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Today's News

  • 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.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County says Who Da Thot It Bridge to remained closed

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to keep the Who Da Thot It Bridge closed.

    City and county crews erected barricades to close the bridge temporarily after it was declared unsafe by state bridge inspectors, and a public hearing was held last week, as required by KRS, before closing the bridge.

    Magistrates did not discuss the issue Tuesday, only to agree that if funding did become available in the future, the bridge could possibly be restored to function as a pedestrian walkway and bicycle path, a desire that was expressed by many at the public hearing.

  • Sleep-over fundraiser is big success

    A sea of huge cardboard boxes, most with blankets and pillows hanging out of them, covering the parking lot of the public library Friday night, testified to the success of a charity event to benefit the homeless.

    The fundraiser for the Open Door of Hope, a men’s shelter located on 8th Street, run by Lee Bean, former minister of Dover Baptist Church, raised more than $10,000 for the shelter, Bean said.

    “We did really well; better than I could have hoped for,” he said on Monday when the total pledges were tallied.

  • A pretty Grand experience

    Brad Holland spent Friday enduring just about every hardship the human body can endure – thirst, exposure to all kinds of weather, near dehydration, fatigue…you name it.

    But he wouldn’t have missed it for anything.

    Holland, a financial advisor who lives in Shelbyville with his wife, Audrey and three daughters, participated in a 25-mile marathon, from rim-to-rim in the Grand Canyon, all in the name of charity. The money he raised will be used to purchase a water supply system for residents in the Dominican Republic.

  • Man wanted in connection with check fraud and ID theft

    Crime Stoppers is asking for information on the whereabouts of Jerry Prewitt, who is wanted for questioning by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in connection with check fraud and identity theft.

    He is also warranted in Lincoln County, where he has an active bench warrant outstanding.

    He is described as being 28 years old, 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 203 pounds.

  • Craig trial set for November

    Kelly Craig, a former long-time employee  of Tracy’s Home Furnishings, who was charged with stealing thousands from that store, is set to go to trial in November.

    Craig, who was terminated from the store when she was arrested last June and was charged with stealing $5,867 from Tracy’s but in August, that amount snowballed when she was indicted on five counts of theft by unlawful taking of more than $10,000.