Local News

  • International ambassadors: Local group to visit Europe for business, tourism

    A coalition of local officials will travel to Europe next week in order to strengthen ties with foreign businesses and governments.

    The group is composed of members from the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation, The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, and the Shelby County Tourism Commission. They will leave on Wednesday, July 9, and will stop in four countries during their 10-day visit.

    The trip is a collaborative effort between those organizations in order to promote local business and tourism.

  • Crime spree targets unlocked cars

    Police are warning the public to lock their cars following a rash of car break-ins last week.

    The suspects still have not been apprehended and Shelbyville Police officer Istvan Kovacs cautioned citizens to keep their vehicles locked and not to leave valuables in their cars.

    "It's just not a safe place to keep things," he said.

    A total of 13 car break-ins occurred in the city altogether, with nine of them happening on June 26 and four on June 29.

  • Police investigate Hispanic gang activity

    Do Hispanic gangs exist in Shelbyville?

    "The answer to that is very clear -- yes," said Jailer Bobby Waits.

    Waits, though perhaps more emphatic in his opinion than some others, is not alone in believing that Hispanic gangs are present here.

    Shelbyville Police and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office both agree that the gangs exist, but say that ,so far, their activities have been mainly confined to spray painting graffiti and what they call "recruiting."

  • Progress one bite at a time

    Bite. Chew. Swallow.

    Most of us can perform the motions of eating all too well. But for Reanna Miller, 4, who has a rare disease called Townes Brock Syndrome, eating is a challenging - and sometimes dangerous -- chore.

    Reanna has already endured heart surgery, is partially deaf, has been on a ventilator and suffers from gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). For much of her life she has been fed via a feeding tube in her stomach.

  • Park celebrates the 4th

    Organizers of the Fourth of July event at the Clear Creek Park are expecting a large turnout at their annual celebration on July 4th.

    The theme of this year's celebration is "old-fashioned family fun" and with the activities that are scheduled, the event promises to be just that.

    The event opens at 6 p.m. and the cost of admission is $2 a person. Motorists will enter the park through gate 2 off Burks Branch Road.

  • Tech Center gets budget cuts

    The Shelby County Area Technology Center will have to survive next school year with up to a 12 percent cut to its total budget.

    While the center's administration does not anticipate having to scale back personnel or student services, if the lack of funding continues next year, such cuts would be likely.

    Susan Wiley, the center's principal, told the Shelby County Board of Education last on June 26 that the 10 to 12 percent cut to the center's budget will mostly affect the amount of equipment and supplies that the center can purchase.

  • Cardinal Club to host 'one-arm' golf cup as part of Ryder Cup events

    The Cardinal Club in Simpsonville will host the Humana Fightmaster Cup golf tournament Sept. 12-14. The event is held as part of activities surrounding the prestigious Ryder Cup scheduled for Sept. 16-21 at Valhalla Golf Club.

    The announcement came Monday at the Humana Building in Louisville.

    Karl Schmitt, executive director of the Cup Experience, the host organization for the Ryder Cup events, said the Fightmaster Cup is one of several community-wide events going on in conjunction with the Ryder Cup.

  • TOP DOG: Waddy man breeds champs

    Champion horses are not the only stars living in Shelby County. Top-dog beagles live here, too.

    Bruner's Amanda, a competition hunt beagle, received top honors at the world championship competition hunt held last March in Booneville, Ind.

  • Skate park closed after toilet fire

    Six weeks after its grand opening, the Shelby County Skate Park has been closed after a portable toilet was burned down, apparently as an act of vandalism, according to Clay Cottongim, director of Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation.

    Cottongim added that the park will not re-open until the vandals are caught.

    "What we're going to do is put the word out on the street that the park will not re-open until we find out who did the damage," he said.

    According to Cottongim, the incident happened at about 10:54 Monday night.

  • Robots attack - Students learn programming, engineering

    This past week a group of local students learned how to program a robot to pick up objects, respond to verbal commands, and obey everything that it is told to do.

    Despite some of their parents' desires, the robots were not allowed to be used to do the students' household chores.

    The two-day workshop, which was sponsored by district's Student Technology Leadership Program, was designed to challenge the students' critical thinking and analytical skills. During the program, students worked collaboratively to design, build, and program a robot to do a variety of tasks.