Today's News

  • Parents signing contracts for summer school effort

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof said preparations for summer school have been taking up a lot of time.

    He told the school board at its meeting Thursday that principals have been dealing face-to-face with families to achieve signed contracts with parents for summer school participation.

  • Shelbyville City Council to hear annexation request from Rubles

    The Shelbyville City Council finally will get a first reading on annexation of about 70 acres that sits just northwest of the Shelbyville Bypass and south of Harrington Mill Road at Thursday’s 6:30 p.m. meeting at city hall.

    The property, owned by Tom Ruble and his brother, Shelby County Magistrate Allen Ruble, is part of the Interlocal Agreement between the city and Shelby County, so the city does not have to ask the county before annexation. The Rubles requested the annexation last month.

  • Board chooses firm to design new schools

    The Shelby County Board of Education finally settled on an architect for the district's two new building projects.

    K. Norman Berry Associates has been selected to serve as the architect for both the new school on the Southside location and the new early childhood center at the Northside location.

  • MY WORD: SCHS seniors: Alphabetical is our order

    This letter, signed by the 2011 senior class at Shelby County High School, was submitted for publication by Lane Taylor.


    Rockets say “thanks but no thanks” to the arrogance parade at graduation.

  • MY WORD: How Colonel Sanders stopped a sermon, changed a life

    He called out, “Brother Collins!” This was my first interruption during a worship service in 18 years of ministry. I was surprised, to say the least.

    It was Easter, 1978. We were celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ at the First Christian Church. The music was fantastic, the scripture and sermon were inspiring, and the hymn of invitation brought nine people to the front of the sanctuary.

  • Promenade season is full of pomp and circumstance

    It’s prom season, as the parent of any high school student – or at least that parent’s wallet – likely knows quite well.

    Shelby County’s prom was Friday in the select and sensational Seelbach Hotel. Collins will celebrate this week at the magnifique and munificent Muhammad Ali Center.

    And we extend poverty-line pity for the family who has to pay the tab for a teenager who has a paramour attending the other school, because that’s a deep double-dip in the pocket.

  • What we think: Graduating seniors deserve to be heard

    Shelby County Public Schools officials say the decision is final about how graduating seniors will be seated for  graduation. They are moving on with their plans to eliminate seating the top students in ranking order and talking to them individually about that  plan.

    Seniors from Shelby County High School have submitted through a letter their feeling that the change is good and welcome. They, too, it seems, have moved on.

    But we don’t think most people are ready to move on.

  • We congratulate: Choice of Fonza as top teacher

    One decision SCPS got right was the selection of Frances Fonza as its top teacher for this year.

    There are dozens of dedicated, talented and worthy teachers in our school system, but Ms. Fonza has stood out to us for years not only because she has drawn beautiful music from the throats of our students but because she has gone beyond vocal chords to produce good and talented human beings for the world.

  • Thou shalt not post Commandments on door

    Last week a paper copy of the Ten Commandments once again found its way to a place of prominence: the front door of the Shelby County Courthouse.

    The 8-by-11-inch copy was taped to the inside of the door, next to the sign banning food and drink.

    Circuit Court Clerk Lowry Miller, who took down a framed copy of the document after Shelby County resident Linda Allewalt took issue with it being posted in the driver’s license office, said he had seen the copy on the front door of the courthouse but didn’t know who put it there.

  • County’s budget has cuts to EMS

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger’s recommendations for the county’s budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year won’t include any tax increases, but it would mean a significant tightening of the belt for Emergency Services and no pay increases for county employees.

    When the Shelby County Fiscal Court met on Monday, in lieu of Election Day on Tuesday, magistrates received a copy of the proposed budget to take home and study.