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Today's News

  • Rockets ride Shipley, Ford, Bailey to victory

    NEW CASTLE – The Shelby County football team’s motto for last week was “take care of us,” Coach Todd Shipley said.

    This past Friday night the Rockets not only took care of themselves, they also took care of business, beating host Henry County, 35-13, for their first victory of the season. 

    “We just worried about us. We said, ‘We’ve got to get better at what we do,’ and I thought we did that,” said Shipley, whose team had lost its first three games of the season.

  • ‘Amazing’ Hawkins gives Titans no grace

    Caty Hawkins wouldn’t be denied Monday night.

    Hawkins, a senior setter/outside hitter for Shelby County who has missed the past month of the season, returned to lead the Rockets to their first victory over Collins.

    Her seven aces and seven assists, along with her leadership, helped Shelby County top the host Titans, 25-21, 25-19.

    "She wasn't backing down tonight," Shelby County Coach Felicia Pace said of Hawkins. "She's a believer, and if she believes, she brings the other ones with her.

  • Historic home’s fate in question

    Shelbyville Historic District Coordinator Gail Reed stopped by Thursday's city council meeting to inform the council about the grants the historic district passed out this year, but she used the opportunity to ask for any help the city could provide on another project.

    Reed noted that eight applicants received façade grants this year, for a total of $18,500 in the 50/50 matching grants with home and business owners in the historic district.

  • Shelbyville City Council: City may donate bikes for charity

    The Shelbyville department of public works and the city’s police department declared several items as surplus during Thursday’s meeting of the Shelbyville City Council, and a new idea emerged for how to dispose of some of it.

    The council approved the items for sale, including several pieces of property forfeited by the court system to the police department after criminal investigation.

    Of those forfeited items are about 60 bicycles recovered within in the city of Shelbyville for which the police department was unable to locate owners.

  • Realign our conferences but don't mess with important stuff

    One of the first things Barack Obama mentioned when he was elected president – even when he was running – was that he wanted to see college football come up with a formula to select a national champion from among its largest schools.

    Forget health-care reform, defending our nation’s something in the Middle East and finding a way to keep people working and eating and buying luxury cars.

  • What we think: Our generosity provides lessons

    The generosity of Shelby Countians never ceases to amaze us, but we have to admit to a bit of slack-jawed awe at the amount of money being raised recently to help one another.

    We go back to July to grasp the power of RobFest, which took in more than $30,000 to help Robbie Phillips pay for needed stem cell treatment in Arizona.

  • What we think: This idea for bridge has legs

    We now understand that there is no hope for Who Da Thot It Bridge to remain as a thoroughfare for motorists. The state reneged on its announced plan to repair it – we suggest such announcements in the future be adorned with asterisks – and that Shelby County magistrates are not willing to underwrite the $1 million-plus those repairs would cost.

    But we don’t believe the bridge should be left as a crumbling eyesore just a few hundred feet from Shelbyville City Hall, either.

  • An International Romance Part II: And they lived happily ever after running off

    The romance of Marquis Antoine “Tony” de Charette from Brittany, France, and Susanne Henning continued, despite the adamant opposition of her mother, Sue Henning of Allen Dale Farm in Shelby County.

    Sue Henning, concerned about Charette’s character and financial standing – her own family having endured difficult financial times – carried out an investigation to learn as much as she couldabout the man with whom her daughter was smitten.

  • News briefs: Sept. 21, 2011

    SCPS lawsuit

    extended again

    The Shelby County Public Schools lawsuit against WAZE Development has been extended again, this time until Oct. 19.

    In an E-mail to staff attorney Kimberly Grasburger with the 53rd Judicial Circuit Court, WAZE attorney Mark Dean asked that the hearing be remanded and noted that Grant Chenoweth, attorney for SCPS, agreed. Chenoweth, who was scheduled to be in court on Wednesday, would make the official request.

  • Off-duty paramedic saves man

    Just as EMT Ittin Russell was about to get an official commendation from Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger at Tuesday’s meeting of Shelby County Fiscal Court, he got a call and had to rush away to do what he does best – save lives.

    Russell was there to be recognized at the request of Sheriff Mike Armstrong, who had been on the scene Monday afternoon when Russell saved a man’s life at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant on Mount Eden Road.