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Today's News

  • We congratulate: SCHS for efforts to recognize stars

    Shelby County High School's raising of banners to honor two of its greatest sports stars is perhaps too little but mercifully not too late.

    Mike Casey and Terry Davis were the state's top basketball players in perhaps what was the best and most competitive era of the sport in this state and certainly in this county.

    Mr. Casey, an iconic legend in Shelby County sports, led the school to its first state championship in 1966. He went on to star at the University of Kentucky.

  • Fourth of July show is back on

    After the Shelby County Parks and Recreation Board announced last week that it wouldn’t have the funding to put on its annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration at Clear Creek Park this year, two major contributors came to the forefront to make their intentions clear: The show must go on.

    Gabriel and Tracy Giordano, owners of the Briar Rose Estate on Anderson Lane and residents of San Diego, California, came forward and offered to provide the fireworks for the event.

  • What we think: Fireworks show should go on

    What great news it was when we learned that the fireworks show will continue.

    We were afraid there would be no more sizzle in the sky to celebrate Independence Day in Shelby County.

    The county’s parks board, which for many years has produced the fireworks display at Clear Creek Park on July 4, said last week it no longer could afford to light the fuse, and unless a benefactor were to step forward, the community would be left with a dud.

  • Franklin County holds off Shelby

    The Lady Rockets (8-14) let one slip away Monday in a 52-37 loss at Franklin County (17-5).

    “We blew a whole lot of opportunities,” SCHS Coach Sally Zimmerman said. “At halftime and during the third quarter I told them the only way to make up for blowing all those chances was to win the game, and obviously we didn’t.”

    The Lady Rockets trailed by two after the first quarter and by seven at halftime, 27-20, but they were never out of the game.

  • Huge tree falls on house

    Liz Kimbrough and her family were enjoying a quiet evening at home Wednesday night with a cozy fire in the grate when pandemonium suddenly broke loose.

    “I was standing in the kitchen, and all of a sudden I heard a great big 'whump!' and the house shook, and I thought a tornado had hit,” Jack Kimbrough said. “I took off for the basement, and Liz was right behind me.”

    But what they heard was not a tornado.

  • Some homes not ready to convert to digital TV

    Some homes not ready to convert to digital TV

    Scott McDaniel

  • Local factory shuts its doors

    Greenkote IPC, formerly Industrial Powder Coating, has closed its doors.

    The company, which was located at 300 Isaac Shelby Drive, was established in 1987 and became Greenkote IPC in March 2007.

    The company had 74 employees last year, and it put a powder coating on products for GE, Chrysler, Roll Forming Corporation, and more.

    Plant Manager Stacy Craig, said she could not comment on why the company went out of business.

    The company is the latest casually of the economic recession that has been sweeping the country for the past year.

  • New Business: Barbara-Jay Nail & Skin Care Salon

    Location: 101 Buck Creek Rd., Simpsonville

    Phone: (502) 722-5135

    Owner: Barbara Newton

    Working hours: Tuesday from 1-7, Wednesday-Friday from 9-6, open Saturday from 9-3, open for special occasions Mondays, closed Sunday.

    What we say: Formerly from Safety Harbor Resort & Spa – a 4 star hotel in Tampa, Newton moved to Shelbyville where she has worked for two years at local salons before deciding to branch out and start her own.

  • A rose by any other routine may be a wilted flower

    I suspect most of you have no idea about the person and the saintly episode that is commemorated each Feb. 14 by friends, family and most importantly, lovers.  In fact, there are several versions of how the most romantic Saint became a commercial success.

    One story about St. Valentine has its origins in third century Rome where the Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young single men because he valued them more as young warriors.  A priest by the name of Valentine defied the law and continued to secretly marry the young soldiers who were in love.

  • Rockets hold off Simon Kenton

    The Shelby County boys’ basketball team won its second straight Friday with a 75-69 win over Simon Kenton.

    Donovan Johnson erupted for a career-high 33 against the Pioneer’s four-guard line-up. But it took Boomer Beckley’s hot free-throw shooting down the stretch to seal the victory. Beckley was 4-4 from the line in the game’s final minutes.

    For a full recap of the game, see Wednesday’s Sentinel-News.