Today's News

  • RFC donates equipment to JCTC

    With a donation from Roll Forming Corporation, Shelby County's Jefferson Community and Technical College has boosted its arsenal of equipment in its machine tool technology program.

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at JCTC Thursday to celebrate the school's new Engel roll forming machine, valued at $12,500.

  • Skate park to get surveillance system

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court has approved funding for a security system for the skate park.

    Magistrates voted Tuesday night to approve funding for a video surveillance system for the park.

    "This is funding that comes through our area government district and those funds are available and this was the amount that was appropriated this year," said Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger of the $7,795 to go for the security system.

  • Junior steps up role for Lady Rocket volleyball

    Keyshia Patterson didn't start playing volleyball until she was in the seventh grade at West Middle.

    "I didn't know very much about it, but I just wanted to play," she said. "It looked like fun."

    Now, four years after starting at West, Patterson, a junior, has become central to the Lady Rockets' success - she will be the team's captain.

    "She's our key right now," head coach Felicia Pace said. "She matches the play on the other side of the net, and she's a very aggressive player."

  • Beshear signs order allowing electric cars

    Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday that will permit low-speed electric cars on Kentucky's roadways.

    Beshear's order directs the state Transportation Cabinet to develop and implement the standards for using the electric cars on Kentucky highways. The cabinet is charged with defining what is an allowable electric vehicle and the rules under which a person may operate those vehicles. Transportation Cabinet Secretary Joe Prather is directed to have those recommendations to the Governor by Dec. 1 of this year.

  • Pot of Gold: Author wins award for Irish cookbook

    "I'm so happy, I just can't tell you!" Viki Pidgeon exclaimed, pausing as she diced carrots and potatoes in her kitchen.

    "As soon as I found out, I told my husband, 'Barney, I'm getting an IPPY!' and he said, 'What's that?'"

    An "IPPY" is an Independent Publisher Book Award. The international book contest, which is in its 24th year, recognizes authors who are self-publishing. Entries average about 3,000 each year. Winners are chosen from several different categories. Pidgeon received her award in the cookbook category.

  • Couple charged after robbery, beating

    A Waddy couple has been charged in connection with robbing an Hispanic man after beating him in the head with a wrench, according to Shelbyville Police.

    Carl L. Barnes, 29, and Johna Hoskins, 33, both of Waddy Road, are charged with first-degree robbery in an incident that happened in mid-May.

    Shelbyville Detective Stacy Bruce said the pair worked together to rob the victim, Mario Chavez, of Shelbyville. He added that allegedly, Hoskins, using the promise of sex, enticed the man into the shadow of a building where Barnes waited to attack him.

  • Community datebook

    Public can attend

    Aug. 7 -- Shelbyville City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 315 Washington St.

    Aug. 12 -- Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Waldridge Center.

    Aug. 12 - Shelby County Democratic Women's Club meets 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center.

    Aug. 12 -- Historic District Commission meets at 5:30 p.m., 627 Main St.

    Community meetings

    Aug. 7 - Simpsonville Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Simpsonville Community Center.

    Aug. 7 -- Bagdad Ruritan Club meets at 7 p.m.

  • A surprise honor: Wiley joins Stratton in Legion Hall of Fame induction

    Jim Wiley was excited for the late Bobby Stratton to be inducted into the American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame Thursday before his team took the field in the state tournament.

    And he knew that "some other guy" was being inducted as well.

    He also noticed that some of his old players were in attendance, and that both his sons were there with their families.

    "They just told me they came down to watch the games," he said. "I didn't really think much of it. It's the state tournament, and a lot of people just come down to watch."

  • Six schools make the grade

    All six elementary schools in the district made the required academic progress on the No Child Left Behind assessment this past year; however, all three of the local secondary schools fell behind.

    According to data released Tuesday morning by the Kentucky Department of Education, Shelby County Public Schools reached 17 out of 22 educational goals, or 77.3 percent, that were set for it by the federal government.

  • Lady Rockets start season strong

    The Shelby County girls' golf team started the season with a hot swing.

    The girls opened the year with the Lady Rocket Invitational on Saturday at Weissinger Hills and fought their way through a strong field for a third place finish.

    Senior Candice Wiley led the charge, finishing with a 5-over par 77 and in 10th place out of 95 individual players, but it was the play of the team behind her that pushed the Lady Rockets up the chart.