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  • Cropper fire station heavily damaged by storm

    Bagdad Fire Chief Rusty Newton shook his head as he walked through Firestation No. 2 at Cropper.

    Or rather, what remained of the nine-year-old building.

    "A structural engineer is coming by to see if the building can be repaired, but it doesn't look good," he said, glancing at the rubble. "We may have to replace the whole building."

  • Flying high

    After several weeks of designing and constructing their own kites from scratch, seventh graders in Cynthia Bell's class at West Middle School got to go outside on Tuesday afternoon to see how well their kites could fly.

    Although it was a sunny day with plenty of wind, not all of the students found it easy to get their kites in the air.

    Kara Wagner was able to get her kite in the air but only for short periods of time and only when the wind was blowing at its strongest. Wagner said the weight of the kite and the area the kite covers will determine how well it flies.

  • Help for a hero

    Several years ago, firefighter Darrell Girdley pulled up to the house on a "difficulty breathing" call, and a woman handed him a baby that was purple from suffocating.

    "We turned it upside down and inside out but we got that baby breathing," Girdley said.

    Another time he and his friend, Mike Hope, stabilized a woman who had driven through a board fence that smashed into the car peeling back her face and putting a fist-sized hole in her chest. Doctors said the firefighters saved the woman's life, and every Christmas she sends flowers and candy.

  • Shelbyville city council proposes 2008-2009 budget

    The Shelbyville City Council brought forward the city's proposed budget for 2008-2009 fiscal year during its meeting on May 8.

  • Miller resigns from city council

    After nine-and-a-half years serving the city of Shelbyville as a member of city council, Mike Miller has resigned.

    "When you move out of the city, you have to give your resignation," he said.

    For the past several months he has been building a new home on his family's farm just barely outside the city limits.

    "We're not a half mile from the city limits," he said. "My grandfather bought this farm in the 50s, then my uncle had it until he died. And I told my aunt if she ever wanted to sell this last tract to call me, and she did about two years ago."

  • Hospital gets digital mammography

    For the past three weeks, Jewish Hospital has been using new technology to perform breast exams.

    Mammographer Retta Wilson said the new, $446,000 full-field digital mammography (FFDM) unit has increased both the effectiveness and quality of the hospital's breast exams.

    The FFDM is the latest technology in which the digital image allows for instantaneous screen display on an acquisition workstation. The unit can be used for screening and/or diagnostic images.

    The new equipment has several advantages over the old mammography unit, Wilson said.

  • Bus driver sues school district

    A former Shelby County school bus driver is suing the school system for wrongful termination.

    Karen Butts of Bagdad, filed suit against the Shelby County Public School system on April 30 - almost a year after her contract was not renewed.

    According to the suit, Butts' termination came after her bus was involved in a one-vehicle accident in February of last year.

    In the complaint, Butts defends her driving record and her response to the accident.

  • Sunday liquor sales back on the table

    The county will once again tackle the issue of Sunday liquor sales.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court will hear public comment at the Stratton Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13.

    At the court's May 6 meeting, magistrates passed a first reading on an ordinance that would allow Sunday liquor sales by the glass at restaurants and golf courses which seat at least 100 people or derive a minimum of 70 percent of sales from food.

  • A time for vines

    The winds blew strong on the ridge above the Ferenc Vegh house and barn on Hempridge Road. That makes the hill a good place for grapes.

    "We'll see frost down in the valley but not very often up here on the hill," Vegh said at a ceremony Wednesday inaugurating a vineyard he plans to establish on his south Shelby County farm.

  • Kiosk offers information

    The Visitor's Center/Heritage Center on Main Street now sports an attractive new kiosk which displays upcoming local events of interest around the community.