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Today's News

  • Black History Month: Recounting a lesson

    February is Black History Month, probably as good a time as any to let Skip know I'm sorry even if the offense committed against him occurred nearly 50 years ago.

    The memory is as vivid as the permanent stain put on our society by the way black people have been treated for decades.

    My rural Kentucky hometown was probably little different than most other small communities across the South in 1959.

  • Simon Kenton, Butler up next for Lady Rockets

    No one can ever accuse the Shelby County girls' basketball team of padding their schedule with too many easy wins.

    The Lady Rockets routinely play one of the toughest schedules in the state, and the Lady Rockets' end of the season stretch shows just that.

    The last four games -- which will see the girls play two ranked teams and two region favorites -- kicks off Saturday with Simon Kenton visits.

  • Keep farm programs

    Food is our nation's best buy, a better buy than health care and about one-half the cost of housing.

    According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, by the middle of February, the average American has earned enough to pay their food bill for the year. It takes only 10.9 percent of your disposable income to get the best, most affordable, safest, abundant supply of food in the world. The United Kingdom gets close at 11.2 percent, France at 18 percent, all the way up to the Sudan at 60.5 percent. Imagine having to spend half of your paycheck for food.

  • Home of 35 years is gone

    Wiping her tears with a tissue, Lillie Carriss looked around what had been her and husband B.F.'s house for the past 35 years.

    The storm that moved through Shelby County late Tuesday night tore the roof from the top of their house and demolished their barn.

    The outside sky is now visible where the ceilings once were in both the bathroom and foyer that leads to the basement.

  • School menus - Feb. 11-15

    Monday -- PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE/ NO SCHOOL

    Tuesday -- Hamburger/cheeseburger or pretzel w/cheese, French fries, ketchup/mustard salad dressing/mayo, lettuce/tomato, pickle/onion, oranges, applesauce or fruit cocktail, milk

    B = Sausage pancake bites or breakfast bun

    Wednesday -- Chicken strip or pork chop, BBQ sauce/sweet & sour sauce/ honey mustard, green beans, carrots, roll w/margarine, oranges, applesauce or fruit cocktail, milk (Simpsonville has Domino's pizza)

  • CUB names Bowling president

    Citizens Union Bancorp, the parent company of Citizens Union Bank, announced last week that it is promoting David M. Bowling to bank president.

    The move means that Billie Wade, who had been the bank's CEO and president, will shed the latter title.

    "It's a little additional assistance, and it's a little overdue, frankly," Wade said. "I have found myself wearing many, many hats."

    As bank president, Bowling will take over day-to-day operations of the bank, Wade said. CUB is based in Shelbyville and has branches in Jefferson and Hardin counties.

  • Weathering the wind: Officials still assessing damage from Tuesday storm

    Early Wednesday morning, Walter Pinkerton, his wife and six kids were awakened by violent winds that shook their house and pealed off sections of the roof and ceiling. As rainwater rushed through exposed portions of the house, Pinkerton gathered his family on the first floor.

    The next morning as a rescue worker walked through Pinkerton's house and surveyed the damage, he remarked that the family was lucky to be alive.

    "It was not luck," Pinkerton responded. "It was God's protection."

  • Simpsonville passes sewer ordinances

    The Simpsonville City Commission Tuesday passed three ordinances affecting the city's operation of its sewers and sewer board. The city commission also took first reading on a measure that would speed up enforcement of environmental nuisance rules.

    Under a new ordinance, developers or builders would have to pay the city up front for engineering work on sewer lines extended to new subdivisions or developments. In the past the city has had trouble collecting from developers after its engineers have signed off on a project, Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton said.

  • Rockets drill Eminence, 70-42

    The Shelby County boys' basketball team exploded for an 18-0 run at Eminence Tuesday before coasting to a 70-42 win district win.

    The run to start the game was a big emphasis for SCHS head coach Mike Clark.

  • Dorman gets mortgage-lifter gift

    Thanks to a generous donation from The Kings Daughters and Sons Foundation of Kentucky, the Dorman Preschool Center can tear up mortgage papers on its Dorman North facility.