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Today's News

  • Boards may get more members

    Two boards of appointed Shelbyville leaders may soon need to pull up a few extra seats.

    Separate ordinances were brought before the Shelbyville City Council on Thursday, one calling to increase the number of code enforcement board members from three to five, and the other to bump the Historic District Commission from five to seven members.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said the same reasoning justifies increasing the size of both groups.

  • Tapp: Adoption bill's chances 'slim'

     Senate Bill 68, a measure that would prohibit unmarried couples from becoming adoptive or foster parents, is running out of time to make it through this session of the legislature, said the bill's sponsor, state Sen. Gary Tapp.

    “The chances of it going anywhere in the House are slim,” Tapp said. “It's just a little late in the session.”

    Tapp said the bill would have strong support in both houses of the legislature if it could make it to the floor for a vote in both chambers.

  • What we think: New FDA rules really do stink

    The emerging problem of what we will do with dead livestock in Shelby County is a critical issue that will require a unique solution.

    Last week the FDA announced its new restrictions in how these animals must be handled before they are transported for processing, requiring that skull and spinal cord tissue must be removed as steps to limit spread of bacteria that cause mad cow disease.

    That goal is appreciated – the disease kills people – but these restrictions need to be rethought, because their side effects are untenable for farmers.

  • We congratulate: Our kids make us very proud

     Have you noticed lately how many students from Shelby County are winning awards?

    We have individuals and teams winning regional, state and even national awards. Almost every day brings a new note from a teacher or administrator in a school or a proud family member touting the accomplishment of someone.

    There are athletes, musicians, dancers, singers, actors, filmmakers, essayists, speakers, spellers and just plain old visionaries being honored from here to Washington, D.C., and back. Some local winners are still competing on bigger stages,

  • Rockets rally past Simon Kenton in region opener

    Nigel Beach's two free throws with 18.7 seconds to play proved to be the difference Thursday night as the Shelby County Rockets topped Simon Kenton, 42-39, in the first round of the 8th Region Tournament at Henry County.

     

    Beach's heroics came on the heels of Daryl Hicks' two free throws at 41.8 that tied the score at 39.

     

  • County says yes to Sunday liquor sales

    The ongoing battle about Sunday alcohol sales in the county finally has come to an end.

    With a full house in attendance, the Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday night in favor of an ordinance allowing liquor to be sold in county restaurants on Sunday.

  • Simpsonville residents offer ideas for city's future

    Simpsonville residents went to an old place Thursday night to discuss ideas for something entirely new.

    More than two dozen of them gathered around tables on the floor of the old Simpsonville Gym to brainstorm ideas on how the city might plan to develop a new downtown district along the U.S. 60 corridor.

    Simpsonville’s Town Council voted last fall to hire a consulting firm – HTNB of Louisville --- to pursue this concept, and Thursday’s session was the public’s first involvement, other than comments in town council meetings.

  • EARLIER: Draw favors Rockets chance to repeat

    On paper, things appear to be looking up for the SCHS boys’ basketball team.

    North Oldham, Anderson County and Shelby are the favorites heading into the 8th Region Tournament, which tips off tonight at Henry County High School. And after North was upset by South Oldham in the 29th District Championship, Shelby’s loss to Anderson now feels lucky.

    Because of the way the KHSAA rules, Shelby could not be on the same side of the bracket as Anderson, and North Oldham's loss required it to play a district champ.

  • Black history presentation set for Thursday at library

    In recognition of Black History Month, a program will be held at the Shelby County Public Library this Thursday night spotlighting the Black 43rd Aviation Squadron at Bowman Field during World War II.

    The program will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Hudson Room.

    The program will be presented by Dr. Bruce Tyler, professor of history at the University of Louisville.

    Photos of the squadron are already on display at the library on the main floor at the circulation desk.

  • EARLIER: Bell has been treated for AIDs

     A Shelbyville minister jailed on charges of  sodomizing and sexually abusing a juvenile has AIDS, family sources said.

    James H. Bell, 47, pastor of Refuge Temple Church of God in Christ, was arrested and charged with third-degree sodomy, second-degree sexual abuse and first-degree wanton endangerment after confessing to police that he had unprotected deviant sex with a 15-year-old while knowing that he was infected with the HIV virus.