Today's News

  • Fred Ruble: 1936-2011

    A light went out in Shelby County on Wednesday with the passing of a man who was not only a dedicated public servant but also a devoted family man.

    Fred Ruble, 74, was a former Shelby County Sheriff, serving in that capacity from 1983-89. He was also a former state government employee and school bus driver.

    Shelby County Deputy Judge-Executive Rusty Newton said it will not be same in Bagdad  without Ruble, who has lived there with his wife, Geneva, since they were married in 1955.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports, May 6, 2011


    Miguel Gonzalez, 52, of 1649 North 17th Ave. in Melrose Park, Ill., was arrested May 1 at Taylorsville Road and Howard Drive and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense.

    Jose Juan Carlos Quixan, 24, of 310 Midland Drive in Shelbyville was arrested April 28 on Benson Pike and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense, no operator’s license and failure to maintain insurance.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County man is aboard Derby horse No. 1

    LOUISVILLE – Jon Court got his start as a jockey breaking horses…at a very young age.

    “When I was a kid, I’d wear out the springs on my rocking horse,” Court said last week. “I know I got bucked off a couple times too, and they had to put new springs on it.”

    Court, 50, now has reached a new ride in life.

  • Business Briefcase: May 6, 2011

    Chamber’s Goodwin earns

    state’s top certification level

    Shelley Goodwin, executive director of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, has earned the Kentucky Accredited Chamber Executive status from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives.

    The KYACE is the only state certification and a steppingstone in line to the only national certification for chamber professionals and is designed to assess the applicant’s knowledge of the core chamber management areas.

  • WICHE: Too much water can swamp some plants

    Unless you are cultivating cranberries or rice, all this rain is likely thwarting your spring gardening plans. It sure is for many farmers in our area, which is my primary concern.

    While perspective is important in these matters, many homeowners may see a little stress in their landscapes as a result of over a week of soaking rain.

    So how does excessive precipitation effect plants? Well, in every way possible.

  • County gives annual funds to fire departments

    Two fire departments will be buying new equipment soon, thanks to county funding.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday allotted the Bagdad and Shelbyville Fire Departments $5,000 each as part of the county’s annual allotment to the seven fire districts in Shelby County.

    Shelbyville Fire Chief Willard “Tiger” Tucker said his department would use their money to purchase personal protective equipment.

    “We are going to put it in our volunteer budget to buy some personal protective gear and some radio equipment,” he said.

  • Simpsonville’s budget shows growing surplus

    A couple of short-term projects have helped the City of Simpsonville boost its long-term bank account.

    In the budget for 2011-12 that city commissioners passed on first reading Tuesday night, the city shows a 50 percent increase in the surplus it will carry over from the current budget, a boost by $200,000 up to $600,000.

    That’s perhaps the most noteworthy number on the document, and it exists outside of the $965,400 operating budget, which is up 3.1 percent from 2010-11.

  • Sports Bulletin Board: May 4, 2011

    Titans soccer clinic
    Train with the Collins High School boys’ soccer team from 6-8 p.m. May16-19 at Collins. Registration is $50, and includes a replica Titans training shirt. Deadline is May 6. Participation is open to all boys and girls in grades 1-8. Participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle, shin guards (required), soccer socks and ball with cleats optional. For more info call Scott Cress 647-1160 or e-mail scott.cress@shelby.kyschools.us
    West Middle spring football practice

  • Upcoming schedule: June 9, 2011

    JUNE 9

    5:30 p.m.: University of Louisville's Cardinal Caravan at the Shelby County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

  • Sports Digest: May 4, 2011

    Collins sweeps cancer tourney

    The Collins softball team won all three of its games this past weekend in its Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament.

    The host Titans topped North Bullitt, 7-2, Friday before beating Paul Dunbar, 7-2, and Covington Holmes, 15-1, on Saturday.

    In the victory over the Eagles (4-14 at that point), junior Jeneca Thomas struck out 13 and allowed only two hits. She got all the offensive help she would need in the first inning on Rebecca Mouser’s three-run homer.