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Today's News

  • EARLIER: A conference center tops community 'needs'

    What can we do to encourage economic growth in the community? What are we doing well? Where are we getting stuck? What are the priorities that need attention if we, as a community, are going to thrive 10 to 20 years down the road? 

    Those were the broad questions tackled at a planning retreat last week sponsored by the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation. This brainstorming session involved about 40 leaders of business, government and non-profit organizations from the community.

  • Rockets grab second in first meet

    SCHS opened its track season Tuesday with a large home all-comers meet.

    The boys posted 16 top-five finishes, good enough to finish second overall in the meet to Trinity.

    The Lady Rockets fielded a small team but still managed to score a strong 49 points, enough for sixth out of 11 teams.

    The Rockets seemed to have enough high finishes to win the meet, but Trinity's larger squad took the honors.

    "Numbers killed us on the boys' side," SCHS Coach George Cottrell said.

  • The brilliance of the fool

    "A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road." ~ Henry Ward Beecher

     People are sad.

  • Nation Bros. closes shop

     

     Nation Bros., which has had the grim job of removing dead livestock from the county's farms for 24 years, is out of business, owner Gabe Nation said.

    His family business is a casualty of an FDA regulation, set to go into effect this month, which requires the removal of brain and spinal cord tissues from cattle more than 30 months of age before they are rendered into pet or livestock feed. Nation said the rule would double his cost of doing business, and many of the 22 counties his company served could not meet the increase.

  • We congratulate: FDA for its good step on dead-animal problem

     The Food & Drug Administration made a good decision last week when it said it would delay for 60 days its new requirements for how large animals can be disposed. This rule, which was scheduled to take effect in April, stated that the brain and spinal cord had to be removed before dead animals older than 30 months could be transported.

  • We’re all coming down with a bad case of Madness

    A pandemic is overcoming us, spreading quickly. Many already have succumbed, and it’s only a matter of time before it affects you, too.

    For there is no more infectious disease – especially in Kentucky – than that familiar malady called March Madness.

    Only a small percentage of you got sick from eating bad ham or, worse, spending a night in jail. But almost the entire population is stricken with the Madness, to some extent or another. Some started showing the disease as early as October, with symptoms growing increasingly severe.

  • Our industry is changing but it will live on

    A few years ago I had the honor to be on the cover of Editor & Publisher, a decades-old trade magazine that has been a key source of information about our newspaper industry.

    Let me be clear that this was not akin to appearing on People or GQ, but two of my colleagues at the Orlando Sentinel – the Managing Editor and the VP/Product Development -- and I smiled broadly at the camera as poster c

  • Lady Rockets move to 3-0

    The SCHS girls' tennis team gave up its first point of the season but still whipped Anderson County, 4-1, Monday.

    Shelby County No. 1 Paula Pilcher coasted in her first set, winning, 6-2, but struggled some in the second set before pulling it out, 7-5.

  • What we think: Name for school is an A+ idea

    We will avoid passing judgment on the way the Shelby County School Board handled the idea of outsourcing its after-school program to the YMCA.

    We simply will say that the board gets an A for imagination and a D in classroom participation. Its communication with affected families on this issue was non-existent, and the fact that the administration didn’t anticipate the outrage would merit detention.

  • A kick in the butt

    What seems like a cruel April Fool’s Day prank for smokers is actually a harsh reality today as the single largest federal tobacco tax increase ever has combined with a state tobacco tax hike to send  prices skyrocketing.

    The federal tax on a pack of cigarettes jumped 62 cents today, and the state tax doubled from 30 cents to 60 cents.

    The result is a 92-cent increase per pack, which translates to cartons of cigarettes costing around $10 more in the Commonwealth.