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  • Strong effort in tough times makes the Crusade for Children a success

    Despite money being tight for a lot of people these days, the 56th annual WHAS Crusade for Children fundraising saw only a 3 percent overall decrease in Shelby County. Better still, this past weekend saw three of the seven participating local fire departments actually improved upon their 2008 totals.

    The total raised by all local fire departments this year was $157,217.70 - compared to $162,077.18 in 2008.

    The fire departments from Mt. Eden, Shelbyville, and Waddy all gathered more in 2009 than they did last year.

  • Animal shelter strives to stay "No Kill"

    James Collins stroked the head of "Willie," a cuddly Yorkie with a blue ribbon in his hair, as he talked about an email that had a caused a stir in the community.

    His email, which had been sent out community wide on Wednesday, read, "With tears flowing, I have made the decision that we must euthanize on Friday if we cannot move the animals currently listed on Pet Finder. Please help us now."

    Collins said that email has accomplished what he hoped it would: Enough animals were adopted so that euthanization will not be necessary.

  • Shelbyville amends 2008-09 budget for $500,000 difference

    When trying to follow budget estimates during the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the City of Shelbyville could feel the tough times of America.

    On Thursday, the Shelbyville City Council approved the first reading of an amendment to that budget to show actual spending was about 20 percent higher ($500,000) than originally had been estimated, mostly because of overtime for the police and fire departments.

  • EARLIER: Teen's happiness cut short

    Four days before her high school graduation, Samantha Mathus-Cooper, 18, a bride of only 58 days, was looking forward to a bright future and a lifetime of happiness with her new husband.

    Then - in an instant example of life's worst fates - she was gone.

    Mathus-Cooper died just after 9 p.m. Tuesday in one of those tragic automobile accidents that leaves her family, friends, classmates and her husband struggling to believe and understand.

  • SCHS grads celebrate and pause to remember

    FRANKFORT - Memories, laughter and tears were in abundance Friday night at the Frankfort Convention Center during the commencement ceremonies for Shelby County High School's Class of 2009.

    After the national anthem and the stirring strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" died away, a packed auditorium listened to remarks by several speakers, including interim Principal Michael Rowe and Valedictorian David Baxter Matthews.

    Special music included "Sweet Memories" and "Like an Eagle."

  • EARLIER: Triple S approves new downtown Simpsonville 'village'

    Small, quaint downtown Simpsonville could look much different 20 years down the road.

    Speaking before the Triple S Planning Commission Tuesday, Amy Williams, with the engineering firm HNTB Corporation's Louisville office, presented the plan for the downtown Simpsonville development, which has been branded "Village Center at Simpsonville."

    Triple S accepted the plan and will recommend to the Simpsonville City Commission that they adopt it in a future meeting.

  • Ballard takes over as Democratic Party chair

    Fielding Ballard was elected unanimously to replace Nathan Riggs as Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman.

    Ballard said Riggs previously advised the committee that because of his already busy schedule he felt like he didn't have time for the duties of the chairman position.

    In a press release, Riggs said he's confident Ballard will be a good fit as his replacement.

  • Signed, sealed, delivered: Contract awarded for new Shelbyville fire station

    The contract is signed, new soil is settling, and it is beginning to look as if Shelbyville Fire Station No. 3 could be completed within 165 days.

    Located on Warrior Way between West Middle School and Painted Stone Elementary, this building of approximately 5,000 square feet most likely will contain two pieces of apparatus and a living quarters,  Fire Chief Willard “Tiger” Tucker said.

    Architect Quintin Biagi has designed the station to fit in with a look similar to the surrounding schools.

  • Shelbyville chooses firm to study east end

    To conduct the small area study on the east end of downtown Shelbyville, the city went with a firm already familiar with another part of the county.

    HNTB of Louisville, a firm providing architecture, engineering, planning and construction services, recently worked with the city of Simpsonville to help conceive its downtown "village" vision.

    The firm provided the city proposals, maps, drawings, and artist renderings of how it could look. The plan was approved at the Simpsonville City Commission's most recent meeting.

  • EARLIER: Teen killed in crash Tuesday night

    A Shelbyville teenager was killed Tuesday night in a car crash on Burks Branch Road just after 9 p.m.

    Shelby County Deputy Coroner Janet Morris said that Samantha Mathus-Cooper, 18, a senior at Shelby County High School, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A press release from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said that Mathus-Cooper was a passenger in the front seat of a vehicle that carried three other occupants.

    Sheriff's detective Jason Rice said in the release that a preliminary investigation indicates that speed was a factor in the crash.