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Today's News

  • Items needed for Backpack Project

    The sight of canned goods stacked in piles has become increasingly common at local medical offices in recent weeks.

    Local heath care providers are collecting food for needy children in the community.

    Diana Shoemaker, who has organized the food drive, said all of the food will be donated to help support the Shelby County Backpack Project. She said local medical offices, hospitals, and doctors have rallied around Backpack Projects' concern for providing food for needy children in the area.

  • Community datebook

    Support groups

    Aug. 28 -- Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder meets 7-8:30 p.m. at the Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky, 2210 Goldsmith Lane, #118, Louisville. For additional information, call the LDA office at 502-473-1256.

    Public can attend

    Aug. 27 -- Shelby County High School's SBDM meeting 3:30 p.m.

    Aug. 27 - The Housing Authority of Shelbyville Board of Commissioners meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Housing Authority Administrative/Community Building.

  • Rockets slip past Lafayette

    The SCHS football team wrapped up the preseason with a scrimmage against Lafayette Friday at Daniel Field.

    The Rockets won 26-23 in a game that was tight throughout.

    The 26 points was a good sign because Shelby County had just one returning starter --lineman Matt Axline -- playing on offense, and were missing two starters -- lineman Matt Spencer and receiver Matt Page.

    Branden Cresap completed nearly 60 percent of his passes and threw for four touchdowns -- hitting Ben Axline twice for scores, Zay Harris and Tavis Elzy once.

  • SCHS volleyball wins two straight

    The Shelby County girls' volleyball team improved to 2-2 on the season with wins over Anderson County and Henry County.

    The girls topped Henry 2-1 Monday (21-15, 25-15, 27-25).

    "It was a 'W,' but I was a bit disappointed with the level of play," SCHS head coach Felicia Pace said. "We had more attacking than Henry but couldn't find enough power to put it to the floor. Our passing had moments of complete breakdown, but we were able to hang in there enough to take the match."

    Pace said consistency is all she's looking for from the girls.

  • Lady Rocket golfers getting hot

    The Shelby County girls' golf team started the season with four straight top three finishes and they have only continued to get better.

    The Lady Rockets turned that hot start into their first win of the season, taking home the title in the Central Hardin Invitational on Aug. 16. The girls then whipped Scott County by nine strokes in match play on Aug. 19. Then at Mt. Sterling Golf Course over the weekend the Lady Rockets shot their lowest team score ever -- a 334 -- finishing second in the Montgomery County Invitational.

  • Trash class: Studying society through trash

    Local teachers Joe Franzen and Thom Coffee recently gave their students a first hand experience on a archeological dig where they learned about a strange and unknown culture.

    But they didn't have to get on a plane to Egypt or Israel. In fact, they didn't even leave their classroom - they just had to root through the trash from the teacher's lounge.

    Franzen and Coffee, both history teachers at West Middle School, recently gave their students a lesson in garbagology - the study of trash.

  • A pig in a bullpen: Family adopts orphan potbellied pig

    They named him Wilbur although the Sherrod family isn't sure if the potbellied pig someone dropped off near their home is a boy or girl.

    Whatever the sex, Wilbur likes apples and he really likes bread. And he isn't afraid of bulls.

    Wilbur was one of two potbellied pigs the Sherrod family found wandering their property a little over a week ago. Apparently they were castoffs from someone who didn't like the pigs' rooting - Wilbur wears a nose ring.

  • School menus - August 25-29

    Monday -- BBQ pork rib or pizza stick, corn on cob, green beans, pear, mandarin oranges or pineapple, milk

    B = Sausage biscuit or oatmeal

    Tuesday -- Hamburger or cheese-burger or chili dog, French fries, ketchup/mustard, lettuce/ tomato, salad dressing/ mayo, pickle/ onion, pear, mandarin oranges or pine-apple, milk (Simpsonville has Little Caesar's pizza

    B = Sausage pancake bites or breakfast bun

  • What's the motive?

    As all know, energy costs for fuels of every kind is high. It is so elevated that many who must commute to work are dipping into any reserves of cash and reducing such essentials as food items for their families. You would think that such situations would bring our Democratic majority of congressional members to action in order to combat this tragedy to their constituents. This does not appear to be the case! Instead, these misguided legislators divert any action taking place in congress to ineffective and laughable performances.

  • Waits named president of jailers association

    Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits has been elected president of the Kentucky Jailers Association (KJA) for the third time.

    That's quite an honor considering there are 74 jailers in Kentucky, said Marshall Long, executive director of the KJA.

    "He's one of the better jailers in the state," Long said. "He does an excellent job and he runs a good, tight ship. He works hard and he's well-respected by other jailers."

    Waits acknowledged that while heading up the association is indeed an honor, the position involves a lot of traveling back and forth to Frankfort.