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Today's News

  • Mike Casey 1948-2009

    Mike Casey was eulogized Tuesday in a place where he spent a lot of productive hours: under the northern basket in the gymnasium at Shelby County High School, where in 1966 he led the Rockets to their first state basketball championship.

  • EARLIER: Schools cut many staffers

    Non-tenured employees of Shelby County schools received pink slips in their paychecks on Friday.

    School officials said that it is not unusual for employees with limited, 1-year contracts received such notices, which are required by law to be sent out by May 15, but this year all employees without tenure in the school system received non-renewal letters.

    An employee only can have tenure with five years or more time on the job.

  • 'Noise' on magistrate's mind

    Magistrate Allen Ruble's house sits some 200 feet off the road, yet sometimes in the summer he and his family are still jarred by the sound of blaring stereos or unmuffled mufflers.

    “There's been times, especially in the summers, it shakes the windows,” Ruble said. “A lot of other people have been complaining about it to me too.”

  • Simpsonville FD saves barn

    Because of the quick response time qetting to a fire, Simpsonville firefighters were able to save a barn on Scott Station Road, Fire Chief Walter Jones said.

    “We did a very good job getting there in a timely manner, and were able to confine the fire to an 8 X 8 foot corner of the barn,” he said. “Timing was everything on saving this barn.”

    The fire was called in at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at the residence of Ralph Peed at 1205 Scott Station Road, Jones said.

  • What we think: Sen. Tapp's decision must be an opportunity

    Sen. Gary Tapp’s surprise announcement last week that he would not seek re-election is  bittersweet for the voters of Shelby County and his entire district.

    Mr. Tapp has served his constituents loyally and with passion for the past 12 years, and he has been true to those who elected him, a conservative base that makes up the core of the voters in Shelby, as last fall’s election results attested.

  • Derby Day makes experts out of all of us -- sort of

    So how will you spend your Derby Day? Will there be a party, a family gathering, a TV viewing or even a trip to the track itself?

    This most wonderful celebration of Kentucky’s greatest traditions – you know, wearing crazy clothes (not just hats), drinking bourbon and throwing away good money on bad hunches – is here, but how it resonates with Shelby Countians is hard to handicap.

  • Only the mint is the same

    There are a lot of deviations of a traditional mint julep –– the signature drink for the Kentucky Derby –– but if you infuse bourbon, simple syrup, crushed ice and mint “you have everything you need for the drink except the horse,” said Ice Alen, restaurant manager at Bistro 535 in Shelbyville.

    Each year almost 120,000 juleps are served at Louisville’s Churchill Downs during the 2-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby.

  • Train hits car on 7th Street

    No one was injured in an incident last Wednesday when a train hit a car on South 7th Street, police say.

    According to the police report, Patricia Nichols, 36, of 300 Main Street in Shelbyville, stopped her car on the railroad tracks with a train coming.

    The report said the Nichols told officers her brakes failed. Police told her to step away from the car, and she did so before the train hit it.

    Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte said when the train hit the car, it knocked it into a ditch.

  • Boys track team does well at Dunbar

    The track-and-field meet at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington last weekend saw success for Shelby County's boys but not so much for the girls' team.

    "The Shelby boys did extremely well," Dunbar Track and Field Coach

    Killian Timoney said. "But the girls did not do as well overall."

    Led by their relay teams, the Rockets' boys finished in third place, and the girls wound up 12th at the 6th Annual Dunbar Bulldog/Bearcat Invitational on Saturday.

  • New Business: D & R Landscaping

    D & R Landscaping   Owned by: Donnie Hawk and Ricky Grigsby.   Address: Bluebird Drive, Shelbyville.   Phone: 321-0223 or 487-0888.   What we do: Customer satisfaction is the owners' goal. Hawk and Grigsby have 12 years landscaping experience. They have power seeders and sprayers for weed control. They also can do insect control work.