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Today's News

  • Datebook: June 22, 2016

    This week
    Homemakers book club
    The Homemakers book club, meets at 10 a.m. today at the Shelby County Extension office, 1117 Frankfort Road. Participants can bring their lunches and favorite books they have read to tell other club members about them and then take home a new book to read. To register for the book club or for more information, call 633-4593.
    MAPP meeting

  • Red-breasted Merganser visits during migration season

    The Red-breasted Merganser is fairly common during migration, uncommon in winter and rare in the summer.

    They are recorded chiefly west of the Cumberland Plateau and I have seen them on Guist Creek in Shelby County in the winter. Late spring dates for a Kentucky sighting is June 22 and an early autumn date is Sept. 12.

  • Fair prepares for horse show

    The Shelby County Fair may start packing up on Sunday, but the festivities are not over yet at the fairgrounds.

    The 2016 Shelby County Horse Show will begin Wednesday and run through Saturday, and promises to be a great show as usual, if participation is any indication.

  • Occupations with sizzle

    From frozen treats to camping, swimming and landscaping, summer is the peak season for many seasonal businesses.

    The smell of freshly mown grass is a trademark scent for summer, and landscaping and lawn services have been keeping busy.

    “We’re working six days a week right now,” said John Lewis, owner of Johnny’s Lawn Service.

    Although he and his staff keep busy year-round, the hot months are doubly so, especially this year, he said.

  • Solstice is Monday

    The Summer Solstice is coming up Monday, but how many people really know what that means?

    Although most people correctly associate the date with the official beginning of summer, there are some misconceptions floating around about the event, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Joe Sullivan.

    “It’s the longest day of the year and so we have the most sunshine, but what’s interesting is that it’s not typically the hottest day of the year,” he said. “The hottest day typically lags by three or four weeks on average.”

  • Long course season underway

    The long course season for the Lakeside Seahawks swim team is well underway, and the ultimate goal is to have swimmers qualify for Olympic trials at the end of June.

    “[The Olympic trials] is our pinnacle,” said coach Tom Coons. “We are outside training everyday as a team.”

  • Pearcy picks up big kart win

    Shelbyville’s Daniel Pearcy picked up his first kart-racing win since 2013 with his victory at the Mel Kenyon Classic on June 5.

    “It felt good to win, the last few years have been tough getting out there,” Pearcy said. “We’ve needed sponsors the last few years, and we’ve gotten them this year.”

    Pearcy held the lead for the entirety of the 18-lap Southern Indiana Racing Association event, after earning the pole position by winning the heat race just a day before.

  • Aces in the hole

    The weather wasn’t the only thing heating up the Shelbyville Country Club this weekend.

    Kate Henninger and Roger Odenweller both carded aces on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

    The first came from Henninger while she was trying to show one of her partners the proper form. It turned out that her form was perfect. The hole-in-one, her first, came on No. 13.

    “I lined up and hit the shot and I was shocked when it went in,” Henninger said. “The funny thing is, I’m not even that great of a golfer myself.”

  • Look local for dad

    One small gift bag can hardly hold the gratitude we feel for our fathers for their years of unconditional love and kindness.  But each year on the third Sunday in June we are challenged with this very task.

    Father’s Day, first proclaimed by the governor of Washington in July of 1910, was not an official national holiday until 1978. And for the past four decades since, we’ve been struggling to locate the perfect gift that is both practical and special.

  • Shelby near top of state in life expectancy average

    With the beautiful horse farms, friendly atmosphere and low serious crime rate, Shelby County residents will likely tell you that the area is an ideal place to settle down and raise a family. And studies show that taking up residency in Shelby County could also mean adding years to your life.

    According to researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ones chances of leading a long and healthy life can vary dramatically by county, and Shelby County nearing the top of the charts in Kentucky.