Today's News

  • Easter services: April 13, 2011

    Bagdad Baptist
    Easter Sunday services will be 8:30 Early Service, 9 Breakfast, 10: Sunday School, 10:45 Easter Service. The Youth will have a fundraiser Dinner Theater 6-8 p.m. on April 30 performing a play, “Virgil’s First Easter,” while serving dinner.  The youth are accepting donations and selling tickets. For tickets, call (502) 747-8933.  

  • Shelby athletes in college

    Here’s a quick look at how some of the top former high school athletes in the area are now faring in the college spring sports seasons.

    Stacey Eden, track & field, University of Kentucky:Eden, a freshman, finished 12th in the men’s 1,500-meter run this past Saturday in the Border Battle at Cardinal Park in Louisville. The Commonwealth men’s team, made up of UK and the University of Louisville, lost to the Hoosier Land team, comprised of athletes from Notre Dame and Indiana universities, 103-96.

  • City of Shelbyville plans to buy old Blue Gables Motel

    The city of Shelbyville could be looking to get into commercial property.

    The city is working with the Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA) on a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) that would allow the city to purchase the old Blue Gables Motel on the corner of 8th and Main streets.

    Mark Stivers, who owns the property, did not return phone calls Tuesday, but Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said the city is looking at the possible acquisition as an opportunity.

  • Rubles ask city to annex property

    The City of Shelbyville could grow by more than 70 acres in next to no time.

    Fresh on the heels of voting to annex the property where Bluegrass Bowling Center currently sits, the Shelbyville City Council soon will be voting on another annexation, this time on the northwest side of Shelbyville.

    Tom and Allen Ruble have sent a letter to the city asking for annexation of about 70 acres zoned agricultural that sits just west of the Shelbyville Bypass and south of Harrington Mill Road.

  • The Civil War in Shelby County

    Before the first shots of the Civil War were fired 150 years ago - on April 12, 1861 - it was already clear that Kentucky would play an important role in shaping both the Confederate and Union sides.

    A border state like no other, Kentucky's legislature struggled to choose a side, finally settling with the Union, much to the delight of President Abraham Lincoln, a native.

  • Noted author to speak at library

    Gurney Norman will be the guest author 6-7 p.m. Thursday for a third in the series of “Spend an Evening with....” at the Shelby County Public Library.

    He is a charter member of the faculty of the Hindman Settlement School’s Writers Workshop and continues to serve as a senior writer in residence for that annual event.

  • What we think: Let’s just fix the sidewalks

    We have followed with interest these past few weeks as a group of downtown-area property owners in Shelbyville have joined forces in the oldest and most common goal that many of us ever seek to undertake: fighting city hall.

  • Historical footnotes of Squire Boone, Col. John Floyd

    Since the publication of – in both newspaper and book formats – my columns on Squire Boone, whose Painted Stone Station along Clear Creek was the forerunner of present-day Shelbyville, I have received additional information relating to his life and times.

    You may recall that, on Sept. 13, 1781, settlers fleeing Painted Stone for the relative safety of Linn’s Station were attached viciously by Indians in what has been described as “The Long Run Massacre.”

  • Japan fundraiser leaves organizer ‘disappointed’

    The one-woman whirlwind to generate some money to aid earthquake-savaged Japan had her own world shaken a bit on Saturday.

    The bake sale Mallory Taylor organized at the Waldridge Center generated only light traffic and a few hundred dollars worth of donations.

    “I was a little disappointed,” she said. “I went home and cried.”

    Taylor had started a campaign to raise money to donate through the American Red Cross.

  • Soldiers finally honored in ‘hallowed ground’

    On a warm, crystal clear, almost muggy spring day – quite different from the day when they died – 22 long-forgotten African-American soldiers were laid to proper rest in a skillfully created memorial alongside U.S. 60 near Simpsonville.

    A crowd of perhaps 150 was on hand Sunday as project manager Jerry Miller and a group of dignitaries celebrated the final resting of the member of the 5th U.S. Colored Cavalry who died in ambush by Confederate guerillas as they drove cattle to Louisville in January 1865.