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Today's News

  • Battle for Life

    At 20 years old, Austin Collins was in prime health and studying to be a police officer.

    Then at a family gathering last Thanksgiving, he developed a sudden, blinding headache and became extremely nauseous.

    “I thought I had the flu – then I woke up two months later,” he said.

    Collins had experienced something that affects 8 out of 100,000 people each year in the United States – a ruptured brain aneurysm.

    He had gone to lay down in his mother’s car, and if he had been left unattended, he could have died.

  • Crusading for a cause

    After losing their friend to suicide, a group of students have joined forces to make sure his passing was not in vein.

  • Planet Fitness coming to Midland Center

    Rumors have been stirring for some time regarding the former Winn-Dixie building at 120 Midland Boulevard.  But officials with STCPF, LLC, the Kentucky-based Planet Fitness franchisee, have confirmed that the 42,000 square-foot-building in the Midland Center will soon be home to a new Planet Fitness location, one of more than 1,100 nationwide.

  • Hilltop for sale

    After more than a dozen years of operating Hilltop Produce and Garden Center, owners Gerald and Sandra Stucker say they are ready to sell the business to focus on enjoying the fruits of their labor.

    The couple of 33 years said they have owned and operated the local produce store at 305 Frankfort Road for 13 of those years because they “needed something to do.”

  • Filing complete for November Election

    Local elections ballots were completed this month when filing closed for non-partisan elections for the 2016 General Election in November.

    A new candidate, Richard L. Frank Jr., will join the race for Simpsonville City Commission with four incumbents – Kelland Garland, Michael Hesse, Sharon Cummins and Cary Vowels – all vying for re-election.

    As for Shelby County Board of Education, no changes will be made this year.

  • Heroin still a nightmare on drug scene

     

  • Toddler dies after being struck by car

    The mood is somber this week at an apartment complex in eastern Shelbyville, where a toddler died Saturday after being run over by a car in the parking lot.

    A memorial consisting of stuffed animals, balloons and candles marks a small spot on a grassy median in the 500th block in the parking lot of Lynne Acres where the 2-year-old boy lived.

    Neighbors, who declined to be identified, expressed sadness that such a thing should happen to a child who was just starting his life.

  • Assaults, thefts down

     

  • BOURBON IS BACK IN SHELBY COUNTY - One in a 100

    Years of dreaming, planning and hard work for the Nethery family came to fruition yesterday as they ceremoniously filled their first barrel of bourbon for their family-owned distillery, Jeptha Creed.  While it was deeply special to them, the memorable occasion marked an achievement much bigger.

    “It’s not only our first barrel, it’s the first barrel of bourbon [in Shelby County] in 100 years,” said Autumn Nethery, daughter of owners Joyce and Bruce Nethery and marketing manager for Jeptha Creed.

  • ‘It’s time for this community to rise up and say, from this day forward, enough.’

    Wendy Palmer’s hand trembled as she held a letter from her son that he had written to her shortly before passing away from a heroin overdose last year.

    As she read his words from the steps of the courthouse about how much he wanted to clean up his life and make her proud of him, there wasn’t a sound from the crowd of nearly 2,000 that had gathered for the drug addiction awareness march Saturday.

    “I just need you to have faith in me and know that I am trying,” she read.