Today's News

  • Firefighter Floyd named top Shelbyville's employee

    Rickie Floyd said he likes being a firefighter so much that he did it for free for the first five years.

    That kind of dedication is just part of the reason that Floyd, now with the Shelbyville Fire Department, was named the Shelbyville Employee of the Year for 2011.

    "They left me speechless," Floyd said. "I usually talk a lot, but I didn't know what to say on that."

    Floyd started with the fire department in 1987 as a volunteer and finally got on fulltime in Feb. 1992.

  • Shelby County School Board: No visible work on Collins’ field

    Shelby County Public Schools is preparing to find out more this week about the scheduled repair work for Collins High School’s multipurpose field.

    The topic is sure to stay in the forefront as the Board of Education gets back on track with a full meeting Thursday, coincidentally at Collins.

    Although the field is not on the agenda, the board and Superintendent James Neihof surely will have questions.

  • The men who failed the boys

    They gathered there, at midfield of a football stadium, before more than 100,000 witnesses. They joined hands, oversized men in black, white and red. Their loyalties and potential animosity had been deposited on their sidelines.

    Their heads were bowed, and they were praying.

  • What we think: Beshear, Williams must compromise

    We now know that Steve Beshear gets another four years to run Kentucky. An overwhelming plurality of statewide voters thought he had done a good enough job to deserve an encore.

    And there also was a strong endorsement in Shelby County, which was a small surprise considering that Republicans have dominated the top-of-the-ticket races among our voters for the past few elections.

  • What we think: Celebration of Lights is too early

    We love the holiday season and all that it represents. We are glad so many in our county embrace that season and present many wonderful opportunities to celebrate. But we have a suggestion:

    The Celebration of Lights is celebrated too early.

    This community festival, the county’s largest, is a wonderful event to bring the public to downtown Shelbyville, to erect the city’s Christmas tree and to light up the season.

    But we think its scheduling nearly two weeks before Thanksgiving is out of perspective.

  • Roads are deerly dangerous for drivers

    It’s that time of year again that deer and deer hunters alike dream about – the mating season.

    And deer biologists are reporting that Shelby County remains one of the 36 counties with the highest concentrations of deer – with 30 or more per square mile.

    That may sound like deer heaven for the hunters, but it could spell disaster for motorists.

  • Bystander wakes residents during fire

    Thanks to the quick thinking of a bystander, no one was injured Monday in a fire at the house on the corner of College and 9th streets in Shelbyville.

    Stefano Elzy, 25, said he saw smoke and flames coming from a duplex owned by John O’Dell at 98 9th St. and went to see if someone was inside.

    “I was afraid people were in there,” he said.

    Assistant Shelbyville Fire Chief Chris Spaulding commended Elzy on his actions.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court Magistrates to consider no smoking ordinance

    Shelby County magistrates will consider in December a first reading on an ordinance that formally would prohibit smoking in county buildings.

    The ordinance, which is likely to be placed on the agenda for the Shelby County Fiscal Court’s meeting on for Dec. 6, was proposed by District 2 Magistrate Michael Riggs at Tuesday morning’s meeting.

    Currently, smoking is prohibited in public buildings, such as the courthouse, but that is not in response to an ordinance, County Attorney Hart Megibben said.

  • MY WORD: These words have power

    ne of my favorite movie quotes comes at the end of Robert Redford’s A River Runs Through It– based on the book by Norman Maclean – “The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.”

  • Shelby man arrested for sex abuse of children

    A Shelbyville man has been arrested on charges that he sexually abused his two stepdaughters, police say.
    Robin R. Spencer, 36, of 808 Ash Ave., was arrested Nov. 10 and charged with first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse.

    A report by Shelbyville Police states that the girls, now in their late teens, accused Spencer of abusing them in 2002 and that the abuse first took place in Iowa, where the family formerly lived.

    Both charges specify that the victims were less than 12 years of age when the alleged abuse began.