Today's News

  • Bigger than yourself

    Running through the isles dragging their little shopping baskets, filling them with every toy in the store Sunday morning, my children were overjoyed to pack their first boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

    To them they were just filling up two small shoeboxes with little knickknacks – the combined total cost of which is likely no greater than any one gift either will receive on Christmas morning – but in reality they were truly becoming a part of something so much bigger than themselves.

  • Churches join hearts to give thanks

    Shelby Countians are able to choose from two different community Thanksgiving services once again this year, both of them with years of tradition behind them.

    The first was on Tuesday night at Simpsonville Christian Church and the second will be on Thanksgiving Day in the Martinsville neighborhood.

    Joey Pusateri, pastor of Simpsonville Christian Church, gave the main sermon on his pulpit this year, said Debora Kelly, pastor of Simpsonville United Methodist Church.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Plans underway to return 8th graders to middle schools

    The district says plans are underway to eventually return eighth grade students to their home middle schools. Chief Operations Officer Eddie Oakley and Assistant Superintendent of Operations Kerry Whitehouse presented updates on 21st Century Support Systems to the board Thursday and Whitehouse shared their intentions to return 8th grade students to East and West middle schools by August of 2018.

  • A prestigious performance

    As if making the all-state choir wasn’t prestigious enough, two Shelby County High School juniors can add All-National Choir to their musical resumes. 

    During the 2015-16 school year, SCHS students Shyanne Drane, Gavin Martion, and Bryce Fowler qualified for an all-national audition. Martion and Bryce advanced to join “Best of the Best” at the National Association for Music Education’s (NAFME) 2016 All-National Honor Ensembles last weekend in Texas.

  • Feeding the community

    Two groups of Shelby Countians are devoting their efforts to ensure that no one in Shelby County will go hungry or be alone for Thanksgiving.

    Two free community meals are planned, one on Thanksgiving Day and the other on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, both to be hosted at the Stratton Center.

    Thursday’s meal, from 11:30 to 3 p.m., will include traditional favorites cooked up by devoted volunteers who pitch in each year, said Brenda Jackson, organizer of the event.

  • Zone change for 3rd Street approved

    A zone change request for two small properties on 3rd Street in Simpsonville received final approval from city officials, despite a negative recommendation from planners.

    The Simpsonville City Commission approved on second reading a request to change properties at 401 and 405 3rd Street to high commercial from residential for a proposed storage unit facility.

  • Husband, wife share citizens of year

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty piqued the interest of the crowd at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday by announcing that this year’s Citizen of Year was to be a dual designation.

    A husband and wife team had only been selected once before, when Charles and Lucy Long were selected in 2007.

    David and Michelle Vest were so surprised when they were called up to receive the award, in recognition of their coaching efforts with the West Middle School cross country team, they were nearly speechless.

  • County denies zone change for Dollar Store

    At Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates upheld the recommendation of the Triple S Planning Commission to turn down a zone change on 1.5 acres on Frankfort Road that would have allowed the construction of a Dollar Store in Peytona.

    The matter passed 5-3, with Magistrates Mike Miller, Eddie Kingsolver, Danny Eades and Hubie Pollett voting along with the recommendation to deny the zone change. Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger also voted in favor of accepting the recommendation from Triple S.


    The Triple S Planning Commission will soon consider updating its fee schedule.

    “We have not reviewed our fee schedule in ten years,” Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke said during his report Tuesday before the commission.

    Using fee schedules gathered from other commissions across the state, Libke said he compiled an updated fee list for the commission to review.

    Libke said some recommended changes include simplifying and increasing the cost for zoning amendments. 

  • Parade organizers seeking participants

    With just two weeks left on the calendar before Shelby County’s annual Christmas parade takes hits the streets of downtown Shelbyville, plans for the day are well underway.  But officials say they are still in need of floats.  Jennifer Stenger with the Shelby County Fire Department said about 10 participants have signed up as of Wednesday to be a part of the parade.