Today's News

  • What we think: Slots may not be best bet for state

    Gov. Steve Beshear has said state lawmakers will undertake problems with the horse racing industry when they convene next week in Frankfort.

    If you read between the lines or have been following this discussion, that simply means he thinks it’s time Kentucky examines the idea of expanding gambling to support a key industry.

    We don’t argue horse racing has problems and needs some focused support.

  • District Court Report June 10, 2009

      District court The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Glenn M. Day, first-offense DUI - plead guilty - 10-day sentence conditionally discharged for 2 years, operator's license suspended for 30 days and $728 fine and costs.

    Terry A. Beasley, resisting arrest, second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot) and first-offense DUI - guilty - 30-day sentence, operator's license suspended for 30 days and $728 fine and costs.

  • Lady Rockets struggle in opener

    OWENSBORO -- No. 1 Christian County looked like the best team in the state Friday morning, steam-rolling Shelby County, 10-0, in five innings in the first round of the State Softball Tournament at Owensboro's Fisher Park.

    The Lady Colonels (39-3) led 3-0 going into the top of fifth when they erupted for seven runs on six hits and one error.

    "They did what we knew they could do," SCHS Coach Kelly Cable said of the big inning.

  • Legion team opens play this weekend

    The Shelbyville American Legion Post 37 baseball team has wasted no time getting started this year.

    The team will travel to Bowling Green this weekend to play four games at Western Kentucky University.

    Though his roster isn’t completely set just yet, Coach Jim Wiley said the team should be pretty good.

    “We got a few guys back from last year, and I think we’re going to be pretty good,” he said. “We’ll find out in a hurry.”

  • Shelbyville Then and Now exhibit open to all

    Around $30,000 and two years later, the Shelby County Historical Society has completed and opened its Shelbyville Then and Now exhibit on the second floor of its building at 627 Main St.

    The exhibit is loaded with downtown Shelby-related artifacts, photographs and a video that depict a portion of the county’s history spanning from 1870 to the present.

    The first thing visitors will notice is a large rendering of early 1900s downtown Shelbyville.

  • Lady Rockets out at State

    OWENSBORO -- The SCHS girls’ softball team’s seniors will be back in time for graduation, much to their dismay.

  • What we think: Titans no giant as a new nickname

    Do you know what a Titan is? And does it have some connection to Shelby County?

    Well, yes, now it does because Titans was selected as the new nickname for Martha Layne Collins High School.

    The Collins High School Titans?  Sounds forgettable.

    Actually, we think the students who selected it probably were remembering the Titans, as in the feel-good movie starring Denzel Washington.

    We doubt they had spent much time studying the origin of the word: Greek mythology.

  • Fawbush wins international award

    Shelby County’s Sheila Fawbush was one of 20 women from four countries honored last week for their work with women's health education.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves, a Boston-based women's health organization, named Fawbush one of its Women's Health Heroes for 2009. She was among 100 nominees from 12 countries who were up for the award. Winners included authors, physicians, non-profit agency directors and teachers. She was the only Kentuckian to be honored.

    Fawbush, Shelby County’s Cooperative Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences,

  • EARLIER: Teen killed in crash Tuesday night

    A Shelbyville teenager was killed Tuesday night in a car crash on Burks Branch Road just after 9 p.m.

    Shelby County Deputy Coroner Janet Morris said that Samantha Mathus-Cooper, 18, a senior at Shelby County High School, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A press release from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said that Mathus-Cooper was a passenger in the front seat of a vehicle that carried three other occupants.

    Sheriff's detective Jason Rice said in the release that a preliminary investigation indicates that speed was a factor in the crash.

  • Local man is first graduate of drug court

    A courtroom might seem a strange place to hold a celebration, but for Paul Rucker, it was entirely appropriate. For he had come full circle.

    Rucker, 57, a former cocaine addict, stood in front of his family and friends in the Shelby County Circuit Courtroom on Friday and made a tearful, yet joyful statement.

    "I am so happy today," he said, with tears streaming down his face. "Because I am free at last."

    As the crowd, which included judges and court officials, burst into thunderous applause, Rucker smiled through his tears.