Today's News

  • ‘Inspiring’ goals set for schools

    The Shelby County School Board set the district goals for the 2011-2012 school year on Thursday, focusing again on the new Kentucky Core Academic Standards along with measurable improvement in the classroom.

    Superintendent James Neihof described the board goals as “inspiring.”

    “It becomes more clear each time we put our heads together about academic achievement that we all want what is best for students,” he said.

  • Sidewalk review set for special council meeting

    Despite voting on March 3 not to have a second meeting this month, the Shelbyville City Council will have a special called meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

    Mayor Tom Hardesty called the meeting to replace the regularly scheduled meeting for April 7.

    "Next week is spring break [for Shelby County Public Schools], and people are going to be heading out of town, so we thought we'd try to move it and accommodate everybody," he said.

    The meeting will have a strong start with two items focusing on the hot-button sidewalk issue.

  • Accelerated Academies draw plenty of interest

    Shelby County Public Schools is moving ahead with the formation of the Accelerated Academies at both high schools.

    Shelby County and Collins high schools invited parents to informational meetings last week, and both turnouts were successful. Superintendent James Neihof noted that there were more than 100 at each event.

  • State’s Medicaid cuts leave a bloody wound

    Yes, a deal was struck on how to fund the shortfall in the state’s Medicaid budget, but there appears to have been little closure on the issue – at least from Shelby County’s elected delegates.

    In a complicated and politically charged process, the Medicaid cuts were passed by the General Assembly last week, but the budget adjustments made to accommodate the $166 million shortfall were hardly those Republican lawmakers said they thought they were passing.

  • Shelby hits the trail toward future of parks

    A video presentation at Collins High School on Monday night about a proposed parks project could sure make you wish that spring weather would return, with its forest  scenes, bird calls and other sights and sounds of nature.

    The crowd of about 100 was treated to  Trails to the Future, narrated by Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger and featuring footage of wooded areas from some of the areas that are hoped will someday encircle Shelbyville between Clear Creek and Red Orchard parks.

  • Weatherization program is seeking some clients

    These days, it’s unusual for an organization to have extra money on hand, but that’s the case with the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency’s weatherization program.

    Executive Director Kim Embrey-Hill said there is still money available for eligible Shelby residents, and she would hate to see anyone lose out on the opportunity to have his or her home weatherized.

    “We are running short of weatherization applications, and we do not want to

  • Shelbyville Police Reports March 30, 2011


    Kenneth R. Downey, 19, of 3731 Burks Branch Road in Shelbyville was arrested March 16 at 7th Street at the railroad tracks on a warrant for failure to appear.

    Dion L. Keltee, 40, of 159 Baker Drive No. 302 in Shelbyville was arrested March 24 on Midland Trail on an Oldham County warrant for operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license.

    Cara Ford, 36, of 612 10th St. in Shelbyville was arrested March 24 on Main Street on a Shelby County warrant for receiving stolen property under $500.

  • You need some money or looking for missing teeth?

    If you come down to the Shelby County Extension Office on Thursday, you could find out you have some unclaimed money coming to you.

    Or you could end up with your grandmother’s false teeth.

    For the second year in a row, Treasure Finders Kentucky is coming back to Shelby County, and this year, $1.2 million in unclaimed money – and some unclaimed property – is waiting for residents to take it home.

  • What we think: Criminal penalties seem too lenient

    We are starting to wonder if there are any cells available in our state prisons, because we are becoming increasingly alarmed at high-profile crimes that are going unpunished by incarceration.
    This is said neither to renew our shock at the meager wrist slapping given to admitted office thief Jody Wills nor to condemn any particular judge for his or her rulings.
    But rather this is a focus on the crime-and-punishment system, because there are examples it’s not working like we would expect it to work.

  • We congratulate: Kentucky's basketball success stories

    No matter which colors dominate your wardrobe or tint your vision of the sports world, surely you can embrace the success stories that our state generated on the basketball court this past weekend.
    Chatter is everywhere, of course, about the University of Kentucky’s first return to the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four since the Clinton Administration. The Wildcats’ run has been remarkable and somewhat unexpected by anyone other than the deepest blue fans.