Today's News

  • Focus of final day in school: Learning, service

    Shelby County Public Schools wrapped up the school year with the controversial last day of school Monday.

    The day, which was originally planned to be Friday but was pushed to Monday because of one snow day during the winter, was much maligned, with many believing the district should have cancelled it.

    However, that was not an option, but many argued that the last day of school didn’t include instruction and often was  wasted, and school board member Sam Hinkle also posed that question with the calendar change was proposed in late March.

  • Shelby County Sheriff Reports June 6, 2012


    Carl L. Froman, 53, of 411 E. Main St. in Shelbyville was arrested April 30 on Bellview Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense and operating an ATV on the roadway.

    Samantha F. Howard, 19, of 10202 El Ventoso Court in Louisville was arrested May 7 on I-64 and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense.

  • Crusade collections up in Shelby

    Fire department officials in Shelby County say they are pleased with the results of this year’s Crusade for Children.

    The county’s donations rose by 3 percent – to $138,560 from $133,927 in 2011 – which was in contrast to the Crusade in general, which saw donations decline by 2 percent, from $5,301,881 to $5,189,348.

    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said he was very satisfied with the collection efforts.

  • Four Shelby teens honored for stopping to aid survivor in triple fatality in Simpsonville

    For four Shelby County teens, prom night ended not with a party but with a horrific brush with death and tragedy.

    But it’s thanks to them that a young woman, the sole survivor of a horrible, multiple-fatality crash, did not have to suffer alone as she lay among three dead and dying members of her family on a lonely stretch of interstate highway during the middle of the night.

  • Paul Schmidt's lessons from a war against cancer

    Paul Schmidt has experienced the fear, the uncertainty, that dark realm that cancer brings firsthand.

    And he has triumphed.

    Cancer free for eight years now, Schmidt, a Shelbyville psychologist, will be one of hundreds of men expected to take advantage of the 12th annual Men’s Health Fair on Saturday morning at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, to get a full checkup on overall good health and – perhaps more emphatically – keep cancer at bay.

  • George Cottrell: 1966-2012

    George Cottrell, 46, a longtime figure in the community and at Shelby County High School, died Tuesday afternoon at his home in Shelbyville.

    Diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease – in February of 2011, Cottrell never let the disease slow him down.

    “His spirit was just tremendous,” said Todd Shipley, who worked with Cottrell at Shelby County High School and on the staff for the football team for whom Cottrell was the defensive coordinator up until the 2011 season.

  • Court report: June 4, 2012

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Jose V. Berumen, first-offense DUI – guilty – operator's license suspended for 120 days and $728 fine and costs.

    Kimberly A. Caswell, operating on suspended/revoked operator's license and first-offense failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance – guilty – $893 fine  costs.

  • News briefs: June 1, 2012

    McConnell to speak today

    at luncheon in Stratton Center

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s majority leader, will be in Shelbyville today to speak at a luncheon at Stratton Center.

    The luncheon, which is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., is open to the public. There has been no announcement if McConnell will take questions from those attending.

    Tickets are $20 and are available through the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.


    Portion of Benson Road to be closed

  • WICHE: Desert blooms in Kentuckiana?

    We have a beautiful prickly pear cactus in bloom right now that is flaunting yellow and orange blooms like a peacock does feathers. It is tucked in a garden on the south side of the house so it thrives. In fact this cactus is native to Kentucky even if most people only associate it with the desert Southwest.

    When it comes to prickly plants most of us automatically think of cacti in the desert; there are others with a more subtle prick to consider for the mixed border. Look into adding some texture with Acanthus, Echinops and Eryngium.

  • Ag Report: June 1, 2012

    Thomas named state’s most

    influential agriculture figure

    An informal poll of more than 100 individuals from across the state by Keeton Communications has determined that Roger Thomas of Smith’s Grove is the state’s most influential person in agriculture.

    Those surveyed ranged from farmers to leaders of commodity groups, and for the past four weeks plus, the Ag Report has counted down the top 10.