Today's News

  • Friends of Library votes to continue

    The Shelby County Public Library did have some good news on Thursday: The Friends of the Library will continue to operate as a support arm for the facility.

    The news emerged despite a letter from the former president of that group that was distributed earlier this month through the library’s newsletter that said that the organization was folding.

    The FOL’s annual book sale, however, has been cancelled because the library no longer can play host to the event, which has raised more than $4,000 each year.

  • EARLIER: Former librarian suing the library

    The Shelby County Public Library was named in a lawsuit filed Friday by estranged librarian Sherry Bogard, who was fired in late June after an altercation with Executive Director Pam Federspiel.

    Bogard, the popular children’s librarian who was named the best in the state in 2001, was ousted after a much-publicized confrontation with Federspiel that led to a public outcry on her behalf the creation of a new summer reading program led by her at Clear Creek Park.

  • SOUDER: Are we going up or going down? -- Part 2

    In my last column, I posed the question of whether we, as a society, are going up or going down. In other words, are things getting progressively better with only small bumps along the road to further advancement, or are things getting progressively worse with only temporary reprieves?

    I gave examples from the areas of technology, economics and education and promised that a look at others areas was to come. So, today, we will briefly look at our collective morality, social mores and emotional health to see what evidence they provide.

  • Ag Report: July 27, 2012

    Shelby gets $20,000 for food banks program

    Shelby County has received $20,000 – the largest piece of the $47,500 distributed – from state agricultural development funds for is “Farms to Food Banks” program.

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced the grant this week, which also includes four other grants: Allen ($5,000), Casey ($2,500), Jessamine ($10,000) and Garrard ($10,000).

  • Saddlebreds celebrated artistically in Shelby County

    The rolling hills of Shelby County lined with 4-board fences and dotted with majestic horses create scenes captured in photographs, paintings and the mind’s eye as quintessential as any in Kentucky. Capturing this beauty is an elusive challenge, a challenge addressed by amateur and artist alike.

  • Simpsonville couple’s deaths: 1 overdose, 1 natural

    Autopsies performed on a couple found dead in their apartment in Simpsonville revealed that the wife died of a drug overdose and her husband of natural causes.

    David McGee, 53, and Donna McGee, 42, who lived at 52 Maplewood Drive, were discovered on June 19 after neighbors at their 4-plex complained of smelling a foul odor.

    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said he received the results of the autopsies on Tuesday.

  • EARLIER: $100K screen to hide AC unit at Shelby County judicial center

    The Administrative Office of the Courts has agreed to spend more than $100,000 to build a fence around the air-conditioning unit at the new judicial center in Shelbyville because some of the judges who work in the building have said they find the unit unsightly.

  • Business Briefcase: July 27, 2012

    White hired as county’s ag  investment program administrator

    The Shelby County Agriculture Development Board has hired Waddy dairy farmer Judy White to serve as its new administrator for the County Agricultural Investment Program or CAIP.

  • News briefs: July 27, 2012

    Shelby’s unemployment rises

    but still fourth-best in state

    Shelby County’s unemployment rose a half of  a percentage point from May, to 6.7 percent, but that remains the fourth-best rate in the state.

    Shelby had posted 6.2 percent in May, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.  

    Despite the increase, Shelby County’s rate was well below the 8.6 percent posted in June of 2011.

  • Post 37 strikes out (20 times) against Ashland

    A University of Kentucky assistant baseball coach was at Clear Creek Park on Wednesday night to watch an American Legion district tournament game.

    And Logan Salow gave his best pitch for a grant-in-aid offer.