Today's News

  • Arson suspected in house fire on La Grange Road - Rothenburger lifts burning ban

    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said arson is suspected as the cause of a house fire Tuesday that completely destroyed a structure on La Grange Road.

    The fire broke out around 4 p.m. on a farm at 2440 La Grange Road, and Cowherd said the structure was completely engulfed when firefighters arrived.

    The old farm house was vacant, and Cowherd said he thought it had been unoccupied for at least 10 years.

    He said that he found it suspicious that there were no electrical storms on Tuesday and that the house did not have electricity.

  • Dealers cope with the credit crunch - Some potential buyers can't get loans, so cars remain on lots

    In today's market, buying a car can be a dream or a nightmare.

    A sustained drop in auto sales for the last 11 months has caused dealerships to reduce prices drastically - some even selling cars close to factory invoice - and offer myriad incentives in order to entice potential buyers.

    Jim Reid, vice president of the O'Brien Ford Dealership in Shelbyville, said the reduced prices and factory rebates that Ford has authorized dealers to offer are some of the best he ever has seen.

    "This is a buyer's market," he said. "Now is the time to buy a automobile."

  • Church News

    Allen Chapel United Methodist

    The fall revival is 7 p.m. nightly Oct. 27-29. The evangelist is the Rev. Hezzy Jewell, of Louisville.

    Annunciation Catholic

    A Halloween Hoedown will be 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in the ACC Building. Contact the parish office at 633-1547 to arrange a visit, communion, and/or Anointing of the Sick.

    Bagdad Baptist

  • Local physician achieves recertification

    The American Board of Family Medicine announced the successful completion of its Recertification Examination by Dr. James R. Smith. Board certification confers a standard of excellence in knowledge and practice to physicians who not only certify via the examination process but who also work diligently on the maintenance of these skills during a 7-year cycle between examinations.

  • Coffee finalist for top honor

    A Shelby County teacher is one step away from being named Kentucky's Teacher of the Year.

    West Middle School teacher Thom Coffee will attend a ceremony in Frankfort on Wednesday when the winner of the state's highest education award will be announced.

    Coffee, a history teacher, is one of nine teachers from across the state that are up for the award.

    The nine - three from each school level - were chosen by a panel of experts based on the teachers' written applications and first-hand observations in their classrooms.

  • Walker noted for achievements

    LaShanda LeQuince Walker, of Shelbyville, has been recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a national leadership and honors organization at the University of Louisville. The organization is dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members opportunities for community service and personal development. Walker is a senior at the university majoring in music education. She is the daughter of Robert and Donetta Walker and the granddaughter of Henry and Katie Robinson.

  • Stock market issues no cause for panic

    Most of us are aware of the financial troubles that have been plaguing Wall Street during the last several months.

    The failures and mergers of major financial institutions along with the big drops and brief gains of the stock market during the last several weeks have caused many Americans to become concerned about the state of their investments and retirement funds.

  • Identity theft growing problem - Local man arrested with stolen Social Security number

    A local man has been arrested in what police say is a growing problem in Shelbyville - identity theft.

    Walter S. Ramos, 24, of Shelbyville, was arrested Friday and charged with identity theft, second-degree forgery and no operator's license.

    Shelbyville Police Officer Bruce Gentry said that Ramos, who has been awaiting deportation on an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainer since his arrest, became a suspect in identity theft came to light after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident on that day.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports

    Drunken Driving

    Raymond J. Holland, 39, of Shelbyville, was arrested Oct. 12 at Mack Walters and Village Plaza and charged with DUI first offense, disregarding a stop sign and first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

    Gabino Chavez Diaz, 34, of Shelbyville, was arrested Oct. 12 at Westley Apartments and charged with DUI and no operator's license.

    Other traffic offenses

    Walter Ramos, 24, of Shelbyville, was arrested Oct. 10 on Midland Trail, and charged with no operator's license, forgery and identity theft.

  • Shelby native out boosting Obama

    May 7 -- graduate from the University of Kentucky.

    May 8 -- go to work for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

    Fate doesn't always offer much downtime, but such a vigorous schedule fits right inside Alise Marshall's comfort zone.

    At just 23 years old, Marshall has already worked in three different states in the last five months - Kentucky, Georgia and now Michigan -- as she busily contributed to the Barack Obama campaign as a field organizer.