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Today's News

  • Post 37 splits first two games

    The Shelbyville American Legion Post 37 baseball team opened its season over the weekend, losing 12-11 at Danville Saturday and then winning the home-opener against Rockport, Ind. 20-10 Sunday.

    Scoring 31 runs in two games would normally make a head coach happy, but Jim Wiley said he's not content at all with his team's performance over the first weekend.

  • A fitting story

    The Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Mount Eden will be the subject of an episode of America's Heartland, a national PBS television program. The program was filmed at the school May 29.

    The half-hour show will feature the school sometime in August; the exact date has not yet been released.

    Steve Riggs, videographer for America's Heartland, said the program targets an urban audience to educate it on America's agriculture. Originally produced by KVIE, a local PBS affiliate in Southern California, the show is now in its eighth season.

  • Rockets 2-1 in first passing tourney

    The Shelby County High School football team lost nearly every skill-position player from last year's squad, so head coach Todd Shipley wasn't sure what to expect from his inexperienced squad.

    The team showed some explosiveness at the first passing tournament of the summer at the University of Louisville Saturday, going 2-1 but failing to advance out of pool play.

    The U of L tournament's rules require that you must be undefeated in pool play to advance to tournament play. With three teams tied at 2-1 and one team at 0-3, no team from the Rockets' pool advanced.

  • Crusade totals comparable to last year's $160K

    Though this year's WHAS Crusade for Children collection total fell short of last year's total by $24,714, that figure is misleading.

    The figures for this year and last year would actually be pretty close if not for a bequest to the Crusade in a will last year.

    This year's total was $162,077.18, compared to last year's of $186,791.43. But without last year's donation of $25,000 from Lola Register the total from 2007 would have been $161,791.43. That means firefighters collected about $300 more on the streets this year than they did last year.

  • Board to talk contracts

    Although James Neihof has been in the role of superintendent of Shelby County Public Schools for a week and a half, he still doesn't have a contract to show for it.

    But that's something that the Shelby County Board of Education is set put in order at a meeting this Thursday night.

    Neihof, who was named the new superintendent in April, took office June 2 as the "superintendent designee." That means that he has all of the responsibilities of a superintendent but is not yet under contract.

  • Former Judge-Executive Bobby Stratton dies

    Long-time Shelby County Judge-Executive Bobby Stratton died Saturday at Baptist Hospital Northeast Hospice Unit in LaGrange. Stratton was 86.

    A businessman and owner of Stratton Sporting Goods for 25 years, he was the county's judge-executive from 1981-2002. As judge-executive, Stratton presided over the building of the current jail, the buying of the courthouse annex and the building of the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency and the Stratton Center, which was named for him. He extended water lines in the county and saw most of the county's roads get paved.

  • Fair share of fun

    This year's county fair promises to be not only as full of fun as usual, but also better-organized, said fair board president Randy Tennill.

    "This year the fair will last a few more days, which will give us a few more days to work with," he said.

  • Missing woman's family offers reward

    The family of Maxine Ethington, who has been missing for two and a half weeks, is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to her immediate recovery.

    Shelby County sheriff's deputy Jim Insco, who spoke at a press conference called by the Ethington family on Friday, said that time has become a very important factor for the missing 87-year-old woman with dementia.

  • Community datebook

    Support groups

    June 19 -- Parents of Children with Learning Differences and Attention Difficulties meets at 7 p.m. at the Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky, 2210 Goldsmith Ln., #118, Louisville. For additional information call the LDA office at 502-473-1256.

    Public can attend

    June 12 -- Shelby County Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 403 Washington St.

    June 16 -- Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. at 1059 Washington St.

    June 17 -- Fiscal court meets at 10 a.m. at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St.

  • The Bible, freedom, and the public square

    One of my favorite things to read in this newspaper is the letters to the editor on the opinion page. Just in case you didn't know, the letters to the right of this column are written by local folks who do not necessarily represent the views of the Sentinel-News.