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  • Never too old

    A good portion of Shelby’s historic land records will be accessible for many generations to come thanks to the efforts of two local men.

    Neal Hammon and Charles Long say they are glad the state is updating its historical archives to include digital copies of documents such as they first researched and documented 18 years ago.

    “Charles and I made some photo copies and edited them and put them in this book,” he said. “Those early records that I had worked on were depositions about land records, land claims that were filed,” said Long.

  • Historic cemetery site lost forever

    A distraught Joseph Ruble took to social media last week to gather the opinions and thoughts of his Shelby County neighbors regarding the despoliation of an historical cemetery on property that once belonged to his family.

  • Collins hosts successful VEX competition

    Hundreds of competitors and their supporters flooded the auditorium at Collins High School Saturday for one of the state’s largest VEX Robotics Competitions.

    Coaches Tim Oltman and Shane Ware said 71 teams from across the state turned out for the district’s largest and the state’s third largest VEX competition since the program came into existence more than a decade ago.

    “Five to six hundred people attended,” Oltman said.  “Shelby County teams did really well.”

  • Shelby’s immigrant population joins protest

    Shelby County businesses felt the impact Thursday of the “A Day Without Immigrants” protest, when activists called on immigrants to protest President Donald Trump's tough stance on immigration by staying home from work or school on Thursday. That also included not shopping and not eating out, in an effort to highlight the vital role they play in U.S. society.

  • Saluting the African American soldier

    Patriotism and the military service of African Americans from Shelby County, particularly during World War I and II, will be the focus of the annual Community Tapestry event this year.

    The event, which is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Northside Early Childhood Center at 821 College Street in Shelbyville, is a popular annual event that showcases a portion of our community’s African American history through exhibits and speakers to share the pride and accomplishment in Shelby’s African American community.

  • Germinating the industry

    An informal discussion of growing industrial hemp drew about 50 people Thursday at the Shelby County Extension Office, which yielded both a lot of information and a barrage of questions from the audience.

    The event, conducted by the Department of Agriculture, featured a couple of hemp processors, as well as state ag officials, who spoke to the crowd about everything from the value of hemp as a food source to logistical problems in harvesting it.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL Council will cast final vote on non-partisan elections

     

  • Shelby teams face off in academic competition

    Elementary schools across Shelby County competed in district competition of the Governor’s Cup over the weekend and two Shelby schools brought home top honors.

    The district event at Clear Creek Elementary saw Wright, Simpsonville, Southside and Clear Creek compete.  There the Simpsonville Bobcats came out on top.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Committee recommends 4 percent tax increase

    The Shelby County Board of Education gathered with members of the budget committee for a formal work session during its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday and learned their recommendation included a two percent teacher raise. The proposal, however, was a double-edged sword as it accompanied the recommendation of generating those funds by increasing the county’s property tax by the maximum four percent rate.

    Rates can be increased by more, but would require a public vote, not just action by the school board.

  • Shelby deputy coroner dies suddenly

    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Ittin Russell died unexpectedly Friday at his home in Shelbyville of a gunshot wound.

    “He was deceased upon our arrival of an apparent gunshot wound,” said Maj. Istvan Kovacs of the Shelbyville Police Department. “The actual cause or source of that is still under investigation.”

    Kovacs declined to elaborate on whether the fatal gunshot wound was accidental or self-inflected, or any details surrounding the situation, but said that no one is charged in the death.