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Today's News

  • County officials welcome future data center

    Magistrates enthusiastically approved an application Tuesday night by the Eaton Corporation to apply for an industrial revenue bond.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said the Cleveland, Ohio-based corporation's data center planned for Simpsonville will be a "unique, exciting opportunity for Shelby County."

    "It will be a tremendous economic stimulus to our region and give us national recognition," he said.

    Magistrate Michael Riggs agreed, saying, "I want to thank the Eaton Corporation for coming to Shelby County."

  • Lady Rockets whip Spencer, Frankfort

    The SCHS volleyball team came to life last week, hammering Spencer County and Franklin County.

    Franklin County visited Shelby on Thursday, and the Lady Rockets were in no mood to hang around. The girls dropped Franklin 2-0 (25-15, 25-13) in a quick match.

    "The Flyers reminded me of Anderson County," SCHS head coach Felicia Pace said. "They brought a big block out of the middle, and they had tough serves."

    Franklin jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead after Shelby County mishandled a few serves. However, the Lady Rockets quickly gained their composure.

  • School board raises taxes

    The Shelby County School Board levied a tax increase last Thursday night that could give the district an additional $1.4 million in revenue.

    The tax increase, which imposes a .5 percent increase on real property and .2 percent increase on personal property, will be used to offset the increased costs of personnel and transportation.

    In total, local taxes are expected to generate $18,385,781 for the district. That's an increase of $1,416,880 from last year's tax revenues of $16,968,901.

  • Contest gets ugly

    Heather Wilson's living room is no longer just ugly.

    Instead, it has earned the dubious honor of being the ugliest room in Shelbyville.

    Wilson is ecstatic.

    For those who are not in the loop, Wilson is not ecstatic because she doesn't have to come up with ugly room jokes for the comedy circuit.

    No, she is happy because being the proud owner of the ugliest room in town entitles her to a makeover.

    Wilson was the top vote-getter in the Ugly Room Contest sponsored by the Shelbyville Merchants Association for Retail Trade (SMART).

  • Woman's death in jail stuns family

    Ana Romero's death in August at the Frankfort Regional Jail has her grieving family members concerned about the circumstances surrounding her demise, according to the family's attorney.

    Shelbyville attorney Matthew Pippin said that though her death is being investigated as a suicide, nothing about Romero's actions or state of mind indicated that she was suicidal.

  • North to Alaska: Shelby teens trek the 'last frontier'

    Laura and Ben Kelley, ages 15 and 14 respectively, were not sure what to expect when they signed on for a two-week trip to Alaska, but one thing they weren't counting on was rain, lots of rain.

    "We had like maybe 24 hours of sunshine total the whole time," Ben said.

  • County lands Fortune 500 company

    Cleveland, Ohio-based Eaton Corporation announced plans to build an $80 million data center in the Kingbrook Commerce Park in Simpsonville, the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation announced Tuesday.

    "It's not everyday we get a Fortune 500 company," said Libby Adams, executive director of the industrial foundation.

  • Parkinson support group set to start

    "Everyone has a thorn in the side," said Shelbyville resident Alton Webb. "Parkinson happens to be mine."

    What Webb describes as a "thorn" in his side is Parkinson's Disease--a chronic, progressive, neurological disorder, symptoms of which include hand tremor, slowness of movement, limb stiffness, and difficulty with gait and balance.

    A thorn indeed.

    Even though there is no cure for this disease, there is medication that can help somewhat with treating some of the symptoms of the disease, which can be very debilitating.

  • North Hardin holds on to top Rockets

    It was nearly Sunday by the time the Rocket football team finished the season opener, and that made it an even longer ride back to Shelby County.

    North Hardin stopped Shelby County on two fourth-quarter drives to hold on for a 33-30 win in the second game of the Joe Jaggers Classic Saturday.

    Shelby County had some standout statistics in the game -- Branden Cresap threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns, Ty Barnett had 50 yards rushing and Edwin Thomas caught nine of 10 passes thrown his way. But it was two special teams plays that cost the Rockets the most.

  • Two named to Heritage Council

    Two local residents have been named to the most prominent cultural preservation council in the state.

    Stephen L. Collins and Darlene J. Brown, both of Shelbyville, have been appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to the Kentucky Heritage Council.

    The council, which is tasked with identifying, preserving and protecting the cultural resources of Kentucky, is made up of 16 members from across the state.

    The council members work to preserve the buildings, structures, farms and landmarks in Kentucky that are historically significant.