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  • Cox appointed new Shelby County Jailer

    For the first time in two decades, the Shelby County Detention Center has a new face at the helm.

    Darrell Cox, a former captain at the detention center, has been selected to take the reins upon the retirement of longtime jailer Bobby Waits.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison said that Cox began his new position Sept. 1.

    "He took over at midnight on the first, I swore him in," he said.

    The ceremony, fittingly, took place at the detention center where Cox was accompanied by his wife, Carol, and daughters, Misty and Miranda.

  • Blessings for all

    Centenary United Methodist has found a new way to share its blessings in Shelbyville, by placing them in a box downtown.

    In what church members have described as a take what you need, leave what you can scenario, the church has placed a modest sized box next to the church on the building's Washington Street side featuring personal items, food, clothes and more.

    "It's right across the street from the county judge's office, it's impossible to miss," said Pastor Willard Knipp.

  • Eyes on the prize

    Each year more than 3,000 teenagers are killed in car crashes caused by texting while driving.

    Many have worked to curb the problem, but Shelby County resident John McCafferty hopes he has the solution.

    Launched at the end of February, McCafferty’s Drive2Win app has already garnered nearly 3,000 players attracted to the luster of rewards for keeping their eyes off their phones and on the road.

  • Digging up history

    Books and movies fill kids hearts with a fantasy of venturing into distant lands on a wild hunt to find a priceless treasure.  But for Brody Truhett, that dream became reality in his own backyard over the weekend.

    His mother Christina Truhett said Brody, a first grade student at Simpsonville Elementary, was carefully combing the ground with a metal detector larger than himself, just as he has done nearly ever weekend since his grandfather gifted him the yard sale find a few months ago, when he unearthed his biggest find yet.

  • Shelby woman arrested after leaving 2 children in car

    Chelsey Vessels, 25, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police were called when a person noticed two small children alone in car.

    According to the report, Shelbyville Police were called to the Marion Village Apartments, near the Midland Trail and Mack Walters Road intersection, where they found a 1-year-old girl asleep under a blanket and an older boy playing on the floor of the car.

    After police were able to talk the boy into unlocking the door, officers found the girl sweating and alerted EMS.

  • Big weekend for Simpsonville

    Simpsonville residents have a double treat to look forward to this weekend, with the dedication of the city’s new gazebo on Friday and the annual Simpsonville Fall Festival Saturday.

    Parks and Recreation Director Chris Truelock said he is very excited about the opening of the new gazebo, a formidable structure compared to the small one that sat at the same site on U.S. 60.

  • Home style eating experience

    A new restaurant opens tomorrow, transforming a former pizza place into a home-style restaurant.

    Momma’s Country Cookin, located at the former site of Hometown Pizza, 1745 Midland Trail, will offer a taste of real downhome cooking, said manager Robert Jaggers.

  • Heartbreak in Houston

    “It's pretty heartbreaking – that's the word that we keep using, it's just very heartbreaking.”

    Amanda Gurski, a resident of Crosby, Texas, let out a deep breath as she agonized over waiting in Shelbyville until she could get back to her home hit last week by Hurricane Harvey.

    “My daughter, Taylor and I came to visit my sister because my husband, Adam, is a pilot and he was away in Denver, training,” she said.

  • Mark Athel Burks: Oct. 6, 1957 – Aug. 31, 2017

    Shelbyville lost a beloved member of the community with the death of business owner Mark Burks.

    Burks, 59, a co-owner Shelby's John Deere dealership, passed away Thursday at Oaklawn Health and Rehabilitation Center in Middletown.

    A Louisville native, Burks continued his family's tradition of service to the farm families of Shelby and surrounding counties in partnering with two childhood friends to expand the Shelbyville John Deere dealership into Limestone Farm, Lawn and Work Site, which now has nine locations from Florence to Campbellsville.

  • Gardeners welcome

    If you’ve ever had an interest in becoming a Master Gardener, or just wanted to know more about the horticulture experts, next week is the perfect chance to feed your curiosity.

    On Tuesday, the Shelby County Master Gardeners Association will have a membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Extension Office. This meeting is for all SCMGA members, all Master Gardeners and those wishing to be Friends of SCMGA.