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  • A booming holiday

     The hot days of summer have finally arrived and that can only mean one thing, it’s time to light up the night’s sky with displays of fireworks.

    Shelby County will be filled with red, blues and booms on July 4th with big shows planned at both Clear Creak Park and Simpsonville Park.

     

    Spark the Park

  • Firework sales booming

     With fireworks shows going on around the county, many still opt for the sometimes more eventful option of buying and setting off their own fireworks.

    The stands that pop up every year for a couple of weeks and decorate towns across the country already have people in a mad dash for the biggest and best fireworks money can buy – and laws will allow.

  • Simpsonville businesses burglarized

    Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis said his department is investigating a series of robberies that occurred yesterday morning.

    Minnis said four businesses were burglarized over a short period of time:

    JT’s Pizza & Subs at 129 Buck Creek Road, Sam Meyers Cleaners at 200 Veechdale Road, The Winner’s Circle Horse Supply at 6904 Shelbyville Road and a nearby Mexican restaurant.

  • Restoring faith in the community

    If you know how stressful constructing a home from scratch can be, just imagine the headache of refurbishing a century-old building into a home.

    But despite the hassle involved, that was Ben and Melinda Hardin’s intention when they purchased property at 514, 518 and 524 Main Street in downtown Shelbyville in 2011.

    And four years later, as their vision is becoming a reality, the couple hopes others can find inspiration in their efforts.

  • Former parks employee arrested for theft

    A former Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation employee has been indicted for theft from the Family Activity Center.

    Heather Beth Simmons of Pleasureville who previously served as the Youth Services Director for the park system has been charged with Theft By Unlawful Taking for embezzling more than $10,000 but less than $1 million, a Class C felony.

    A more specific amount has not been released.

    The alleged thefts span a five-year period, occurring between November 2010 and January 2015, according to the indictment.

  • Creating a plan of action

    Could you imagine a scenario where hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people come down with the flu, or even worse, come into contract with anthrax in your community?

    How could all those people be cared for without infecting the healthy portion of the population?

    Maybe you’ve never envisioned such a situation, but the health department has – that’s why 200 people of all areas of public health gathered Thursday at Shelby Christian Church to take part in a mock scenario of just that type.

  • Better check your child’s booster seat

      Several new laws will go into effect statewide today marking 90 days since the General Assembly adjourned on March 25.

    One of the most notable is House Bill 315, Which requires booster seats to be used in motor vehicles by children who are under 8-years-old or are 57 inches in height.

  • District staffing changes match strategic plan

    While students are enjoying summer break, Shelby County Public Schools is doing a little spring-cleaning.

    And when SCPS high school students return to school this fall, it seems they all will be greeted by a new principal, as Collins Principal John Leeper has made his decision to transition to district administration and SCHS Principal Eddie Oakley announced his retirement, or so it seemed, earlier this year.

  • Swifty’s swift closure leaves a hole in service

    Pumping our own gas may seem like a minor inconvenience for us in times of inclement weather, but for individuals like Glen Franklin pumping gas unassisted can be a major hassle.

    That is because Franklin, like several others in Shelby County, is confined to a wheel chair, and despite an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that requires “gas stations to provide equal access for their customers with disabilities,” Franklin said the assistance is rarely offered.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board discuss school supply lists

    Student costs and fees will again be a big part of the Board of Education’s discussion when it reconvenes Thursday at 7 p.m. for its regular meeting at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the matter of school supplies will be raised during the superintendent’s report and he expects the board to discuss the issue and possibly take action on resolving some concerns with them.