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Today's News

  • Shelby County Court Report, July 10, 2009

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Christopher L. Coulter, theft by unlawful taking under $300 - guilty - 150-day sentence, serve 45 days, balance conditionally discharged for 2 years, restitution and $144 costs.

  • WICHE: How to control those 4-legged pests

    If you have a garden, chances are you appreciate nature in all its glory.  But sometimes nature gets in the way of our desires to cultivate.

    Deer browsing, rabbit munching, squirrel digging, mole trenching and resident vole feasting have all come up in the last two weeks. Though I have no silver bullet for any of these problems, I do have some practical approaches to offset the shared feasting on our gardens. 

  • Antique tractor show coming to fairgrounds

    Still nostalgic for that Farmall H that bounced you all over the fields 30 years ago? Wonder whatever happened to the old Poppin' Johnnies?

    If you like old farm equipment, mark Friday and Saturday, June 5-6 on your calendar. The Salt River Antique Power Association will hold its Tractor, Truck and Engine show at the Shelby County Fairgrounds on those dates. The show runs from 8 a.m. until dark both nights.

  • WICHE: Shade garden now in the sun?

    The environments of many of our landscapes have changed because of storm damage to trees.

    A once-shady refuge beneath a tree may now be baking in the sun.  For a garden with an eastern exposure, this may not be a deal breaker, but if the garden faces west, then the afternoon sun will surely stress shade tolerant plants by the time summer rolls around.

  • Shelby boy learns business from growing strawberries

    D.J. Mikels grows and sells his own strawberries.

    And though that's not completely unusual in Shelby County, this local farmer is unique — he's 10 years old.

    D.J.'s interest in strawberries started when he was 5 years old and visited a friend of his dad's who grew strawberries.

    Though D.J. came back from that visit covered with the remnants of a strawberry fight with some friends, he also came back with an idea.

  • WICHE: All about garlic, onions: Scapes are useful, too

    Have you ever considered the scape?  The scape is the flower stalk of members of the allium family, and for culinary purposes this includes onions, leeks, chives and garlic.

    I had never considered using the scape of these plants until a visiting gardener recommended that I put my garlic plants on double duty.  She suggested a pesto recipe using the garlic scape instead of a leafy herb.

  • Joe and Kathy's wild ride

    When Joe and Kathy Ruble plan a trip, they don't.

    The Rubles, a brother and sister who grew up in Simpsonville, met up with the Patriot Guard Riders, a parade of cyclists escorting the remains of three soldiers, when they stopped at the I-64 rest stop near there late last month. The Rubles were supposed to be there just to show support for this solemn  processional.

    But then the Rubles decided to follow the group to a picnic in Winchester.

  • WICHE: New plans for the suburban green?

    Some rather funny polling from Consumer Reports suggests both good and bad tendencies when it comes to America’s lawn-care habits.

    The good news is that 43 percent of the people polled plan to spend more time this year in their outdoor spaces.  Some plan to entertain more at home this summer; others suggest that they are competing with their neighbors to have the prettiest yard on the block. 

  • Season of music and food set to begin

    Hoedown [hoh-doun]: -- noun

    1. a community dancing party typically featuring folk and square dances accompanied by lively hillbilly tunes played on the fiddle.

    You know summer time is approaching when people start dancing and fish start frying in Shelbyville.

    Over at Red Orchard Park, everybody is invited to put on their dancing shoes and attend the Red Orchard Hoedown Barn on Saturday from 8-11 p.m.

  • News Briefs: July 10, 2009

     Guthrie’s ‘help desk’

    in Shelby on July 20

    District 2 Congressman Brett Guthrie’s traveling help desk will visit Shelby County on July 20 at 10 a.m.  The traveling help desk will be at the Stratton Community Center at 215 Washington Street in Shelbyville.

    Field Representative Steve Miller will be available to meet with constituents personally and help with constituent concerns.  No appointments are necessary.