Today's News

  • Wright Elementary gets new principal

    Wright Elementary School’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council has named Bethany Groves the new principal for the school, the school district announced.

    Groves has five years of experience in administration, most recently in Jacksonville, Fla., at Hickory Creek Elementary.

    A 1982 graduate of Shelby County High School, Groves has degrees from Ohio University and Northern Kentucky University and her Phase 1 doctoral work from Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis.

  • Shelbyville City Council: City sees increase in revenue, expenses

    The City of Shelbyville looks to rebound a little in 2012-13.

    The city council on Thursday heard on first reading of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and things look positive. The projected budget of about $7.2 million in revenue plus $3.9 million in balance carried forward is more than enough to cover the costs of expenses, almost $8.5 million.

    After a 1.7 percent decrease in revenue for the 2011-12 budget, the city sees an increase for the upcoming budget of a 2.7 percent, or a little more than $197,000.

  • EARLIER: Funding in place for Blue Gables project

    A preservation group’s plan to redevelop the old Blue Gables Motel is taking another step forward.

    The city of Shelbyville will have a public hearing on the project at 5 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, giving the public the opportunity to voice interest or concern in the project.

    Spearheaded by the Shelbyville Preservation Group, the project has rallied behind community support.

  • Shelby County School Board: SCPS to invest in new entrance to Southside

    Land acquisition and the Talented and Gifted programs will be the main topics when the Shelby County Board of Education meets Thursday at East Middle School at 7 p.m.

    The board will recognize students that have met qualifications for the Duke University Talent Identification Program and hear a presentation from the Shelby County High School Talented and Gifted students.

    The board will also take action on acquiring several parcels of land for the access road to Southside Elementary.

  • Shelby’s drug concerns spike in 2011

    The illegal use of drugs and drug-related activities – including the availability startling new drugs that can be found at the corner grocery – have spiked significantly in Shelby County, mirroring the statewide problem that has drawn the attention of lawmakers.

    Drug-related arrests were made on 884 people in 2011, a rise of an alarming 28.5 percent, with arrests by the Kentucky State Police showing a staggering 49 percent increase in the county.

  • MY WORD: Gun argument is not well-founded

    Recently a lawyer from the firm Neal & Davis wrote a few short paragraphs “About gun laws,” April 18) ranting about thanking the NRA for a Florida homicide being the "result" of a "stand your ground" law.

  • What we think: Outlet mall plan will test us all

    The chorus of public debate about the proposed outlet mall in Simpsonville is just getting warmed up for what promises to be a full-blown, 3-act opera, and we hope to avoid a tragic aria at the end.

    Anytime something large and new is projected to be positioned in an area that previously has been a pristine barrier of nature for residents and property owners, there almost always is an immediate cry that such a change would be a bad thing for those vested in an area.

  • MY WORD: A new learning experience

    Recently I heard the phrase “the new norm” being tossed around. I cannot specifically remember to what it was in reference, but I started thinking about what Shelby County Public Schools will look like when we meet our Big Goals: all fifth-graders going to middle school on grade level, all middle-schoolers going to high school on grade level and all students graduating college and career ready.

  • We congratulate: An inspiring idea to help others

    We see selfless acts frequently in Shelby County, but none has inspired us more profoundly than when we heard about the efforts of 12-year-old Jessica Carter.

    Maybe you saw the story about Jessica, a student at West Middle School. In 2009, after watching the movie The Blind Side and hearing the reaction of previously vagabond Michael Oher when he was presented with his very own bed, she was struck that there were other kids like Mr. Oher who didn’t have a place to sleep.

  • An open letter to mothers everywhere

    Dear Mom:

    That’s what I’ll call you here, though many of my friends and family may call you Mother or Mama or Momma or Madre or Ma or even something more formal. They may even call you by your name.

    But we all probably should call you angel, because without you, we would not exist.

    It’s not that you necessarily gave birth to us, it’s that you embraced us from the instant we met, gave us love, shelter, food and everything else essential to growing our lives.