Today's News

  • Famed living Nativity next week In Bethlehem

    By Phyllis McLaughlin

    For many area residents, it just isn’t Christmas without a visit to the living Nativity scene in Bethlehem in Henry County.
    The event, which has been held every year since 1959, is sponsored by the tiny city’s three churches – Bethlehem Baptist, Bethlehem United Methodist and Point Pleasant Christian.

  • Brooks named 2nd team AP all-state on defense

    The accolades are starting to come in for Collins senior Michael Brooks after his fantastic football season.

    On Thursday the standout linebacker was named to The Associated Press’ All-State second team, and word I got is that he missed out on first-team honors by the narrowest of margins, on defense. You should also look for him on the upcoming all-state teams put out by the state’s two largest newspapers – The Courier-Journaland The Herald-Leader.

  • Rockets stay on the pad, and winning streak ends

    The Shelby County girls’ basketball team’s 3-game winning streak came to an end Monday night.

    The youthful Rockets, playing for the fourth time in six days, fell, 52-44, at 8th Region rival Trimble County.

    The Raiders (3-2 after the victory) beat Shelby County, 61-37, last season in Mike Casey Gymnasium, but this meeting was much closer.

  • Everything’s bright with Gray

    Life is lollipops and sunshine for Raechele Gray these days.

    Gray, a former Shelby County girls’ basketball standout, has started every game this season for the Eastern Kentucky University women’s team, and on Saturday she’s set to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in public relations.

    “Everything’s going great,” a very cheerful Gray said in a telephone interview earlier this week.

  • Having a big time with the Big Blue

    Kyle Frinak grew up dreaming of wearing a University of Kentucky basketball uniform and playing in Rupp Arena.

    Now he is, and now he has.

    Frinak, a 2011 Shelby County graduate and a freshman at UK, is a member of the squad of men who regularly practice against the Wildcats’ women’s team.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Zoning recall requestnot being considered

    The Triple S Planning Commission has laid out a brief and somber agenda for Tuesday's December meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Stratton Center.

    The commission will review and vote on the budget – of which commissioners received a preview during the November meeting – review the 2010 audit and the only new business will be the potential subdivision of an agricultural plat on Hickory Ridge Road.

  • Montell's new bill would create an 'alert' for missing people with disabilities

    Last fall, when Debi McMurray saw that a young autistic boy was lost in Mercer County, she was heartbroken.

    "I was watching Channel 3, and Dawn Gee said that an Amber Alert couldn't be issued for this child because he wasn't abducted. I thought it covered everything," she said. "I just couldn't believe that the most vulnerable people [those with developmental disabilities] were not covered."

    The news hit McMurray even harder because her son, Chase, 22, is a severe autistic and is non-verbal.

  • Shelby man left homeless by fire getting help from community

    One year ago today, a fire swept through a home at 312 Henry Clay Street, leaving one brother in the hospital and another homeless.

    John Pearson eventually died from second-degree burns he received over the top portion of his body, and his bother “Booger” Bill Pearson, 69, was left homeless.

    A spark of community fellowship helped raise several thousand dollars for the brothers, but it turns out that won’t be enough.

  • Shelby teacher has a new job title: novelist

    Tracy Coffee Gayle says she has always loved to write and listen to stories.

    "When I was little, I wanted to be John Boy Walton because he got to write," she said. "I've always loved to write and listen to my parents’ stories and my grandparents’ stories."

    About 10 years ago Gayle, a fifth-grade teacher at Wright Elementary School, started working on a short story about a young girl named Vera, and, along with Gayle’s own family, Vera has grown.

  • SOUDER: Christmas: The best good news ever

    “The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)

    We all like good news: “It’s a girl!” “The biopsy came back negative. The cancer is gone!” “Today’s test is cancelled. Everyone gets an ‘A’!” “IU finally beat Kentucky!”