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  • EARLIER: Simpsonville officially limits fireworks to July 3-4

    If you live in Simpsonville and are planning to celebrate Independence Day in an explosive way, you have a new schedule to follow.

    The Simpsonville City Commission on Tuesday gave final, unanimous approval – Commissioner Vicky Wise was absent – to an ordinance that restricts the use of fireworks in the city to July 3 and July 4.

    Those dates could be adjusted if the city determines the legal holiday would be celebrated on July 5, but otherwise residents have a 2-day window.

  • News briefs, June 6, 2012

    Crawford leaves newspaper

    for new gig at WDRD-Ch. 41

     

    Shelby County native and second-generation journalist Eric Crawford is leaving his role as sports columnist at The Courier-Journalto join the staff of WDRB-Channel 41 in Louisville.

    Crawford, whose father, Shelby County resident Byron Crawford, was a news columnist at the paper for 29 years, and fellow sports columnist Rick Bozich announced the stunning move on Monday night.

  • Shelby County Public Schools: Collins, Heritage get new principals

    Shelby County Public Schools added two new principals to the ranks this week, with J.J. Black leaving Painted Stone to take over at Heritage and John Leeper being hired from Carroll County High School lead Collins High School.

    As principal at Carroll County, Leeper saw the school become one of 40 Bronze Medal Schools, as recognized in U.S. News and World Reportmagazine.

    But he won’t stop there with his new school.

  • With last step, Shelby’s seniors ready to take on the world

    Nearly 450 seniors took the first step toward their futures Saturday as Collins, Cornerstone and Shelby County schools held their graduation ceremonies.

    But these students seem more than ready to meet the challenges of the world, not to mention college, considering 237 SCHS seniors, 187 Collins seniors and 9 Cornerstone seniors earned about $3 million in scholarships, grants and awards.

    Amid the popping flashes, the crying parents and cheering friends and siblings was the admittance, and sometimes reluctance, of the upcoming change for these seniors.

  • Focus of final day in school: Learning, service

    Shelby County Public Schools wrapped up the school year with the controversial last day of school Monday.

    The day, which was originally planned to be Friday but was pushed to Monday because of one snow day during the winter, was much maligned, with many believing the district should have cancelled it.

    However, that was not an option, but many argued that the last day of school didn’t include instruction and often was  wasted, and school board member Sam Hinkle also posed that question with the calendar change was proposed in late March.

  • Crusade collections up in Shelby

    Fire department officials in Shelby County say they are pleased with the results of this year’s Crusade for Children.

    The county’s donations rose by 3 percent – to $138,560 from $133,927 in 2011 – which was in contrast to the Crusade in general, which saw donations decline by 2 percent, from $5,301,881 to $5,189,348.

    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said he was very satisfied with the collection efforts.

  • Four Shelby teens honored for stopping to aid survivor in triple fatality in Simpsonville

    For four Shelby County teens, prom night ended not with a party but with a horrific brush with death and tragedy.

    But it’s thanks to them that a young woman, the sole survivor of a horrible, multiple-fatality crash, did not have to suffer alone as she lay among three dead and dying members of her family on a lonely stretch of interstate highway during the middle of the night.

  • News briefs: June 1, 2012

    McConnell to speak today

    at luncheon in Stratton Center

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s majority leader, will be in Shelbyville today to speak at a luncheon at Stratton Center.

    The luncheon, which is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., is open to the public. There has been no announcement if McConnell will take questions from those attending.

    Tickets are $20 and are available through the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

     

    Portion of Benson Road to be closed

  • Commencements commence Saturday

    Although Saturday will be filled with graduation parties, gifts and cards, there won’t be any graduation ceremonies that day.

    Because Shelby County Public Schools still has one more day of school left on Monday, this weekend will be commencement ceremony weekend instead of graduation weekend. Diplomas will have to wait until after Monday.

    However, the schools are still abuzz with activity, commencement practices are filling afternoons Thursday and today, and hotels are booked.

  • Election 2012: Shelbyville election results to remain

    The Shelbyville City Council primary election results from May 22 will stand as is.

    On the night of the election, Democrat candidate Suzanne White said she was likely to ask for a recount after missing out on making the General Election by 11 votes. Incumbent Shane Suttor topped White, 465 to 454, for the final spot for the Democrats in the General Election. The entire election was very close, with only 99 votes separating White from the top vote-getter, Donna Eaton.