Today's News

  • PSE fitness equipment unveiled

    Getting kids excited about their physical fitness is not always a simple task, but representatives from Project Fit America made it look easy Friday afternoon at Painted Stone Elementary School as students screamed, cheered and clapped for the unveiling of their new fitness equipment.

    PFA, a national public charity, is an organization with a goal of supporting sustainable opportunities for kids to be active, fit and healthy.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board to consider working budget

    The Shelby County Board of Education will vote on the working budget for the 2015-16 school year when they meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at Central Office, 1155 West Main Street.

    The board voted without discussion in June to approve the tentative budget, which included small changes from the Draft Budget that was presented in January.

    The first rendition of the 2015-16 budget included total revenue of $57.55 million, and that number was increased to $57.63 million with changes in June.

  • SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: Salt bin nearing completion

    With the completion of Simpsonville's new salt barn, all three of Shelby County's municipalities have their own storage facilities.

    Simpsonville City Commissioner Michael Hesse reported at the commission's meeting Thursday that the structure was nearing completion.

    "The salt bin is progressing nicely," he said. "We are in the process of putting up the walls, and everything is right on schedule, just in time for winter."

  • Martinrea has new plant manager

    John Munroe has only been Martinrea Heavy Stamping’s new plant manager for two weeks, but he has hit the ground running with a clear agenda, he said.

    “We need some improvements around here,” he said. “We have to be better to our customers, we need to have happier customers. From a quality standpoint, we need to basically up our game. And from a productivity standpoint, as for our commitment to our share holders, we have to do a better job.”

  • New land trust includes Shelby

    A newly formed land trust announced Thursday with the purpose of preserving farmland and greenspace in Jefferson and surrounding counties will include Shelby County.

    “We would include all of Shelby County in what we call our service area,” said Louise Allen, executive director of the Limestone Land Trust, a new nonprofit organization with a mission to negotiate private conservation easement agreements in order to conserve land in perpetuity.

  • Not all in favor of drug testing students

    While there was no public opposition voiced in the meetings leading up to the school board’s decision concerning a drug testing pilot program, parent Rick Markle said he strongly disagrees with the board’s decision to approve the program last month.  Thursday, during their board meeting, Markle claimed the program steps on his toes as a parent and violates his daughter’s right to privacy.

  • Despite work, no changes coming around flea market

    People passing by the Shelby County Flea Market might have noticed the property surrounding the establishment has undergone some changes, but no new ventures are in the works, officials say.

    Simpsonville City Manager David Eaton said his office would have received word of any new plans.

    “If they’re going to build anything over there, they’d have to come to us for sewer and that hasn’t happened,” he said.

  • Restaurant gets a makeover

    When Reinel Salgado realized his Shelbyville restaurant wasn’t drawing the attention it should, he decided to make a change.  Across the top of the Taylorsville Road Mexican restaurant formerly known as Salgado’s is a sign informing residents that El Nopal is taking over the spot.  But Salgado says the ownership has not changed.

    “We just changed the name and changed it to a sit-down restaurant,” he said, noting he felt it was time for a new atmosphere.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Humane Society to add six buildings

    The Shelby County Humane Society presented development plans to the Triple S Planning Commission Tuesday to add six additional buildings to their existing spay/neuter clinic.

    Dennis Verkamp, a civil engineer land surveyor with Biagi, Chance, Cummins, London, Titzer, Inc. explained that the development proposes six additional building on 60 acres.  Those buildings include a cat building, a dog building, an education center, a small storage building, a dog show building and potentially a barn for rescuing horses.

  • Bagdad will kick-off weekend of events with second Fall Fest

    To kick-off what could be the year’s busiest weekend in Shelby County, the Bagdad Ruritan Club is hosting its second Fall Festival.  The day of fun and fellowship will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast at the Ruritan Club building, 5632 Elmburg Road, and the cost is $7 per person.

    Booths will open on the Ruritan Club grounds at 8 a.m. and Ruritan Club President Austin Redmon said they expect many vendors and guests to attend.

    “We did really well last year,” Redmon said, noting that it was a great turnout for their first fall festival.