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Today's News

  • School-board candidates focus on the issues

    Whoever is elected to the Shelby County School Board this year will have to help plan three new school buildings, address lagging test scores at the secondary level and balance a budget with shrinking state support.

    In recent weeks, candidates have been busy handing out leaflets and making phone calls to rally support for the Nov. 4 vote.

    Two of the three open seats on the Shelby County School Board will be contested this election cycle.

    Brenda Jackson, who represents division 5, is the only member of the school board who will run unopposed.

  • All-America selections for 2009

    I've followed the All-America Selections for as long as I can remember. It was always a designation that my father trusted, and we often trialed the plants in our own family garden the year before their introduction.

    Some of the more memorable plants include "Purple Wave" petunia, "Magestic Giants" pansy mix, and the "Profusion" zinnias.

    Sure, there were memorable vegetables in the past, but it seems as though the AAS is responding to the increase in vegetable gardening interest by including more vegetables then ever each year.

  • 'W' takes a long time to go nowhere

    Director Oliver Stone previously had dug deep into our country's presidential history to give us revealing films like JFK and Nixon. With Stone in charge of W., the potential was huge. Never before has a film of this magnitude been released about a president who was still in office. Factor in that George W. Bush's presidency has been the most dramatic reign in some time, and you should have a formula for something spectacular.

    Instead, we got 129 minutes of W's daddy issues and not much else.

  • Teacher Jennings named businesswoman of the year

    The Business and Professional Women's organization of Shelbyville has named a local educator as their Woman of the Year.

    The local BPW has also recently recognized three other women for their achievements in the business world.

    Ernestine Jennings, who teaches English in Shelby County Public Schools, received the woman of the year award earlier this month for her years of service in the public school system.

    Along with her work in the school system, Jennings is also a co-adviser for the National Honor Society and coordinator of Adopt-a-Child.

  • Dead man, shooter were roommates

    Circumstances around a shooting that left a man dead Saturday has thrown his family into a turmoil of grief and confusion.

    David L. Fletcher, 28, of Shelbyville, was shot in what was thought to be an attempted burglary on Brown Ave. He was accompanied by two men who were charged with burglary in that incident, Timothy Carpenter, 22, of La Grange, and Joshua Fast, 22, of Crestwood.

    Eric Reynolds, the resident who shot Fletcher, has not been charged in connection with the shooting and has been unavailable for comment.

  • West Automotive opens

    Who we are: West Automotive

    Owned by: Patrick West

    Where: 2122 Frankfort Road

    What we do: This service facility does all general auto repairs with a specialization in electrical and diagnostic work. West, who has 17 years of experience in auto repair, worked at a repair shop in Frankfort before opening the local facility. He said his staff has a combined total of 50 years experience of servicing cars.

    We say: "I'm not a salesman. I'm a technician. I'm always going to do what is right for the car - not my pocketbook," West said. "We're here for the customer."

  • It was as bad as, like...whatever

    When you were in school, for some of you the eight most frightening words of your day were, "OK, students, it is time for English class."

    In fact, just reading that sentence caused some of you to shiver. Others, however few and far between, actually enjoyed English class. You thrived on learning vocabulary words, and loved to diagram sentences. You labored over every paper to make sure each phrase was as sharp as the pencil that wrote it.

    This article is for those weird folks in the second category. But we'll allow the rest of you to look over our shoulders.

  • Presidential campaign donations: Shelby gives more to Obama

    Though polls suggest Sen. John McCain easily should beat Sen. Barack Obama locally on Nov. 4, his popularity has not led to big campaign contributions from the community.

    In fact, Obama has raked in a nearly a third more campaign contributions from Shelby Countians than has McCain.

    Through Thursday, compilations by the Federal Election Commission show that Obama's campaign had received $18,055 from Shelby Countians, compared to $12,265 for McCain.

  • Deed transfers and building permits

    Deed transfers

    Donald and Joyce Russell to James R. and Pam Hill, lot 283B, Trailwood Lakes, $1.

    James R. and Pm Hill to Donald and Joyce Russell, lot 58A, Trailwood Lakes, $1.

    Deutsche Bank National Trust, trustee to Henry Jr. and Donna Robinson, lot 55, Creekside Village, phase II, $133,000.

    Doug and Pamela J. Aldridge to Pamela J. Aldridge, tract 1, Aldridge Farm, $1.

    Doug and L.H. Taylor to Bobby Singleton, lot 9, Oakwood, $95,000.

    Pam Seibert to Candice Waford, lot 122, North Country, section IV, $159,000.

  • District Court Report

    Court report 10/20/08

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Linda Armstrong:

    Juan De Dios, no operator's/moped, first-offense DUI and first-offense failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance -- plead guilty -- 30-day sentence, serve 20 days home incarceration program, balance conditionally discharged for two years, operator's license suspended for 120 days, and $1328 fine and costs.