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Today's News

  • County finances in the red

    The bad news is that the county government is experiencing a budget deficit.

    The good news is that it's nothing they can't handle.

    At least, according to Shelby County Deputy Judge Executive Rusty Newton, who said that the exact amount of the shortfall has yet to be determined.

    "We have to examine that issue in a finance committee meeting that we are having next week,” he said. "We won't have those numbers until then, because it will depend upon the deficit of occupational taxes.”

  • Local product could help farmers

    An animal dietary supplement made in Simpsonville is being researched by Western Kentucky University as a possible means of improving animal mortality rates and bolstering farmer’s profit margins.

    Gov. Steve Beshear presented WKU with a check for $26,257 on Tuesday to fund research into Re-Borne, a product that is designed to protect horses and livestock from contracting deadly diseases and boost their performance.

  • Candlelight vigil held for local woman who died in jail

    More than 200 people braved frigid temperatures last Friday night to gather in front of the Frankfort Regional Jail, where a local woman died three months ago.

    Ana Romero, 44, of Shelbyville, was a native of El Salvador who was jailed and slated for deportation because she was in the country illegally. Although she was taken to the Shelby County Detention Center when she was arrested, she was transferred to the Frankfort facility where she was held for several months while awaiting deportation.

  • EARLIER: Murder suspect still at large

    Whoever murdered James Duckett remains at large today as police try to piece together a trail of evidence.

    Kentucky State Police officers continue to collect information in an attempt to locate the killer, who fled in Duckett’s truck and dumped it several miles away, just off Taylorsville Road west of Shelbyville.

  • Armed men at large

    Two armed men remain at large after holding up the Starting Gate food mart and Chevron station in Simpsonville Wednesday afternoon.

    The two men, described as young Hispanic males, held up the clerk at the store shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday.

    “They did pull a weapon on the clerk,” said Shelby County Sheriff's detective Jason Rice.

    The two men got away with an undetermined amount of money and were last seen traveling toward Todds Point Road in a maroon SUV.

  • What we think: Should Stumbo's ban from schools be lifted?

     Scott Stumbo, the man that should never have been hired, again is battling his former employer, the Shelby County School District.

    At question is whether Stumbo, who was fired this year after he was charged with making inappropriate sexual comments to a student, should remain barred from school grounds and functions  involving his two daughters, who attend Shelby County High School and Simpsonville Elementary.

  • Board considers redistricting plan

    Laura Floyd isn't sure where her children will be sent to school next year.

    Floyd, who has a kindergartener and second-grader at Simpsonville Elementary School, is one of the 35 local parents who were notified last month that their child might be redistricted to Southside Elementary School because of overcrowding at Simpsonville.

    Floyd and many other parents were angered by the change and asked for alternative solutions.

  • Part I: First days of WWII: training and deployment

     In my last column, about the Great Depression, I wrote that, upon being commissioned in the regular U. S. Marine Corps in 1937, "My future was assured."

    I had in mind my economic future, for the seeds of war were already germinating in the Far East and in Europe.  Many of the 81 second lieutenants, who joined me for Marine officer training in Philadelphia that year would not survive World War II.

  • Officers nearly killed in drug raid

    Three people are in jail for attempted murder after a drug raid in which a police officer narrowly escaped with his life.

    The near-deadly incident happened Thursday night when Shelbyville Police officers entered an apartment at 1427 Main Street in Shelbyville, SPD Maj. Danny Goodwin said.  

  • A reason to be thankful

    Mary Tingle has a special person to give thanks for this holiday season.

    Tingle said was devastated recently when she returned home from shopping and realized she had lost her diamond rings.

    Although very valuable, the cash value of the jewelry was not uppermost in her mind. She was concerned about their sentimental value.