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  • News briefs: July 8, 2009

      

    Simpsonville meeting

    There will be a special called meeting of the Simpsonville Site-based Decision-Making Council on Thursday at 1 p.m. in the school library for the purpose of receiving information about candidates from the superintendent and for discussion of interview questions and interview planning.

     

    Meet & Greet

  • Shelby County Fair 2009

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  • County to buy 4 ambulances

    The county will be buying four new ambulances to augment its aging fleet.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday night to purchase four vehicles at an estimated $110,000 per truck at the request of EMS Director Steve Wortham, who reported that four of the county's ambulances are old and worn out.

    Because the older models, whose mileage ranges from 126,000 to 156,000 miles, keep having to be repaired, it would be more economical to replace them, he said.

  • Simpsonville extends moratorium on permits

    The Simpsonville City Commission took action on three ordinances at its meeting Tuesday night.

    Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance extending the moratorium on any zoning, building or demolition permits in the area around Shelbyville Road. The moratorium allows time for the commission to update regulations for the long range plan for the area. It's in effect until January 31, 2010.

  • Leggett & Platt likely out by end of July

    Leggett & Platt, once the county's largest employer, is down to a skeletal crew and within a few weeks even they will be gone.

    “We've got 16 workers left,” Plant Manager Doug Allen said. “They're moving assets and getting ready to close.”

    Allen said the plant will “probably be closed by the end of the month.”

    The company will keep a small presence in Simpsonville – an engineering staff and design team – for the foreseeable future, he said.

  • Two injured in Clear Creek Park firework display

    Two girls are back home and doing well after some debris from the final fireworks display fell into the crowd watching the Independence Day celebration at Clear Creek Park on Sunday night. Myria Grantham, 8, had a burn on her arm but is doing fine now, said her mother, Lisa Grantham. Another girl had metal shavings in her eye, said Steve Wortham, Shelby County EMS chief, who responded to the accident. Lisa Grantham said both were taken to the Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, where they were treated and released that night. “There were j

  • News briefs: July 3, 2009

     Holiday closings

    Some local offices and businesses have changed schedules because of the Independence Day, holiday.

    The changed times are: U.S. post offices: Closed Saturday. Shelby County Court House and Annex: Closed today. Shelbyville City Hall: Closed today. Simpsonville Town Hall: Closed today.

    Banks: Citizens Union, American Founders, Chase, U.S. and Republic banks, closed Saturday; State Farm Bank, closed today and Saturday.

  • Fireworks business expected to boom this weekend

    Ryan Combs expects business to pick up today and tomorrow at his fireworks tent in the Shelbyville Walmart parking lot.

    But officials warn residents to be careful when celebrating Independence Day.

    Combs, who is from Lexington, said he's seen a lot of people come by to look at fireworks this week but expects them to come back this weekend to make their purchases.

  • EARLIER: Fireworks at Clear Creek Park set for July 5

    Fireworks will soon take to the skies of Shelby County in celebration of America's independence, but, unlike years past, you won't have the freedom to watch them from the luxury of your patio.

    "This year the fireworks will be a lot different," Shelbyville-Shelby Co. Parks & Recreation Director Clay Cottongim said. "We're not going to have some of the large shells that go way up in the air, but it's going to be a constant show. It'll be almost like a grand finale for twenty minutes."

  • 2 girls injured at fireworks show

    Two girls were slightly injured Sunday night at the Independence Day fireworks display at Clear Creek Park. The last explosion of the evening landed near the girls, burning one the arm of one and sending fragments into the eye of the other. They were transported to the emergency room at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, where they were treated and released.