Today's News

  • Pain at the pump: Fuel prices have consumers over a barrel

    The awesome power of the hurricane-force winds didn't just pummel trees and power lines over the weekend. It also helped batter bankrolls at the gas pump.

    Many oil refineries in Texas and Louisiana were still feeling the effects of Hurricane Gustav from a few weeks ago, and when Hurricane Ike blew through, gas prices blew up in anticipation of further damage to oil rigs, refineries and power outages.

  • SCHS drops home game to travel to Johnson Central

    The Shelby County football team got its game for Friday, but it's nothing like what they wanted.

    Instead of hosting the first home game of the season, the Rockets will instead travel to Johnson Central for the season's third game.

    The game against Doss was canceled because Jefferson County Public Schools canceled all games because storm damage had closed schools this week.

    Shelby County was one of several teams slated to play opponents from Louisville.

  • Friday football in limbo

    This time it's not the football team in scramble mode.

    The Shelby County athletic staff and football coaches are left searching for a game for Friday night after the news Wednesday that Jefferson County has cancelled all activities for the week.

    The Rockets were scheduled to play Doss in their first home game of the season.

    SCHS is now in discussion with a few other schools in the area that had been scheduled to play Jefferson County schools.

    No opponent has been set yet, but the Rockets are optimistic they can schedule someone.

  • New school may be state's 'greenest'

    When the doors of Shelby County's new secondary school open in the fall of 2010, there is a good possibility that it will be the most environmentally friendly school in the state.

    Based on data released to the district last week, the new school is expected to conserve energy 88 percent better than Kentucky's average school.

    With energy costs on the rise, "going green" likely will help the district save some serious green on future energy bills - perhaps thousands of dollars each year.

  • Community datebook

    Support groups

    Sept. 18 -- 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.

    Sept. 22 -- An ALS (Lou Gherig's Disease) support group meets 6 p.m. at Cardinal Hill Rehab Center on Bluegrass Parkway (Bluegrass Industrial Park, I-64 and Hurstbourne Lane) in Louisville. For more information, call 800-406-7702.

    Public can attend

  • Community mourns boy's death

    At Simpsonville Elementary School today there is an empty seat in Shelley LaGrange's fourth-grade class.

    The violent windstorm that roared through Shelby County on Sunday claimed the life of one of her students, Frederic Wilson, who died when he was struck by a large tree limb that was broken off by the 70 mph winds.

    He was 10.

    The storm, which was created by the breakup of Hurricane Ike, pummeled Western Kentucky and the Louisville Metro area for more than six hours, leaving significant damage.

    Frederic was one of three people who lost their lives.

  • The aftermath: Trees down, power still out

    Hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians remain in the dark today after the remnants of Hurricane Ike unleashed windstorms through the Commonwealth on Sunday -- knocking apart trees and downing power lines and forcing Gov. Steve Beshear to declare a state of emergency.

    More than a half-million people were without power on Sunday, which Beshear called the largest power outage on record in Kentucky. Winds exceeded 70 mph in Shelby County and were clocked at 75 at Standiford Field.

  • Unhappy hour: Sunday alcohol sales nixed again

    The matter of Sunday alcohol sales failed yet again Tuesday to pass in Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    The ordinance, which would have allowed liquor to be sold by the glass in county establishments that derive most of their sales from food, died on a 4-4 vote, the fourth time this year it has failed.

    Despite its prior failures, the matter did make it past a first reading on Sept. 5. The vote was tied then, too, but only a second to the motion is required to pass long an item.

    Nine businesses and golf courses outside Shelbyville would have been affected by the ordinance,

  • Water towers to get Saddlebred murals

    Two water towers in Shelbyville soon will showcase Shelby County's biggest tourist attraction -- the Saddlebred horse industry.

    The Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission voted Monday night to allow the Shelbyville Horse Show to paint Saddlebred murals on the water towers in downtown Shelbyville and at Weissinger Hills Golf course.

    The Horse Show will paint the murals on the towers at their own cost.

  • Barrel Blasts and Coonskin Caps

    The Painted Stone Settlers put on their reenactment of the Long Run Massacre at Red Orchard Park last weekend.

    The reenactment had a record crowd on Saturday, and event organizers said the new location at Red Orchard was ideal.

    This annual, 2-day festival commemorates the pioneering days and two bloody conflicts that occurred between a group of settlers and a tribe of Native Americans here in Shelby County.