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Today's News

  • A local 'folk' on the music scene

    Harold Thom of Simpsonville learned his first guitar chords from Hank Williams Sr. when he was 14 years old.

    Since then, he has seen and done a lot in his music career, playing with some of the biggest names in folk and country music history with his band The Cumberlands.

    And though Thom said the group never had a top-five hit, they came close.

  • A local 'folk' on the music scene

    Harold Thom of Simpsonville learned his first guitar chords from Hank Williams Sr. when he was 14 years old.

    Since then, he has seen and done a lot in his music career, playing with some of the biggest names in folk and country music history with his band The Cumberlands.

    And though Thom said the group never had a top-five hit, they came close.

  • EARLIER: Hotel loses Holiday Inn franchise

    The former Holiday Inn Express in Shelbyville no longer bears that familiar name. Instead, it's temporarily going by the Ritz Inn and Suites.

    Holiday Inn pulled the franchise from Shelby County's largest hotel because its owners hadn't been paying their franchise fees, said Charlie Kramer, executive director of the Shelbyville-Shelby County Tourism Commission.

    “To my knowledge, there has been no change in ownership,” said Kramer, who met with the hotel's general manager earlier this week.

  • Babe Ruth team takes runner-up at district

    Shelby County’s 15-year-old all-star team went into the Babe Ruth League District Tournament in Frankfort last Wednesday with a bit of a disadvantage. The squad didn’t have enough 15-year-olds to fill the roster, so half the players on the team were only 14.

    However, Coach Dave Neison said after a dozen or so practices the team came together and gave an impressive performance nonetheless, battling through the losers’ bracket to finish second in the tournament.

    Their nemesis was a strong Frankfort team.

  • Former Holiday Inn closed

    The guest rooms and parking lot of Shelby County's largest hotel now share one thing in common — they are both empty after the former Holiday Inn Express was shut down last week.

    Hotel employees told Charlie Kramer, executive director of the Shelbyville-Shelby County Tourism Commission, that the hotel was closed by the IRS late last week.

  • Targeting a surge in shooting: Shelby man opens Shooters Roost

    Earl Adkins knows a trend when he sees one, and he's poised to take advantage of a surge in interest in gun-ownership and shooting.

  • Business briefcase: July 24, 2009

     Insight employees

  • Crime Stoppers seeks info on theft from car

    Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help in getting information about a theft from a car that happened in the 7000 block of Charleston Way.

    Between 10:30 p.m. Sunday night and 3 p.m. on Monday afternoon, someone took cash, jewelry, CDs and the ashtray from an unlocked car on that street.

  • Board may OK fields for Collins High School

    Members of the Shelby County Board of Education said on Wednesday that they want to keep their options open for athletic facilities at the new Martha Layne Collins High School.

    But after a specially called work session to discuss those options, Superintendent James Neihof said he expects board members to vote next week to seek bids on a multipurpose stadium for football, soccer and track as well as game fields for softball and baseball for Shelby County’s new high school.

  • WICHE: Corn not on the cob? Small ears may mean poor pollination

    Small stalks, small ears, poor kernel development…does this describe your corn crop this year?

    If it does, there may be several factors at work.  Drought at the wrong time can stunt your corn crop (we haven’t had that this year), as can cold damage (if you put your crop out early you could see a little stunting from a late spring cold snap), poor drainage and poor soil fertility, especially nitrogen.