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Today's News

  • EARLIER: Library claims Bogard resigned

    The Shelby County Public Library and its director, Pam Federspiel, said that former children’s librarian Sherry Bogard resigned her position last month and was not fired, as she has claimed in a lawsuit.

    The statement is part of the response to that lawsuit, filed last month in Shelby County District Court, in which Bogard claims, among other things, that she was fired without cause or due process. The library’s statement denies all claims in Bogard’s suit.

  • Back to school: Students welcomed and ‘ready to go’

    Shelby County Public Schools had another clean opening day on Wednesday, welcoming both new and returning students.

    A few traffic issues, largely because of long car-rider lines at elementary schools, slowed down the procession of students, but issues were few and far between. There were a lot of tears and smiles from new kindergartners and their parents, but the district was largely incident free.

    New kindergartner Zoie Bradley, who showed up for her first day at Wright Elementary, was smiling broadly but wouldn’t quite commit to being excited.

  • SOUDER: The intolerance of the tolerant: When Christianity became un-American

    No doubt you are aware of the recent brouhaha caused by the feverish reaction in the pro-gay rights community to comments made by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy. In case you missed it, allow me to recap it for you.

    In an interview with Baptist Press and in response to question about his company’s support of families, Cathy made this seemingly harmless statement:

  • Ag Report: Aug. 10, 2012

    State sets up programs to provide

    hay to counties affected by drought


    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer reminds Kentucky livestock producers that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture can help them find badly needed forages for their animals as many Kentucky pastures and hay fields have dried up in this year’s drought.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court approves refinancing plan, court fees

    Shelby County Fiscal Court approved the second reading Tuesday of an ordinance that will allow the county to refinance the Family Activities Center at Clear Creek Park and the Shelby County Detention Center.

    This action, which clarifies the process of refinancing, would allow the county to get a better interest rate on the loans and end up having to pay back less money.

    The county also would be able to change the terms of the loan by extending it to 15 years, although some magistrates questioned whether they would want to do that.

  • Man charged with big pot bust to get 7 years

    A man who was charged with the largest marijuana bust ever in Shelby County, inexplicably set free by federal authorities and indicted again in Shelby on those same charges, pleaded guilty Thursday to trafficking in marijuana.

    Enrique Olvera-Landaverde, 51, who was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on April 18 for trafficking in marijuana over 5 pounds, stood stoically in court before Circuit Judge Charles Hickman as he made an Alford Plea.

  • Correctional officer’s case continued

    James Johnson, a correctional officer with the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Pewee Valley, who was charged with sexual abuse of inmates last summer, received a new court date Wednesday when he appeared in Shelby Circuit Court.

    Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Melanie Carroll said she expected Johnson to make a plea agreement with her office, but she said she has not entered into negotiations with him. His next court date is Aug. 20 for a disposition hearing.

  • Shelby man gets 22 years for incest, rape

    A Shelbyville man indicted on incest and rape charges last year has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Carlos Juan Sapon, 24, of Shepard Way, was to have gone to trial on June 25, but he pleaded guilty at the last moment.

  • Fundraiser to benefit man injured in ATV accident

    A fundraiser scheduled for Cropper Baptist Church on Saturday will benefit a Finchville man who was seriously injured in an ATV accident in June.

    When the vehicle flipped over and landed on top of him, Daniel Dempsey was left with a lacerated liver, several broken ribs, and two fractured vertebrae. Now he has developed partial kidney failure, said his wife, Crystal.

    Dempsey had been laid off shortly before the accident and was drawing unemployment, but that has been discontinued because he is unable to work, she said.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court barely OKs annexation for Speedway

    Shelby County magistrates agreed by the slimmest margin Tuesday night to allow the city of Shelbyville to take another piece of its property.

    They approved by a vote of 3-2 the request by Shelbyville to annex property at 1620 Mount Eden Road, a move that would allow a Speedway store to be built at the site of the former BP station, located on the northwest corner next to Interstate 64.