Today's News

  • Hunger pains

    While it is often considered to be merely a third-world problem, starvation is an issue that hits a lot closer to home than you may think and in Kentucky it’s a rapidly growing problem.

    Kentucky is now ranked the fourth highest state in food insecurity, as nearly 1 in 6 homes in the commonwealth struggled for a meal at some point last year.

  • Are substitute teachers ready for classes?

    A violent scuffle between a substitute and a student at Collins last week has raised concerns regarding the experience and training required of substitutes.

    Last Thursday, substitute teacher Bryan Schildknecht attempted to shove a student in an aggressive manner following an alleged verbal altercation between the two.

    The district has remained tight-lipped regarding the situation, saying only that the matter is under investigation and that Schildknecht would no longer sub in the district.

  • New manufacturing job training coming in Nov.

    Jefferson Community and Technical College will begin offering free training for manufacturing jobs with a new program set to start next month.

    The four-week training classes for Certified Production Technician [CPT] will be held at the JCTC Shelby County Campus, starting Nov. 2.

  • Diving into science

    Shelby County students sank their teeth into their schoolwork this week as fourth graders at both Wright and Clear Creek elementary schools dissected and examined the spiny dogfish shark.

    As sort of their own version of Shark Week, the dissection was preceded by art projects with shark themes, shark lessons and a day of external examinations.

    Wright Elementary science teacher Billy Betts said the external examination day gives students the chance to become more relaxed and comfortable with the shark before they cut into it the following day.

  • Governor’s Square continues evolution

    If you’ve noticed mounds of earth and construction cones placed all through Governor’s Square, you’re seeing the beginning stages for a new parking lot – but that’s not all.

    A new business is coming to the shopping center as well.

    Lee Webb, a commercial real estate broker who heads up Governors Square LLC, the entity that owns the shopping center situated on the corner of U.S. 60 and Mount Eden Road, said that construction would begin soon on the new lot.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL– Human rights seats reduced

    The seats may have been filled at city hall on Thursday during the Shelbyville City Council’s special called meeting, but that’s not the case for the county’s human rights commission, which happened to be the very issue on the minds of several attendees. 

    Prior to the meeting, several members of Shelby County Chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth lined the entrance of city hall holding signs that stated, “Fill the seats,” in objection to an ordinance that would reduce the number of seats on the Human Rights Commission from 11 to 7.

  • Boil water advisory

    The Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission has issued a boil water advisory for select customers in their service area beginning at 11 p.m. tonight.

    The commission experienced two leaks within their system and will need to shut off the water in order to make repairs.  As the pressure drops below 20 psi, there is a risk of contamination, manager Tom Doyle said, explaining that it is a precautionary measure and there is no contamination at this time.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Restaurant tax moves forward

    With some reluctance, Shelbyville city council members passed the first reading of an ordinance Thursday that would impose a three percent tax onto restaurant tabs in the city of Shelbyville.

    Funds collected from the tax would be divided evenly between the city and tourism commission and would be used to enhance the city and promote tourism.

    The matter was discussed in February and has since been revisited in numerous meetings and workshops.

  • Collins’ teacher, student altercation under investigation

    District officials are remaining quiet about a physical altercation that broke out in a classroom last week at Collins High School between substitute teacher Bryan Schildknecht and a student.

    Unconfirmed reports say the altercation began with a verbal exchange but district officials say what exactly led to Schildknecht lunging at, grabbing and shoving a student remains under investigation.

  • A survivor’s story

    The American Cancer Society reports that 1 in every 8 women will develop breast cancer, but falling in that 12.5 percent can still come as a shock.

    “When I first found out, it did not seem real,” said Jennifer Herrell, who had a bilateral mastectomy in November after being diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. And she still had to follow surgery with chemotherapy.

    Thankfully, the cancer had not spread to her lymph nodes, so her prognosis looks good, she said.