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  • Blanketing the community

    Warming bodies, warming hearts: That’s the tagline for Blanket Louisville, the non-profit organization that Kathy Fehder and her husband, Steve, started 13 years ago. 

    And when Fehder jumped on board as principal of Corpus Christi in June she brought with her that warming hearts attitude that quickly radiated through the halls of the small, independent school in Simpsonville.

  • Bourbon goes green

    While not yet fully operational, Diageo’s Bulleit Distilling Company is already working to keep its “good neighbor” promise by reducing its carbon footprint. The 300-acre distillery and warehouses facility on Benson Pike set to open within the year, recently installed a solar array that distillery officials say is expected to produce about 40 megawatt hours per year.

    Candi Waford with Shelby Energy Cooperative said Diageo’s decision to install the solar array is likely not one aimed at financial gain, but rather too reap the environmental benefits.

  • Dollar General heavily damaged by fire

    An investigation is continuing into the cause of a blaze at the Dollar General Store in eastern Shelbyville that occurred while the store was open for business Friday morning. 

    No one was seriously injured in the fire at the store on Mount Tabor Circle near Kroger, although one employee was treated for smoke inhalation, said Shelbyville Fire Chief Kevin Baker. 

    He added that while the fire is not yet considered arson, the investigation, which being conducted by several agencies, has not yielded an answer as to what started the blaze.

  • Torres sentenced to 25 years for child porn

    A Shelbyville woman was sentenced last week to 25 years in federal prison for making child pornography.

    On September 22, 2014, Melissa Torres persuaded two children under the age of 10 to engage in sexually explicit conduct. Torres, 37, videoed the encounter, and distributed it.

    Prosecutors say Shelbyville police began investigating Torres after someone found the videos and reported it to authorities.

  • Putnam pleads guilty to robbery at Simpsonville PD

    When Terry Putnam appeared in court Tuesday with his attorney Brian Butler, he pleaded guilty to a theft that had shocked the community in November 2015.

    Putnam, the Simpsonville Police officer arrested Jan. 7, 2016 in connection with the November 2015 robbery of thousands of dollars as well as guns and drugs from the Simpsonville Police Department, quietly pleaded guilty before Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman.

    “I’ve explained it [consequences] to him and he wants to proceed with this,” Putnam’s attorney, Brian Butler told Hickman.

  • County votes to change ambulance policy
  • Liquor license interest growing

    Two more county businesses have applied for a liquor license following B&N Food Mart in Bagad filing in late December.

    Walmart and Buck Creek Liquor Store have filed, the latter being in Simpsonville. Marvin Goetz, enforcement officer for Shelby County’s Alcohol and Beverage Control department, said the three businesses are in varying stages in the process of getting a license.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Budget first look shows deficit

    The Shelby County Board of Education took its first peek at the budget for the upcoming fiscal year and learned that starting with a deficiency could be likely.

    District Director of Finance Susan Barkley presented to the board the draft budget for Fiscal Year 18 (the 2017-18 school year), the first step in the budgeting process, and said they anticipate about $250,000 more in expenditures than in revenues at this point.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - Resolution ready for fiber agreement

    Shelbyville is one step closer to high-speed fiber optic internet access.

    When the Shelbyville City Council convenes Thursday, it will hear a resolution authorizing the city to enter into a franchise agreement with Fiber Technologies Network, LLC.  This will be the first company to enter into an internet telecommunications agreement with the city since an ordinance was established over the summer requiring such.

  • Lockdown prompts procedural changes

    After a request from police, several Shelby County schools were placed on lockdown last week following reports of shots fired in the area of Rocket Lane – where Shelby County High, the Area Technology Center, JCTC, Wright Elementary and East Middle schools are located.

    And while no shots were fired on school grounds and the incident was cleared in less than one hour, the precautionary lockdown while police searched for the suspects left many questions from parents and guardians of students at the schools.