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Today's News

  • State police to hold checkpoints on July 4th weekend

    Kentucky State Police report that troopers will be conducting several checkpoints over the Fourth of July weekend, as part of the National Highway Transportation Safety Association's program.

    These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance and registration violations. There will also be special traffic enforcement in high collision areas using radar, laser and saturation patrols.

  • Flags go up in a blaze of glory

    Noble Roberts, chaplain of VFW Post 1179, said that few funeral services are as stirring as those held for Old Glory.

    "There are several different versions of flag-burning ceremonies, but all are very patriotic," he said.

    Roberts, a Coast Guard veteran who said his job was to "patch the flags" on his ship, delivered the eulogy and served as narrator at a flag-retiring ceremony held last Tuesday at Clear Creek Park by the Sons of the American Revolution and the VFW.

  • Stivers new principal at West Middle

    Lorri Stivers, a longtime resident of Shelby County, is going to get to work closer to home this fall: On Monday, she was named the new principal at West Middle School.

    And Brenda King, a veteran educator from Eastern Kentucky, was named the special education coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools.

  • Foreclosures continue to rise in Shelby

    Foreclosures are continuing to increase dramatically in Shelby County, and Shelby County Fiscal Court is partnering with a non-profit agency to help curtail that trend.

    Through nearly six months of 2009, foreclosures in Shelby County total 114, which is rapidly approaching the 142 recorded in 2008 and almost equal to the 120 in 2007.

    Todd Davis, master commissioner for Shelby Circuit Court, reported those numbers for court-ordered "judgments and orders to sell."

  • Camp teaches kids about Civil War

    School may be out for the summer, but that didn't stop some children from learning more about the Civil War this week.

    About 45 elementary-aged children attended the history camp Tuesday through Thursday, said Sharon Hackworth, an organizer of the event. This is the second year for the camp, which was  sponsored by the Shelby County Historical Society.

    Students saw and participated in reenactments of events from the 1860s, made crafts and interviewed people from the Civil War era, Hackworth said.

  • Fair's economic report: fair

    The bleachers nearly were packed with fans of the big tractors that pulled their loads down the stretch, sending a plume of thick black smoke into the air as they barreled to the finish line Saturday night. Big crowds are good news for the Shelby County A & M Association, commonly known as the fair board, which operates the fairgrounds.

  • Finchville woman honored for online course at U of L

    When you're good at what you do, it doesn't take long for others to take notice.

    Wanda Lott Collins of Finchville is a tenured associate professor at the University of Louisville, where she has for the past six years taught in the Kent School of Social Work.

  • Crime Stoppers seeks info on stolen utility trailer

    Crime Stoppers needs information about the theft of a utility trailer taken on June 21, between 2 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the 100 block of Baker Drive.

    The red, 6x12-foot trailer is an orange 2009 "Bad Boy," and there was a 60-inch, zero-turn mower on the trailer.

    The trailer had a lock securing the trailer tongue, which the thief managed to remove.

  • EARLIER: Session will tackle budget shortfall, slots

    Gov. Steve Beshear has called the General Assembly into special session next week, and legislators will be asked to do some fixing: fix a budget shortfall, fix the state's horse industry, fix bridges and fix the state's programs and incentives for attracting businesses.

    The Governor's office is estimating a budget deficit of nearly $1 billion, which he will propose to repair, at least in part, with just more than $700 million in federal stimulus dollars. The rest of the “fix” will come from budget cuts.

  • News briefs: July 1, 2009

     Holiday closings

    Some local offices and businesses have changed schedules because of the Independence Day, holiday.

    The changed times are: U.S. Post offices: Closed Saturday. Shelby County Court House and Annex: Closed Friday. Shelbyville City Hall: Closed Friday. Simpsonville Town Hall: closed Friday.

    Banks: Citizens Union, American Founders, Chase, U.S. and Republic banks, closed Saturday; State Farm Bank, closed Friday and Saturday.