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Today's News

  • Roy T. Hardesty: Dec. 17, 1921 – July 8, 2016

    Shelbyville has lost a respected member of the community who was very devoted to his country.

    Roy T. Hardesty Jr., 94, who passed away Friday, was a longtime member of the community who loved his country and his church, said his lifelong friend Catherine Cleveland.

    “He always came to the [Centenary] Methodist Church with his mother; I can remember him always being there,” she said, adding that as children, they attended the Sunday school there in Shelbyville.

  • Art, reading collide as schools tackle the summer slide

    Summer is typically the time to get back into shape. But for kids, the prolonged period out of the classroom can mean a weakening of the most important part of their bodies: the mind.

    Schools across the district are working to combat this issue with summer programs and activities aimed at keeping young minds sharp. 

    “Summer regression is a very real syndrome,” said Katey Martin, reading intervention/Title I teacher at Clear Creek Elementary.  “It doesn’t take long to lose the skills they learned with the long break.”

  • SCPS Teacher named state’s History Teacher of the Year

    Shelby County’s Teacher of the Year is in the educational spotlight once again. As the county’s 2016 ExCEL recipient, Emmanuel Stone can now add Kentucky History Teacher of the Year to his list of accomplishments.

    Stone, a West Middle School teacher, holds a Master of Arts degree in school counseling from the University of the Cumberlands and a bachelor’s degree in history teaching from Eastern Kentucky University and is working to complete an education specialist program in school counseling from the University of the Cumberlands.

  • Stephen Robert Hornback: Sept. 28, 1927 – July 1, 2016

    With the passing Friday of Stephen Robert ‘Bob’ Hornback, Shelby County has lost a native son that his friends describe as an “icon of the community.”

    A lifelong farmer, he had a real passion for the land and for animals, especially his dogs.

    His son, Paul Hornback, said he and his family were very touched at the outpouring of support from the community at his father’s funeral Wednesday, because that gesture was a testament to how much his dad meant to the community.

  • Shelby man's flag collection numbers in the hundreds

    With Memorial Day marking the start of summer and 4th of July a midpoint highlight, the American Flag gets its most prominent displays throughout the summer.

    But at one Shelbyville home you might think it’s early July every day of the year.

    With flags adorning walls, sofas, curtains, tables and virtually every nook and cranny of Rob Carter’s Shelbyville home people stop and gape wide-eyed the first time they visit his home, he said.

  • Skate Park to get spruced up

    The county’s skate park, established in 2008 at Daniel Field on Washington Street, has gotten a little run down looking, and a Shelby County woman is championing a move to clean it up.

    What’s more, she’s doing so with the county’s blessing, said Shelby County Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Pickens.

    “I was glad to hear that someone wanted to go the extra mile to help us with the skate park,” he said. “It’s always good when people take an interest in our parks and we support her efforts.”

  • Woman thought to be in burning home is OK

    A Shelbyville woman whom fire crews thought was in her burning home when it caught fire Wednesday is OK, officials say.

    Teresa Stone’s home on Arbor Green Lane, located behind the Shelbyville Fairgrounds, however, is all but destroyed by the fire.

    Ben Ferris, stone’s father, said he was very relieved to discover that his daughter was not at home at the time of the fire.

  • Counting is for the birds

    When John Mann goes to check on his birdies, he’s looking for a different kind than most at Persimmon Ridge Golf Club.

    Mann, who has lived at Persimmon Ridge with his wife, Claudine, since he retired 25 years ago, has been participating in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Great Backyard Bird Count for the past 13 years.

    As he waited Wednesady for some nearby golfers to tee off before starting up his golf cart to check on one of his birdhouses that are scattered across the club’s 90 acres, you could see the excitement in his eyes.

  • A gift of kindness

    Chris and Kelley Wise beamed with pride while looking at their 5-year-son, Braxton, who was all smiles after having just made enough money during a family yard sale to buy a big item on his wish list.

    And it’s largely in part to the gift of a total stranger.

    Braxton Wise will be able to get his Xbox after setting the goal to raise the money starting with a lemonade stand at the family yard sale.

  • Anglin announces intention to plea

    With a trial on the horizon, a former Shelby County Public Schools payroll manager charged with embezzling more than a half million dollars announced her intention Monday to make a plea in the case.

    Benita Anglin, who was arrested August 2014 two days after she was indicted for embezzling hundreds of thousands from the school district, will make a plea arrangement with prosecutors on the charges.