Today's News

  • ELECTION 2014: Magistrate: District 3: Tim Willard

    A longtime employee of Roll Forming Corporation is one of two Republican candidates vying for the open magisterial seat in District 3 being vacated by Magistrate Allen Ruble who is retiring.

    Tim Willard, a Shelby County native, is a master roll operator at Roll Forming, where he has worked for 37 years.

    He said he decided to run for magistrate at the request of Allen Ruble.

  • ELECTION 2014: Magistrate, District 7: Danny Eades

    Danny Eades, a product support team member at Process Machinery, is one of four candidates vying for the open seat in District 7 being vacated by retiring longtime magistrate Mike Whitehouse.

    Eades, a Shelby County native who also operates a small family farm, said his motivation in running for office is to be a positive influence on the future of his community.

  • ELECTION 2014: Magistrate, District 2: Mark McCall

    A longtime farmer and recently retired Roll Forming employee is challenging incumbent Republican Magistrate Michael Riggs in District 2.

    Mark McCall, 55, of Simpsonville, said he is seeking his first term as magistrate because he wants to “be a voice for my district, Western Shelby County.”

    He said he has several issues he would like to see addressed in District 2, which includes Persimmon Ridge and Long Run.

  • Celebrating 100 years of sharing knowledge

    County Extension Services across the nation celebrated their 100th anniversary as the Smith-Lever Act signed into law on May 8, 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson gave the service, connected to land-grant universities, an opportunity to extend knowledge and change lives.

    Shelby County’s first Cooperative Extension agent H.R. Jackson started in 1924. Jackson had the responsibility of the three services now covered by three different agents: 4-H, agriculture and homemakers, which was called home demonstration at the time.

  • Distillery owners won’t stay in dry county

    After county officials celebrated laying the groundwork to bring the county its first distillery, that distillery has asked to be annexed into Shelbyville so it can sell the bourbon and other distilled spirits it produces.

    Although they granted the request at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates expressed displeasure at losing the revenue that the facility would have brought into county coffers.

    “We don’t want to just give it to the city,” said magistrate Hubie Pollett.

  • OVEC helping teen moms earn diplomas

    The Head Start Program through the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative will soon celebrate a successful year of its Teenage Mom Program, which offers young mothers an opportunity to stay in school and ensure healthy infants.

    The program started in the fall of 2013 and has a classroom at Martha Layne Collins and Shelby County High Schools. Federally funded, the program helps teenage mothers manage having a child and graduating with a high school diploma.

  • Students display creative Odyssey

    The Odyssey of the Mind doesn’t provide just an educational opportunity, but an experience. Combining engineering, teamwork, art and creativity into problem solving scenarios, students are able to explore a science of self-discovery

    And five Shelby County Public Schools teams have advanced to World Finals level where they put their abilities to the test against 800 teams from around the world.

    The competition is May 28-31 at Iowa State University.

  • County proposes $19.7 million budget

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger’s 2014-15 budget of nearly $20 million shows an increase of nearly $1.5 million over the 2013-14 budget, which he says will be covered by increased revenue, including property taxes.

    “Property taxes are up slightly, so occupational dollars are up, and we are going to see an increase in our county road aid, so we have several different sources [of revenue] that we anticipate are going to be up this year to make up the difference,” he said.

  • Retired dairy farmer dies in traffic accident

    The community of Shelby County shocked by the tragic death Wednesday of a retired dairy farmer who was killed when the riding mower he was driving to his mailbox was struck by a pickup truck.

    The death of Herman Moore, 87, is made even more tragic by the fact that the other driver, whom police have declined to identify because he is a minor, was not at fault, police said.

    “He was a seventeen-year old high school student who had just started driving,” said Shelby County Sheriff’s detective Jason Rice.

  • Shelbyville man is reaching out to the homeless

    To look at Shawn Morris, you would not suspect that underneath his casual demeanor and unassuming, quiet personality, a heart of compassion beats for the homeless of Shelby County.

    “They suffer in silence,” he said. “People don't even notice them, they look right through them.”

    Morris, 27, who grew up in Shelbyville and works as a clerk at Thornton's on Midland Trail, said he's very aware that his goal to help the homeless is a daunting task, and he doesn't have the means to give much himself.