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Today's News

  • Tractor-trailer wrecks on interstate ramp

    A tractor-trailer wrecked Thursday morning when the driver lost control of the rig on the rain-slick pavement of I-64 eastbound.

    Shelbyville Police Officer Bruce Gentry said the driver, who was going up the exit 32B ramp at about 40 miles per hour, was not injured and that no other vehicles were involved in the accident.

    “I just thank God no one was hurt,” said truck driver Allan Winnings of Tennessee. “I don’t even want to think about what could have happened if somebody had been behind me.”

  • Strong effort in tough times makes the Crusade for Children a success

    Despite money being tight for a lot of people these days, the 56th annual WHAS Crusade for Children fundraising saw only a 3 percent overall decrease in Shelby County. Better still, this past weekend saw three of the seven participating local fire departments actually improved upon their 2008 totals.

    The total raised by all local fire departments this year was $157,217.70 - compared to $162,077.18 in 2008.

    The fire departments from Mt. Eden, Shelbyville, and Waddy all gathered more in 2009 than they did last year.

  • Curbside recycling coming to Shelby

    The general consensus Dan Staples said he hears around the county is “we would recycle if curbside recycling was available.” Seeing the need, Staples, along with Jason Whisman and Jeff Long, want to make that option a reality and are working to get Living Green Curbside Recycling off the ground. “In the county there are no other curbside recycling services available,” Staples said. “We kicked around this idea for a year among business owners, family and friends.

  • Parker joins Shelby Veterinary Clinic

    Bring Laura Parker your dogs and cats; your horses, dairy cows and beef cattle. And your sheep, goats and pigs, too. Just leave your snakes at home.

    “I think the only animals I don't like are reptiles, snakes,” Parker said.

    Parker became the fourth veterinarian at Shelby Veterinary Clinic when she started work on Monday. She joins owner Dr. Melissa Lipps, Dr. Stephen Burchett and Dr. Rocky Oliver.

  • Animal shelter strives to stay "No Kill"

    James Collins stroked the head of "Willie," a cuddly Yorkie with a blue ribbon in his hair, as he talked about an email that had a caused a stir in the community.

    His email, which had been sent out community wide on Wednesday, read, "With tears flowing, I have made the decision that we must euthanize on Friday if we cannot move the animals currently listed on Pet Finder. Please help us now."

    Collins said that email has accomplished what he hoped it would: Enough animals were adopted so that euthanization will not be necessary.

  • Lady Rockets' rally falls short in 6-4 loss

    OWENSBORO – After a quick start, the Lady Rockets couldn’t hold Ashland Blazer back.

    The girls saw a 2-0 lead turn into a 6-2 deficit before scoring twice late in the game to trim the final margin to 6-4.

    The loss knocked Shelby County from the softball State Tournament Friday, ending the Lady Rockets’ season.

    Early on it looked as if the Lady Rockets would rebound from a tough first-round loss to Christian County.

  • Community Datebook

    Public meetings

    Thursday -- Shelbyville City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 315 Washington St.

    Saturday -- The Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring a short walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Family Activity Center. Participants will receive a free pass to the Family Activity Center.

    Tuesday -- Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Waldridge Center.

    Tuesday - Shelby County Democratic Women's Club meets 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center.

    Tuesday -- Historic District Commission meets at 5:30 p.m., 627 Main St.

  • Shelbyville amends 2008-09 budget for $500,000 difference

    When trying to follow budget estimates during the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the City of Shelbyville could feel the tough times of America.

    On Thursday, the Shelbyville City Council approved the first reading of an amendment to that budget to show actual spending was about 20 percent higher ($500,000) than originally had been estimated, mostly because of overtime for the police and fire departments.

  • EARLIER: Teen's happiness cut short

    Four days before her high school graduation, Samantha Mathus-Cooper, 18, a bride of only 58 days, was looking forward to a bright future and a lifetime of happiness with her new husband.

    Then - in an instant example of life's worst fates - she was gone.

    Mathus-Cooper died just after 9 p.m. Tuesday in one of those tragic automobile accidents that leaves her family, friends, classmates and her husband struggling to believe and understand.

  • SCHS grads celebrate and pause to remember

    FRANKFORT - Memories, laughter and tears were in abundance Friday night at the Frankfort Convention Center during the commencement ceremonies for Shelby County High School's Class of 2009.

    After the national anthem and the stirring strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" died away, a packed auditorium listened to remarks by several speakers, including interim Principal Michael Rowe and Valedictorian David Baxter Matthews.

    Special music included "Sweet Memories" and "Like an Eagle."