Today's News

  • A time of testing

    As the Junior class at Shelby County High School prepares to take the ACT test next Tuesday, a group of legislators in Frankfort are hoping to get rid of the state's current assessment system and replace it with a format similar to that of the ACT.

    The bill, SB 1, would bring to an end student assessment based on portfolios, multiple choice and open response questions and would replace it with a test that is entirely multiple-choice questions.

  • Local Republicans to get new leadership

    The local Republican Party will soon be under new leadership as the chair and vice chair are not seeking re-election at the party's upcoming county convention.

    After serving as chairman for eight years, Charles Bates said the time has come for him to step down.

    Bates, 66, said his decision not to run was in order to allow new people to step into leadership roles.

    "I really hope we get a chairperson who is able to move the party forward," he said.

  • Community datebook

    Public can attend

    March 6 -- Shelbyville City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 315 Washington St.

    March 11 -- Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Waldridge Center.

    March 11 - Shelby County Democratic Women's Club meets 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center.

    March 11 -- Historic District Commission meets at 5:30 p.m., 627 Main St.

    March 13 -- Shelby County Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 403 Washington St.

    Community meetings

  • Finding shelter in a disaster

    Where do you go when disaster strikes?


    Emergency officials say where you are, and what type of disaster you're caught up in will ultimately decide your best bet.

    For example, if there were a hazardous materials incident, Charlie Frazee, director of the local Emergency Management Agency, said there are a couple of different options officials would have.

    For example, Frazee said he could ask people in the area to evacuate, find immediate shelter in a place such as a home or office, or some combination of the two.

  • Rockets roll over Anderson for District title

    The Shelby County boys' basketball team avenged an early January loss to Anderson County, steamrolling the Bearcats en route to a 73-61 to win the 30th District crown Saturday at Spencer County.

    Trailing 8-7 after the first quarter, the Rockets opened the second quarter on a 16-0 run that stretched out to a 21-2 run and a 28-12 Shelby lead before Anderson could stop the bleeding. The Rockets led 34-17 at halftime.

  • Rockets hold off pesky Owen County, 55-52

    The Shelby County boys' basketball team hit just enough shots and free throws down the stretch to top Owen County 55-52 in the first round of the 8th Region Tournament at Henry County High School Wednesday.

    Coty Minnis grabbed his own miss and drew the foul as his putback went in with 2:30 to play. Minnis hit the free throw to put the Rockets up eight, 50-42, but that was the Rockets' last basket. Owen County was forced to foul the rest of the way, and Shelby County hit five of nine free throws over the final 1:30 to seal the win.

  • Flooding causes minor problems

    Garland and Brenda Wayne were trapped in their home near Lake Shelby by the floodwaters of Clear Creek Tuesday morning after a storm dumped more than two inches of rain on the county. But Brenda wasn't worried.

    "We have plenty of food back here," she said. "We'll just wait it out."

    The Waynes are assistant caretakers for Lake Shelby. The water from Clear Creek covered the road back to their house and the house of Bob Dennie, who is the caretaker for the lake. Wayne estimated the water was as much as 4-5 feet over the road.

  • The pig bone is connected...

    Paulo Ribenboim and Pedro Villa-Sanchez had studied in science class how joints and tendons work together to make arms and legs move. But when they got to see and touch the ligaments and bones with their hands, science came alive.

    Paulo and Pedro were two of about 50 fifth graders a Simpsonville Elementary school who got to examine and dissect pig bones at school last week.

    Fifth grade teacher Migon Wheeler said for the last several year teachers have been allowing the students to examine the pig bones in connection with teaching core content.

  • Lady Rockets use OT to top Anderson

    The Lady Rockets had to fight, scratch and claw for the 30th District title, and after an extra four minutes, the girls pulled it out, topping Anderson County 53-46 in overtime Friday at Spencer County.

    "We beat a very good Anderson County team on Friday," SCHS head coach Sally Zimmerman said. "We match up well with each other, and if we're both fortunate we could meet up again (in the 8th Region Championship)."

    The Lady Rockets trailed by two, 10-8, after the first quarter and the gap stayed at two, 21-19, at the half.

  • Bridge demolition will close I-64 briefly

    The state Highway Department announced Monday that I-64 will be closed in both directions Thursday, March 6 from midnight until 5 a.m. to allow for the demolition of the bridge at Ky. 395 (Waddy exit).

    Traffic will be routed off the exit ramps across Ky. 395 and down the entrance ramp back to I-64.

    Delays will also be likely on Ky. 395 (Waddy Road) as construction continues on the bridge over I-64. Vehicles wider than 11.5 feet will be restricted from the area and will have to take an alternate route.