Local News

  • Tech Center gets budget cuts

    The Shelby County Area Technology Center will have to survive next school year with up to a 12 percent cut to its total budget.

    While the center's administration does not anticipate having to scale back personnel or student services, if the lack of funding continues next year, such cuts would be likely.

    Susan Wiley, the center's principal, told the Shelby County Board of Education last on June 26 that the 10 to 12 percent cut to the center's budget will mostly affect the amount of equipment and supplies that the center can purchase.

  • Cardinal Club to host 'one-arm' golf cup as part of Ryder Cup events

    The Cardinal Club in Simpsonville will host the Humana Fightmaster Cup golf tournament Sept. 12-14. The event is held as part of activities surrounding the prestigious Ryder Cup scheduled for Sept. 16-21 at Valhalla Golf Club.

    The announcement came Monday at the Humana Building in Louisville.

    Karl Schmitt, executive director of the Cup Experience, the host organization for the Ryder Cup events, said the Fightmaster Cup is one of several community-wide events going on in conjunction with the Ryder Cup.

  • TOP DOG: Waddy man breeds champs

    Champion horses are not the only stars living in Shelby County. Top-dog beagles live here, too.

    Bruner's Amanda, a competition hunt beagle, received top honors at the world championship competition hunt held last March in Booneville, Ind.

  • Skate park closed after toilet fire

    Six weeks after its grand opening, the Shelby County Skate Park has been closed after a portable toilet was burned down, apparently as an act of vandalism, according to Clay Cottongim, director of Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation.

    Cottongim added that the park will not re-open until the vandals are caught.

    "What we're going to do is put the word out on the street that the park will not re-open until we find out who did the damage," he said.

    According to Cottongim, the incident happened at about 10:54 Monday night.

  • Robots attack - Students learn programming, engineering

    This past week a group of local students learned how to program a robot to pick up objects, respond to verbal commands, and obey everything that it is told to do.

    Despite some of their parents' desires, the robots were not allowed to be used to do the students' household chores.

    The two-day workshop, which was sponsored by district's Student Technology Leadership Program, was designed to challenge the students' critical thinking and analytical skills. During the program, students worked collaboratively to design, build, and program a robot to do a variety of tasks.

  • Police start bike registration program

    Police have come up with a new idea to help people get their stolen bicycles back.

    Officer Istvan Kovacs with the Shelbyville Police Department is asking that when city residents buy a new bike, that they come to the police department to register it. That way, if the bike should be stolen, police would have a way to identify it if it is found.

    "We pick up two or three bikes a month, and we put them into storage and then they just pile up," Kovacs said.

  • Ethington missing for a month - Family clings to hope

    A month has passed since Maxine Ethington disappeared from her home on Craig Avenue.

    During that time, both the Shelbyville police and the sheriff's office and family members have mounted an exhaustive search for the missing 87-year-old woman with dementia.

    Despite searches on foot, by car and plane, by law enforcement, family and friends, volunteers and the national guard, no trace of the missing woman has been found.

    Ethington is believed to have gotten into her silver 2001 Buick and driven away, despite having no driver's license.

  • A history lesson

    Dozens of Shelby County children got a lesson in Shelby County history on the grounds of First Presbyterian Church and the Visitor Center/History Museum Tuesday through Thursday of this week.

    The event was a three-day history camp put on by the Shelby County Historical Society. The kids learned about native Americans who may have been in the region in pre-Colonial times as well as about the first settlers and explorers who came through the area at the time of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. They followed history and events in the community through 1825.

  • Monarch leaves her mark

    For the past 28 years, Sara Monarch has dedicated her life to helping students learn. During her tenure as an educator, Monarch has influenced the lives of hundreds of local students and is credited with helping push the entire district towards excellence.

    And this afternoon, Monarch will clean out her desk at the Shelby County Public Schools central office and walk into her retirement.

    Monarch, a self-proclaimed workaholic, said she will miss being able to influence the quality of local education.

    Teaching has been a journey, she said.

  • Principals take district jobs

    Two local principals have decided to leave their posts in order to take positions with the district.

    Gary Kidwell, principal of Shelby County High School, and Lisa Smith, principal of Painted Stone Elementary, have been hired to fill two vacant positions on the central office staff.

    Kidwell has been hired as the director of Student Accounting and Support Services - the position that was formerly held by James Neihof before he was hired as superintendent.