Today's News

  • A crafty concept

    Funny how one hobby can lead to another and that hobby sometimes gets out of hand and grows into a business. That's what happened to Tyler Bitzer.

    Bitzer, 16-year-old son of Tammy and Craig Bitzer of Bagdad, has shown cattle with his younger brother. Kolt, since they were young enough to walk under a cow without stooping.

  • Fair starts 10-day run on Thursday

    Fans of loud music and screaming kids brace yourselves: the Himalaya is back.

    Crews from Drew Exposition were setting up the crowd favorite, which has been missing in action for the past couple of years, on the Shelby County Fairgrounds on Monday.

    It will join other carnival rides at the 147th Shelby County Fair, which opens Thursday and runs through June 27.

  • Let Simba relieve your stress

    Strategy – nah.

    Motivational speech – not necessary.

    Settle nerves – not really.

    No, the Lady Rockets and their coaches weren’t focused on any of those things before Wednesday’s 8th Region championship game.

    No, instead they were chatting about Simba, the circle of life and the songs “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Hakuna Matata.”

    Yep, the movie “The Lion King” was the main topic of conversation.

  • Lady Rockets take 8th Region Crown

    Oldham County had cut the Lady Rockets' lead to 6-2 in the top of the seventh inning of the 8th Region final Wednesday night and had a runner on third when senior pitcher Haleigh LeCompte gathered the infielders around her.

    "They got a couple of hits and scored, and I just told them, 'OK, seriously, we need to buckle down and get these outs,’" she said.

  • Southside chooses Rowe

    Michael Rowe, who served as interim principal at Shelby County High School for 2008-09, has been chosen as the new principal at Southside Elementary, and Lisa Waller, principal at Silver Creek Elementary in Berea, will be the new Elementary Instructional Supervisor for Shelby County Public Schools.

    Their appointments were announced Tuesday by Shelby County Public Schools.

    Rowe will replace Sue Ellen Caldwell, who is retiring, and Waller fills the vacancy created by the move of B.J. Martin to a job with the Kentucky Department of Education.

  • Shelbyville OKs new standards for commercial areas

    A new zoning district soon may set stricter standards for the quality of construction in some areas of Shelbyville.

    City Council approved on first reading Thursday a new ordinance proposed by Ryan Libke, Executive Director of the Triple S Planning Commission, to create a zoning district aimed at promoting high quality development along commercial corridors.

    Libke’s measure cites commercial corridors that have been developed haphazardly and others that have deteriorated and are in need of visual improvements.

  • Martinrea's closing is 'big blow' in community

    The demise of one of Shelby County's industrial giants was, in the end, quick, but it won't be painless.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty, who received the official letter Tuesday of the closing of Martinrea Heavy Stamping, called that shutdown "a big blow to this community."

    County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger agreed.

  • We congratulate: Teamwork shown in burglary arrest

    Law enforcement officials in six counties worked together recently to arrest a man they believe is responsible for dozens of burglaries.

    We shall see if their arrest carries through to conviction, but we are buoyed by the teamwork we saw from the Shelbyville Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Simpsonville Police and agencies from around the region.

  • Memorial fund created for lightning victim

    A memorial fund has been set up for the family of Brian Larsh, a Shelby Industries employee who died June 12, two days after being struck by lightning outside the company's plant on McDaniels Road.

    Larsh, a resident of Springfield, was struck just before noon on June 10, when he left the building to stand under a tree during a thunderstorm when he saw his daughter approaching to pick him up.

    Vivek Sarin, president and CEO of Shelby Industries, said Larsh, 44, had worked for the company for two years as a press operator and was well liked by everyone.

  • Auto vacations still aren't as simple as we once had hoped

     I remember when I was a boy bemoaning our 16-hour rides to visit my grandmother in south Mississippi that my Dad would tell me that someday, in my lifetime, I would be able to get in a car, tell it where I wanted it to go and just let it take me there. The roads and something we didn’t even know – technology – would do the rest.