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  • Simpsonville United Methodist celebrates 175 years

    Any entity that can proclaim that they’ve survived nearly two centuries is clearly doing something right.

    But members at Simpsonville United Methodist Church can proudly boast that their church is not just surviving, it is thriving, as this year they celebrate their septaquintaquinquecentennial –yes, you read that right– anniversary.

    “The church is sill here for a reason,” Reverend Richard Holladay said.  “God has not completed his work in and through us.”

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL Student fees up for approval

    The Shelby County Board of Education will review student fees for the 2015-16 school year at Thursday’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    The fees cover the costs of extra items for some classes and other items that are not required for students, such as overnight trips, parking passes, athletic passes and classroom materials for optional classes, as well as some required courses.

    Last fall, when the district posted student fees on its website, it created a maximum of $100 for a student.

  • Animal activists ask for answers

    A large group of animal activists, many with dogs on leashes and holding signs bearing the words “I have dogs [or cats] and I vote,” held a public rally Tuesday in the judicial center parking lot on 2nd Street, before sitting in on a Shelby County Fiscal Court meeting shortly afterwards.

    The group, proclaiming themselves the Shelby County Animal Coalition – about 150 of them – listened as Charlie Metzger, owner of Metzger’s Country Store in Simpsonville, read aloud a letter that he later presented to magistrates at the meeting.

  • County to do hazardous waste study

     

  • ‘If it hadn’t been for them, I would have died.’

    Martha Owens of Shelbyville never thought when she woke up May 3 that she would be facing one of the scariest moments of her life.

    Having a serious heart attack was the last thing on her mind as she sat chatting with her son on the phone, she said.

    Then in the midst of talking about the Derby, she began to feel ill.

    “All of a sudden, I went from not feeling well to real severe pain in my chest and a feeling like I was going to pass out or vomit,” she said. “I said, ‘I think I’m having a heart attack.’”

  • Horses will kickoff fair festivities

     It’s that time of year again as people begin to flock from miles around, some in their best attire, to get a glimpse of all that the Shelby County Horse Show has to offer.

    The event kicks of Wednesday and runs through June 13 with shows starting daily at 7 p.m. and each night lasting about three hours

    Saturday’s festivities will begin even earlier with the addition of the Shelby County Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Rebuilding independence

    First steps and first words are precious moments for any parent to witness. But for Cierra and Francis Brettnacher of Shelbyville, watching their four-year-old son Anthony feed himself unassisted for the first time was remarkable.

    After the partial removal of a brain tumor at just two-years-old left Anthony blind and barely able to use the left side of his body, typical milestones for the young boy became major obstacles.

  • Arnold Thurman: July 5, 1932 – May 30, 2015

    Shelby County has lost a beloved former coach and teacher with the death of Arnold Thurman, who passed away Saturday.

    “He was my P.E. teacher back in high school,” said Clay Cottingim, former Shelby County Parks and Recreation director. “He was a fine gentleman. He did a lot with P.E.; he was athletics director for a long time. He was just an all-around great guy, and teacher, he was always there for the students.”

  • Titans upset Madison Central in state baseball tournament

    Collins High School’s Jay Becherer found his pitch and made Madison Central pay for it, as the freshman’s two-run triple in the top of the fourth inning sparked the Titans to a 5-4 upset of No. 5 ranked Madison Central in the first round of the KHSAA State Baseball Tournament late Monday night in Lexington.

    “It was a fastball and it came in flat,” Becherer said. “I just saw it really good and hit it hard.

    “I think we sent a message today, we can play with anybody down here.”

  • County gets $400K grant for recycling

    The Shelby County 109 Board will receive a big chunk – 15 percent – of $3.3 million dollars in state grant money set aside for recycling purposes.

    “We want to be a recycling facility for the entire region,” said 109 Board Chair Rusty Newton who is also deputy judge-executive. “This grant will enable us to move forward in reaching our goal.”