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Today's News

  • School Board celebrates 100 years

    For the last 100 years, the direction and management of public schools across the state has been in the hands of locally elected boards of education.

    In 1908, the Kentucky General Assembly determined that if would be best if local folks, not the state government, handled the day-to-day operations of schools.

    This month the Shelby Public School System and school boards across the state are celebrating the 100th anniversary of local school board governance as part of Kentucky's observation of School Board Recognition Month.

  • Get Rhythm: Wright students learn music, rhythm

    Fifth graders at Wright Elementary are tapping, thumping and shaking out a rhythm that is getting them recognition across the county.

    Since the beginning of the school year, music teacher Cherly Gibbons has been creating a class-wide rhythm section by teaching each student in the fifth grade class the basic principles of tempo, rhythm, melody and beat.

    And from the responses that the students have received at two recent concerts, their training is paying off.

  • Lady Rockets upset No. 10 North Hardin in OT

    The Shelby County girls' basketball team hit the road and pulled off their biggest upset of the year Saturday with a 62-59 overtime win at North Hardin.

    "This was a signature win for us and a great confidence builder," SCHS head coach Sally Zimmerman said. "(North Hardin) has beaten teams that we'll be playing later this year. This really was a big, big win for us."

    North Hardin (13-4) is the highest ranked team the Lady Rockets (12-5) have beaten this year, but it did not come without its struggles.

  • Cold season up but running slow

    Although it may seem like people have been sneezing and coughing as much as usual, Shelby County is having a better than usual cold and flu season, according to local health care officials.

    "We've not had a confirmed case of the flu yet," said Holly Husband, spokesperson for Jewish Hospital Shelbyville.

    That is pretty good news considering Jefferson County confirmed its first case of the flu two weeks ago and Fayette County confirmed its first case in November 2007.

  • Design with Earth in mind

    Growing up on a small farm in Bagdad, Jessica Tennill was surrounded by some of the most beautiful plots of earth in the state and possibly the nation.

    Now in her work as an architect, her passion is to design houses that incorporate and help preserve the earth she loves.

    Tennill, 23, said using earth-friendly materials and energy sources gives greater meaning to the designs she creates.

    "I've been into this sort of thing for a long time," she said. "It brings a whole another layer to the design."

  • Nifco building framed

    A local construction company has recently completed the steel framing of a structure that will house an international auto parts maker that is coming to Shelbyville next year.

    In late December, workers from R.E. Purnell Construction bolted the last beam in what will be Nifco auto parts manufacturing newest U.S. facility.

    Nifco, a Japanese auto parts manufacturer, will use the 80,000 square-foot building to make auto fasteners for Toyota, Honda and American models.

  • Rockets drill Boyle County, 78-59

    The Shelby County boys' basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season with a dominating 78-59 win over Boyle County Tuesday.

    The Rockets came out a little slow, allowing Boyle 20 points in the first quarter, but Shelby turned up the pressure over the second and third quarters, outscoring the Rebels 43-17 over the second and third quarters combined.

    "Our transition and help defense was not very good to start, but we made some adjustments in the second quarter and withstood some foul trouble for the first time this year," SCHS head coach Mike Clark said.

  • Catalpagreen hearing set for Tuesday

    Developers will reveal preliminary plans to zoning commissioners Tuesday night for a proposed 239-lot subdivision, known as Catalpagreen.

    WAZE LLC, reportedly plans to construct mostly single-family units on more than 120 acres near U.S. 60 and Ardmore Lane, according to Ryan Libke, executive director for Triple S PLanning and Zoning. The development calls for some patio-style duplex units, he added.

  • ATV champs to be honored

    Think Easyrider teamed up with backroads dirt and hills.

    ATV racing has become a popular local sport with more than 70 competitors lined up per race through the state Harescramble association.

    Two local residents have risen to the top of the state level in ATV racing and will be honored Saturday night for their winning ATV skills through the state Harescrambles organization.

    Bryce Gartman and Mike Husband will be two of the statewide race winners honored at an awards banquet at Claudia Sanders.

  • Politics and Jesus

    Religion, like it or not, is one of the underlining principles that will influence the way that many voters will cast their ballot this November. In local, state and nation contests, the candidates' religious affiliation, not the their voting record or previous experience, will be the determining factor for many voters.

    But this begs the question, "Would Jesus do that?"

    According to a poll released last fall by the Pew Forum and Research Center, 69 percent of Americans agree that it is important for a president to have strong religious beliefs.