Today's News

  • Democratic candidates in 2012 May Primary seldom seen in Shelby

    Is there a lack of enthusiasm for Shelby County among the Democratic candidates in the District 4 the congressional race?

    With a rampant number of campaign signs, car placards, newspaper and TV commercials and appearances for the seven Republicans seeking to replace 4-term Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Hebron) in Washington, there seems little presence from the two Democrats – William R. Adkins of Williamstown and Greg Frank of Corinth.

  • Violent crime in Shelby County decreased in 2011

    Despite one of the worst assault cases ever in Shelby County dominating headlines for months, violent crime in Shelby County took a drastic decline in 2011, part of an overall picture of crime that showed slight decreases in many other criminal activities.

    Based on statistics provided by the four law enforcement agencies that patrol Shelby County, there were no murders and 99 assaults during the calendar year, an increase of about 6 percent from 2010. There were no murders in 2010 either.

  • Student assistance

    The students were figuring out the Pythagorean Theorem (the relationship between lengths of legs and hypotenuse of any right angle) in Angela Carter’s math class at the Education Center @ Cropper. Some were struggling so as Carter and Superintendent James Neihof offered one-on-one guidance. Chris Noack helped his fellow students by asking probing questions to find the answer.

  • WMS student wins writing contest

  • News briefs: May 11, 2012

    Public hearings coming up

    next week on various items


    Shelby County residents will have the opportunity to attend a variety of public hearings next week to help leaders gather comment and form public policy.

    All items have definite time spans to collect residents’ input. The schedule:

  • Feds drop plan to restrict youth's work on farm

    The controversial proposed new federal rule that would have limited the ability of teens to work on their family farm is no more.

    The federal Department of Labor this week withdrew its plan to restrict the availability of young people to work on farms, even those owned by their own family.

  • Anonymous call kills animal shelter fundraiser on Election Day

    When Sophia Sanchez decided she wanted to get the community involved with the Shelby County Animal Shelter through donations collected at polling sites on Election Day, she said she didn’t expect the controversy the project would carry with it.

    The fundraiser for Primary Election Day created by Sanchez, a sophomore member of the JROTC at Collins High School, would help the shelter raise money for dog and cat food, cat litter, collars and leashes, cleaning supplies, blankets, paper towels and more.

  • Public Works storm water garden will clean while it educates

    The Shelbyville Department of Public Works is going native with its facility, and it needs the public’s help.

    Starting today, Public Works will be planting more than 1,800 native plants in its new rain garden, bioretention treatment basin and constructed wetlands area at its facility at 787 Kentucky St.

    The new features are part of the department’s efforts to clean the stormwater runoff from its own property and to educate the public as part of the EPA’s Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4) program.

  • A primer on the new state testing in schools

    Kentucky is moving into a new standard of statewide testing this spring as part of the Common Core Standards that have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kentucky was the first state to adopt the standards in Feb. 2010.

    These new standards, the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, are more rigorous and better aligned with the skills needed in the modern workplace.

    The English/language arts and mathematics standards were the first outlined and were taught this year.

  • Political candidates choosy in campaign spending

    Political campaigning can cost big money, but determining how to market themselves is a big part of that, candidates say.

    They do that through a variety of ways, using venues such as newspapers, television, radio, direct mailers, phone calls, signs and going door-to-door and making public speaking appearances.

    Deciding which of those avenues to use depends on what part of the population the candidate is trying to reach and what their coverage area is.