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  • Man struck by lightning

    An employee of Shelby Industries remains in critical condition at Jewish Hospital in Louisville after being struck by lightning Wednesday.

    Brian Larsh, 50, was taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville shortly before noon, said Wayne Allen, vice-president of Shelby Industries.

    Fellow employees, including Allen, rushed to his aid, doing CPR until paramedics arrived.

    After being treated at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, Larsh was transferred to Louisville for further treatment early Wednesday evening.

  • Ready or not, here it comes

    Popular TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance? have captured the attention of viewers across the nation. But come Friday, the real question is do you think you can watch?

    That's because television stations are set to switch from an analog broadcast signal to a digital signal Friday, and reports are indicating that millions of unprepared people still do not have the needed converter box, or an alternate service of cable or satellite. Those left without the proper equipment will lose their television signal and only see the dance off between black and white ants: static.

  • Tractor-trailer wrecks on interstate ramp

    A tractor-trailer wrecked Thursday morning when the driver lost control of the rig on the rain-slick pavement of I-64 eastbound.

    Shelbyville Police Officer Bruce Gentry said the driver, who was going up the exit 32B ramp at about 40 miles per hour, was not injured and that no other vehicles were involved in the accident.

    “I just thank God no one was hurt,” said truck driver Allan Winnings of Tennessee. “I don’t even want to think about what could have happened if somebody had been behind me.”

  • 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.