Today's News

  • 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.

  • Business Briefcase: May 9, 2012

    2 new pathologists

    join staff at APT


    Associates in Pediatric Therapy in Shelbyville has added two new speech and language pathologists: Erin Moore and Lauren Comer.

  • Election 2012: District 4 U.S. Congress: William Adkins

    William Adkins, a Williamstown attorney, is seeking the 4th congressional district seat being vacated by a 4-term incumbent.
    Adkins, 56, a Democrat, has been practicing law in Williamstown in Grant County.
    Other than what he calls “an unenergetic run for city council” in 2010 in Williamstown, Adkins has not run for political office.
    Despite this, he has been a member of the Grant County Democratic executive committee for 12 years and has chaired the committee from 2008 to present.

  • Johnson to play at Wesleyan

    Former Shelby County boys’ basketball standout Donovan Johnson will continue his playing career at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

    Johnson, a 2010 SCHS graduate, played the past two seasons for Wabash Valley (Ill.) Junior College. As a sophomore the 6-foot-6 forward averaged 9.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, leading the team in field-goal percentage (53.9) and free-throw percentage (82.7) and earning All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference and All-Region 24 honors.

  • ‘I got a chance to rebuild something great’

    To Jason Couch, Shelby County already feels like home.

    That’s because Couch, 40, who was introduced as the Rockets’ new coach Wednesday afternoon at the high school, is from a similar-sized town in southern Indiana and, he said, that was one of the reasons why he left Louisville power Eastern to take over for resigned Rick Parsons.

     “I’ve never met anybody who has had anything bad to say about Shelbyville,” Couch said. “For me it’s like coming back to my hometown. That was a huge draw for me and my family.”