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Today's News

  • Shelby's Christmas angels emerge to help family

    You see it all year round: Shelby Countians continuing to support their own like no other, raising thousands and thousands of dollars for dozens of organizations, charities and families in need.

    But maybe you don’t quite understand until you hear a special story that has all the earmarks of a script for a holiday movie on the Hallmark channel.

    This is one such story of Christmas angels in Shelby County.

  • Ag report: Dec. 23, 2011

    Producers have deadline

    for conservation service

    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced that the ranking period cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program is Jan. 13.

    Producers interested in CSP should submit applications at the USDA Service Center on Howard Drive in Shelbyville by the deadline so that their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012.

  • New business: Mr. Electric

    Address:  110 Citizens Blvd., Simpsonville.

    Who we are: Don Kircher, owner of Mr. Electric, has 30 years of electrical experience.  Along with the Shelby County branch of Mr. Electric, he also owns a franchise in Charlotte, N.C. Mr. Electric has franchises throughout the United States and Canada.

  • Optimist’s Christmas dinner is on injured list this season

    A long tradition of holiday service will be interrupted this year: The Shelby County Optimist Club won’t be having its annual Christmas Day dinner delivery.

    Some physical problems with some core members of the organizing group waylaid the event this year, but club officials promise it will return in 2012.

    “It was a timing issue for us,” Optimist member Lise Sageser said. “Some of the core people were physically down, and we just weren’t able to get it all together this year.

    “But we intend to do it next year.”

  • Shelby artist’s oil painting on card for troops

    If you know a member of the service who is serving overseas this holiday season, that person may have received a holiday card through a Red Cross program that included artwork that originated in Shelby County.

    Mary C. Yaeger’s oil painting of a bright red cardinal against a stark winter day was chosen for the cover of a holiday greeting card as part of the American Red Cross American Heroes program.

  • Business Briefcase: Dec. 23, 2011

    Gasoline prices take a 40-cent surge

    Fuel prices took a big bounce in Shelbyville this week.

    After dipping on Tuesday and Wednesday morning to as low as $2.95, the prices sprang significantly higher again Wednesday afternoon.

    Speedway, known to set the bar in local markets, raised its per-gallon price for regular unleaded gasoline to $3.39 just after noon, and within an hour most other stations along Midland Trail had moved near that price, basically a 40-cent-per-gallon swing.

  • The final holiday push is on

    Whether you’re doing some last-minute Christmas shopping or just starting on your list, there are still a lot of bargains out there, and quite a lot of variety, merchants say.

    “Jewelry has been really popular all season and is still selling well even at this late hour,” said Patti Wilson, visual coordinator at Wakefield-Scearce Gallery.

  • Churches adjust to the holiday

    Churches are gearing up for an event that doesn’t happen often – Christmas falling on Sunday.

    That hasn’t happened since 2005 and won’t again until 2016.

    But churches adjust their schedules to recognize that typical Sunday morning services – Sunday school, more than one worship service and other activities – don’t often mesh with how families like to spend Christmas morning.

    Kilen Gray, pastor of New Mount Zion Baptist says he’s just about as excited as you can get.

  • EARLIER: Beating victim found beside road is brain dead

    The woman beaten and left by the side of the road remains in a coma and needs a Christmas miracle if she is to survive, her friends and family say.

    Denisse Escareno remains in a coma at the University of Louisville, and her family is filled with despair over being told she is not expected to recover, her roommate, Melody Riddle, said Thursday.

    Riddle fought back tears as she talked about the girl who called her  “Mama.”

  • EARLIER: Parents of teen killed by police say they want answers

    The family of a Shelbyville teen shot and killed by police spoke publicly about the tragedy for the first time since it happened.

    Trey F. Williams, 18, a former Shelby County High School basketball player, was killed Nov. 19  inside his grandmother’s home on Clifton Court in Shelbyville during an altercation with two Shelbyville Police officers.