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  • Embezzlement case coming up for arraignment

    A former Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation employee who was arrested last week after being indicted for theft from the Family Activity Center is coming up for arraignment.

    Heather Beth Simmons of Pleasureville, who previously served as the youth services director for the park system, will have an arraignment hearing July 20 in Shelby Circuit Court.

    “They have to set it for arraignment,” said Shelbyville attorney Sam Carl, who, along with Bill Stewart, will most likely be representing Simmons.

  • Wyler dealership shuts doors

    A major auto dealership closed its doors last week with the unexpected closing of Jeff Wyler Chevrolet Buick GMC of Shelbyville.

    At least it was unexpected to the dealership’s 25 employees, who lost their jobs immediately, said Tim Hawk, the manager of the dealership.

  • Same-sex marriage legalized, issues still stand in the way

    On Friday, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to be joined in matrimony. 

    The debate over the legalization and recognition of the marriage of gay and lesbian couples was the complex and divisive battle of the decade.

    But while the ruling is a win for many, there are many left with questions and concerns about the implementation.

    “The county clerks [across the state] have brought up a lot of questions,” said Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Changes will allow city to sell more water to municipalities


    The Shelbyville City Council has just two items on the agenda for Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 315 Washington Street.

    The council will first hear a second reading for an ordinance establishing a revision to the System Development Charge Requirements for New Connections to the Consolidated Municipal Waterworks and Sewer System of the Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission.

    Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle said the revision would simply change the wording in the ordinance.

  • 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.