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  • Simpsonville wins grant to boost downtown plan

    Simpsonville’s new downtown plan has received a big kickoff: a $320,000 sidewalk grant from the state.

    The grant from the Transportation Enhancement Program will pay for the construction of  a sidewalk along the south side of U.S. 60 from Old Veechdale Road in the east to Fairview Drive in the west, including underground utilities and other enhancements that are part of the city’s Town Center Project.

    The Simpsonville City Commission will have to appropriate $80,000 in matching funds for this $400,000 project, which will get under way in 2010.

  • Old-fashioned ‘dial a news’ is hung up

    Dial A News, the phone-based news service covering Spencer and Shelby counties since the 1960s, disconnected last week.

    For no charge, callers could dial a local telephone number 24 hours a day and hear pre-recorded news briefs and advertising deals from their community.

  • News Briefs: Sept. 4, 2009

     Obama's speech to students

  • Drainage problems cause flooding in Simpsonville

    Lakeshore Drive in Simpsonville no longer runs along a lake – that was filled in nearly 30 years ago – but there still is plenty of water in that area, and some of it is causing problems for residents.

    There has been flooding behind the properties on the north side of  Lakeshore, where it intersects with Cardinal Drive and Old Veechdale Road. Residents have reported water in their homes, basements, vehicles and out buildings.

  • Man saves friend from being crushed

    Doug Tyler says he now knows what it feels like to be caught between a rock and a hard place.

    He says he is only alive today because of the quick and heroic actions of his friend, Chase Stivers.

    Tyler was helping his brother, Roger, repair an RV at TTS RV Repair on Frankfort Road, when the bed inside the camper malfunctioned and came down on him, trapping his head in a vise-like grip.

  • Simpsonville passes property tax increase

     Residents in Simpsonville will pay only one tenth of one percent more on for their property taxes in 2009.

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed that increase Friday morning after a public hearing attended by no citizens.

    The ad valorem tax increases from 9.1 cents to 9.2 cents per $100 of assessed value for 2009.

  • News Briefs: Sept. 2, 2009

     East SBDM council seeks nominees

  • Interstate accident injures 3

    Three people were injured in an accident on I-64 late Tuesday afternoon, in which one vehicle overturned and a semi-tractor trailer ended up on its side in the median.

    Shelby County Sheriff's deputy Brian Miller said the accident happened at mile marker 26 at about rush hour.

    He said what caused it was that a car had caught fire on the side of the roadway, and people were looking at that and not paying attention to where they were going.

  • Interstate accident injures 3

    Three people were injured in an accident on I-64 late Tuesday afternoon, in which one vehicle overturned and a semi-tractor trailer ended up on its side in the median.

    Shelby County Sheriff's deputy Brian Miller said the accident happened at mile marker 26 at about rush hour.

    He said what caused it was that a car had caught fire on the side of the roadway, and people were looking at that and not paying attention to where they were going.

  • Simpsonville tax hearing Friday morning

     Simpsonville will have a public hearing Friday morning to review the city's proposed ad valorem tax increase for 2009.

    The city is seeking a tax rate of 9.2 cents, an increase of .1 from 2008.

    Citizens can comment at city hall at 8:15, then the commission will go into special session to review the tax and, obstensibly, pass it.

    At its regular meeting on Tuesday night, the commission: