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  • Parks process starts with interim

    Shelby County Parks board member R.H. Bennett will serve as interim parks director as the board begins to consider candidates to replace long-time parks director Clay Cottongim.

    Parks  Chairman Hubie Pollett said the board decided that was the easiest and most logical route to go until a new director can be chosen.

  • 2013 will keep some old issues out in the open

    As we move our focus to 2013 and begin planning for a fresh start with resolutions and plans for a more productive New Year, it’s important to remember that some things don’t go away with the flip of the calendar.

  • Shelbyville's former Curves’ facility now part of parks

    Shelby County Parks has a new women’s gym beginning as of New Year’s Day.

    That’s because the parks department has acquired the Curves facility, located at 165 Alpine Drive in Shelbyville.

    That came about because Curves owner Jamie Latona, who is retiring, decided to donate all of her exercise equipment to the parks department.

    The only problem was, there wasn’t any place to put the equipment, said Jeremiah Heath, director of the Family Activity Center.

  • News briefs: Jan. 2, 2013

    Weekend snowfall totals reach
    about 3 inches in northern county

    A light snowfall during the overnight hours Friday night and into Saturday morning didn’t cause any problems for motorists, and the road department had the situation well in hand, Shelby County Road Department Supervisor Carl Henry said early Saturday morning.

  • Weather forecast for New Years could be worse

    Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Louisville say that although Shelby County is under a winter weather advisory, they don’t foresee much in the way of inclimate weather.

    Meteorologist Robert Szappanos said on New Year’s Eve that a wintery mix could come through the area, with a little of the same for New Year’s Day.

    “We don’t expect much accumulation, maybe a half inch or less,” he said.

    The forecast for today, the first day of 2013, is for some light snow or rain, he said.

  • Shelby may miss big snow/icing problems

    Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Louisville say that although Shelby County is under a winter weather advisory, they don’t foresee much in the way of inclimate weather.

    Meteorologist Robert Szappanos said on New Year’s Eve that a wintery mix could come through the area, with a little of the same for New Year’s Day.

    “We don’t expect much accumulation, maybe a half inch or less,” he said.

    The forecast for today, the first day of 2013, is for some light snow or rain, he said.

  • School district is dark in shutdown

    If Shelby County Public Schools buildings look even darker than usual this week, it’s because they are.

    For the first time, the district has instituted a furlough week for administrators during the holiday break. This cost-saving measure that allows the district to save on administration salaries and on utility bills at the schools by dropping the energy consumption to the lowest levels possible.

  • Shelby lost many prominent contributors in 2012

    On Sunday afternoon at Simpsonville Christian Church, some friends of the late Ernie Threlkeld are getting together to jam during a special musical service.

    Threlkeld would smile at that. As a lifelong music teacher, band leader and performer, Threlkeld was the consummate music man in Shelby County.

    Threlkeld, 74, who grew up in Simpsonville as the son of a woman who taught hundreds to play the piano, died in 2012, one of a long list of Shelby Countians who passed away this year.

  • Shelby’s leaders not worried about 'fiscal cliff' – for now

    There is no doubt that Shelby Countians, like the rest of the country’s citizens, will feel the thud if our nation’s leaders can’t keep the government from toppling over the fiscal cliff by Monday. And our local leaders are much more worried about the individuals in the county than they are about our local governments.

  • Woman in Henry animal abuse case sues county

    Terri Smith, the Henry County woman who was charged with animal hoarding and operating a puppy mill, now has filed two suits against the county and its animal control officer for how her case was handled.

    Read the full story at http://www.hclocal.com/content/smith-files-suits-against-county