Today's News

  • Library names new youth librarian

    More than two months after parting ways with former children’s librarian Sherry Bogard, the Shelby County Public Library has finally filled the position.

    Sarahbeth Farabee, who spent 18 years as the Family Resource and Youth Services Center coordinator for preschool at Shelby County Public Schools, will take over the position of youth services librarian. Reached at the library on Tuesday, Farabee declined to be interviewed, but an announcement distributed by the library said she already has been on the job, hosting story hour sessions.

  • Bobby Jones’ golf clubs could help statue effort

  • One of those heart-stopping moments

    The heart-stopping sounds that raise us from deep sleeps and catapult us into an adrenaline-infused tidal wave of fear now have a new coconspirator.

    You know that remorse that automatically overwhelms you when you hear a telephone ringing in the middle of the night or a text message beeping on your cellular telephone while you are aslumber. Each of us to is ingrained to believe that no good news ever arrives during those hours. Our personal histories stand testament to that.

  • What we think: Our 911 response could be in danger

    We are hearing the calls to 911 about the 911 system, and they are alarms to which we all must respond. The very safety of you and your neighbors could depend on whether these calls for help are heard in the locally knowledgeable manner to which we have become accustomed. We fear that practice soon could become obsolete.

    At issue here are the charges for telephone lines that are collected from each of our bills and then funneled to state and local governments to pay for the infrastructure of the emergency response service to which you connect when you dial 911.

  • We congratulate: Recycling ideas that are all new

    As we continue to see the dirty work of residents who toss trash onto pastureland and cigarettes onto streets as if those were swinging-door receptacles for their refuse, we are encouraged when we see institutions taking responsibility for making our county more energy conscious, our environment more sustainable and our young people more encouraged about both.

  • MY WORD: Souder’s mix of politics, religion needs balance

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, on the right of the people peaceably, to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

  • MY WORD: Hispanic students set new goals for their futures

    Christina Rosales, Valerio Cabrera and Miriam Rosales have a BIG Goal – they want to earn scholarships so they can attend and graduate from college.

    Students at Collins High School, they received the spark after attending a state Hispanic leadership conference this summer in Lexington, where they spent a week in the dorms at the Bluegrass Community Technical College. Their college degrees would be the first for their families – even when  Valerio graduates from high school would be the first for his family.

  • VAN STOCKUM: SOMME PART 2: The day nearly 20,000 died

    On June 24, 1916, a tremendous and sustained artillery bombardment by the allied armies of Britain and France commenced the Battle of the Somme, the pivotal conflict in World War I, where 19,240 died on the first day, including my birth father, Reginald Bareham, a member of the 11th Suffolks. This barrage on the German army foretold not only the unfolding of that battle but a sequence of events that changed both the world and many lives forever.

  • Proposed ordinance: Beware where you park

    Parking soon could be prohibited on some streets and roads in Shelby County based on the authority of the county road supervisor.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday passed on first reading an ordinance that gives Carl Henry the authority to restrict or eliminate parking on any county roads, even the streets in some subdivisions.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said the decision to make revisions evolved from increased growth that has brought about increased traffic congestion, especially in neighborhoods.

  • No probation for pot dealer

    A man who was charged with the largest marijuana bust ever in Shelby County and later  inexplicably set free by federal authorities before being indicted again on those same charges, has been sent to prison for 7 years.

    In Shelby County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Judge Charles Hickman ordered

    Enrique Olvera-Landaverde, 51, to serve his full 7 years that he had accepted in a guilty plea on Aug. 3.