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Today's News

  • News Briefs: Oct. 30, 2009

     Hardesty resting at home

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty went home from the hospital Saturday and is doing well. It is not known when he will return to the office, as he continues to recover from recent major surgery. Hardesty was hospitalized on Oct. 19 and underwent emergency, life-saving surgery for bleeding ulcers.

  • Demand for H1N1 vaccine high

    Though the H1N1 flu vaccine is being distributed to medical facilities by the North Central District Health Department as quickly as it arrives, those dosages are not keeping up with the demand in Shelby County. New shipments arrive weekly, typically several hundred to just more than a thousand, officials say, but requests for vaccinations are going unmet because so many people have grown concerned about the strain of flu that has claimed 11 lives in Kentucky. Distributing to primary-care physicians, OBGYN’s and pediatricians has proved the most efficient

  • Shelby man dies of heart attack in dump-truck wreck

    An auto accident Wednesday involving a dump truck smashing into some trees was the result of the driver having a heart attack, the coroner's office said.

    Donald McIntosh, 63, died of a heart attack, which caused him to run off the road and wreck his dump truck, Shelby County Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said.

    "The medical examiner's officer called me this morning [Thursday] and told me that Mr. McIntosh had died of a heart attack," Ivers said.

  • EARLIER: H1N1 vaccine arrives in Shelby

    The H1N1 flu vaccine is now available in Shelbyville, health department officials said Thursday.

    "I just got a shipment in yesterday and have sent it out to the hospital  [Jewish Hospital Shelbyville] and various physicians here in Shelbyville," said Renee Blair, executive director of the North Central District Health Department.

    Blair said that some places, such as the hospital, only are inoculating their health-care workers.

  • EARLIER: Rockets dominate Southern, 55-0

    A dominating performance against Southern on Friday put the Rockets in a position they haven’t seen in a long time.

    After Shelby (7-2, 2-1 in District 4) hammered the Trojans (1-8, 0-3), 55-0, and word came out of Male’s rout of Fern Creek, the Rockets learned they would host a playoff game for the first time since 1995.

    They will play host to Seneca on Nov. 6, and earning that game was the motivation kept the Rockets prepared for the hapless Trojans.

  • Fiscal Court supports spaying for feral cats

    Shelby County magistrates agreed Tuesday night to enter into an agreement with Operation Catsnip and Woodstock Animal Foundation for a spay/neuter program for feral cats.

    At the urging of Deputy Judge-Executive Rusty Newton, who also heads up the county’s animal shelter, they voted to spend $2,000 for the program.

    "We funded this program last year, and we want to do so again this year," Newton said.

  • Author has ghostly experience

    Little Lynwood was only 6 years old the first time he said he saw a ghost.

    He said he remembered that it was right around midnight and that it came to stand next to the bed he was sleeping in with his father.

    What did he do?

    He dived under the covers, of course.

  • 37 years 10 yards at a time

    The first year Danny Fishback started working on the chain gang at Shelbyville High School football games wasn't the best year.

    "I think it rained about every home game, or at least five of the six," he said. "I think somebody have to be about half crazy to do this."

    That was 1972, and Fishback came back the next year and the next and the next and the one after that, until he looked up this year, his 37th on the sideline and decided he had had enough.

  • Montell prefiles to change retirement plan for state legislators

    For years Kentucky Retirement Systems has been falling into a hole, and State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) says it’s time to make some tough decisions to bring it out.

    One thing he wants the state to look at is Bill Request 86, which he prefiled for the 2010 session. The bill would change the retirement plan for legislators elected on or after July 1, 2011.

  • What’s the point? Or, it’s all about the candy

    I heard a story about a man, who, after drinking a little too much cider at a Halloween party, was trying to “walk it off” on his way home.  Taking a shortcut through a graveyard, he accidentally stumbled into a freshly dug grave.

    Try as he might to climb out, because of his mostly inebriated condition and because the rain that had fallen earlier in the day had made the sides of the grave muddy and slick, he finally gave up.