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Today's News

  • EARLIER: Collins High School's turf field closed for summer

    Collins High School's state-of-the-art all-purpose field is in a bit of disarray.

    The field on the multi-sport stadium is surrounded by yellow caution tape tied to hurdles, ensuring no one will walk on the now slightly unstable sports turf.

    The multi sport Titan Stadium field is now off limits to the soccer, track and football teams that use it because soft spots have developed as a result of the extremely wet spring weather that has blanketed the area.

  • A tale of 2 aircraft carriers Part II: The tragic loss of ships and men

    When the aircraft carrier Wasp transited the Panama Canal in June 1942 to reinforce the Pacific Fleet and, at San Diego on June 25, I was detached as commanding officer of its Marine detachment.

    I had requested to remain on board, but my promotion to major was imminent, and I was needed at Camp Lejuene, N.C., where a new infantry regiment was being formed, the 21st Marines.

    Jack Quackenbush, my roommate at the University of Washington, went a separate course with the Hornet.

    Our paths didn’t cross again.

     

  • MY WORD: This wallflower blooms rather than withers

    Beth Newton has vivid memories of her school days...memories that are nightmares starting with the eighth grade. “I didn’t do any work. I didn’t care....My family didn’t care, so why should I care?”

    Moving to Louisville intensified the situation. “I didn’t know any of the subjects and felt stupid,” she said. “So I would check in first block and then leave. They never noticed I wasn’t there the rest of the day.”

  • There finally seems to be a point to Todds Point

    Three events have aligned in the galaxy these past few months to accomplish something that I thought never would happen in my lifetime:

    Todds Point is now on the sphere of relevance.

    If that sounds sort of mean and flip, I don’t mean it to be.

    Todds Point has been an enigma to me for as long as I can recall: a name on a map, a reference point for a road, a hamlet of friends and acquaintances.

    But, to borrow from Gertrude Stein, there was never any “there, there.” And she was talking about Oakland, Calif.

  • What we think: Minnis’ hiring sets terrific example

    The hiring last week of Chip Minnis as the new police chief of Simpsonville was a victory on many fronts.

    Certainly it was a great victory for Minnis, who has toiled for decades in the police departments of Shelbyville and Simpsonville.

    Certainly it was a triumph for the city of Simpsonville, which basically not only was able to keep its police department intact during a leadership change but also able to hire a native son, a person who knows the community so well, to police its streets.

  • We congratulate: Exercise stations concept for trails

    Another month has brought another really good idea to help the people of Shelby County get in better physical shape.

    We speak, of course, of the plan under way to add adult exercise stations to the trails in Red Orchard Park. What a valuable and wonderful new tool this would be to fight the obesity that is consuming our population.

    By adding some muscle-strengthening options to a wonderful walk through nature, Shelby County Parks & Recreation is placing emphasis where it belongs – providing an attractive option to stay fit.

  • All’s fair in Shelby County

    Some things never change, and that’s good when they’re the stuff that memories are made of — like munching on funnel cakes or sucking on an ice cold snow cone while the summer sweat streams down your back. Or the feeling of your hair whipping around your face as you’re whirled around and upside down to the accompaniment of screams of delight.

  • EARLIER: Deputy shoots family’s dog after feeling threatened

    A false alarm with a home security system led to the death of a family pet Saturday morning, and the Lewis family is still looking for answers.

    Having traveled to Lexington for their daughter’s softball game, Bart and Renee Lewis were alerted by a home security company that their alarm had been triggered around 8 a.m.

    “There was a burglary across the street a few weeks ago,” she said. “Since that burglary happened I said, ‘yes, send someone out.’”

  • Fair prepares for horse show

    As the Shelby County Fair moves forward, horses and their owners trot into town to compete in the Shelby County Horse Show.

    R.H. Bennett, Shelby County Fair Horse Show manager, said they’ve been preparing for the horses to come into town for about 10 days, and they have more horses coming than normal. Bennett said preparation for the show always takes a lot more time than everyone wants it to.

    “Most of the horses live here,” he said “but many of the trainers live out of state.”

  • Fundraiser nets 15K for Operation Care

    Operation Care raised more $15,302 for the company’s new building on Main Street with a fundraiser at Claudia Sanders Friday. Director Judy Roberts said they were hoping to make more money but attendance was down because of the Shelby County Fair and Father’s Day weekend.