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Today's News

  • An example of life imitating art – or at least the ‘Andy Griffith Show’

    Those black-and-white lessons we learned from our devotion to the scriptures of the Andy Griffith Show typically seem lost in the transcendent Technicolor of today.

    The tenets taught to us by Andy, Barney and the gang too often seem maudlin and misplaced in the constant churn of our lives, when we seldom slow down to inhale the sweet fragrance of love and life and spin like another damp load cycling down in a washing machine.

  • What we think: Not all budgets have problems

    The ongoing – and seemingly never-ending – debate about the fiscal irresponsibility of the United States government is a tiresome, fearsome and even loathsome process that all of us as taxpayers and voters have to endure and sort through to help us make valued decisions about the capabilities of our elected leadership.

  • What we think: Cordy Armstrong will be missed

    Shelby County lost one of its truest and most dedicated servants last week, when longtime magistrate Cordy Armstrong passed away.

    All you have to do is read the glowing tributes to Mr. Armstrong’s character and commitment – which aren’t always linked when talking about public officials – to understand what those who knew him best and worked alongside him thought of his contributions to our society.

  • Shelbyville Horse Show: The stars expected on hot opening night

    Despite the continuous heat wave plaguing Shelby County and an absence of volunteers, the Shelbyville Horse Show already started rolling days ago for people preparing and primping their horses and the fairgrounds.

    Horse Show Manager R.H. Bennett said the weather looks like it’s going to be hot, and he’s worried about people not coming because of the heat.

    However, he still said he feels like people will come.

    “Our locals tend to catch our excitement,” he said. “It’s already catching.”

  • Shelby graduation rates higher than the state’s

    A new federal formula for calculating graduation rates shows that a far greater percentage of students in Shelby County Public Schools graduate in four years than do so in the state.

    The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rates (AFGR) for the 2009-2010 school year, which were released Tuesday, show that 82.57 percent of freshmen graduated from Shelby County’s schools in four years. In the state, that rate was 76.88.

  • Salem Baptist – one of Shelby County’s oldest testaments

    This year has been a whirlwind of excitement for members of Salem Baptist Church, with guest speakers and historic plays and a Homecoming planned for October.

    But through it all, underlying all the excitement at the picturesque church with its own little cemetery on Mount Eden Road, is a steadfast sense of family among its members.

  • Shelby’s oldest existing churches

    Christiansburg Baptist Church            1799

    Finchville Baptist                        1799

    Olive Branch Methodist                        1800

  • Crime Stoppers needs info on Walmart theft

    Crime Stoppers and the Shelby County Sheriff’s office are asking for help in identifying a suspect who took nearly $10,000 worth of items from Walmart in Shelbyville.

    On Friday, a man entered the Shelbyville Walmart at 4:31 a.m. and exited the store with nearly $9,500 in merchandise from the electronics department.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments: Aug. 3, 2011

    Mark S. Hawks, 55, of 402 Secretariat Drive in Lawrenceburg was indicted on 40 counts of first-degree distribution of a matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, a Class D felony.

    Marcia L. Payne, 24,  of 84 Illinois Ave. was indicted for 3rd-degree arson, a Class D felony.

    Darrell A. Walker, 48, of 83 Apple Tree Way was indicted for first-degree burglary, a Class B felony and second-degree assault, a Class C felony.

  • Penis amputation case back in court

    A pretrial conference for a man who says his penis was amputated without his consent is set for at 10:30 a.m. today in Shelby Circuit Court.

    In January, Circuit Judge Charles Hickman rescheduled a jury trial for Aug. 19 for Waddy resident Phillip Seaton, who is suing the surgeon who in 2008 amputated his penis.

    Hickman had postponed the original trial on Jan. 10 because of a concern that a newspaper article published a few days earlier could have influenced the jury pool.