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Today's News

  • 2008 Shelby County Fair Queen candidates

    The contestants must have reached her 16th birthday by Oct. 31 and shall not have reached her 22nd birthday by Oct. 31 of the year when the contest is held. Contestants will be judged from the standpoint of beauty, poise and personality.

    At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, they will compete in shorts attire, followed by formal attire at 7:30 p.m. There is also a private showing in bathing attire for judges only.

  • Triple S to discuss zoning in Simpsonville

    The Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday concerning proposed changes to the zoning regulations for the city of Simpsonville.

    The new regulations, if adopted, will affect the permitted uses for property adjacent to or near the interstate. These changes, which will affect Interchange, Limited Interchange and General Interchange zones, will apply only to the city of Simpsonville, not to the rest of the county.

  • Simpsonville man dies in head-on crash

    A two-vehicle collision on the overpass at I-64 and Ky. 55 late Tuesday afternoon has claimed the life of a Simpsonville man and left his wife and another woman in serious condition.

    Joseph Wilson, 68, of Veechdale Road in Simpsonville, was pronounced death at the University of Louisville Hospital, where he and his wife, Sarah, were airlifted after the crash.

    Beatrice Centers, 59, of Taylorsville, was transported by ambulance, according to Jason Rice, a detective with the Shelby County Sheriff's office.

  • Grads, young and old

    When Kattie Grissom was 16, she was tired of high school and decided to drop out.

    She wanted to get started with her life. So for four years she tried to find a good job without a diploma - it wasn't as easy she anticipated.

    "It's just impossible," she said. "Now you have to have diploma."

    Grissom discovered that to have the job and life she wanted, she would have to go back to school and get her GED.

    And that's exactly what she did.

  • Keep looking, please

    A missing person is, mercifully, a rare event in the community. Perhaps that explains the exemplary response of community organizations to the baffling disappearance of Maxine Ethington. She disappeared May 25 in her vehicle and has not been seen since.

    It is heartening to see the community's law enforcement, churches and service organizations rally around the Ethington family as they continue the brave search for their mother.

  • Teachers endorse Young for state Rep.

    Two local teachers' associations endorsed Bill Young for state representative yesterday.

    The Spencer and Shelby County Educational Associations held a press conference on Tuesday morning to announce their support for Young, a Democrat, as he challenges incumbent Rep. Brad Montell for the 58th district house seat this November.

    Young, who was an educator in the Shelby County Public Schools system for 28 years, said having the support of local teachers is "among his highest honors."

  • The union helped workers

    I am a bit dismayed with all of the stories in this paper concerning the labor dispute at OVACO this past year. Most of the interviews done recently were with Mr. Horn, an employee of 5 1/2 years. I wonder why no one bothered to talk to the ones who have been with this company for 25-plus years. There are a lot of workers with 30 years and counting. These are the people who could really tell you the true conditions that have come about within the last few years at this factory and stand to worsen in the future.

  • Post 37 drops Morehead

    The Shelbyville American Legion Post 37 baseball team continues to score runs in bunches, but this time it got some pitching to go along with the team's hot bats.

    Shaun Fredricks threw just 72 pitches in an 11-0 complete-game win at Morehead Tuesday. Shelbyville then combined Fredricks' dominating performance with eight hits and eight walks to control the game.

  • Judicial center closer to reality

    Plans for the new judicial center, to be located in downtown Shelbyville, moved a step closer to reality when four of the parcels of land it will be situated on were acquired last week.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said there are 10 properties altogether which are allocated for both the building and the parking lot.

    Two of parcels closed on were owned by the city of Shelbyville and will be for the building site. The other two are located at 2nd and Main streets, which will be the parking site for the center.

  • Charity sponsoring new home for Medley

    As a kid, Ben Medley used to play on his grandparents' .Bruce and Ann Langley's, farm near Bagdad. Within a few months, he'll be back there again.

    But this time, Ben, his wife, Emma, and his stepson, Tucker, will be living in his own house, a house completely accessible to the 27-year-old who has been in a wheelchair for nearly three years. Medley broke two vertebrae in his neck when he dove into a swimming pool in July 2005.