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  • Rebuilding independence

    First steps and first words are precious moments for any parent to witness. But for Cierra and Francis Brettnacher of Shelbyville, watching their four-year-old son Anthony feed himself unassisted for the first time was remarkable.

    After the partial removal of a brain tumor at just two-years-old left Anthony blind and barely able to use the left side of his body, typical milestones for the young boy became major obstacles.

  • Arnold Thurman: July 5, 1932 – May 30, 2015

    Shelby County has lost a beloved former coach and teacher with the death of Arnold Thurman, who passed away Saturday.

    “He was my P.E. teacher back in high school,” said Clay Cottingim, former Shelby County Parks and Recreation director. “He was a fine gentleman. He did a lot with P.E.; he was athletics director for a long time. He was just an all-around great guy, and teacher, he was always there for the students.”

  • Titans upset Madison Central in state baseball tournament

    Collins High School’s Jay Becherer found his pitch and made Madison Central pay for it, as the freshman’s two-run triple in the top of the fourth inning sparked the Titans to a 5-4 upset of No. 5 ranked Madison Central in the first round of the KHSAA State Baseball Tournament late Monday night in Lexington.

    “It was a fastball and it came in flat,” Becherer said. “I just saw it really good and hit it hard.

    “I think we sent a message today, we can play with anybody down here.”

  • County gets $400K grant for recycling

    The Shelby County 109 Board will receive a big chunk – 15 percent – of $3.3 million dollars in state grant money set aside for recycling purposes.

    “We want to be a recycling facility for the entire region,” said 109 Board Chair Rusty Newton who is also deputy judge-executive. “This grant will enable us to move forward in reaching our goal.”

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Student recognized for Mensa acceptance

    To kick off their meeting Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education recognized an exceptional middle school student for an outstanding accomplishment.

    Superintendent James Neihof honored West Middle School sixth-grader Treyden Stansfield for his acceptance into Mensa.

    “He was accepted into American Mensa as of April first of this year.  His IQ score from the InView Cognitive Abilities Test places him in the top ninety-nine point five percentile in the world. That’s a pretty impressive thing,” Neihof said.


  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Tentative budget passes without discussion

    Without discussion, the Shelby County Board of Education approved the 2015-16 Tentative Budget Thursday during the regularly scheduled meeting. The budget included some slight changes from the Draft Budget, which was presented to the board in January.

    “I had had many discussions with them [board members] in the weeks leading up to the meeting. Individually, [board members] would call with questions and so fourth, so I guess they just thought they were ready,” SCPS Superintendent James Neihof said.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Expanding the tobacco ban

    A new order could soon prevent patrons from using any tobacco or synthetic tobacco product inside a city-owned building or vehicle.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said that while smoking has been prohibited in city buildings since 2007, the council will hear a municipal order Thursday to expand that ban to incorporate smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco and snuff and e-cigarettes.

  • SCHS and Collins class of 2015

    Graduating seniors took to the time honored tradition Saturday as 227 Shelby County High School seniors and the largest graduating class Collins High School has seen walked across the stage to receive their high school diplomas.

    At 214, the Collins class of 2015 was the first to have attended the school for all five years starting in 8th grade with the school’s opening in 2010.

  • One killed in La Grange Road crash

    One man has been killed in a single-vehicle accident on the 2000 Block of La Grange Road.

    Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Maj. Jason Rice, who is heading up the reconstruction into the fatality, said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. He said the driver has not yet been identified, but he does not think the driver is from Shelby County.

    “I do not believe so; the truck itself is out of Illinois,” he said. “We don’t think that he’s local, but we haven’t been able to ID the person yet.”

  • Corpus Christi Music Fest is Saturday

    Organizers of a musical festival planned for Simpsonville Saturday say they expect the second annual event to draw twice as many people as it did last year.

    “We had about four hundred turn out last year; this year we hope to draw anywhere from eight hundred to a thousand,” said Tim Crawford.