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Today's News

  • EARLIER: Teen killed in crash Tuesday night

    A Shelbyville teenager was killed Tuesday night in a car crash on Burks Branch Road just after 9 p.m.

    Shelby County Deputy Coroner Janet Morris said that Samantha Mathus-Cooper, 18, a senior at Shelby County High School, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A press release from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said that Mathus-Cooper was a passenger in the front seat of a vehicle that carried three other occupants.

    Sheriff's detective Jason Rice said in the release that a preliminary investigation indicates that speed was a factor in the crash.

  • Local man is first graduate of drug court

    A courtroom might seem a strange place to hold a celebration, but for Paul Rucker, it was entirely appropriate. For he had come full circle.

    Rucker, 57, a former cocaine addict, stood in front of his family and friends in the Shelby County Circuit Courtroom on Friday and made a tearful, yet joyful statement.

    "I am so happy today," he said, with tears streaming down his face. "Because I am free at last."

    As the crowd, which included judges and court officials, burst into thunderous applause, Rucker smiled through his tears.

  • EARLIER: County to freeze salaries in proposed 2009-10 budget

    If Shelby County Fiscal Court is to balance its budget next fiscal year, there will have to be salary freezes across the county.

    That’s what magistrates learned Tuesday night when they got their first look at a budget that trims $600,000 from an already tight 2008-09 budget.

    The budget calls for operating expenses of just less than $17 million, a slice of about 3.6 percent.

  • EARLIER: Finalists named for Plughaupt Scholarship

    Shelby County Public Schools have announced the six finalists for the prestigious Pflughaupt Scholarship.

    This year's finalists are Lindsey Anderson, Nick Hamblen, Landri Tripp, Anne Bowersox, Kayla Pilcher and Chris Obermeyer.

    The winner will receive $5,000 every year for four years. The award is based on academic achievement, community involvement and other achievements. The winner will be named at the school's awards night on June 2.

  • Walmart updates its 'experience'

    The Walmart Supercenter in Shelbyville is undergoing a significant expansion of its floor space in an effort to create a better shopping experience for its customers.

    This remodeling will give each of the store's departments an update, featuring new, wider aisles and more customer-friendly lower shelves. The exterior will get an update, too.

    Walmart officials said they based their plans on feedback from customers.

  • Walmart updates its 'experience'

    The Walmart Supercenter in Shelbyville is undergoing a significant expansion of its floor space in an effort to create a better shopping experience for its customers.

    This remodeling will give each of the store's departments an update, featuring new, wider aisles and more customer-friendly lower shelves. The exterior will get an update, too.

    Walmart officials said they based their plans on feedback from customers.

  • School system to lose principal; administrator

      Carla Breeding, principal at Simpsonville Elementary, has submitted her resignation, and administrator BJ Martin, elementary curriculum coordinator for the school system, is headed to the Kentucky Department of Education.

    Breeding, whose resignation will be effective June 30 is leaving to pursue other educational leadership positions, said Duanne Puckett, community relations coordinator for Shelby County Schools.

    Martin will become the state's District Achievement Gap Coordinator. She is leaving in July.

  • Simpsonville hits the Web

    Simpsonville now has its own true place in the world, the World Wide Web that is.

    And it has less to do with Saddlebred horses than it does technology.

    The city of Simpsonville has launched a new Web site at www.cityofsimpsonvilleky.com, joining Shelbyville and Shelby County with informational portals for residents.

  • Down to earth

    John and Annie Hagan stop and smell the roses every day.

    They also water, fertilize and prune them.

    They own and operate Mount Eden Greenhouse, which is quite a large undertaking.

    Their business is comprised of four huge greenhouses,  encompassing a total of 1,500 square feet and literally hundreds of thousands of flowers, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, and potted plants.

    How does a young couple from Chicago fit into rural country living in a small town of 1,800?

  • Sometimes we seem to participate in ‘selective outrage’

    “Everything that was nailed down has come loose.”  I believe that line from the 1936 movie "The Green Pastures" accurately describes what is going on in our culture today.