Today's News

  • Simpsonville Elementary celebrates 20 years

    The scene was festive, the kids were cheering and the teachers were smiling.

    The gym at Simpsonville Elementary was packed Friday afternoon with the student body as teachers and school officials took time out to salute the school's first 20 years.

    Duanne Puckett, community relations coordinator for the school system, who acted as Master of Ceremonies, kept the crowd in stitches with her recollections of years past.

  • EARLIER: School board approves 1.4 percent salary increase

    At its last regular meeting last Thursday, the Shelby County School Board approved a pay increase of 1.4 percent but staff members won't necessarily see that money in their checks.

    Superintendent James Neihof said that even with the increase, employees would see a slight income loss of about one day's pay because five days are being eliminated from next year's school calendar. This will save the district $700,000.

  • School board to consider budget

    School board


    to consider budget


    Tentative plan for next school year


    to be presented at meeting Thursday


    By Lisa King/Sentinel-News staff writer


    The Shelby County Board of Education will consider a tentative budget for the 2009-2010 school year at its next regular board meeting Thursday night.


  • Williams' 1-hitter ends 3-game skid

    Shelby County right-hander Corey Williams threw a 1-hitter at Lexington Dunbar on Wednesday night to end the Rockets’ two-game losing streak, 4-0.

    Williams, a senior right-hander, was in trouble only in the first inning, when he walked two men, and he shut down the 2007 state champions with the help of solid defense.

    “He did a great job,” Coach Bart Roettger said. “He got his curveball over early in the count and did a good job of  mixing up pitches. They [Dunbar] never really got their bats square all night.”

  • Brown top 10 in Georgetown

    Brandon Brown had his best finish of the year on the Hooters Tour stop at Cherry Blossom Country Club in Georgetown this past weekend.

    Brown, a native of Shelby County who played at Eastern Kentucky University, shot 12-under-par 276 to finish 10th in the ADI Classic, eight strokes behind winner Jeff Corr. 

    After opening with an even-par 72 that put him in jeopardy of missing the cut, Brown shot 66, 69 and 69 to move up the leaderboard.

  • Rockets take off, beat South Oldham, 9-4

    The Rockets got off to a slow start last Thursday night against South

    Oldham, but they really blasted off in the third inning and went on to win, 9-4.

    "We were down four-[to]-nothing, but after our senior leaders came out

    with a pep talk in the third, things really changed fast after that,"

    SCHS Coach Bart Roettger said. "We got four runs in the third inning to tie the game."

    Nick Hamblem and John Collins both had doubles, and the Rockets were off,

  • Woman jailed for falsely reporting rape

    A Shelby County woman was arrested Thursday night after she confessed to lying about being raped, police say.

    Kera Hudspeth, 18, of Shelbyville is charged with falsely reporting a rape.

    A police report provided by Kentucky State Police, the arresting agency, said that on Jan. 2 Hudspeth went to Jewish Hospital at 3 a.m., where she reported having been raped earlier that evening by a Shelbyville man.

  • SCHS pounds Oldham early, often, 15-8

    Shelby County’s hot offense continued to burn up the opposition.

    On Tuesday evening, the Rockets scored five runs in the first inning and went on to pound rival Oldham County, 15-8, at Clear Creek Park.

    The Rockets (15-8) had trailed before overpowering South Oldham last week with a 9-run outburst, but this time they didn’t wait to grab the lead.

    The Rockets had 14 hits and took advantage of six walks and six hit batters by Oldham County’s pitchers.

  • Traffic checkpoints coming up

    Motorists will soon be seeing more traffic safety checkpoints being conducted by Kentucky State Police.

    Troop Ron Turley with KSP media relations said the locations for these safety checkpoints are determined by need. KSP conducted one such checkpoint on U.S. 60 at Fields Lane, east of Simpsonville, on Tuesday night. No statistics were available for that evening.

    “We generally pick high accident areas, because this is where the need is most urgent,” he said.

  • Crime Stoppers seek info on burglary

    The public is asked to call in with any information anyone has about a burglary that happened on Monday morning.

    Between midnight and 7:30 a.m., the Dollar General Store, located at 21 Mount Tabor Court, was burglarized, police say.

    Someone cut a hole through an exterior wall, and once inside, the intruder damaged another wall, alarm system components, a safe and computer equipment.

    Items were moved, but it appears that nothing was removed from the business. The intruder(s) caused nearly $3,000 in damage to the business.