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Today's News

  • Memo to smokers: Get your butts out of here

    An old colleague, basketball executive, author and many times Boston Marathoner Pat Williams, used to open speeches by saying:
    “I’m going to speak first to those of you who are smokers, in as much as you have less time to live than the rest of us.”

    And today I am addressing you smokers.

    But this isn’t a pray-for-you evangelism about the evils of inhaling the incineration of an unctuous weed whose fumes are so toxic that they do nothing but spread death through your body.

  • What we think: Our schools’ missed lessons

    This Saturday more than 400 seniors will gather for commencements at Shelby County and Collins high schools in celebrations of accomplishment defined by perseverance, commitment and pursuit of excellence.

    Many of them will have exceeded expectations and withstood obstacles great and small to achieve their levels of success. Some will have created a legacy for academic excellence that will stand for their rest of their lives. Others will be happy just to be there.

  • We congratulate: The teachings of Caterina Karas

    Something tells us this won’t be the last time we congratulate Caterina Karas for winning a state championship.

    Karas, a junior at Collins, in November captured the first state championship silver for the Titans’ new trophy case by running away with the cross-country championship, and on Thursday she added two more baubles by winning her events at the state track & field meet.

    Her victories in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs – that’s the metric mile and 2-mile runs – in one meet is a fabulous feat of feet.

  • Heroic teenager jumps in, saves boy

    A cool dip in a neighborhood creek to cool off could have ended in tragedy if not for the heroic actions of a Shelbyville teenager.

    Travis Keeling, 19, said he was just hanging out with his friends at Beshear’s Creek near Finchville around 7 p.m. Monday when he heard someone calling for help.

    “It was a woman, and she was yelling, ‘Somebody please came and help my kid!,’” Keeling said.

  • Now you can check out books online at Shelby County Public Library

    Using the Dewey Decimal System at the Shelby County Public Library won’t happen much anymore now that the library has upgraded to a new and more convenient online system.

    Customers now can submit an order online for a book at any time, and a library staff member will have it ready for pick up the following the morning, Library Director Pam Federspiel said.

    “The public wants more and more things they can do online,” she said. “It gives more functions for the public.”

  • Record heat is no hot fun

    Telephone lines were heating up along with temperatures Tuesday as local heating and air conditioning businesses took calls all day from people making appointments to make sure their units were ready for the sweltering heat that has Shelby County in a slow but steady boil.

    National Weather Service Meteorologist Joe Sullivan said Monday’s temperatures tied a record in Shelby County, at 94 degrees, the hottest May 30 since 1937.

  • EARLIER: Mount Eden residents fight to save post office

    MOUNT EDEN – The United State Postal Service is considering closing its Mount Eden office, but Mount Eden residents are doing everything they can to make sure that doesn’t happen.

    According to David Walton, a spokesperson for USPS, the postal service is “being evicted” from its Mount Eden location on Van Buren Road.

    “The owner of the building is not going to renew the lease, which expires September 30,” Walton said.

  • Shelby family turns passing of patriarch into an opportunity to help others

    Fifteen years ago, Kathryn Goodman said, when she lost her husband, C.L., to lung cancer, she never suspected that anything positive would come out of such a tragic situation.

    But enrolling in grief counseling classes through Hosparus led her to begin volunteering for the organization, and since then, her daughter, Kimberly Jansing, and her granddaughter, Jennifer Jansing, have joined the ranks of Hosparus volunteers.

  • A memorable day

    Memorial Day dawned bright and sunny, so much so that the intense heat drove those who had come for the outdoor service Monday to the shade under the trees at Grove Hill Cemetery, abandoning the rows of chairs, lined up as neat and orderly as the rows upon of soldiers’ graves marked with small crosses.

  • Fire strikes again at family familiar with its pain

    WADDY – A family watched helplessly Tuesday morning as firefighters worked to extinguish a fire that heavily damaged their home.

    Tim and Stacy Warford stood nearby with their two children as crews from the Waddy and East 60 fire departments knocked down a blaze that started about 7:30 that morning.

    Although a pet perished in the blaze, no one was injured, a blessing for a family that lost a young niece in a fire last year, when 6-year-old Elizabeth Brown died at her home just after Christmas.