Local News

  • A primer on the new state testing in schools

    Kentucky is moving into a new standard of statewide testing this spring as part of the Common Core Standards that have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kentucky was the first state to adopt the standards in Feb. 2010.

    These new standards, the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, are more rigorous and better aligned with the skills needed in the modern workplace.

    The English/language arts and mathematics standards were the first outlined and were taught this year.

  • Election 2012: District 4 U.S. Congress: William Adkins

    William Adkins, a Williamstown attorney, is seeking the 4th congressional district seat being vacated by a 4-term incumbent.
    Adkins, 56, a Democrat, has been practicing law in Williamstown in Grant County.
    Other than what he calls “an unenergetic run for city council” in 2010 in Williamstown, Adkins has not run for political office.
    Despite this, he has been a member of the Grant County Democratic executive committee for 12 years and has chaired the committee from 2008 to present.

  • Ag Report: May 11, 2012

    Specialty-crop producers

    can apply for state grants


    Kentucky producers and organizations may apply to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for funding from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
    Specialty crops are defined by USDA as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. Kentucky received a grant of $260,991.65 from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service for projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Kentucky.

  • Wright Elementary gets new principal

    Wright Elementary School’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council has named Bethany Groves the new principal for the school, the school district announced.

    Groves has five years of experience in administration, most recently in Jacksonville, Fla., at Hickory Creek Elementary.

    A 1982 graduate of Shelby County High School, Groves has degrees from Ohio University and Northern Kentucky University and her Phase 1 doctoral work from Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis.

  • Shelbyville City Council: City sees increase in revenue, expenses

    The City of Shelbyville looks to rebound a little in 2012-13.

    The city council on Thursday heard on first reading of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and things look positive. The projected budget of about $7.2 million in revenue plus $3.9 million in balance carried forward is more than enough to cover the costs of expenses, almost $8.5 million.

    After a 1.7 percent decrease in revenue for the 2011-12 budget, the city sees an increase for the upcoming budget of a 2.7 percent, or a little more than $197,000.

  • EARLIER: Funding in place for Blue Gables project

    A preservation group’s plan to redevelop the old Blue Gables Motel is taking another step forward.

    The city of Shelbyville will have a public hearing on the project at 5 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, giving the public the opportunity to voice interest or concern in the project.

    Spearheaded by the Shelbyville Preservation Group, the project has rallied behind community support.

  • Shelby County School Board: SCPS to invest in new entrance to Southside

    Land acquisition and the Talented and Gifted programs will be the main topics when the Shelby County Board of Education meets Thursday at East Middle School at 7 p.m.

    The board will recognize students that have met qualifications for the Duke University Talent Identification Program and hear a presentation from the Shelby County High School Talented and Gifted students.

    The board will also take action on acquiring several parcels of land for the access road to Southside Elementary.

  • Shelby’s drug concerns spike in 2011

    The illegal use of drugs and drug-related activities – including the availability startling new drugs that can be found at the corner grocery – have spiked significantly in Shelby County, mirroring the statewide problem that has drawn the attention of lawmakers.

    Drug-related arrests were made on 884 people in 2011, a rise of an alarming 28.5 percent, with arrests by the Kentucky State Police showing a staggering 49 percent increase in the county.

  • News briefs: May 9, 2012

    Family getting votes to win

    wheelchair-accessible van

    A Shelby County family trying win a wheelchair-accessible van to transport their disabled 14-year-old son is mounting a charge.

    Voters have rallied behind the family of Margaret Hall, voting for them 7,600 times in a competition through www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com to win the van for Glenn, who was born with a rare chromosomal disease, partial trisomy 6Q, and is confined to a wheelchair.

  • Probation recommended for former Collins teacher’s sex charges

    A former Collins teacher arrested last summer for sexual abuse involving students likely will serve no jail time for those offenses.

    Shannon Hirchert, 43, a special needs teacher at Collins High School in 2010-11,

    pleaded guilty Monday in Shelby Circuit Court to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter, an agreement that recommends probation of a 7-year sentence, a decision that will be up to Judge Charles Hickman when she is sentenced on June 18.