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Today's News

  • EARLIER: Bell has been treated for AIDs

     A Shelbyville minister jailed on charges of  sodomizing and sexually abusing a juvenile has AIDS, family sources said.

    James H. Bell, 47, pastor of Refuge Temple Church of God in Christ, was arrested and charged with third-degree sodomy, second-degree sexual abuse and first-degree wanton endangerment after confessing to police that he had unprotected deviant sex with a 15-year-old while knowing that he was infected with the HIV virus.

  • Fiscal court revises ordinances, makes new appointment

    Shelby County Fiscal Court attended to a variety of housekeeping items at its meeting on Tuesday night, including revisions to several ordinances.

    Magistrates approved a first reading of an ordinance declaring a moratorium on zoning map amendments in part of unincorporated Shelby County.

    They also voted in favor of a first reading for an ordinance repealing an existing ordinance concerning solid waste, favoring a revised document.

  • Bulldogs dominate 3rd Region foes

    The Cornerstone Christian Academy boys’ basketball team coasted through the KCAA 3rd Region Tournament last weekend to advance to the KCAA State Tournament.

    The Bulldogs whipped Danville, 84-24, in the opening game.

    “Everybody got to play, and I thought we played pretty well,” Cornerstone Coach Chris Armstrong said. “I’ve been really happy with the way our younger guys have been coming along. Because of that, we only had to play our starters, probably less than half the game.”

  • Be careful about what, where, when you burn

    With all the loose wood and other debris lying around, the Shelby County Fire and Emergency Services Association urges the community to know and follow the open burn laws.

    No opening burning is allowed within the city limits of Shelbyville, but the remainder of the county has no such restrictions. The state does have restrictions that would apply to various situations.

    Paul Whitman, assistant director of Shelby County Emergency Management Agency, said the best thing people can do is to be informed before burning anything.

  • JHS has rough start to ‘09

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, coming off a solid financial year for 2008, is feeling the effects of the economic downturn early in 2009.

    In a report to the Leadership Shelby Class for 2009, JHS CEO Michael Collins said he was pleased with his facility’s performance last year but admits he has concerns as the new year unfolds.

    Collins reported that Jewish’s margins were up by 3 percent in 2008, a significant improvement from the 1 percent margin in 2007, but attaining those numbers this year may be a struggle.

  • Hickman named vice chief regional judge

    Kentucky Supreme Court Justice John Minton named Circuit Judge Charles Hickman vice chief regional judge for the 6th Supreme Court District earlier this month.

    “It was an honor for him to call and name me to the position,” Hickman said.

    The vice chief regional judge serves in an administrative capacity for the 6th Supreme Court District, which includes Shelby and its surrounding counties. The district stretches to northern Kentucky and includes a total of 21 counties.

  • No surprises, few thrills in girls' tourney

    The girls' 8th Region Tournament at South Oldham has unfolded like most thought it would.

    The first two days of the tournament saw just one district winner lose: Owen County (19-8) fell, 43-40, to a surging Oldham County (13-15) squad.

    The tournament's opening game on Monday almost provided the biggest surprise.

  • EARLIER: Ice, limbs, and potholes, oh my!

    From ice to fallen limbs to potholes - a wild winter's impact keeps commuting citizens stressed and those responsible for tending to them plenty busy.

    Through the winter months salt is put down on roads to melt ice and keep the roads clear for travel. But as the ice turns to liquid, it flows into cracks, eventually refreezing and putting significant stress on the pavement. As the ice thaws again, the leftover water washes away loose pieces of the road, leaving behind enlarged splits and potholes.

  • Men arraigned on charges of molestation

    Two men charged in two different cases of sexual abuse involving a minor child have been arraigned.

    Anthony Watkins, 37, of Waddy was arraigned Wednesday in Shelby Circuit Court, and James  Bell, 47, of Shelbyville was arraigned last week.

  • 'Slumdog Millionaire' shares a different take on rags to riches

    Slumdog Millionaire

    5 out of 5 stars

    Director: Danny Boyle

    Starring: Dev Patel, Irrfan Khan, Anil Kapoor, Madhur Mittal, Freida Pinto

    Rated: R for some violence, disturbing images and language.

    Released: Nov. 12, 2008 (Limited); Wider re-release is in the works

    Running time: 2 hours

     Slumdog Millionaire shows you don't need money to be rich.