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Today's News

  • Saving lives, saving dollars

     

  • Hardesty is back on limited basis

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty returned to his empty chair in the middle of the Shelbyville City Council for Thursday night’s meeting, resuming his role after missing three weeks following emergency surgery.

    And the meeting, which lasted less than 30 minutes, was more an emotional welcome back for Hardesty than it was about complicated civic matters.

  • Collapse of video store's roof storm related to weather

    Last week's heavy winds and rain caused the second roof collapse at the construction site of a building in Shelbyville that eventually would house Family Video.

    That's the determination of a field inspection report from the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction, Division of Building Code Enforcement, whose inspectors visited the ruins on Midland Trail.

  • Centro Latino expands services, building

    Local citizens and officials attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday celebrating the recent renovations to Centro Latino that have expanded its services to the community.

    Program Coordinator Lupe Vega said what used to be an old garage has been turned into two computer labs and a clothes closet.

    “We do a lot to help people. But also we see that people need computer skills and to get a GED to move and get better jobs and have more opportunity,” she said.

  • Ruritans are true community in small towns

    "We're waiting on taters!" Mark Schank hollered to the line 20-deep at the kitchen window.

    It was just before 6 at the Mount Eden Ruritan Club Fish Fry on Friday night. Hungry customers were filling the building and taking advantage of drive-thru service. On the menu: fried fish, potato wedges, cole slaw and baked beans.

  • Business owners concerned about Simpsonville plan

    The Simpsonville City Council addressed concerns raised by property owners Henry and Barbara Lee about the proposed Village Center during Tuesday night's meeting.

    The Lee's pointed out that Village Center plans show Cardinal Drive being straightened out as it meets U.S. 60 from the south and running right through the commercial building they own. This plan, they said, has the businesses currently renting there considering moving.

  • EARLIER: Farmers deal with too much rain after years of drought

    Mother Nature can't seem to get it just right for Shelby County farmers.

    This year's wet summer, following two years of drought, have meant local farmers have to deal with a different problem: too much rain.

    “It's just like everything else, too much of a good thing is a bad thing,” said Doug Langley, who grows tobacco, corn and soybeans and was also named Kentucky Farm Bureau's Farmer of the Year.

  • EARLIER: Crops top last year's drought-plagued yields

    "We're sleeping better this August," said Jack Trumbo as a forecast for Shelby County crop yields.

    Trumbo, chairman of the Kentucky Soybean Board and president of the Shelby County Farm Bureau, said that soybeans, burley tobacco and corn will all have improved yields this year.

    A report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirms an optimistic outlook after last year's drought yields, showing statewide forecasts put corn production at 169.5 million bushels, soybean production at 57.2 million bushels and burley tobacco at 157 million pounds.

  • Football: Rockets race up the rankings

    With the regular season winding down, the SCHS football team looks like it might finish with it’s best regular season ranking this decade.

    The Rockets moved up to No. 9 in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Class 6A ranking, and No. 14 statewide.

    The Rockets are No. 10 in Class 6A (and No. 17 statewide) in Dave Cantrall’s Rating the State in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

    The Rockets also moved into the BluegrassPreps.com top 10 for 6A.

    The AP poll lags behind the other, placing the Rockets at No. 14 in 6A.

  • EARLIER: Key pieces of last playoff victory still around

    It was 14 years ago, but the names involved with the Rockets’ last home playoff victory still ring true.

    It's almost like that 28-20, comeback victory over Christian County in 1995 has come full circle.

    Mike Brooks was the offensive leader on that team, and now his son Michael Brooks starts as a sophomore middle linebacker.

    Nathan Simpson was Brooks’ backup at quarterback and a wide receiver, and now Simpson is an assistant coach.