Today's News

  • Tapp, Montell back special session...if

    Both state Sen. Gary Tapp and state Rep. Brad Montell said they would support a special called session of the state legislature -- if the Senate and House first work out a deal to address the state pension plan before the lawmakers reconvened in Frankfort.

    A week and a half after the end of the regular legislative session, Gov. Steve Beshear and state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have voiced a need for a special session to address the $26 billion deficit in the state's retirement system.

  • New Business: Cox Asphalt Sealing and Striping

    Who we are: Cox Asphalt Sealing and Striping

    Owned by: Vernon Cox

    What we do: Cox provides asphalt sealing, stripping and small patchwork for driveways and parking lots. He has several years of experience in the profession.

    We say: "I try to be affordable and I'm honest with my customers about how much stuff is going to cost," he said. "I make sure it's done right."

    Cost: Estimates are free and are valid for 30 days after the estimate is given.

    Phone: 321-5294

  • Scratching the surface of allergies

    "It is the season for sure," Dr. Damon Coyle, of Family Allergy & Asthma, said.

    The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says more Americans suffer from allergies than any other health problem, and each season brings new causes of itching and sneezing.

    A person's sensitivity to allergies depends on the genetics passed from their parents and the amount of exposure to the allergens.

    Allergens are foreign to the body, so when they are eaten, breathed, injected or touched, the immune system reacts with some of the many symptoms associated with allergies.

  • Battling the beast

    He's got his hat and chaps, and he's ready to ride. He can't wait for Derby weekend, when he'll get to compete against other riders. He sums up his favorite part of riding with a single word - "adrenaline."

    As thousands head to Louisville next weekend for the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby, nine-year-old Ethan Young is excited to do some riding of his own at the Kentucky Junior Rodeo Association event at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

  • Programs equip Hispanics for job market

    Twice a week a group of Hispanic women gather at Centro Latino in Shelbyville for a two-hour English lesson that is designed to help them communicate on the job and with folks in the community.

    Jerry Pope, the teacher of the class, switches from teaching in Spanish to English seamlessly in order to make hearing and responding to conversational English natural for his students. But Pope isn't just teaching the ladies a foreign language, he's teaching them a vital job skill.

  • Woman sentenced for embezzlement of thousands

    A former employee of a local non-profit organization has received a prison sentence of four years for stealing thousands of dollars from the company, according to Shelby County Circuit Court records.

    Kimberly Stevenson Pappas, 51, of Louisville, was granted supervised felony diversion after entering a guilty plea to the charge of theft by unlawful taking over $300, a class D felony.

  • Bus driver accused of assault

    A local school bus driver has recently been accused of assaulting a student who was riding on his bus.

    James Neihof, director of student accounting and support services, said on April 4 a driver carrying high school students stopped the bus in response to a disturbance among the students.

    Neihof said the driver, whose name has not been released, considered one of the students to be in physical danger. He then proceeded to detain the other student involved in the disturbance.

    "The bus driver took action in the interest of student's safety," Neihof said.

  • Mapping out history

    A grant from the Kentucky African American Heritage brought The Kentucky Archaeological Survey to Lincoln Ridge cemetery to search for the mass grave that is said to hold the bodies of the black cavalry soldiers that were brutally murdered in the Simpsonville massacre of 1865.

    Because only a few graves are still marked, the archaeologists have had to use a number of methods to learn more about the cemetery, located off U. S. 60 between Simpsonville and the Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center.

  • Coffee named teacher of the year

    In Thom Coffee's world history class at West Middle School, students recently were given an assignment to use song, poetry or rap to express what they have been learning about the decline of feudalism in ancient England. As the students performed, it was evident that they had not only learned a good deal about things such as the Magna Carta and the black plague, but also had a great time while doing it.

    Because of such creative teaching practices, Coffee was recently named the Shelby County teacher of the year.

  • Board names superintendent

    A current employee of the Shelby County Public School System was named as the district's new superintendent on Tuesday morning.

    After a three-month candidate search, the board of education announced that James Neihof, the current director of student accounting and support services, will serve as the head of the local public school system starting July 1. Neihof's salary has not yet been determined.

    Neihof, who has 17 years of experience in education, said he is honored and humbled to have been selected as superintendent.