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Today's News

  • Old memories, new dreams

    “I took a deep sigh of relief when it came down just the way it was supposed to,” said Shelby County Building Inspector Tony Kelley, glancing at the rubble of the community gym in Martinsville.

    “It was pretty close to Miss Mattie’s house,” he said with a grin at Mattie Bray, who had been watching the demolition of the structure, located only a few feet from her home in Martinsville.

  • Flu Season underway

    It’s flu season again, and health officials, both at the state and local level, say that though they can’t make any predictions yet on how that will play out, they urge people to get vaccinated.

    “We are very early into this year's flu season,” said Beth Fisher, public information officer for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

  • County appoints new deputy EMA director

    Shelby County's emergency management agency staff will grow by one this month with the appointment of a new deputy director.

    At Tuesday night's meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates appointed Jamie Pryor to the position at an annual rate of $50,000.

    Pryor, who will begin his new position Monday, is currently a supervisor at Shelby County's 911 Dispatch center. He will continue to act as telecommunicator along with his new position until a replacement can be found for him at 911 Dispatch.

  • Grant will help preserve old records

    Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry pulled a huge, heavy book full of wills from residents dating from 1800s from its niche on a shelf in her records room.

    "Just look at this," she said, tracing a line from the will of a Shelby County resident who died in 1847.

    The document listed everything the man had bequeathed to his next of kin, down to kitchen items, livestock and even slaves.

    And now she has the opportunity to keep these books in preserved so they can be study as historical documents for another 200 years.

  • A road formerly traveled

    If you’ve driven down 3rd Street recently, you might have some complaints about the condition.  But recent work to the area serves as a reminder that our travels are a lot smoother than they used to be.

    Shelbyville City Engineer/Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell said while contractors were making some repairs to the road, they unearthed a 16-foot log that was once part of an old wooden roadway, called a corduroy road.

  • Accountability results unveiled

    Across the state, districts are reviewing their state KPREP results and this year in Shelby County Superintendent James Neihof has no qualms in announcing his displeasure with what he’s seen.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board approves balanced working budget

     District director of finance, Susan Barkley presented to the Shelby County school board members a balanced working budget when they convened Thursday evening for their second regularly scheduled September meeting.

    Barkley noted based on various changes from the Tentative Budget approved in May, working budget receipts exceeded expenditures by just more than $400,000.

    She opened her presentation by sharing those changes, which include:

    §  Certified assessments and tax rates

    §  SEEK revenues

  • Two significant projects begin this week

    Two significant projects will get underway in Simpsonville this week with construction beginning on installing infrastructure for high-speed internet and Phase III of the city's sidewalk project.

  • Death of a landmark

    A landmark that has long been a part of the Shelbyville youth community will soon be gone.

    The Shelby Community Center Gym in Martinsville is scheduled to be torn down this week, officials say.

    “A demolition crew is scheduled to begin tearing down the Martinsville Gym,” said Shelby County Deputy Judge-Executive Janet Cuthrell. “Judge [Dan] Ison, Mayor [Tom] Hardesty, Reverend [Ron] Walker and Magistrate [Hubie] Pollett will be on hand to begin the process.”

  • Bridge repair starts today

    Bridge repair work begins today on a heavily traveled bridge along U.S. 60, but officials say they don’t think the work will cause undue traffic disruption.

    “There will be a minimum delay, yes,” said Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison.