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Today's News

  • Will Kentuckians get to vote on casinos?

    When Gov. Steve Beshear presented his plan to the General Assembly last week, he told legislators he wants to put the question to voters on the November 2008 ballot.

    "I trust the people in this state to make the right decision," he said.

    But getting the question on the ballot by this fall is not as simple as it sounds.

    To allow casino gambling, three-fifths of both the House and the Senate in the Kentucky General Assembly would have to approve a constitutional amendment. The legislature is already half-way through this year's session.

  • Casinos: A crapshoot?

    If Joy Bolton, of Shelbyville, has her way, women will lead the crusade against expanded gambling in the state just as mothers led the battle to toughen the nation's drunk driving laws.

    "We see ourselves like the women who founded MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)," Bolton said. "They were tired of their children being killed on the highways. We are tired of families being disrupted by problem gambling. The social costs of expanded gambling are not worth it. It is government sanctioning behavior that is detrimental for the sake of additional revenue."

  • WAGE rallies against gaming

    Women Against Gambling Expansion (WAGE) held a rally in the State Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, Feb. 19 to express the opposition of women across Kentucky to expanded gambling. Our fight is against those who want to take advantage of people in Kentucky, enticing them with the lure of easy money. Our fight begins by telling the truth and calling this a fight against expanded gambling, not gaming. Games are things like checkers or a good basketball contest. Gambling involves money with more losers than winners.

  • Learn to earn: State report connects income/education levels

    Sixth place out of 120 ain't bad.

    According to Kentucky's 2008-10 County Profiles, only nine of the 120 counties in Kentucky have a median household income greater than the national average. Shelby County ranks sixth in Kentucky.

  • Promotion key to Recycling Center's growth

    Word of mouth has been the best advertisement when it comes to getting Shelby County residents to recycle.

    Shelby County Solid Waste Coordinator Russell Thomas credits promoting the Recycling Center's mission to the public for much of the increase in the county's 2007 recycling totals.

    "Getting the word out is important," Thomas said. "I think our efforts -- and it is a team effort -- in getting out in community and spreading the word has helped tremendously."

  • Putting truth to the test

    I haven't watched the TV show but I've seen the advertisements where a man appears to be hooked up to a lie detector machine and a game show host is asking him if he could cheat on his wife and no one would ever know, would he do it?

    Problem is, his wife and a rather large TV audience are all watching to see what his answer will be.

    Talk about being in the hotseat.

    I imagine most men would rather endure eating a plate of worms or at least swimming in less shark-infested waters.

  • Thanks for help

    The Shelby County Optimist Club would like to give thanks to those who helped with our annual Christmas dinner. Special thanks to the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, the Sentinel-News, Kroger, donations from Kentucky Tent Rental, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Masters, Mr. and Mrs Bobby Mackey, Pauline Clements, Billy Jeffries and the late Ophelia Martin.

    With the help of over 40 volunteers and Optimist members, we were able to feed over 350 people.

    Jean Glore, president

    Shelby County Optimist Club

  • Rockets drop heartbreaker at Madison Central

    Down 10 points with about three minutes to go, the Rockets looked sunk Tuesday at Madison Central.

    But a furious Rockets' rally that culminated with Alex Matthews hitting a lay-in with two seconds to play left the game tied and the Rockets a new life in overtime.

    But Madison Central (15-11, No. 14 in The Courier-Journal's Litkenhous rankings) outscored Shelby 13-7 in the extra session, sending the Rockets (17-8) home with a 77-71 loss.

  • Simpsonville law would speed up nuisance enforcement

    The Simpsonville City Commission Wednesday passed an ordinance that would speed up the city's ability to deal with environmental nuisances.

    The ordinance amends a 1986 measure that required a letter to a homeowner followed by a certified letter before the city could take action to require a property to be mowed or cleaned up. The new rule allows the city to take action after it has informed the property owner by certified letter or by a personal visit.

    City public works director Brian Romine said the new rule would make his job easier.

  • Family court will stay put for time being

    Family Court Judge John David Myles will have to wait for the new judicial center to be built before he gets to move his office.

    The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) had been in negotiations with New Mount Zion Church to lease the Mulberry Building at 7th and Main streets to renovate that building into office space and a courtroom. But renovating the space would be cost-prohibitive given that the court will be moving into the new judicial center when it is built.