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Today's News

  • Shelbyville City Council: New building inspector takes over

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty announced during Thursday’s meeting of the city council that Barry Edington is the city’s new chief code enforcement officer, taking over for Jeff Tennill who left the position in May.

    Edington, who lives in Bagdad with his family, spent the last eight years as a building inspector with Lexington/Fayette County and the 10 years before that in commercial construction.

    He said he made the move from the construction side to the inspection side at kind of a whim.

  • How did Andy Griffith have such an impact on so many of us?

    In the eight awful days since God summoned angel Andy Griffith to the top of Mount Pilot and told him his baritone was needed among the heavenly hosts, I have read perhaps 10,000 words, watched about six hours of episodes, introduced a neophyte to What It Was Was Football and immersed in countless Internet comments about how this sole and soulful if sadly unacclaimed actor possibly could have risen to be an icon for two generations.

  • What we think: We are ery tired of the litter we see

    We are getting sick and tired of seeing our beautiful roads and highways used as trash depositories for the lazy and inconsiderate.
    Yes, we are talking to you, those of you who find it appropriate to roll down your windows – though on these days of triple-digit highs, we would think you wouldn’t – and give a heave-ho to the refuse of your lunch, dinner, breakfast and the beers you illegally consume while driving.
    Yes, you know who you are. What you do is detestable.

  • We congratulate: The example set by Cottrells' gift

    We have sung the praises of the late George Cottrell and his contributions to his family and community, but we can’t let his latest gift pass without using it as an encouragement to others.
    You likely read the story last week about how Mr. Cottrell’s family, beneficiary of a large-hearted community that purchased a handicapped-equipped van to carry Mr. Cottrell’s wheelchair during his final months of life, reached out.

  • Burn ban now covers entire county

    Shelby County, under a partial burn ban during last week’s record-breaking heat, on Monday joined the 84 other counties that have enacted county-wide burn bans.

    The last week in June, Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd had issued a ban on outdoor burning in his district, which is about half of the county’s 363 square miles. That came following two barn fires in Waddy in addition to a rash of hay and grass fires around the county.

  • Bagdad man killed in brutal accident on I-75

    The community of Bagdad is still reeling in shock from the tragic death of one of its residents in a horrendous accident on Interstate 75 in Laurel County on Saturday – an accident in which a Tennessee man has been charged with vehicular murder.

    Howard “Red” White, 49, was killed when he was struck by a truck driven by Austin T. Meredith, 24, of Sevierville, Tenn.

  • Detention center now housing Henry inmates

    The Shelby County Detention Center has been home to an average of a dozen extra inmates a day from Henry County for the past three months, Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits said.

    “They were taking them to Carroll County, but Carroll County is full, so they started bringing them here,” he said.

    Waits said he and Henry County Jailer Scott Southworth do not have a formal contract.

    “We don’t have an actual contract right now, but we do have an agreement,” he said.

  • One motorcyclist injured, another arrested on I-64

    Two Fort Campbell soldiers riding motorcycles together through Shelby County recently hit a spot of trouble when one of them hit a car and wrecked his bike and the other ended up in jail, police say.

    Kentucky State Police spokesman Ron Turley said the accident happened as the two were headed westbound on I-64 June 30 at a high rate of speed.

    “He [Trooper Jack Hedges] clocked them doing ninety-six, but he said at one time they were running as fast as one hundred thirty miles an hour,” Turley said.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports July 11, 2012

    DUI

    Christopher E. Cole, 36, of 130 Hall-Abney Road in Irvine, was arrested July 1 at 20 Fairway Crossing and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense and an instructional permit violation.

     

    Robbery

    Matthew S. Johnson, 28, of 752 Marian Village Apartments was arrested July 4 on Short Street and charged with first-degree robbery.

    Guthrie Ford, 67, of 815 Bland Ave. No. 3 was arrested July 3 at 309 9th St. and charged with second-degree robbery.

     

  • Former Shelby coach, players carry on special relationship

    Every year for the past 16 years, a small but select group of men, most of them from Shelby County, has gathered on Lake Barkley for a not-so-unusual practice: fishing for a few days and sharing stories about life and sports.

    That these men first met more than 40 years ago may not be odd, either. That they were together but for a scant few of those years, when most of them were boys, is the twist.