Today's News

  • Barely scratching the Surface

    In 2015, you would be hard-pressed to find a clichéclassroom with a teacher standing at a blackboard, monotonously repeating a textbook lesson.

    Educators now understand that students learn best through collaboration, group work and hands-on lessons.

    To support this innovative method of learning, schools across the nation are tossing out the pencils, papers, textbooks and folders and upgrading to tech-friendly classrooms, integrating 1:1 technology initiatives.

  • A labor of love

    Each year since 1984 the nation has honored its workforce with a break from the hustle and bustle of a typical workday.  The September holiday gives hard workers an opportunity for a day of rest to enjoy family time, barbeque with friends or get a quick last summer vacation with an extended weekend.

    Some companies, however, go above and beyond when it comes to expressing gratitude to their employees.

  • Reaching the masses

    Churches across the nation are coming to the realization that a significant amount of their members are being left out.

    The baby boomer generation, generally considered to be American citizens born between 1946 and 1964, is considered to be the wealthiest and most active generation.

    “They have some uniqueness about them,” said Jene Hedden, a clinical therapist at Whitten Psychological Services.  “They don’t like to be called old.”

  • Fairness group asking fiscal court to fill seats

    About a dozen members of the Shelby County chapter of the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and Shelbyville Fairness attended Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court in an effort to fuel efforts to fill seats on the county’s human rights commission.

    Holding bright yellow signs bearing the words, “Fill the seats,” the group gathered around the front door of the Stratton Community Center prior to the meeting and when the meeting began about half of them attended.

  • County sets tax rate

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court met in a special called meeting Thursday, setting the county tax rate at 11 cents per $100 dollars.

    The meeting followed a public hearing that was called at 8:30 a.m. but no one from the public showed up.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger told magistrates he recommended that the tax rate stay the same as last year.

    “This has been reviewed by the finance committee, and I’d like to recommend the exact same number as the year before,” he said.

    The vote was unanimous, at 5-0.

  • County gets grant money for Diageo


  • How sweet is it

    For nearly three decades, Tastes and Tunes has tantalized tastebuds of thousands in the community, and this year promises to rise to that reputation in a big way, organizers say.

    “It’s going to be fantastic,” said Shelly Goodwin, executive director of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

    The 29th annual event, a fundraiser for the chamber is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, will have something for everyone, with 20 food vendors, offering dishes of all ethnic origins, including Italian, Mexican, and of course, American culinary delights.

  • DUIs, injury accidents down

    Last year’s highway statistics showed a marked improvement from past years in terms of safety, with fewer drivers arrested for driving while intoxicated and nearly a quarter fewer injury accidents.

    And that decrease in injury accidents even came with an increase in overall accidents, although by a small margin. Fatalities did increase by one in 2014, up to 6, but that number included several unusual accidents, and none involving two vehicles.

  • School tax rate expected to remain unchanged

    The Shelby County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street, to discuss the tax rate for fiscal year 2016.

    The board has already shared their aspiration at two former meetings to not increase the rate.

    Superintendent James Neihof said Thursday during the regularly scheduled board meeting that he is recommending the local tax rate not change and shared the rationale on his suggestion.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL: City advancing toward brewery additions

    The Shelbyville City Council will hold a discussion Thursday at 6:30 at City Hall, 315 Washington Street, concerning a recommendation by the Triple S Planning Commission to include breweries, brew pubs, micro breweries and micro distilleries to the city’s zoning regulations.

    “I think it would be a good economic boost for our community especially for the downtown,” Mayor Tom Hardesty said in July.