Local News

  • Operation Care director robbed after taking Christmas gifts out of car

    After a heart-warming evening of holiday cheer at a special event, a local woman experienced a moment of terror after being robbed while delivering food and gifts donated to Operation Care.

    Judy Roberts, executive director of Operation Care, was robbed Dec. 21 of her purse and several pieces equipment belonging to the organization, including a digital camera, two computer flash drives, and several other items essential to Operation Care, she said.

  • Officials look to 2009

    Much of the nation and the state are struggling with the problems caused by a down economy, but the elected leaders of Shelby County are excited about what the 2009 may bring.

    City and county officials alike are both looking forward to two huge projects this coming year: the completion of the bypass and to work beginning on the new judicial center.

    Shelby County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger said that he, along with everyone else, is looking forward to these two projects.

  • What to do with the Christmas tree?

    Christmas has come and gone. Wrapping paper has been bagged and thrown out; gifts have been put away in drawers or hidden in the attic; and new puppies are being spoiled and house-trained.

    What remains is the annual question: What does one do with the real Christmas tree drying in the living room?

    Artificial trees are conveniently taken apart and packed away, but real trees, preferred by many for their beauty, aroma and sentimental value, must be removed.

    Shelby County residents have limited options for what to do with "real" Christmas trees.

  • People find Christmas in tough economic times

    Stories of economic turmoil have dominated the news in recent months, but as Shelby County embarked through the holiday season, financial tribulations could not prevent good will toward men.

    The Shelby County Optimist Club sponsored the Annual Community Christmas Dinner at the Multi-purpose Community Action Agency on Christmas day, and Jean Glore, president of the club, said they helped feed around 500 people, counting those who attended and those who had food delivered to them.

  • Minnis retires from Public Works

    One of Shelbyville's longest-working and most-loved city employees signed his timecard for the last time on New Year's Eve.

    After 20 years on the job, Al Minnis closed out 2008 by retiring from his post as Superintendent of Shelbyville Public Works.

    Minnis, 76, said he had hoped to put in a few more years on the job. However, with the drastic changes looming for the pension plans of state employees, he said decided to "play it safe" and "get out while the getting was good."

  • New construction, old court cases yet to unfold

    There may be a new year beginning on Thursday, but a change in calendar will have no effect on some of 2008's biggest stories - they just won't go away.

    In fact, two of them - the Shelbyville Bypass and he new judicial center - will carry on for months.

    Some of you may wonder if James Duckett's murderer ever will be caught. Nearly two months have passed now, and there's no suspect in sight.

    And other high-profile criminal and legal cases are yet to be decided.

  • Looking back at 2008

    Revelers on this New Year's Eve may be tempted to sing "Hit the road, Jack," instead of "Auld Lang Syne" as they usher in 2009. For many - those who lost jobs or those who watched their 401(k)s shrink - 2008 was a trying year.

    The economy was the big newsmaker in 2008, and for much of the year, that news wasn't good. The election, of course, was the other big story in 2008, and, depending upon your perspective, the election news was good or bad - or maybe mixed.

  • Downtown study under way for Simpsonville

    Simpsonville has taken its first step toward creating a real downtown area, according to City Manager David Eaton.

    “The idea is for Simpsonville to eventually have a downtown district,” he said. “It's an extremely long-term vision; it could take 20 years or more, but it is very exciting.”

  • Board approves Transition Committee

    The next two years are going to be a time of transition for the Shelby County Public School System. At the top of the list of change agents is the opening of a $40 million dollar education facility that will alter where many local students go to school.

    To help with the transition, the Shelby County School Board recently approved the formation of a Transition Planning Committee which is designed to help the district successfully open the school by fall 2010.

  • Charity Christmas dinner feeds nearly 2,000

    A cold, bitter wind found its way under coats and scarves Sunday night, but inside Claudia Sanders Dinner House, laughter, mountains of food, and the spirit of goodwill warmed the hearts of those who enjoyed a sumptuous Christmas feast.

    For the fifth year in a row, Christmas @ Claudia's provided the underprivileged of Shelbyville with a good holiday meal and toys for the children, all presided over by Santa himself.

    The jolly old elf smiled every time a tiny tot crawled onto his lap and tugged at his beard.