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Today's News

  • Soothing the savage beast

    One of Jeremiah Easley’s fondest memories as a boy was catching snapping turtles and giving them a new home in the baby pool in his backyard in Shelbyville.

    While it provided excellent foreshadowing for his future in veterinary science, now Easley is a long way, both figuratively and literally, from those snapping turtles.

    A veterinarian specializing in large animal surgery at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Easley now spends his time operating on large exotic animals, such as lions, tigers and bears.

  • Longtime clerk sues school board

    A longtime accounts payable clerk has filed suit against the Shelby County Board of Education, claiming she was unfairly demoted after taking medical leave and that her pay was cut, as well.

    Tammy White of Shelbyville alleges in her suit, filed March 12 against the board, that she developed health problems last year and had to take a medical leave from Feb. 28 to March 2; she had also taken a month and a half medical leave in the spring of 2011.

  • Roy Butler: 1927 - 2014

    Shelby County has lost a man with a passion for helping others, especially those he could reach through his four decades helping build government-assisted benefits in the commonwealth.

    Roy Butler, 86, of Clay Village, passed away Monday of complications from Parkinson’s disease.

    His daughter, Lane Butler Jacobs, cited his 42-year state government career that spanned the administrations of 11 different governors and culminated as Commissioner of Medicaid Services for the Cabinet for Human Resources, a post he held from the late 1980s until 1992.

  • Shelby County school board: Short agenda for board’s regular meeting

    The Shelby County Board of Education will meet with a very short agenda at 7 p.m. Thursday for its regularly scheduled meeting at the district’s central office, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    Along with reports and discussion, the board will entertain an interagency agreement with the Department of Juvenile Justice.

    The district has signed the agreements in the past to help fund $90,000 in personnel and operating costs at the Education Center at Cropper.

  • Diesel spill backed up interstate Tuesday

    A diesel fuel spill from an broken down tractor-trailer  caused a backup in the eastbound lanes of I-64 late Tuesday afternoon.

    Officials say the spill occurred from a broken axle on the semi.

    There was no timeframe for when the congestion would be cleared up, but officials said the spill was nearly cleaned up by 6 p.m.

  • NEWS DIGEST: April 9, 2014

    CASA benefit is Friday

    The Feast for Futures to benefit CASA of the River Region will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Claudia Sanders Dinner House. The event, organized by former JCTC Shelby County Campus student Kim Hinkle, will raise funds for a scholarship to JCTC Shelby County. The cost is $35, with $10 going directly to the scholarship fund, and includes entrance and dinner. There will also be a silent acution.

  • Smoking still a burning issue in Shelby

    A statewide smoking ban was not such a hot idea as far as lawmakers were concerned, but trends are definitely turning that direction, some officials say.

    “There’s been a bill come up for that for the last few years, and it didn’t pass again this year, but it’s been the biggest push for it yet,” said Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville).

    And on the local level, that same split seems to be growing among officials and the public.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said the matter came before the city council a couple of years ago.

  • No injuries from weekend flooding

    Shelby County avoided major problems from flooding Friday morning,  but heavy rains overnight put some roads underwater.

    Shelby County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Whitman said the heaviest flooding occurred along Scott Station and Antioch Roads and in the Lucas Road area, near the Henry County line.

    “We had some pretty heavy rains, but we’ve been very lucky, especially when you consider the mud slides that have been going on all around us and in southern Indiana,” he said.

  • Fiscal court will request prices from garbage haulers

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court Legislative Committee will meet with area garbage and recycling haulers on April 15 to try and nail down a price for county residents, without setting a franchise agreement or soliciting formal bids.

  • Simpsonville City Commission: Will lower taxes because of ‘good growth’

    The Simpsonville City Commission approved on first reading its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year at Wednesday’s meeting, and in the process had a surprise for the city’s residents.

    The commission approved lowering the ad valorem property tax by 10.2 percent.