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  • Cottongim earns spot in state’s parks hall of fame

    After nearly four decades of dedicated service to Shelbyville/Shelby County parks, retired parks and recreation director Clay Cottongim was inducted into the Kentucky Recreation and Park Society Hall of Fame.

    The induction ceremony took place on the final day of the organization’s annual three-day conference and trade show in Owensboro on Nov. 14.

    In Cottongim’s 38-years with the KRPS, he said he’s never missed a conference. However, this year, he almost missed a big one.

  • Man tries to run down family and police officer with truck

    A terrifying ordeal in Simpsonville Monday night almost ended tragically, but for the quick thinking actions of a police officer.

    “His mindset was, the best I could tell, he was prepared to take out anybody in front of him,” said Simpsonville Police Officer Todd Rankin.

    Justin Cottrell, 31, is charged with four counts of attempted murder, along with numerous other charges, after he ran his pickup truck through his own home, a patio home in the Cardinal Club subdivision, trying to run down his wife, child and mother-in-law.

  • Dr. Jack Kimbrough: April 7, 1935 - Dec. 4, 2014

    Those who knew him best describe Dr. Jack Kimbrough as a humble, loving man with a passion for farming and helping both people and animals.

  • Trumbo named KFB Farmer of the Year

    Longtime Shelby County farmer Jack Trumbo has been awarded the prestigious Farmer of the Year award by Kentucky Farm Bureau.

    But exemplifying one of the reasons he was chosen, Trumbo didn’t spend much time celebrating before he dashed off to another agriculture conference.

    “I didn’t get to stay home but just a few minutes after the convention closed down there in Louisville,” he said. “I went to church on Sunday and then came on down here for this one, I am just getting on the plane in Chicago to come back home.”

  • Library expands Santa morning

    Laughter and music replaced the sounds of whispers Sunday at the Shelby County Public Library for their annual Christmas party.

    Children had the opportunity to make crafts, get their faces painted, write letters to Santa, eat cookies, hear Christmas stories, listen to music and have a their photo taken with Santa Claus.

  • Despite inflation of needy, toy drive rolls on

    In all the madness and chaos of holiday shopping, it’s easy to forget that there are families that will have nothing under their Christmas tree this year. 

    But community members like Operation Care Executive Director Jeff Johnson, along with many volunteers, have not forgotten about those families.

    For the last decade, volunteers with Operation Care and various other organizations and donors in the county have worked to provide gifts to low-income families.

  • Shelby County School Board – Survey TELLs all

    When the Shelby County Board of Education convenes Thursday at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street, Shelbyville, the board will hear an update on the district’s responses to the 2013 TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Kentucky Survey.

    In March of 2013, all school-based licensed educators in the state were provided with an access code to anonymously provide answers to an online survey regarding conditions at their school.

    The results were complied to review the school conditions at the school, district, and state levels.

  • Shelbyville City Council – Watch for rising water and sewer rates

    The Shelbyville City Council approved on Thursday the first reading of an ordinance to revise rates for the Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission.

    Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle shared the details of the ordinance, which includes a 3.5 percent increase on water and a 3.75 percent increase on sewer rates.

  • Shelby a star at Farm Bureau awards

    At its 95th annual meeting Dec. 5, Kentucky Farm Bureau honored its Shelby County branch with several awards.

    Those included the Women’s Gold Star Award of Excellence, Outstanding Membership and Program Achievement and Gold Star Award of Excellence for its Young Farmers program.

  • Shelby man charged with attempted murder

    A Simpsonville man is in jail charged with the attempted murder of his wife, child and a police officer.

    Justin Cottrell was arrested Monday night after trying to run over his wife by ramming their home with his pickup truck, said Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis.

    Cottrell  will be arraigned this afternoon in Shelby Circuit Court. No bail has been set.