Local News

  • Tourism gets cookin’

    In recognition of National Tourism Week, the Shelby County Tourism Commission hosted two cookouts this week, filling hundreds of residents in the community with a warm meal and new knowledge on exactly what the commission represents.

  • Student fights request to remove flag

    Waves of crimson and blue waved against an overcast sky Thursday afternoon and behind them stood an outraged family toting Confederate, American and Christian flags, protesting their son’s right to display the Confederate flag on his truck.

    “It’s ridiculous. It shouldn’t be like this. It’s my right to have it up,” Collins High School sophomore Joseph Garrett said.   “It’s not a racist thing. It has nothing to do with racism.”

  • Movie directed by local women to show in Henry

    A movie written and directed by two local women, one of whom who also stars in it, will have an encore showing at Henry County High School Friday night.

    Shelby County resident Ashley Raymer-Brown plays the lead role of Katherine Sherard, a librarian who lives a solitary life, no close family ties and rarely dates, but her reclusive life is abruptly altered when she takes in her spirited, 17-year old half sister, Audrey Adler.

    Raymer-Brown, co-director along with Rachel Yeager, describes the film, The Hepburn Girls, as funny and touching.

  • Open Door banquet is May 12

    A fundraiser for the Open Door of Hope men’s shelter is set for May 12 and will offer the public the chance to have a good meal and help out homeless men in the community at the same time.

    In its third year, the Banquet of Hope will be hosted at 6:30 p.m. at Shelby Christian Church on Frankfort Road.

    The program will mirror last year’s, with a meal consisting of home style cooking by Country Mart in Taylorsville, raffles and entertainment by a DJ. Also, a staff member of the shelter will give an overview of a new program.

  • Crews bring in more trash this year for Commonwealth Cleanup

    Twice as many people got involved in Commonwealth Cleanup this year than in 2015, bringing in even more trash, said organizers of the event.

    Kathy Ranard, director of Shelby Clean Community, said this year, 92 people participated, compared to 48 last year, picking up 329 bags of litter, over last year’s 313 bags.

    The 8 groups – there were 6 in 2015 – covered 110 square miles, and found the usual types of trash that she sees on the side of the roads on a regular basis, she said.

  • Police called for BB gun incident near Northside, no threat issued

    Police investigated a report of a young person allegedly pointing a gun at children on the playground at Northside Early Childhood Center. Upon reporting to the scene, police found a BB gun on the ground on an adjacent property and no children present. Officers believe they know who was responsible, a juvenile that reportedly lives near the school, which is on 9th and College streets, and indicated that they intend to talk to the child. No one was injured in the incident.

  • Health and fitness fun day is Saturday

    Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Rec. is looking to get families out and moving from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, with its annual Health and Fitness Fun Day at the Clear Creek Park Family Activity Center.

  • Ruby Lewis to appear on Nightline

    Shelby County native Ruby Lewis, who made a name for herself from coast to coast over the past decade in a variety of productions including musicals, television and theater and on Broadway, is now scheduled to appear on Nightline.

    The half-hour program provides viewers with in-depth reporting on major stories in the news, with occasional segments on pop culture. A date has not yet been set for the interview to air, but it’s coming up soon, Lewis said.

  • Cultivating a love of gardening

    It's time again for the Shelby County Master Gardeners' annual Garden Fair coming up Saturday.

    Whether you're an avid gardener or just want to put out a few flowers or tomato plants, the event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shelby County Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road, is sure to have just what you're looking for.

    There will be hundreds of plants to chose from, said Walt Reichert, horticulture technician with the extension office.

  • Heroin March in planning for August

    A march this summer for downtown Shelbyville set to bring awareness of the horrors of heroin is in the planning stages, and organizers say they need hundreds of volunteers.

    Rebecca Beckley, chair of the volunteer committee of a group called The March to Recovery, said she was very disappointed in the first meeting she held recently to recruit volunteers for the event and only four people showed up, adding that the group does not have a website, but does have a Facebook page, which has been generating a lot of interest.