Today's News

  • Animal activists ask for answers

    A large group of animal activists, many with dogs on leashes and holding signs bearing the words “I have dogs [or cats] and I vote,” held a public rally Tuesday in the judicial center parking lot on 2nd Street, before sitting in on a Shelby County Fiscal Court meeting shortly afterwards.

    The group, proclaiming themselves the Shelby County Animal Coalition – about 150 of them – listened as Charlie Metzger, owner of Metzger’s Country Store in Simpsonville, read aloud a letter that he later presented to magistrates at the meeting.

  • County to do hazardous waste study


  • Horses will kickoff fair festivities

     It’s that time of year again as people begin to flock from miles around, some in their best attire, to get a glimpse of all that the Shelby County Horse Show has to offer.

    The event kicks of Wednesday and runs through June 13 with shows starting daily at 7 p.m. and each night lasting about three hours

    Saturday’s festivities will begin even earlier with the addition of the Shelby County Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • ‘If it hadn’t been for them, I would have died.’

    Martha Owens of Shelbyville never thought when she woke up May 3 that she would be facing one of the scariest moments of her life.

    Having a serious heart attack was the last thing on her mind as she sat chatting with her son on the phone, she said.

    Then in the midst of talking about the Derby, she began to feel ill.

    “All of a sudden, I went from not feeling well to real severe pain in my chest and a feeling like I was going to pass out or vomit,” she said. “I said, ‘I think I’m having a heart attack.’”

  • Collins upsets Madison Central in state baseball tourney

    Collins High School’s Jay Becherer found his pitch and made Madison Central pay for it as the freshman’s two-run triple in the top of the fourth inning sparked the Titans to a 5-4 upset of No. 5 ranked Madison Central in the first round of the state baseball tournament Monday in Lexington.

    “It was a fastball and it came in flat,” Becherer said. “I just saw it really good and hit it hard.

    “I think we sent a message today we can play with anybody down here.”

  • Cheering on the underdog Collins Titans

    Although I’ve covered sports for a large portion of my journalistic career, I’ve never claimed to love baseball, and I’m more than willing to admit that I don’t understand much of it.

    But recently, I was intrigued by the thought of following Collins High School to the state tournament. Maybe it was the small town feel that Shelby County gives to an outsider like me, or the fact that Collins had little hope of playing beyond their region, making them the underdogs, but I just had to be there.

  • SCHS and Collins class of 2015

    Graduating seniors took to the time honored tradition Saturday as 227 Shelby County High School seniors and the largest graduating class Collins High School has seen walked across the stage to receive their high school diplomas.

    At 214, the Collins class of 2015 was the first to have attended the school for all five years starting in 8th grade with the school’s opening in 2010.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Tentative budget passes without discussion

    Without discussion, the Shelby County Board of Education approved the 2015-16 Tentative Budget Thursday during the regularly scheduled meeting. The budget included some slight changes from the Draft Budget, which was presented to the board in January.

    “I had had many discussions with them [board members] in the weeks leading up to the meeting. Individually, [board members] would call with questions and so fourth, so I guess they just thought they were ready,” SCPS Superintendent James Neihof said.

  • Arnold Thurman: July 5, 1932 – May 30, 2015

    Shelby County has lost a beloved former coach and teacher with the death of Arnold Thurman, who passed away Saturday.

    “He was my P.E. teacher back in high school,” said Clay Cottingim, former Shelby County Parks and Recreation director. “He was a fine gentleman. He did a lot with P.E.; he was athletics director for a long time. He was just an all-around great guy, and teacher, he was always there for the students.”

  • County gets $400K grant for recycling

    The Shelby County 109 Board will receive a big chunk – 15 percent – of $3.3 million dollars in state grant money set aside for recycling purposes.

    “We want to be a recycling facility for the entire region,” said 109 Board Chair Rusty Newton who is also deputy judge-executive. “This grant will enable us to move forward in reaching our goal.”