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  • Big moment for small town

    Simpsonville will be in the limelight Saturday with its holiday kickoff, Light up Simpsonville.

    The evening will launch with dazzle in the lighting of the city’s holiday lights at 6:15 p.m. at Wiche Park in the middle of town at the corner of Old Veechdale Road and U.S. 60, an annual event targeted at getting people in the holiday spirit.

    Chris Truelock, Simpsonville Parks and Recreation Director, said everyone looks forward to the event and many take pleasure in the traditional scene.

  • “Putting their money where their mash is.”

    Four years worth of work, planning and dreams came to fruition at the gorgeous new farm on Gordon Lane Friday morning at the moment the Nethery family’s vision was realized.

    With ceremonial scissors in hand, the family sliced through an appropriately plaid ribbon, secured at both ends by bourbon barrels, and opened their craft distillery, Jeptha Creed, to the public.

  • Prepping preschools

    Shelby County Public Schools knows the value of preparing students for kindergarten so the district is working to increase the number of kids who come into school equipped with the tools to learn.

    “We want every child to have every opportunity to succeed,” said Ryan Allan, SCPS public relations coordinator.  “Research has shown that kids who come to school ready for kindergarten have a better shot of meeting every benchmark as they go along and succeeding throughout their academic career than those who come to school not kindergarten ready.”

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Update on 21 Century Support Systems

    The Shelby County Board of Education will hear an update on 21st Century Support Systems when it convenes at 7 p.m. Thursday at the district offices, 1155 West Main Street. 

    Chief Operations Officer Eddie Oakley and Assistant Superintendent of Operations Kerry Whitehouse will lead a presentation regarding the fifth strand of the Strategic Leadership Plan: 21st Century Support Systems.  Their presentation will include an update on their implementation on the 1:1 digital conversion, as well as information on upgrades to the district’s WiFi system.

  • Bobby Webb passes 1 week after transplant listing

    Friends and family of Bobby Webb are juggling emotions of both sorrow and reprieve this week.  On Friday, less than two weeks after finally receiving the long awaited news that he was going to be added to the lung transplant list, Webb took his final breath.

    An updated Facebook page now states that Webb, who suffered his entire life from the debilitating effects of Cystic Fibrosis, can now “breathe easy.”

    His close friend Missy Browning said even through Webb’s personal health struggles, his focus was always on others.

  • Hesse top vote getter in Simpsonville

    After the dust settled Tuesday night, three incumbent Simpsonville City Commissioners were re-elected for another term, and another was ousted by a former commissioner.

    The top four vote-getters were elected, with Scott McDowell, who had served 12 years on the Simpsonville City Commission before moving out of state a few years ago, garnering fourth place, replacing Sharon Cummins, with his 524 votes to her 479.

    Michael Hesse was the top vote-getter with 588, followed by Cary Vowels with 577, and Kelland Garland with 533.

  • Angel Tree taking applications

    Officials with the Angel Tree program are preparing to take applications through the school system.

    Dorcas Murphy, a long time volunteer with the Salvation Army, the entity that operates the program that furnishes Christmas gifts to children in need, said that applications would be available to students by next week.

    “We’re working through the schools with the applications with the family resource officers, so they’ll have applications,” she said.

  • Trims and Whims returns Saturday

    It’s time again for the 36th annual Christmas Craft Show, and organizers say there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to attend Trims and Whims this weekend at Wright Elementary School.

    “We’re hoping for good weather this weekend and we think we’re going to have a great turnout,” said Joanna Freels, co-chair of the event, hosted by the Shelby County Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international organization of women educators.

  • Rothenburger wins state house seat

    A longtime judge-executive has triumphed over a newcomer to the political arena in a battle for the 58th District House seat.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, who has been heading up Shelby County’s fiscal court since 2002, came out on top over Cyndi Powell Skellie, 12,257 votes, for 61.34 percent, over Powell Skellie’s 7,894 (38.66 percent).

    Rothenburger has a background in emergency management, and is a former Shelbyville Fire Chief and current captain on the Bagdad Fire Department.

  • Thorntons partially closed for renovation

    If a coffee and donut from Thorntons has been your regular routine, get ready for a change in your mornings.

    The Midland Trail gas station and morning hotspot has closed its doors for renovation, instead opening a small kiosk on the side to continue to sell gas a limited other items during the construction.

    Rex Loeffler, a representative with Thorntons, said the store’s revamping should take about five weeks.

    “It looks like they are not scheduled to reopen until the sixteenth of next month, said Loeffler.”