Today's News

  • Shelby County School Board: MAP reading scores hit 75 percent for end of year

    This school year ended with three-fourths of Shelby County grade school students reading on or above grade level – or you might say that 25 percent left school for the summer lagging behind.

    That was the gist of the latest MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) report by Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith told members of the Shelby County School Board at their meeting Thursday night.

    The board, including Superintendent James Neihof, expressed disappointment that those numbers were not higher.

  • Shelby County Goldsmith murder case continued

    Marcus Goldsmith, charged with murder and other offenses in the March 16 stabbing death of Keith Jackson, was one of many high profile cases in Shelby Circuit Court Monday.

    Goldsmith, 53, received a new court date of Aug. 20 for a status conference.

    He is charged with murder, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault (domestic violence) and tampering with physical evidence following the stabbing death of Jackson at his apartment at 901 Main St.

  • Olvera-Landaverde arraigned on drugs, weapons charges

    A man who was charged with the largest marijuana bust ever in Shelby County and mysteriously set free by federal authorities and then was arrested again June 8, was arraigned Monday in Shelby Circuit Court.

    Enrique Olvera-Landaverde, 51, who was re-indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on April 18 for trafficking in marijuana over 5 pounds and was arrested at his home in Southville, has received a new court date of Aug. 9 for a disposition hearing.

  • A life may have ended, but a legacy continue

    There is a sesne today that I shouldn’t be here. I should be in the suburbs of Denver, helping to lay to rest a man who in many ways made me whatever success I have been in this world, a man I call friend.
    Just a week ago, Tom Patterson lay quietly in an ICU in California, tubes and machines breathing for him. Breathing long had been Tom’s downfall, brought on by a 15-year battle with a lung-eating disease called scleroderma.

  • What we think: Coal support resolution was a waste of time

    We found it curious last week when Shelby County Fiscal Court took meeting time and office time to develop, distribute and pass a resolution supporting the coal industry in Kentucky and decrying strict enforcement of regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency.

    We don’t have a problem supporting an industry that is at the core of the economy in parts of Kentucky and contributes heavily to state tax coffers.

    We just wonder why it’s a matter of business for the citizens of Shelby County, because coal is hardly a big entity here.

  • Squire Boone Day: Festival’s squishy start doesn’t dampen spirits

    Despite the rain Saturday, the first Squire Boone Day festival continued as planned.
    Downpours, thunder and lightning pummeled Shelby County for most of the morning Saturday, curtailing the opening of the festival and delaying its program until around 1 p.m. at the Clear Creek Park Amphitheater and Col. Sanders Pavilion. A variety of musical acts were on stage until the final show at 9 p.m. There also was a re-enactment, fund-raising auctions and several shopping and food options.

  • We congratulate: Creators of sensational idea

    Sometime over the years the Shelby County Fair evolved into a pageant of pageants.

    What began in 1842 as a celebration of farm life and livestock has evolved in 2012 to be a celebration of our children on display like a lot of that livestock, and we venture there are more of the former than the latter entered at the fair.

    What for decades was a baby show and a beauty contest for young women now has expanded into a days-long, multi-age-group competition among girls and boys, which would beg the question about whether we have taken this too far.

  • VAN STOCKUM: John Elmer Kalmey, the diaryman

    John Elmer Kalmey, whose family has been in the dairy business in Kentucky for at least three generations, was introduced to the dairy as a toddler.

    He recalls being 5 years old, accompanying his father in the fields, being seated on a tractor and told to hold the steering wheel steady while the tractor moved slowly ahead, with his father on one side and his uncle on the other, each picking corn.

  • Three county golfers tee it up in State Am

    Three golfers from Shelby County teed off Tuesday in the first round of the Kentucky State Amateur, which is being played at The Cardinal Club in Simpsonville.

    Shelbyville’s Dennis Long and Simpsonville’s Scott Hill and Mark Koroluk were among the 156 players who began the tournament, which continues today and finishes Thursday.


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  • Title may be at hand – or maybe not

    The Shelbyville Post 37 American Legion baseball team went unbeaten in its 32nd annual invitational tournament, but didn’t get to play for the championship – yet anyway.

    Post 37 won one game Thursday, one Friday and one Saturday, but Sunday’s final against Floyds Knobs (Ind.) was rained out. Shelbyville Coach Jim Wiley said the game would be played “somewhere, sometime if possible,” but both teams have busy schedules for the rest of the summer.