Today's News

  • Collins Culinary team earns region title

     The Shelby County High School Culinary Arts Team has once again snagged the FCCLA regional title and will advance to state next month.

    Their win marks the third year as Region 6 title holders and their teacher and coach Erica Roberts is hoping for a second state win in a row.

    Comprised of all first year team members, the team of juniors Isaac Holland and Skyler McClusky along with senior Bianca Saucedo, has worked hard to get to this point, Roberts said.

  • Commissioners get salary increases

    Tuesday night’s meeting of the Simpsonville City Commission yielded two items.

    The commission’s only agenda item was in the form of a second reading of an ordinance for a pay increase for city officials, which will go into effect in January 2019.

    The approved ordinance will provide commissioners a 14 percent pay increase, $50, per month and a 25 percent increase, $200, per month for the mayor.

  • County to require constables to have $1m bond

    In a dramatic move by the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates lent unanimous approval to require constables to take out a bond of $1 million each before taking office.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison said he suggested the increase, from a $10,000 to a $1 million bond because he believes that anytime a person without police training is allow to carry a gun, there is a great potential for trouble.

  • Officers more involved at schools

     Parents encountered a bit of a delay Friday picking up students at West Middle School where a student was taken into police custody after a behavioral incident in a classroom.  While the matter was handled quickly and involved no threat to the general student body, parents were instantly on high alert at the sight of emergency vehicles blocking the car rider lane.  And in light of recent school-related tragedies, that response was justified.

    But that is a reaction the district is looking to eradicate in Shelby County.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - Jelsma named ambassador of Shelbyville

    On Thursday, the Shelbyville City Council convened with just a few items on their agenda, including appointing Jacob Gurney to the Historic District Commission.  Gurney will fill out the unexpired term of Sherry Jelsma, with a term to expire June 30, 2020.

    However, prior to the appointment, Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty recognized Jelsma with an Ambassador Award for the city.

  • Dogs bite workers at shelter, humane society

    In two separates incidents, workers were bitten by a dog in January, both at the humane society and the animal shelter, which the society now operates.

    One involved a volunteer at the Shelby County Humane Society and the other, an employee at the former Shelby County Animal Shelter, now known as the Shelby County Animal Care Services.

    The volunteer, Brenda Popp, was bitten Jan. 12, and Jill Wintergerst, an employee at the other facility, was bitten the week before.

  • Police take WMS student into custody

    The Shelbyville Police Department was called to West Middle School Friday afternoon after a student was disrupting school.

    The student was taken into custody around 3:15 p.m.

    Shelby County Public Schools Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the incident started when a student wasn’t happy with a situation at the school.

    Allan said there was no weapon involved in the altercation.

  • Project Linus to host Blanket Day March 24

    While Saturday was celebrated as National Blanket Day for Project Linus, Shelbyville organizers have moved the local date to March 24.

    After the group scrambled to make and deliver blankets to all the students at Marshall County High School in the wake of the school shooting, Shelby County coordinator Rebecca Jew figured her volunteers needed a little more time.

  • New building, new name

     In response to a rapidly growing student population, a new educational facility is in the works for Shelby County.

    A preschool through eighth grade center is under development adjacent to Collins High School, but the facility will initially house middle school students with preschool and elementary students to follow.

    With the new educational facility on the way, Shelby County Public Schools is now tasked with coming up with a name for the building, and they are reaching out to the community for ideas.

  • Titans bats lead to win over Mercer

    Despite cold and rainy conditions, both teams’ bats were hot in Collins’ 8-6 win over visiting Mercer County Monday night.

    Each squad posted double-digit hits, but it was second baseman Cassie Rannells who did much of the damage offensively for Collins (1-0).

    Rannells tallied three hits and two RBIs for the Titans from Shelbyville, as Collins topped Mercer behind a pair of big innings.