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  • He wants to celebrate No. 21 on the water

    With a little help, Debbie and Joe Brewer are hoping to make their son's 21st birthday his best ever.

    The Brewers, who live in Columbus, Ohio, but are Shelby County natives, are bringing their middle son, Jacob, here to water ski at her parents’ home on Guist Creek Lake.

    "We all grew up on the water, and all of us started skiing at an early age," Debbie Brewer said. "My brother, John [Crush], when all the kids turned one, would put them on his lap and take them skiing, whether they liked it or not."

  • Census 2010: Magistrates OK redistricting plan

    When some Shelby County magistrates expressed dissatisfaction last week with how their new district boundaries might look after the ongoing redistricting process was complete, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said they were going to “roll up their shirt sleeves” and work out those problems.
    And that’s just what they did Tuesday night at the Stratton Center in a workshop that delivered a new district map that met everyone’s satisfaction.

    “I’m really happy with it,” District 3 Magistrate Allen Ruble said.

  • 1 twin in fatal accident comes home

    Two members of a Shelby County family remain hospitalized in Florida, recovering from a devastating crash that killed Carolyn Phillips and her 13-year-old son, Devin Miller.

    Victor Phillips, 27, and Jordan Miller, 10, are under care at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, but Jordan’s twin brother, Seth, got to come home to Shelbyville on Thursday, said Uley Washburn, Victor Phillips’ stepfather.

  • Man once deported now heads to prison

    A man living illegally in Shelby County has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for returning to the United States after being deported.
    Federal charges were handed down against Jacinto Lopez-Medina, 31, by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and he was sentenced Aug. 10 in federal court in Frankfort.

  • Shelby County man charged with incest, multiple rapes

    A Shelbyville man has been indicted on a dozen charges of incest, first-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse.

    The indictment says the incest charges against Carlos Juan Sapon, 23, of Shepard Way span from May 16, 2008 through July 2010.

    The document says the victim’s relationship to Sapon was that of either a brother or sister, an ancestor or descendent.

  • Crime Stoppers seeks info on bullets that struck house

    Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis is working with Crime Stoppers to solve the mystery of who shot through a house in the Todds Station subdivision on Sunday.

    The incident happened at about 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, when someone apparently fired three rounds from a .22 caliber rifle, striking a house at 122 Lincoln Station Dr.

    No one was hit inside the house, and Minnis said the family did not realize that shots had been fired until later that evening, when they found bullet holes.

  • Shelbyville man charged with sodomy

    A Shelbyville man is out on bond, charged with first-degree sodomy that police say allegedly occurred while the victim was sleeping.

    A Shelby County Grand Jury indicted Leroy Blackburn, 63, of Rockbridge Road of first-degree sodomy, a Class B felony, on June 29.

    The sheriff’s report on the incident said that on May 11 Blackburn initiated the sexual encounter on his friend, Rebecca Hawkins, 49, while she was in a deep sleep because of some prescription medication she had taken.

  • Shelby County School Board: Southside floor plans set for preview

    Shelby County Public Schools will get the ball rolling with the new building project at the site of Southside Elementary at Thursday's regular meeting at Wright Elementary at 7 p.m.

    K. Norman Berry Architects will be on hand to provide the board with an early look at some floor plan possibilities.

    "These are very, very, very preliminary ideas because nothing is finalized yet," said Kerry Whitehouse, the district assistant superintendent for operations. "The board had asked to see where we are, so we've put together some early looks."

  • Teacher not likely to face more charges

    A Collins High School teacher charged with six counts of first degree sexual abuse will be arraigned in Shelby County District Court on Aug. 30.

    And it does not appear that Shannon Hirchert, 42, of La Grange will face additional charges.

    "I think we have a pretty good grasp as far as what took place and didn't take place," Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said. "I don't anticipate any further charges."

  • Shelby County gives back to those who gave

    Scholarship winners spanning five decades joined together Sunday at Shelby County High School Sunday to celebrate the Moore and Pflughaupt families.

    The ceremony dedicated two newly planted willow trees outside the school to the families, which have for the past four decades awarded students in Shelby County with about $500,000 in scholarships.