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Today's News

  • Bottom seeks first term on city council

    Looking for his first term on the Shelbyville City Council, long time Shelbyville resident Dudley Bottom Jr. said he is ready to give back to the city.

    Bottom, 59, spent 36 years with Shelby Energy Cooperative, eventually rising to the position of CEO. Having retired in 2007, Bottom, a Democrat, said his experiences with planning could be used to benefit the city.

    "I feel I could help the city with economics," he said. "Everybody is concerned with tax dollars, and I'd like to see city services improve in efficiency."

  • Lewis bows out of House race

    Minutes before the filing deadline on Tuesday, U. S. Rep. Ron Lewis withdrew from the race to represent Shelby County and the rest of the second Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Lewis withdrew just seconds after his chief of staff, Daniel London, entered the race.

    According to the Secretary of State's office, moments before 4 p.m. London's wife filed her husband's nomination papers, seconds later she filed Lewis withdraw.

    Some have criticized Lewis for trying to set up London to win the nomination.

  • Freeze-framing the past

    In years past, many barns across the countryside did double duty. They held animals, hay or equipment and they also advertised. "Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco," or "See Ruby Falls."

  • Manual, cold shooting sink Lady Rockets

    The Shelby County girls' basketball team went cold, ice cold at Manual Friday. The Lady Rockets' (13-7) shot just 13 percent from the field in the first half and just under 20 percent for the game in a 54-33 loss to the host Lady Crimsons (17-3).

    "We just didn't hit shots," SCHS head coach Sally Zimmerman said. "We were four of 29 in the first half, but when I watched the film, only two of those 29 were bad shots. It's not like we weren't getting good looks, we just couldn't hit anything."

  • Bulldogs rally falls short against Bullitt Central

    The Cornerstone boys' basketball team dug a hole they couldn't get out of Monday. Down 24 points, 39-15, at halftime, the Bulldogs outscored Bullitt Central's JV team 40-20 in the second half, but couldn't get over that hump, falling 59-55.

    "The first quarter killed us," Cornerstone head coach Norris Beckley said. "Our first quarter point production was the lowest of the season with just four points. We didn't rebound well in the first half, our transition defense was atrocious and we turned the ball over way too many times."

  • United Way celebrates goal-topping effort

    Metro United Way volunteers gathered Thursday, Jan. 24, at Bluegrass Bowling, to celebrate the success of the current contribution campaign. The total for the Shelby County Metro United Way contributions, $300,517, exceeded the county goal by more than $11,000.

    Metro United Way of Louisville president, Joe Tolan, congratulated Shelby County efforts. Joshua Kroll, Development Manager for Shelby, Oldham and Bullitt counties, also commended volunteers for their successful fundraising campaign.

  • Simpsonville F. D. gets Homeland Security grant

    Recently, Simpsonville Fire Chief Walter Jones had 30 sets of his firefighters' gear sent off and tested.

    "They told us we had one good coat," Jones said.

    A federal grant of just over $77,000 announced by Congressman Ron Lewis's office last week should fix that. The department will use $48,000 of the grant for new coats and pants that firefighters call turnout gear. A complete set, including helmet and boots, costs about $2,000 each.

    The department will spend the rest of the money on hand-held radio equipment.

  • Letters to Antarctica

    Two classes at Clear Creek Elementary have been corresponding with a pen pal who lives in one of the coldest places on earth.

    Students in Jackie Pridemore's and Kellie Hornback's class have been writing emails back and forth with Kevin Cole, a local carpenter who is currently working in Antarctica.

    Cole, who arrived in the South Pole late last October, provides support for scientists in the South Pole by building and remodeling facilities, and providing logistics, information technology and communications.

  • Schools project low revenue gains

    The Shelby County Board of Education reviewed a draft budget last Thursday night that projects only modest gains in revenue for the district and a decrease in expenses.

    According to the draft, lower interest rates and a decline in reimbursements from last year's expenses are expected to result in limited overall growth in local revenue.

    Dr. Bob Arvin, the district financial consultant, said cuts to the federal interest rates have hurt the district's income. He said further cuts to the rate could increase the loss.

  • Community datebook

    Support groups

    Feb. 4 -- Bridges Center at Rural Communities Hospice, (for adults grieving the death of a loved one) will meet 6-7:30 p.m. To pre-register for classes or for more information about support groups, call (502) 456-5451 or 1-888-345-8197.

    Public can attend

    Jan. 31 -- Board of Adjustments and Appeals meets at 7 p.m. at the Stratton Center.

    Feb. 2 -- The Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring a short walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Family Activity Center. Participants will receive a free pass to the Family Activity Center.