Today's News

  • Rockets win 4th in a row to finish

    Justus Martin did the damage on the inside, and Lynsey Nichols on the outside, as the Shelby County girls’ basketball team finished its regular season on a roll.

    Martin scored 16 points, mostly around the basket, and Nichols added 14 points, mostly from the outside, as the Rockets routed visiting Brown, 63-33, last Thursday night at Mike Casey Gymnasium to cap off their remarkable regular season with their first 4-game winning streak. 

  • Rockets tumble after fast start

    The Shelby County boys’ basketball team ran out to an early lead on host Gallatin County in its regular-season finale last Friday night.

    But then the Rockets ran out of steam.

    The Wildcats, who trailed, 20-14, after the first quarter, outscored Shelby, 58-37, during the final three periods for a 72-57 victory in Warsaw.  

  • Wells (37 points, 14 rebounds) overpowering

    The Collins girls’ basketball team, led by an outstanding effort from Aaliyah Wells, closed out its regular season in fine fashion last Thursday night.  

    Wells scored a career-high 37 points, snared 14 rebounds and collected 8 steals to lead the Titans to a 63-43 beating of Bardstown – their sixth victory in their past seven games – on their Senior and “Pink Out” night.

    “She had a monster game,” Collins Coach Phillip Conder said of Wells.

  • Titans to test Rockets’ rebound

    Before last season began, Mike Sowers told some people that if his first, youth-laden Shelby County girls’ basketball team won one game, he deserved coach-of-the-year consideration.  

    The Rockets won three.

    Before this season Sowers figured his still-youthful team would win eight or nine games, even betting his hair color on it.

  • In rivalry, it’s back to the beginning

    Shelby County boys’ basketball coach Rick Parsons knows that if tonight’s 30th District Tournament semifinal between his Rockets and crosstown-rival Collins were to be decided on paper, his team shouldn’t even be making the trip to Lawrenceburg.

    But he also knows that this time of year those paper predictions can quickly be wadded up and thrown into a trash basket.

  • New target in metal thefts: Hydrant

    Thieves who seem to steal just about anything from copper and scrap metal got a bit more creative recently, stealing a fire hydrant right off the street.
    Shelby County Sheriff’s Det. Jason Rice had few details about the case of the stolen fire hydrant, which came from the North Country subdivision near West Middle School.
    In fact, deputies only learned of the theft after water pressure in the neighborhood began to plummet in the line owned by the North Shelby Water District.

  • Shelby County School Board: Academy gets accelerated review

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get an update on the Accelerated Academy during its meeting Thursday.

    Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith will give a presentation on the academy and how the students are managing with their heavy load of courses during the meeting, which is at  7 p.m. at the district’s central office, 1155 Main Street.

  • T.S. Baxter: A nearly forgotten pioneer

    Thomas Samuel Baxter, better known as T.S., is a name that should resonate throughout Shelby County and especially in Shelbyville.

    There are a lot of people who say they know his name, but very few who really know much about him.

    Baxter was the first African-American member of the Shelbyville City Council, but after recognizing that accomplishment, there seems to be a dearth of information and very little celebration of his life and work.

  • Montell: Charter bill may yet be OK

    State Rep. Brad Montell said he remains optimistic that his charter-school school bill could catch on this session.

    After two hours of testimony on charter schools in front of the House Education Committee last week, Montell (R-Shelbyville) said he felt very good about where his bill stands with the committee, despite the fact that no vote was taken on whether or not to send the bill to the House floor.

  • MY WORD: Students learn to live with type 1 diabetes

    As many as 3 million Americans may have type 1 diabetes, often referred to as juvenile diabetes. The rate of type 1 diabetes incidents among children under the age of 14 is estimated to increase by 3 percent annually worldwide.

    Those statistics hit home with Shelby County Public Schools students Bryan Stapleton and Jacob Lisby, who both have experienced two of the warning signs – extreme thirst and frequent urination.

    Jacob said he also remembers “sitting around and doing nothing; felt I couldn’t,”