Today's News

  • Simpsonville's New concession stand to be finished soon

    The new concession stand and press box at the Simpsonville recreational complex is running a little behind schedule, but it’s also nearly complete.

    “It’s a little behind,” City Administrator David Eaton said. “Nothing real bad.”

    The Simpsonville City Commission approved in the spring replacing the 60-year-old building with a larger, modern facility that is two stories and includes storage space and a vantage point for scorekeepers and officials.

  • Collins teacher arrested on sex charges

    Shannon Hirchert, a special needs teacher at Collins High School, was arrested and charged Wednesday with six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of distributing obscene matter to minors dating back to fall 2010.
    Hirchert, 42, of La Grange was released Wednesday night on $5,000 bond.
    Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said investigators believe the sexual conduct was consensual, but it falls under KRS statute 510.110, the charge of sexual abuse first degree when a person is in a position of authority or special trust, which includes teachers.

  • Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville limited to 1 lane Thursday night

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet  advises motorists that KY 1848 will be reduced to one lane tonight between Interstate 64 and US 60 in Shelby County (Buck Creek Road).

  • Ag Report: Aug. 5, 2011

    Simpsonville resident

    joins angus association
    Carrie T. Jacoby of Simpsonville is a new junior member of the American Angus Association.

  • WICHE:Striped cucumber beetle spreads virus

    I continue to stand by my belief that I am my best defense in the garden.

    In the morning I go out and inspect my garden and smash insects and pick off diseased foliage, careful not to spread it to other plants by my own hand. I watch for the beginning of any abnormality and nip it in the bud.

    However, sometimes things slide by undetected, plus it is hard to determine bacterial brown spot from mosaic if you are not sure what you are looking for.

  • Arts Briefs: Aug. 5, 2011

    Author/poet Norman

    at library on Thursday

    Author Gurney Norman, 2009-2010 Kentucky Poet Laureate, will be the featured guest at a presentation 6-7 p.m. Thursday at the Shelby County Public Library.

    Norman was instrumental in the founding of the Appalachian Poetry Project and the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. His first novel, Divine Right’s Trip,was published in the margins of the Last Whole Earth Catalog, which sold 2 million copies worldwide.

  • Brandon Brown leads by 6 shots heading into final round of Kentucky Open

    Shelbyville's Brandon Brown leads by six shots heading into the final round of the 2011 PowerBilt Kentucky Open. 

    Brown, last year's runner-up in the event, followed up his first-round 67 with a second-round 69 Wednesday to give him an 8-under-par 136 at Persimmon Ridge Golf Club. He leads first-round leader Blake Watts of New Albany and Louisville's Jesse Massie by six strokes going into Thursday's final round. All three of those players will tee off at 11:27 a.m. 

  • News briefs: Aug. 3, 2011

    Guthrie, Paul disagree
    on debt ceiling plan

    Kentucky lawmakers have mixed reviews on the $2.4 trillion debt-ceiling increase passed by Congress on Tuesday.
    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) voted for the legislation Monday, while U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said he wouldn’t vote on the deal when the Senate took up the issue. The Senate passed the increase at about noon Tuesday.

  • Accelerated enrollment for new academies

    The turnout for the new Accelerated Academy at both Collins and Shelby County high schools has been somewhat staggering.
    The administrative staff of both high schools and Shelby County Public Schools sat down Thursday with members of the Board of Education for an informal roundtable discussion to explain the new program.
    More than 115 students have met the criteria for the academy and 71 – 44 at Collins and 27 at SCHS – will take on the rigorous schedule starting in two weeks.

  • Jubilee Art Show winners



    1st: Rebecca Baker, Clear Creek Elementary; 2nd: Walker Hendren, Clear Creek Elementary; 3rd: Laura Carmack, Eminence Independent


    1st: Lexie Nation, Painted Stone Elementary; 2nd: Baylee Dean, Clear Creek Elementary; 3rd: Gabby Savage, Wright Elementary


    1st: Caleigh McKee, Eminence Independent; 2nd: Shelby Clayton, Eminence Independent; 3rd: Brianna Moore, Eminence Independent