• A hobby for the birds

    Mike Harman grinned as he walked back toward his raptor facility in his backyard.

    “I’m known around Shelbyville as the guy with the bird in the car,” he said.

    Stepping inside his workshop, he withdrew a Cooper’s hawk – somewhat unwillingly – from its cage.

  • Flight of fancy

    After a gathering to “break a leg,” calls of “check your costumes, check your props!” echo through the Shelby County Community Theatre as excitement washes over the cast and crew of Footloose like a tangible force.

    “Adding shows gives you that extra little adrenaline rush,” said director Cyndi Skellie, with a breathless laugh as she glanced around as people dashed off in all directions to get into costume and do their hair and makeup.

  • Simpsonville United Methodist celebrates 175 years

    Any entity that can proclaim that they’ve survived nearly two centuries is clearly doing something right.

    But members at Simpsonville United Methodist Church can proudly boast that their church is not just surviving, it is thriving, as this year they celebrate their septaquintaquinquecentennial –yes, you read that right– anniversary.

    “The church is sill here for a reason,” Reverend Richard Holladay said.  “God has not completed his work in and through us.”

  • Gala night for charity

    A nice crowd, delicious food, mellow music and good fellowship made for a very successful annual fundraiser for Operation Care for the third year in a row.

    The Mercy Omega Gala, Saturday night at Claudia Sanders Dinner House, raised more than $30,000 for Mercy Medical Clinic and the Omega House, a women’s shelter, run by Operation Care, said the organization’s executive director, Jeff Johnson.

  • Bad to the bone

    The Shelby County Public Library will be filled with tales of murder, womanizing and drinking Thursday when the infamous Edwin Terrill and Bill Marion ride into town.

  • Fitness program really works out

    Fun and fitness may not be a concept that meshes well for many people, and doubly so for some women when an exercise class involves wearing weighted boxing gloves part of the time.

    But one class at the Family Activity Center transcends that image, as evidenced by the enthusiasm with which students do their punches and other moves, in a high calorie-burning workout that sometimes gets pretty intense, said Piloxing instructor Tristen Stansfield.

  • Shelby County's Fabulous 5

    David Eaton

    David Eaton, a former educator, Shelbyville City Council member and mayor, and current Simpsonville city administrator, went above and beyond this year in looking out for the best interest of the people of Simpsonville by spending a great deal of time and effort by doing all he could to promote new business and industry that came to his city in 2014.

  • BEHIND SHELBY’S DOORS: O’ Christmas Trees

    “Some of my friends make fun of me, but I just love Christmas!” exclaimed Chrissy Critchfield, her glance taking in a huge tree in the living room.

  • Black Friday is bright in Shelby

    From experienced shoppers to novice beginners, shop owners and customers alike expressed delight in how Black Friday Sales went, which encompassed the entire weekend.

    Gina Slechta, vice president of marketing for Horizon Group Properties, said she does not have exact figures yet for sales for the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass’ first Black Friday experience, but that it went well.

  • Super truck

    Not many people can say they have an 85-year-old vehicle that still runs and has only 38,000 miles on it.

    Not only that, but “Mater” as the pickup truck has been dubbed by its new owner’s kids, is a Shelby County icon, particularly in Simpsonville where it was formerly used by a towing service.

    Michael Stephens acquired his “new” truck in September, but he’s already repaired it all over.