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  • The legacy of a witness

    Next week Main Street will close and people will gather around to lay witness to a dramatic scene, much like they did 80 years ago.

    On Sept. 20, 1937, a gunshot resonated through the streets of downtown Shelbyville when the brothers of Oldham County murder victim Verna Garr Taylor shot and killed her alleged murderer, Brig. Gen. Henry Denhardt.

    But when the scene plays out this time, it will be a bit more theatrical, as the community gathers to reenact the event in honor of the eightieth anniversary.

  • Grand dedication

    Officials said that about 100 people turned out Friday night for the dedication of the new pavilion in Simpsonville.

    “It was, really a re-dedication of Wiche Park with the new pavilion replacing the old gazebo,” said Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton, who officiated at the event.

    “A lot of the Wiche family was there,” he said, adding that the crowd also including city, county and state officials, including Simpsonville City Commissioners.

    The $137,000 gazebo replaces the old one, which was built in 1997.

  • Emergency call

    With the terror of Hurricane Irma now past, Floridians are struggling to recover from the devastation that left more than half the state’s residents without power and many city streets underwater – and five Shelby Countians will be on hand to help.

    Kentucky Emergency Medical Services Director Mike Poynter said they are paramedics who were chosen to be included in a massive recovery effort involving several states.

  • Sisters write book together

    When America and Emma Nandez were growing up together in Mexico, neither one dreamed that one day they would be living in foreign countries and become published authors.

    The two sisters left their native Mexico 10 years ago, when they married, one going to Norway and the other to the United States.

  • Youth program coordinator says offenses down

    A year and a half after creating the position of youth coordinator, with the goal being keep more kids from getting into brushes with the law, county officials say they are seeing results.

    Shelby County Youth Coordinator Mitchell Tinsley, Mitchell, a 1989 graduate of Shelby County High School with an extensive background in working with trouble youth, gave a presentation at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court to update magistrates on activities he has been engaged in since being appointed to that position in April 2016.

  • Cox appointed new Shelby County Jailer

    For the first time in two decades, the Shelby County Detention Center has a new face at the helm.

    Darrell Cox, a former captain at the detention center, has been selected to take the reins upon the retirement of longtime jailer Bobby Waits.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison said that Cox began his new position Sept. 1.

    "He took over at midnight on the first, I swore him in," he said.

    The ceremony, fittingly, took place at the detention center where Cox was accompanied by his wife, Carol, and daughters, Misty and Miranda.

  • Blessings for all

    Centenary United Methodist has found a new way to share its blessings in Shelbyville, by placing them in a box downtown.

    In what church members have described as a take what you need, leave what you can scenario, the church has placed a modest sized box next to the church on the building's Washington Street side featuring personal items, food, clothes and more.

    "It's right across the street from the county judge's office, it's impossible to miss," said Pastor Willard Knipp.

  • Eyes on the prize

    Each year more than 3,000 teenagers are killed in car crashes caused by texting while driving.

    Many have worked to curb the problem, but Shelby County resident John McCafferty hopes he has the solution.

    Launched at the end of February, McCafferty’s Drive2Win app has already garnered nearly 3,000 players attracted to the luster of rewards for keeping their eyes off their phones and on the road.

  • Digging up history

    Books and movies fill kids hearts with a fantasy of venturing into distant lands on a wild hunt to find a priceless treasure.  But for Brody Truhett, that dream became reality in his own backyard over the weekend.

    His mother Christina Truhett said Brody, a first grade student at Simpsonville Elementary, was carefully combing the ground with a metal detector larger than himself, just as he has done nearly ever weekend since his grandfather gifted him the yard sale find a few months ago, when he unearthed his biggest find yet.

  • Shelby woman arrested after leaving 2 children in car

    Chelsey Vessels, 25, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police were called when a person noticed two small children alone in car.

    According to the report, Shelbyville Police were called to the Marion Village Apartments, near the Midland Trail and Mack Walters Road intersection, where they found a 1-year-old girl asleep under a blanket and an older boy playing on the floor of the car.

    After police were able to talk the boy into unlocking the door, officers found the girl sweating and alerted EMS.