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  • Not everyone in Shelby wants I'll Have Another to win Triple Crown

    Excitement is high in Shelby County that a Triple Crown winner could emerge from the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday – but it’s not a hope shared by everyone.

    Two feed companies based in Shelby County, for instance, may be partial to a couple of horses other than Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another.

    Bagdad Roller Mills has been supplying feed for Optimizer, who will leave the starting gate from the No. 10 post position under morning-line odds of 30-1 after poor finishes in the Derby and Preakness.

  • Death on Lake Shelby ruled drowning

    The death of a woman in Lake Shelby on May 12 has been declared a drowning, officials said Thursday.

    “I received the [autopsy] report back from the state medical examiner’s office in Louisville earlier this week, and the cause of death has been ruled a drowning,” Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said.

    The death of Amanda Frank, 34, of Louisville had been in question because she had had a host of health problems that could have contributed to her death on that Mother’s Day weekend, Ivers had said earlier.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court, county employees to get first raise in 3 years

    Starting in July, Shelby County employees will get their first raises in three years, an action cemented by the passing Tuesday night on second reading of the county’s budget for fiscal year 2012-13.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger expressed satisfaction with the 2013 budget, which will give employees a 1.5 percent pay increase.

    “All in all, it’s a great budget,” he said. “The magistrates have done a fantastic job with it. They made the sacrifices that were necessary in order to make this happen.”

  • News briefs: June 8, 2012

    Funeral for George Cottrell

    to be held in SCHS gym

     

    The funeral for longtime Shelby County teacher, coach George Cottrell will be in Shelby County High School’s Mike Casey Gymnasium at 1 p.m. Saturday. Cottrell was diagnosed with Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) — commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease — in Feb. 2011 and died at his home on Tuesday because of complications from the disease.

  • 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.