Brien of Shelbyville, Inc., which owns the county’s Ford dealership, is suing its landlord over an option to purchase the land on Mount Eden Road where the dealership is located.

    O’Brien filed the lawsuit Feb. 3 in Shelby Circuit Court, alleging that the property owner, Robert Pearce of Shelbyville, had breached an agreement to sell the property.

  • Woman left by the side of the road has gone home to Arizona

    After three and a half months at the University of Louisville Hospital, much of that time spent in a coma in the intensive care unit, Denisse Escareno finally was going home.

    She lay in her hospital bed Thursday morning, tubes in her throat and stomach and IV lines in her arm. Her eyes were vacant, and she didn’t move. She had a large, discolored indentation – at least an inch wide and an inch deep – on the right side of her forehead.

  • Wade settles suit against CUB

    The former CEO of Citizen Union Bank has settled his lawsuit against the bank.

    CUB and Billie Wade, who served as president and CEO from 1991 until March 2010, have settled a wrongful termination and defamation suit Wade filed in July 2010.

    A mediator’s report, submitted to Shelby Circuit Court on Feb. 13, contained no details of the settlement, saying merely that, “all claims among the parties have been settled.”

  • Shelbyville Police Reports Feb. 24, 2012

    DUI

    Romeo Velasques Perez, 25, of 1207 Quest Drive in Louisville was arrested Feb. 17 on Midland Trail and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and no operator’s license.

  • Catholics hold vigil to protest ‘freedom’ issue

    Ash Wednesday’s prayer and fasting extended into Thursday for Catholics in Shelby County who attended the candlelight vigil Thursday night at the Church of the Annunciation.

    Pastor Mike Tobin said there was no better time to for Catholics to stand behind the church’s stance against the requirement that free birth control be included in health plans for employees of schools, charities and hospitals connected to religiously affiliated institutions.

  • 2 events celebrate Black History Month

    It looks like Shelby County waited until the very last minute to celebrate Black History Month – but that could be changing.

    February is designated each year as a time to for communities to focus on African-American history, but in Shelby County that never has had great traction.

    There are two upcoming events: a heritage dinner Sunday morning at New Mount Zion Baptist Church and an educational forum at Bethel AME Church on Thursday – March 1.

  • March calendar

    District wide

    Friday – Odyssey of the Mind competition Corbin

    Friday – STLP Robotics Competition Henry County Middle School.

    March 5 – Parent teacher conferences

    March 6 – Shelby County parent training groups give practical and helpful advice to help strengthen parents. Free child care (all ages!) Free dinner! Free door prizes! Dorman Center, 719 Burks Branch Road. 6-7:30 p.m. Building Character in Your Child...

    March 8 – School Board at Southside 7 p.m.

  • ELECTION 2012: U.S. Congress District 4: Brian Oerther

    LA GRANGE – A La Grange resident is entering the race for the 4th District U.S. congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Geoff Davis.

    Brian Oerther, 41, a conservative Republican who teaches math for Jefferson County public Schools, is one of seven Republicans and two Democrats who have filed for the position.

    Republicans are filing for the election after Davis, a four-term Republican congressman, announced Dec. 15 he will not run again in 2012. He said he wants to devote more time to his family.