Today's News

  • EARLIER: Shelby's Adequate Yearly Progress lags vs. fed goals

    Although Shelby County Schools showed improvement across the board in KCCT testing, the federal No Child Left Behind results don’t take that into account.

    NCLB results released Tuesday show that only two Shelby County schools, Painted Stone and Wright elementary schools, met 100 percent of their Adequate Yearly Progress goals.

    However, seven of the remaining nine schools met at minimum of 73 percent of their AYP goals, and only Shelby County High School was lower, with 61.5 percent.

  • Hot dogs in fuel can puzzle firefighters

    The cause of a garage fire on Bell Avenue in Shelbyville on Sunday has not been labeled suspicious, but the presence of hot dogs in a gas can has firefighters scratching their heads in puzzlement.

    Firefighters responded to the fire at 5105 Bell Ave. at the home of Letrice Kennedy and found light smoke coming from a small fire in the garage, said a report from the fire department.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports Sept. 28, 2011

    Domestic Violence


    Felipe A. Nieves Oretiz, 21, of 1030 High Street in Shelbyville was arrested Sept. 23 at that address and charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

    Susan Scott, 44, of 40 Harmony Court was arrested Sept. 14 at that address and charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

    James B. White, 46, of 405 Lynne Acres was arrested Sept. 14 on Lynne Acres Drive and charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).




  • Dustin’s case back in court today

    A hearing today in Shelby County Family Court will set a date for a disposition hearing for a disabled boy who was placed in a state psychiatric hospital five months ago.

    The case involves Dustin Splittgerber, 11, who was taken into state custody in December when his foster parents, his biological grandparents, said they thought they were sending him to specialized foster care for a short period of time.

  • The story of a horrible crime that just had to be explained

    You may be wondering what the heck has been going on with your newspaper these past few days.
    You may not care that Tonya Nicole Brown went into a restroom in Shelbyville more than three years ago and left behind her newborn baby, wrapped in plastic bags and dumped in a trashcan.
    You may not care that she is out of jail, barely paying for a crime to which she admitted in a court plea.
    But we, as a newspaper, had to tell you, and we hope you did pay attention and that deep down you really care.

  • What we think: Shouldn’t we all be outraged?

    Earlier this summer, a woman named Casey Anthony went on trial under the glaring lights of national TV, charged with murdering her 4-year-old daughter and covering up that crime.

    She became a national lightning rod, a source of vile hate, a person castigated in the streets even when a court found her not guilty of those charges, for which she could have faced the death penalty.

    A tragedy had occurred in the death of Caylee Anthony, to be sure, and it brought with it pure outrage among those who thought the guilty person was getting away with murder.

  • A Killer Goes Free Part 3: Shock probation has allowed thousands to avoid prison

    Since 2006, the state of Kentucky has used shock probation, the program that last year allowed for the release of admitted killer Tonya Nicole Brown from state prison, to send 10,006 convicted criminals back into public life.

    Brown admitted to delivering a baby in 2008 and leaving it in a trash bag in the restroom at a restaurant in Shelbyville, and, facing murder charges, she agreed to serve 15 years in prison on reduced charges of second-degree manslaughter.

  • A Killer Goes Free Part 3: Shock probation started in Ohio, around '60s

    Ohio, in 1965, was the first state to initiate a shock-probation program, which it calls “judicial release.”

    The recidivism rate refers to committing a crime after release from incarceration, and for Ohio, that rate is higher than in Kentucky.

    The latest rate released by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, which tabulates recidivism rates on a 3-year cycle, was 38 percent, compared to 33.3 percent for Kentucky’s latest figures.

  • News briefs: Sept. 28, 2011

    Williams brings campaign

    to Shelbyville on Thursday

    State Sen. President David Williams, the Republican candidate for governor, will be in Shelby County on Thursday to meet with business leaders and discuss his plan to create and retain jobs.

    The session is being called a business leader roundtable, and it will be at 7 a.m. at Stratton Center in Shelbyville.

  • Webb’s 71 takes title, leads SCHS back to State

    NEW CASTLE – Given the course and conditions, Shelby County girls’ golf coach Anna Simpson said she didn’t think anyone would break par in Tuesday’s Region 5 Tournament.

    As it turned out Simpson was surprised, very pleasantly in fact.

    That’s because Rockets sophomore Jordan Webb carded a 1-under-par 71 at Henry County Country Club to win region medalist honors and help Shelby earn a fourth consecutive berth in the State Tournament.