Today's News

  • Retooling Rockets expect to soar more

    The Shelby County girls' golf team graduated its best player from the past two seasons and will be without its top returning player for possibly the first month of the season.

    But Coach Anna Simpson still believes her team can make a run for a fourth consecutive State Tournament berth.

    "Even though we lost Michaela [Manley], and Shannon [Harover] could be out until the end of August, I think we're still going to be competitive," said Simpson, whose team finished seventh at State last season and third there in 2009.

  • Weather is peachy for some produce

    Better late than never: That's been the motto for vegetable farmers this year.

    The heavy spring rains left fields too muddy to plant at normal times, but crops are still pouring in.

    "The rain really postponed our early planting, but the result has been maturity dates coming later," said Mary Courtney who runs Courtney Farms in Bagdad with her husband, Shane. "For instance, we just started harvesting tomatoes this year, while last year we were harvesting them at the end of June."

  • Summer school students can’t put down their books

    Shelby County Public Schools’ new Summer Reading Academy has moved above and beyond the district’s expectations.

    During a report to the school board report after just one week of the session, Director of Secondary School Kerry Fannin discussed how students were flying through books, and the seventh and ninth grade program was going to progress well past it’s intended point, which he said hasn’t been lost on the students or teachers either.

  • SOUDER: The debt-ceiling debate: Economics according to J. Wellington Wimpy

    As I was researching today’s column concerning the ongoing debt-ceiling “crisis” in our country, I came across an item that really got my attention. Late Monday evening, Congressional leaders from both parties got together and issued a rare joint statement, as quoted in a front page story in the New York Times: “We, as leaders of Congress, wish to calm the escalating fears regarding any potential default on our debt and assure our creditors that we will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

  • EARLIER: Rural King is joining Shelby County's farm store lineup

    Shelby County is getting a new player in the farm and home retail market.

    Rural King Supply, a chain of 53 stores based in Mantoon, Ill., will open this fall in the space on Boone Station Road that had been vacated during Kroger’s move to its new marketplace store.

    “We’re very excited to be part of the community, anxious to be there,” Alex Melvin, the company’s vice president, said Wednesday. “It looks like a great area. I love flying over the area, love to see how rural it is, love how gorgeous it is.”

  • Horse show kickoff: A really big show

    A full house packed Undulata Horse Farm on Thursday morning, kicking off the Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee with a Claudia Sanders-catered breakfast spread, some local and state “who’s who?” and a few horses displaying their prance and poise for the entertainment of the attendees.

    Undulata owner Edward “Hoppy” Bennett said he felt privileged to have the Jubilee and attendees present.

    “It’s very humbling for you all to be here today,” he said.

  • Ag report: July 29, 2011

    Courtney participates

    in ag leadership program

    J. Shane Courtney of Bagdad, a full-time farmer from Bagdad and the owner of Lawns of Perfection, LLC., participated in the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program, an 18-month program administered by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • Business briefcase: July 29, 2011

    Taste & Tunes returns

    to fairgrounds Sept. 12

    The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce has set the schedule for the 25h annual Taste & Tunes event.

    This sampling of local restaurants and music will be held 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, again at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Taste & Tunes moved to the fairgrounds in 2010 and enjoyed a renewed success.

  • Real estate deeds: July 29, 2011

    June 1-10, 2011

    Daniel L. Ernspiker to Cardinal Investments Irrevocable Trust, Lot 17 Hunters Pointe Estates, $505,000

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs to Paul M. McClain, .5277 acres on Hempridge Road, $42,750

    Gerald, Jerry, Jeanne, Jean F. and Javan Montgomery to Lighthouse Property Management LLC, Lot 69 Meadow Run and Tract 2 WH Brown & Associates Units A&B, $210,000

    Javan F. Montgomery to Lighthouse Property Management LLC, several parcels, $1 and considerations

  • EARLIER: Shelby sends dozens monthly for deportation

    Henry Telles sits in the Shelby County Detention Center, charged with multiple counts of rape and child molestation. His bond is $30,000.

    But Telles isn’t going to be released on bond, and even if he is cleared of those crimes, he won’t be returning to live in Shelby County.

    His future destinations could include prison or deportation or both.

    Headlined by cases such as Telles’,  immigration and deportation have become heavily debated issues in America – Shelby County included.