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Today's News

  • Wiley verbally commits to play golf at U of L

    Most athletes committing early to school will wait until their senior year, but SCHS junior golfer Candice Wiley went ahead and made her decision.

    Wiley will play for the University of Louisville in 2009, and she said the decision was easy.

    "They're a top 20 program and that's what I've always wanted," she said. "Plus, I've been a U of L fan my whole life. Coach (Kelly Meyers Rothberg) has brought the program a long way, and I'm really excited to play for her. She's already told me a few things I need to work on to be ready."

  • The world by horse

    After traveling 7,000 miles from coast to coast on horseback, a man rode through Shelbyville Monday -- part of his effort to be the first man to ride across the world on a horse.

    Ezra Cooley, 27, left his home in Chico, California in April of 2006 with his horse "Red" and a dream. After making it to New York City, Cooley is now headed down to South America. From there he plans to fly to Australia and ride across the country before heading to the Mediterranean en route to Spain. Cooley expects to travel 30,000 miles on his expedition.

  • Burglars hit downtown churches

    Shelbyville police are investigating two break-ins at downtown churches that occurred Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

    According to Major Danny Goodwin, the burglar gained entry by breaking windows at both the First Presbyterian Church at 629 Main St. and the Catholic Church of the Annunciation located at 120 Main St.

  • Shelby County - Wine country?

    Will growing grapes replace cultivating tobacco and fermenting wine take the place of curing leaf?

    Probably not anytime soon, but the owners of Talon Winery in Lexington have bought land and plan to open a second location here - on Gordon Lane just south of I-64. And at least one local resident plans to open his own winery.

  • Rockets pull away from Eastern, 55-37

    The Shelby County Rockets picked up a 55-37 win over visiting Eastern Friday and kicked a three-game losing streak in the process.

    Shelby's much maligned defense stood strong and the offense was clicking as the Rockets (4-3) turned an early 19-7 deficit into the team's first victory since a Sept. 14 win at Doss.

    After Eastern (6-2) built the 18-point lead about midway through the second quarter, Shelby County outscored the previously No. 13-ranked Eagles 48-18 over the final two-and-a-half quarters.

  • Armed robbers hit Hispanic store

    The owner, and employee and two customers at La Michoacana were held up at gunpoint Saturday night.

    According to a Shelbyville police report, two Hispanic males armed with handguns entered the store about four minutes before closing time of 9 p.m.

    Owner Orlando Rodriguez told police one of the gunmen held a handgun to his head and forced him to unlock the safe. The other gunman held a gun on the clerk and stole an undetermined amount of cash from the register before then pointing the gun at two customers and robbing them of their cash.

  • Lady Rocket runners pick up lesson at LexCath meet

    The Shelby County girls' cross country team learned a valuable lesson Saturday.

    The girls finished 18th out of 24 teams in the Lexington Catholic Invitational, and found out that just how hard their region can be.

    "Out of our region there was Sacred Heart, Eastern, South Oldham and us, and we finished fourth of those teams," SCHS head coach Sloane Jacobi said. "It was a good eye-opener for us because it showed that our region will be that close and that tough."

  • Texas man dies in I-64 wreck

    A 32-year-old man died Friday after driving off the I-64 Interstate east at the Hooper Station Road overpass and striking the overpass bridge support under construction there.

    Jason E. Diehl, ofMidlothian, Texas, was the only occupant of a 2004 Ford F-350 pickup. According to a Shelby County sheriff's report, Diehl was not wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Shelby County coroner's office. Deputy Rick Meadows is investigating the cause of the accident.

  • Ken-Tex employees robbed at gunpoint

    Five masked gunmen burst into Ken-Tex Bar-B-Q Saturday night at closing time and robbed the two employees who were cleaning up.

    According to a Shelby County sheriff's report, the five men were all black males who were wearing grim reaper masks when they stormed the restaurant.

    One of the masked men pointed a large caliber handgun at the head of a male juvenile employee; one ripped the phone out of the wall and another grabbed a knife from a work area, according to the report.

    Ken-Tex has video surveillance in the restaurant.

  • Arson likely cause of barn fire

    A Monday night barn fire that destroyed 9,000 pounds of a Shelby County family's tobacco crop is most likely the result of arson according to fire investigators.

    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said the fire has been determined to be suspicious in nature and the state Fire Marshal's office and Shelby County Sheriff's Office has been called in to investigate.

    The barn belonging to the Paul Case family is located on 1271 Ellis Road near Eminence off Ky. 55 where a number of suspicious smaller fires have occurred in the past few months, Cowherd said.