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Today's News

  • Relatives spice up a Bland reunion

     To say that the Bland family's annual reunion will be "different" is putting it mildly.

    The Blands, a family that can trace its ancestry back to medieval times in England and include a former Shelbyville mayor, are having a larger reunion than most folks. In fact, they're inviting the entire country.

    The Bland National Family Reunion, held at the Stratton Center in Shelbyville last weekend, is a tradition that has been ongoing for the past 25 years, since a group of local Blands met up in Elizabethtown with Blands from Colorado and South Carolina.

  • Tapp mum on plans for cash

    With no opponent in his last election, state Sen. Gary Tapp is sitting on a significant amount of campaign contributions, money  he no longer will need because he isn’t seeking re-election in 2010.

    Kentucky Registry of Election Finance Records show Tapp had just less than $69,000 in campaign funds as of the last reporting date, Nov. 7, 2008.

    State law does not allow a candidate to keep leftover funds but does allow the candidate some options for spending the money. By law, Tapp can:

  • EARLIER: What we think: It's time for answers on bypass delay

    The construction project for the Shelbyville Bypass has skidded into a mountain of mud at the end of a dead-end street. What has appeared obvious to anyone who has taken a look at the empty roadbed and the lack of action is true: Gridlock has emerged on the construction of a highway that is supposed to prevent just that. There have been many questions from local residents and officials about the lack of progress they were seeing on a road that many hoped would completed soon, and now we learn that the contractor, Kay & Kay Construction of London, has worked

  • EARLIER: Board to consider athletic facilities for new high school

    When  the Shelby County School Board meets Thursday night, it will consider approving outdoor athletic facilities for the Martha Layne Collins High School that is now under construction.

  • Canadian tobacco bill stalls

    A Canadian newspaper is reporting that a measure to ban all flavorings in tobacco imported into that country has hit a snag.

    The Globe and Mail reported the law, Bill C-32, has stalled in that country's Senate following its approval by the lower chamber, the House of Commons. Senators now say they will not take up the bill until September at the earliest, the newspaper reported.

  • Local fans mourn loss of music icon

    Debbie Tapp of Shelbyville said the first time she saw Michael Jackson was on The Ed Sullivan Show when she was 7 years old.

    Now Tapp and other Shelby County residents are dealing with the death of the “King of Pop” on Thursday.

    “His music blessed my spirit a lot when he got down to the sensitive side,” Tapp said. “He's 'gone too soon.' ”

  • Shelbyville Police Reports July 22, 2009

     

     Traffic related  

    Leshaun D. Evans of 1019 Henry Clay Street in Shelbyville was arrested Saturday on Mack Walters Road and charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, first-degree wanton endangerment, operating on a suspended or revoked operator's license and possession of marijuana.

  • 11-year-olds finish third in State

    Shelby County's 11-year-olds wound up in third place in Cal Ripken League State Tournament play this past weekend.

    Shelby County had won its first two games before facing perennial power South Lexington Saturday. Despite what Coach Scott Corn called “a great pitching effort” by Will McDonald, Shelby County lost, 7-4, to South Lexington.

  • Waits named jailer of the year

    Bobby Waits says his friends mean a lot to him, so when they awarded him Jailer of the Year, he was very pleased.

    "It's quite on honor to be chosen out of a hundred and twenty-three people who are all friends and peers," he said.

    Waits isn't so much a surprise winner. He has been one of the top three nominees for the past five years for this 13-year-old award.

    Campbell County Jailer Greg Buckler, who received the award last year, echoed Waits' sentiments about what an honor it is to be recognized by the other jailers.

  • Datebook July 8, 2009

    Community datebook

    Public meetings

    Shelby County School Board meets Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Central Office.

    This week

    Amber Oaks event

    The community breakfast and bingo is 9-10:30 a.m. today at the Amber Oaks Assisted Living Community in Shelbyville. Seniors and care-givers are invited to be guests for a light breakfast, bingo and prizes. The event is every third Wednesday.)

    Computer classes