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  • Cemetery board gets 1st major grant

    The Shelby County Cemetery Preservation Board has been awarded a $1,950.00 grant, according to Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger.

    The grant will be funded by the Governor's Office for Local Development for the restoration and maintenance of non-profit cemeteries not receiving perpetual care funds.

  • Simpsonville's sewer ordinance ups impact fees by 33 percent

    If you are planning to build a new home in Simpsonville, it is going to  cost you a bit more to hook up to the city’s sewers.

    In its passage Wednesday morning of a new comprehensive sewer ordinance, the Simpsonville City Commission boosted the connection fee by 33 percent – to $2,000.

    That higher tap-on fee will affect only the construction of new homes in the city. City Administrator David Eaton said that he believes all existing homes and buildings in the city – “except for maybe one” – already are on the system.

  • EARIER: Some words of wisdom for graduates

      This weekend, more than 300 young people will move through the portal of learning from high school to beyond.

    Some will continue their educations, some will enter the public or private business worlds, some will start new families and some will enlist in the defense of our country.

  • Police take money from inside woman

     

    Two women and a man are lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center, charged with theft of money from a local man's wallet, which police said one of the accused hid in a body cavity.

    Shelbyville Police said in its report that once at the detention center, Christi Michele Robbins "pulled a large sum of cash money from inside her vagina," which allegedly was money taken from the victim's wallet.

    Robbins, 46, along with Lisa Darlene Downey, 36, and Dennis Earl Dempsey, 50, all of Shelbyville, are charged with theft by unlawful taking.

  • County updates building inspection codes

    Shelby County is about to move more deeply into inspecting commercial buildings.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court approved Tuesday the first reading of an ordinance to update the codebook for building inspections and allow county inspectors to evaluate those buildings. In the past, state inspectors were called in.

    Tony Kelley, Shelby County Level 1 Building Inspector, said that he recently has been certified to do commercial building inspections as well as residential but that the county's code book had to be updated to allow him to do so.

  • New beginnings in Bagdad

    Flies soared through the ash, bathing in the scent of moldy debris and decaying food that has been trapped in powerless refrigerators for a month.

    "If the smell gets in your clothes, Febreze helps," Susan Payne said as she carefully navigated through the debris of what was once her farmhouse on Beard Road in Bagdad.

  • EARLIER: Matthews, Pilcher named valedictorian, salutatorian

    Shelby County High School's tennis team had a good year on the courts, and two of its members have had a great year – or four great years, rather – in the classroom.

    David Baxter Matthews and Kayla Pilcher, both varsity tennis players, were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the class of 2009.

    Matthews finished the year with a 5.375 weighted grade-point average, and Pilcher earned a 5.313.

  • EARLIER: Anderson wins Pflughaupt, Doyle scholarships

    Shelby County High School seniors got their way through college paved with hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship money given out at the school's awards ceremony at First Baptist Church on Tuesday.

    Lindsey Anderson captured two of the night's biggest awards: the $20,000 Eugene and Margery Pflughaupt scholarship award and the $5,000 Rannie Doyle Memorial scholarship.

  • Comprehensive Plan could be up for vote Tuesday

    At its meeting Tuesday night, the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission is not yet sure whether it’ll vote on the most stirring item on the agenda.

    The 2010 - 2030 Shelby County Comprehensive Plan Statement of Goals and Objectives was recently up for discussion at a public hearing on May 26.

    Attendees’ primary objections to the plan were based on the belief that not enough was in the goals and objectives to maintain Shelby County's agriculture and keep it from being overrun with residential, commercial, or industrial development.

  • Men's Health Fair this weekend

    The 8th annual Men's Health Fair offers free and simple health screenings and laboratory tests for guys who sometimes don't take the time.

    The health fair, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, is a one-stop health maintenance/diagnostic tool for the community.

    "Men put off going to the doctor," JHS spokesperson Holly Husband said.