Today's News

  • Right on key

    "We just sing and have a good time," Frances Fonza said.

    But you get the feeling there is much more to it than that.

    Throughout a practice Monday with the Shelby County Treble choir, an invitation and tryout group at Shelby County High School, Fonza is focused on the music.

    "I'm going to stop you eight thousand times, so be ready,” she said. “We're going to get this right."

  • Post office woes could affect ‘hubs’

    The United States Postal Service says it is in dire financial straights.

    Late last year it announced the closing of nearly 500 post offices and now nearly 2,000 more could be lost.

    A Wall Street Journal report was picked up by several other national media outlets as the news spread early this week.

    "It's a scary thought, but I don't have any more information than what they said on the radio," Finchville Postmaster Sharadon Snowden said.

  • The arrival of Denny's won't shake up our eating too much

    Were you salivating last week when you read that Denny’s soon will open in Waddy?
    Were you ready to invest the required 20 miles and gallon of gas most of us would have to spend to get your Grand Slam breakfast?
    Maybe you were like me and you weren’t so much salivating in your taste buds as you were ruefully twisting  your head with the flash-fried realization that that Shelby County has reached an epicurean epoch we might never have anticipated.

  • My WORD: A teen who turned it around

    When Marqees Duncan was in middle school, he knew what to expect when he stepped out the door of his house. He knew to expect trouble in his neighborhood in the form of fights, bad people, drug deals, smoking marijuana – “all the wrong things” is how he described the scenario.
    Now, thanks to his grandmother, staff at the Education Center @ Cropper and owners of the Bell House, Marqees said, “I did a whole 180 degrees; I am a whole other person.”

  • MY WORD: Calling a lie a lie is not suppressing speech or religious freedom

    Columnist Chuck Souder makes some wildly inaccurate claims (“The coming criminalization of Christianity: The Censorship of Hate,” Jan. 21) about the Southern Poverty Law Center’s recent designation of the Family Research Council and several other religious-right organizations as anti-gay hate groups. I would like to set the record straight.

  • EARLIER: Shelby girl should leave Cairo today

    After staying holed up in a her apartment for the past several days as millions were protesting outside, Sana Saiyed should be close to getting out of Cairo by this morning.

    Saiyed, a Shelbyville native and Shelby County High School graduate, has a flight booked today on British Airways, finally freeing her from what has been an increasingly terrifying situation brewing in Egypt’s capital city.

  • What we think: Martinrea's move is big for our future

    What a great jolt of positive energy that was for our county last week with the news that the state was approving incentives to help Martinrea Heavy Stamping get a toehold with Ford for its new Vertrek product line.
    This not only helps ensure a large employer that had been down to its dying breaths will breathe longer, but it means that 150 new employees will join the fold, many of them, we would presume, workers who had lost their jobs in the litany of cutbacks the company has endured during the past few years.

  • We congratulate: The lessons from the teen firefighter

    When it comes to fire safety, stop, drop and roll has been for decades a part of the educational download on safety that our schools evangelize. Parents in turn drill that slogan into the ears and minds of our kids – along with other safety practices, of course (re: stop, look and listen)  – so that when a fire breaks out, they know how to handle themselves.
    Now we give you 14-year-old Wyatt Brookshire, who knew a bit more about how to handle a fire than the lessons he learned in elementary school.

  • EARLIER: Deadly ramp gets accelerated review

    The eastbound merge lane onto Interstate 64 at Exit 32, long a dangerous – even deadly – dilemma for drivers, may on a speedier road to repair.
    On Friday, state transportation officials and elected leaders from Shelby County met to discuss how to remedy a ramp that requires motorists to merge onto the interstate when they don’t have enough space or time to do so because of an extremely short acceleration lane – 295 feet – and a limited field of vision for drivers because of a hill.

  • Lake lowered intentionally to kill algae

    People passing by Lake Shelby at Clear Creek Park may have noticed the water level is way down – but that’s not a problem, officials say.

    In fact, it’s good for the lake, said Emergency Management Agency Director Charlie Frazee, who explained that doing so helps clean the lake of accumulated aquatic plant material.