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Today's News

  • Bad weather predicted for midweek

    After a prediction of really nasty weather for Monday night by the National Weather Service fizzled out, Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry said Tuesday he still planned to have road crews on standby.

    “They're saying we've got some snow moving in, not a big deal, but if the temperature drops the way they say it's going to, the roads could get really slick,” he said.

    The road crew had put spread 4,500 gallons on brine over county roads and the inner city on Monday night, about $500 worth, Henry said.

  • EARLIER: Beshear proposes cigarette tax

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's plan to fix the $456.1 million hole in the state's budget includes raising taxes on tobacco, imposing a 3-day furlough on state workers and cutting 2 percent out of state education funds.

    Beshear announced his proposal at a press conference on Thursday, and the plan could be adopted at the legislative session in January.

    The cut in the budget for schools is significant, but it's about half of what each district had been told to expect.

  • What we think: School plan recess is good idea

    The Shelby County School Board is doing the right thing by taking another look at its rollout plans for its new campus West of Shelbyville.

    The design of the schools and the long-range concept are excellent. The green facilities will be an example for all future construction in the county.

  • Lady Rockets struggle against Sacred Heart

    The Shelby County girls’ basketball team got behind early and couldn’t dig out, falling, 61-40, to Sacred Heart  on Saturday in the Shooting for the Cure classic at the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Arena.

    “It was your typical Sacred Heart team,” SCHS Coach Sally Zimmerman said. “They gave a lot of different looks with a full-court press, and we had trouble advancing the ball.”

  • West holds off East in county battle

    Though West Middle School completed the sweep of cross-county rival East with a 38-27 victory Monday, the game was a far cry from the first time the two teams met.

    On Nov. 20 meeting the Warriors (10-2) raced out to a 30-0 lead and coasted to a 22-point triumph.

    But this time East (5-11) didn't wilt against West's full-court pressure. The Missiles kept the game close, down, 10-5, at the end of the first quarter and 14-10 at halftime. East even cut the lead to just two, 14-12, at the start of the third quarter.

  • Multifaceted coach earns Hall of Fame nod

    When SCHS teacher Phil Bell turned the corner he noticed a lobby full of baseball players, school staff and family - something pretty unusual for a typical Wednesday afternoon.

    The group had gathered to surprise and congratulate Bell on being named a to the KHSAA Baseball Hall of Fame, with an induction this weekend in Lexington.

    "I knew they had put all the stats together, but when I didn't hear anything, I didn't think about it," he said. "This is a great honor."

  • Rockets’ attitudes turn South green with envy

    Many looked at last Friday’s Shelby/South Oldham game as two mirror image teams, but that wasn’t the case.

    If you watched the opening quarter, or even just the opening drive, you could tell easily the difference between these two teams.

    Though both were 0-8, one was determined to get that first victory while the other was just going through the motions.

    Shelby County, with a winless record, was quick on its collective feet, hard-hitting, strong-willed and ready to play football.

  • Two very different bloomers for indoors
  • Shelby County farmers rode ups and downs of the ag economy in '08

    While the general economy went into a tailspin in 2008, the nation's and the county's agriculture sector rode a roller coaster. Commodity prices hit delirious highs and gut wrenching lows -- sometimes within the span of a few months.

    While some farmers enjoyed record setting prices in 2008 -- at least for a few months -- all farmers had to endure higher input costs, especially of fuel and nitrogen fertilizer. Diesel fuel topped $5 a gallon for a period of a few months in late summer.

  • Ready for next year

    The SCHS football team was already young when this season started, then the Rockets lost several players early on to injuries.

    Most of those players returned by the end of year, but Shelby County never recovered from the loss of quarterback Branden Cresap for the season and several others for key games.

    However, despite finishing this year with a 1-10 record, the staff and players are already preparing for next season.