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Today's News

  • East's physical play overpowers West

    After 10 years, East Middle School stood up and punched rival West in the mouth Tuesday.

    Well, at least on the football field.

    The Missiles (9-0) controlled the line of scrimmage on offense and defense with a steady running game and a high-pressure pass rush to beat West for the first time in 10 years, 36-14.

    Both teams entered the game undefeated and looking to win the regular-season title in the Mid-Bluegrass Conference, but East's defense took over late in the second quarter after West (8-1) had cut its lead to 16-14.

  • Sometimes kids teach us about sportsmanship

    Sportsmanship is a fickle thing. Sometimes, doing the right thing can have awful repercussions.

    That nearly happened to Michaela Manley during the Lady Rockets' victory in the Girls Region 5 Golf Tournament on Monday.

    Manley finished her round with an 82, but she didn't realize that she had signed a scorecard that gave her an 81.

    That turned a runaway for the Rockets into a 1-stroke victory and almost cost Shelby County a region title.

    But Manley did the right thing: She pointed out the mistake and took the requisite disqualification.

    That takes a lot guts.

  • Lady Rocket golfers take first regional title

    Candice Wiley finished with a 1-under par 71 to win the individual title, but Shelby County's girls golf team needed Madison Thomas' 99 to take the team title in Monday's Region 5 Tournament at Weissinger Hills Golf Course.

    It appeared that the Lady Rockets would coast to the title with Wiley's strong showing, which included her first hole-in-one, leading to a 333-352 lead over second-place Sacred Heart.

  • Think about buying American

    After the trauma subsided over our decision to accept the offer of the O'Brien Team for our 78-year-old family business [Pearce Motors], I began to think about the future of American manufacturing in general and the three remaining American car manufacturers in particular.

  • Cardinals wear down Rockets, 40-9

    Shelby County High School's football team hung tough as long as it could Friday before Scott County's relentless rushing attack took over and led the Cardinals to victory, 40-9.

    The Rockets (0-4, 0-1 District 8) scored the game's first nine points and held that lead through the first quarter before Scott County (3-1, 1-0) took control of the game.

    "We were very, very competitive for the first half and much of the third quarter," SCHS Coach Todd Shipley said.

  • King pleads in 1998 murder

    A Mount Eden woman facing murder for a 1998 incident involving her on-again, off-again boyfriend pleaded guilty to manslaughter last Thursday in Spencer County Circuit Court.

    Susan Jean King, 48, told Circuit Judge Charles Hickman she wanted to enter the amended plea of second-degree manslaughter pursuant to North Carolina v. Alford, meaning King does not admit guilt, but she believes it is in her best interest to plead guilty because of the evidence against her.

    King was indicted by the grand jury in April 2007 in the murder of Kyle "Deannie" Breeden.

  • SCHS tabs Zimmerman as new AD

    SCHS girls' basketball coach Sally Zimmerman got the call of a lifetime Friday when she was picked by the school to run its athletics department.

    "The tradition here is pretty amazing, so to be the one picked to oversee that and keep it going is something special," she said. "Just one day in, and I already have a regional championship [with the Lady Rockets' golf title Monday]."

  • Board shoots down Hubble

    The road to the school district's new educational campus still doesn't have a name.

    But that's not because the committee assigned to task didn't try.

    Last Thursday night the Shelby County School Board rejected a community-based committee's recommendation to name the road "Hubble Boulevard," in honor of Edwin Powell Hubble.

    Hubble was a Rhode's scholar who lived in Shelby County for a summer and went on to make monumental discoveries in the astronomy and physics. NASA later named a telescope after him.

  • School board approves $41 million budget

    The Shelby County School system will spend more than $41 million this year on educating the 6,394 students in the district.

    That means that the budget, which was passed last Thursday night, allocates a little more than $6,500 for the education of each local student.

    This is the biggest budget the board has ever passed.

    For the past two years the board has passed budgets that were expected to take out of the district's saving in order to cover expenses.

    However, each year the actual revenues have exceeded actual expenditures.

  • What makes Shelby different? You

    You leave your old Kentucky home as a teenager and move hundreds of miles away. You get a college education in a mid-sized town and move to a larger one. You know people and work with them, and you have family members nearby. You feel comforted if not content.

    Work takes you hundreds more miles away, to a bigger, sprawling city that is far more plastic and soulless than you can imagine.