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Today's News

  • What we think: Trails to park are a good step

    We like the idea of building more trails in Shelby County for walkers, runners and cyclists. We believe any county that contributes heavily to a state with such a poor record for obesity should make any health-related concept a high priority.

    And we agree with letter writer Abby Cottongim’s suggestion that a good place to start is to link the residential streets of Shelbyville to Clear Creek Park.

  • A snapshot of education in Shelby County

      QUESTION: What do you think is the biggest social issue facing high school students today?

    ANTHONY HATCHELL:  The world has become so much smaller in relation to communication that it creates more opportunities or more distractions when it comes to education.

  • Councils allow parents to be involved in school decisions

    Rich Baltzell joined the Simpsonville Elementary School Site-Based Decision-Making Council two years ago to get involved in his children’s education – but he said he ended up with an education of his own. Site-Based Decision-Making (SBDM) councils are the governing body of a school, typically made up of six members: the principal, three teachers and two parents. Kerry Fannin, assistant superintendent for student achievement, who serves as the SBDM coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools, said the councils serve as a way for parents and teachers

  • News Briefs: Sept. 18, 2009

     Unemployment hits 11.1 percent in state

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 11.1 percent, making it the same as July 2009’s rate after it was revised slightly upward. The Office of Employment and Training said the jobless rate for August 2009’s also matched the August 1983 rate of 11.1 percent and was 4.4 percent higher than the 6.7 percent rate recorded in August 2008.

  • Dunbar assistant to head SCHS

    Eddie Oakley, the newly anointed principal at Shelby County High School, says he's excited about the job.

    Oakley, an assistant principal at Dunbar High School in Lexington for the past four years, was chosen this week by SCHS's Site-Based Decision-Making Council to take the reins at Shelby County High School. He starts July 1.

    "I am really looking forward to coming to Shelby County; it's a beautiful community, and I'm really excited about meeting the challenge of being principal of the high school," he said.

  • Cabbie robbed and assaulted

    A cab driver was robbed and assaulted in Shelbyville on Sept. 5 after transporting three male teenagers from Richmond, police say.

    According to a press release from the Shelbyville Police Department, Da'ron Michael Dugle, 18, of Shelbyville, Rashee J. Wardford, 18, of Louisville and a 17-year-old male from Simpsonville are lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center in connection with the incident.

  • EARLIER: What we think: We as citizens deserve answers

    Honorable Brad Montell

    Honorable Gary Tapp  

    We sure are glad you got those folks from Kay and Kay Contracting to agree to meet with you this week.

    Somebody needs to set those guys down and have a quiet word with them about how they took our money -- $26.5 million! – to build us a 4.5 miles of road and so far left us with a lot of dirt and disruption.

    If it weren’t so sad, we might think it was funny to call them Highwaymen. It feels like we’re getting held up.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports Sept. 23, 2009

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  • The church: the ultimate 3G network

     I have recently been thinking about the church. Not just local churches like Shelby Christian, where I minister, but the church nationally and globally – and about the impact it is (or isn’t) making in the world.

  • The first lady

    The names Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth will forever be linked in the first-ever assassination of a U.S. President.

    Not so well remembered are the eight co-conspirators in the assassination -- one of whom grimly became an historic first herself.

    It was 144 years ago Tuesday in Washington that, alongside three of the other conspirators (George Atzerodt, David Herold and Lewis Powell), Mary Surratt became the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government.