Today's News

  • EARLIER: Shelby native is jumping at the chance to compete at Rolex event

    The last time Hannah Sue Burnett rode in an event so close to home, things didn't turn out like she'd hoped.

    That was at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2007, when, at the age of 20, Burnett, a native of Finchville, saddled up against some of the best in the world and finished 23rd.

    "I was so nervous. I just wanted to finish," she said.

    Now 24, Burnett is making her return to Lexington this weekend for one of eventing's biggest competitions, and she said she's and hoping for something much bigger.

  • McDonald’s adds 26 in Shelby after blitz

    The National Hiring Day that McDonald’s held April 19 had an impact in Shelby and surrounding counties.

    Representatives of Rick Peter, who owns three stores in Shelby County – two in Shelbyville and one in Waddy – reported a solid turnout on the one-day application bonanza held by the restaurant chain.

    To reiterate, McDonald’s was looking to fill 50,000 jobs nationally, and it’s “job fair” drew millions of applicants for jobs ranging from cash register attendant to management.

  • EARLIER: Tornado tragedy touches families

    The horror of the tornadoes that ravaged the south Wednesday unfolded for all of us on TV screens, in news reports, on video posted on the Web and from narrated live reports streamed from various locations.

    Even as we in Shelby County were enduring threats and sirens to alert us of possible storms of our own, we watched perhaps the worst such catastrophe in history blow across the hills and plains of Mississippi, Alabama, into Georgia and beyond.

  • Shelby man says he has established his own 'kingdom'

    Late one recent afternoon, a cadre of Kentucky State Police troopers and Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies gathered in Todds Point. They donned their protective vests and planned their strategy.
    Their assignment: serve a warrant to a resident charged with driving without a valid license.
    Yes, KSP rallied officers from two police units as a precaution in serving this warrant.
    But officers say they had their reasons to be concerned, because they weren’t serving this warrant to just an ordinary scofflaw.

  • News Briefs: April 29, 2011

    KIPDA seeks candidates
    for Medicare aid program

    The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) has announced open enrollment for a community outreach program covering qualified Medicare beneficiaries under the “Extra Help with Prescription Drug Costs.”
    The program, covering subsidies for Medicare Part D, is administered by the Social Security Administration using new 2011 Federal higher income levels.

  • Shelby's Earth Day celebration to dedicate new center

    Where can you find eagles, scorpions, elk and even a Madagascar hissing cockroach all in the same place?
    Well, it’s not Noah’s Ark, although some would say the water level is just about right.
    Rather, it’s the Earth Day Celebration at Red Orchard Park on Saturday.
    Although Earth Day was officially recognized last Friday, Shelby County Parks and Recreation is holding its festivities this week,  and Director Clay Cottongim said it promises to be the best since the observance began four years ago.

  • Collins-Shelby County baseball game postponed until May 11

    Tonight's baseball game between Collins and Shelby County, which was scheduled for 7 p.m., has been postponed due to wet field conditions.

    It will be made up May 11 at Shelby County.

  • WICHE: Amsonia is 2011 perennial plant of the year

    The 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year is Amsonia hubrichtii, or Arkansas blue star. We have long enjoyed Amsonia tabernaemontana, Arkansas blue star’s less refined cousin, in the garden; but A. hubrichtii takes the prize for superior multi-season interest.

  • Horse boarding is a part of business in Shelby County

    Shelby Countians love their horses, and the presence of more than 200 horse farms in the county is a reflection of that.

    But who takes care of all these horses?

    Boarding is a big industry in the county—an industry that Bob Johnson of Cooper Coin Farm in Simpsonville said is important because keeping a horse means one must take care of the animal, and that care has far reaching implications in the equine business, he said.

  • Shelby family's trailer company has taken off

    As Louisville and Lexington gear up for a heavy Kentucky Derby tourist season, folks from all over the country are piling in trains, planes and automobiles to visit the Bluegrass State.

    And all those horses that won races in California, Florida, Arkansas, Illinois and Louisiana and earned a chance to run for the roses are descending on the area, too.