Local News

  • Total eclipse of the heartland

    Generally when the atmosphere grows cold and dark, it sets the scene for an ominous and unpleasant occasion. However, in just ten days, many will stop in awe to witness a once-in-a-lifetime astrological phenomenon that will do just that.

  • Dignity and poise

    It's time again for the annual Distinguished Young Woman competition, but this year, officials, say, all the participants will be from Shelby County only.

    The six young women from Shelby County can earn thousands of dollars in college scholarships at the upcoming program Saturday at Shelby County High School.

    The winner will represent Shelby County at a state competition in January.

  • Creek smells

    After questions from concerned canoers on Clear Creek about a foul smell near the wastewater treatment plan on Kentucky Street, officials say there is nothing to worry about and that the smell, while not perfect, is harmless.

    In fact, it's kind of natural, given the nature of wastewater, said Bill Bryant, manager of the Shelbyville Wastewater Treatment Plant.

    "I have never smelled any [solid waste] that smelled like roses," he said.

    The smell, however, isn’t an indication of pollution going into Clear Creek near Red Orchard Park.

  • Straight from the horse's mouth

    Despite a potentially major glitch, or perhaps you could say, hitch, before the show even began, the Shelbyville Horse Show turned out to surpass the expectations of both organizers of the event and those who attended.

    "It's been wonderful – the weather's been great and the quality of the horses is just tremendous," said show manager R.H. Bennett. "I think this has been the best horse show that we've had since we started."

  • Home is where the school is

    The excitement of going back to school comes in many different forms.

    Kids like Mark and Malaika Safi of Shelby County don’t have the anxiety of meeting a new teacher at the start of the school year. Instead they will see a familiar face on Aug 10 in their teacher – and mom – Pam Safi.

    “Just look at my dining table –it’s hilarious,” Pam Safie said, gesturing toward stacks of books and other materials the kids were already pouring over in anticipation of their coming studies.

  • Shelby Energy to have rate increase

    When customers served by Shelby Energy get their next electric bill, they will notice that is more than usual.

    That's because the company instituted a rate increase that went into effect last week, said Debbie Martin, CEO of Shelby Energy.

    "We have approval from the Public Service Commission effective July 31," she said. "That will be prorated on the number of days of service that applies to this first billing. It will go into effect for the full percentage on the next billing."

  • SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: City to lower tax rate four 4th straight year

    For the fourth-year in a row, Simpsonville residents will have a lower tax rate.

    At its meeting Monday night, the Simpsonville City Commission approved a tax rate that is 2 tenths lower than the current rate.

    The new rate of .096 cents per $100 of assessed value replaces the current rate of .098.

    “This is the fourth-straight year we’ve lowered them,” said Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton.

  • Preschool or nurturing at home

    A child’s brain is like a dry sponge, ready to absorb.  Put any lesson in front of a preschooler and they will soak it up.

    Not taking advantage of this period in their life would be a tragic waste.  But even worse, it may cause them to start kindergarten behind their peers.

    Clear Creek Elementary Principal Kim Willhoite said her biggest piece of advice to parents of preschool-aged children is to put their child in some sort of structured preschool program.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board to review new leadership plan

    On Thursday the Shelby County Board of Education will review the plan that is set to replace the retired Strategic Leadership Plan.

    Dubbed A Profile of a Graduate, the plan lays the foundation of what characteristics community members feel a graduate of SCPS should embody.

  • Painting a new skyline

     It’s inevitable, what goes up, must come down.