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  • Summertime fun options available in Shelby County

    Lazy summer days, a tall glass of cold lemonade and a picnic in the park sounds pretty good after a cold, rainy spring.

    But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for summer fun in Shelby County.

    First off, there’s the county’s park system and all kinds of activities for kids and adults alike.

    Jeremiah Heath, director of the Family Activity Center at Clear Creek Park, laughed when asked what kinds of programs and activities were available this summer.

  • Relay runs its course tonight

    The Shelby County Relay for Life gets under way tonight in a new home.

    The event, which benefits the American Cancer Society, has always been at Shelby County High School but will kickoff tonight at 7 at Collins High School.

    Even though the severe weather pushed the teams inside last year, the teams still managed to make it the largest event ever in Shelby County,, raising more than $127,000

  • Triple S OKs 7th Street plan

    The Triple S Planning Commission gave the 7th Street Corridor Plan the green light on Tuesday and added a strong show of support for the plan – plus one key change.

    Commissioner Scott Merchant made the recommendation to approve the plan with the addition of moving the roundabout outlined to manage traffic flow at the entrance of Clear Creek Park from Phase 3 to Phase 1.

    “With the idea that all the property is already public property, I think we should use it to try start momentum for the whole plan,” he said in his recommendation.

  • EARLIER: Parents of soldier hurt in Afghanistan anguish to hear his condition

    Ever since receiving a terrifying phone call on Monday, a Shelbyville family has run the gamut of emotions from fear to hope to joy.

    That was the day Doug and Lena Lear learned that their son, William Scott Lear, 34, an Army staff sergeant, had been seriously injured in an accident in Afghanistan, when his vehicle ran over an explosive device, killing four of six soldiers.

    Scott Lear, a 1995 Shelby County High School graduate, had a fractured skull, a crushed eye socket and eight broken ribs. His condition was critical.

  • EARLIER: Shelbyville Police say caregiver abused 2 girls, raped 9-year-old

    A Shelbyville man is in jail, charged with raping and sodomizing two children for whom he and his wife were caring.

    Henry Telles, 25, was arrested May 12 at a residence on Spruce Drive where he temporarily was staying and charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse against the girls, who were 9 and 13 years old at the time.

    Shelbyville Police Officer Stacy Bruce said most of the alleged crimes were perpetuated upon the younger child, including an actual rape on April 24.

  • Election 2011: Focus now turns to the race for governor

    After a disappointing loss in his first statewide race, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he is not planning a comeback anytime soon, instead concentrating on what he said he does best.
    “My plans are to provide one-hundred percent of my attention to Shelby County,” said Rothenburger, who lost the Republican nomination for agriculture commissioner to state Rep. James Comer on Tuesday. “That’s my primary focus at this point.”

  • News briefs: May 20, 2011

    Guthrie visits Masonic Home

    for Older Americans Month

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) will be in Shelby County today for two meetings at Masonic Home Shelbyville as part of the celebration of Older Americans Month.

    Guthrie will give a legislative update in a meeting at 10:30 a.m. and then sit down at 11:30 for a roundtable discussion for health-care professionals.

  • EARLIER: Chappell steps down as Simpsonville chief

    Scott Chappell, the police chief in Simpsonville for six years, is returning to the ranks.

    The Simpsonville City Commission on Wednesday accepted Chappell’s request to resign as chief.

    City Administrator David Eaton expressed surprise at Chappell’s request and said he had asked to remain on the force as a sergeant.

    “I just got his letter a couple of days ago,” Eaton said. “He requested to step down as chief for personal reasons.”

  • Shelby soldier injured in explosion in Afghanistan

    Army Staff Sgt. William Scott Lear, 34, of Shelbyville is in critical condition at a military hospital in Germany for injuries received in an accident in southern Afghanistan.

    Lear, who had only been in Afghanistan for a short time, has a fractured skull, crushed eye socket and broken ribs, said his father, Doug Lear.

    He was able to speak with his wife, Jane, via telephone earlier today.

  • Shelby Industries owes $5,000 in discharge fines

    A special called meeting of the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission Friday morning resulted in Shelby Industries owing almost $5,000 in fines.

    Shelby Industries had requested the meeting in hopes of reducing the already levied fines for discharging levels of zinc well over the allowed limits.