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Today's News

  • Simpsonville United Methodist celebrates 175 years

    Any entity that can proclaim that they’ve survived nearly two centuries is clearly doing something right.

    But members at Simpsonville United Methodist Church can proudly boast that their church is not just surviving, it is thriving, as this year they celebrate their septaquintaquinquecentennial –yes, you read that right– anniversary.

    “The church is sill here for a reason,” Reverend Richard Holladay said.  “God has not completed his work in and through us.”

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Current budget gets bumped

    The Shelbyville City Council convened briefly Thursday night and their concise meeting included an ordinance to amend the budget for 2014-15. 

    Mayor Tom Hardesty explained that amending the budget at the close of each fiscal year is necessary.

    “You budget but you never hit it right on the nose every time, so you have to come back and amend it at the end of the year,” he said.

    Office Administrator Judy Smith shared the amendments and offered clarification on the numbers.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL Student fees up for approval

    The Shelby County Board of Education will review student fees for the 2015-16 school year at Thursday’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    The fees cover the costs of extra items for some classes and other items that are not required for students, such as overnight trips, parking passes, athletic passes and classroom materials for optional classes, as well as some required courses.

    Last fall, when the district posted student fees on its website, it created a maximum of $100 for a student.

  • Rebuilding independence

    First steps and first words are precious moments for any parent to witness. But for Cierra and Francis Brettnacher of Shelbyville, watching their four-year-old son Anthony feed himself unassisted for the first time was remarkable.

    After the partial removal of a brain tumor at just two-years-old left Anthony blind and barely able to use the left side of his body, typical milestones for the young boy became major obstacles.

  • Animal activists ask for answers

    A large group of animal activists, many with dogs on leashes and holding signs bearing the words “I have dogs [or cats] and I vote,” held a public rally Tuesday in the judicial center parking lot on 2nd Street, before sitting in on a Shelby County Fiscal Court meeting shortly afterwards.

    The group, proclaiming themselves the Shelby County Animal Coalition – about 150 of them – listened as Charlie Metzger, owner of Metzger’s Country Store in Simpsonville, read aloud a letter that he later presented to magistrates at the meeting.

  • County to do hazardous waste study

     

  • Horses will kickoff fair festivities

     It’s that time of year again as people begin to flock from miles around, some in their best attire, to get a glimpse of all that the Shelby County Horse Show has to offer.

    The event kicks of Wednesday and runs through June 13 with shows starting daily at 7 p.m. and each night lasting about three hours

    Saturday’s festivities will begin even earlier with the addition of the Shelby County Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • ‘If it hadn’t been for them, I would have died.’

    Martha Owens of Shelbyville never thought when she woke up May 3 that she would be facing one of the scariest moments of her life.

    Having a serious heart attack was the last thing on her mind as she sat chatting with her son on the phone, she said.

    Then in the midst of talking about the Derby, she began to feel ill.

    “All of a sudden, I went from not feeling well to real severe pain in my chest and a feeling like I was going to pass out or vomit,” she said. “I said, ‘I think I’m having a heart attack.’”

  • Collins upsets Madison Central in state baseball tourney

    Collins High School’s Jay Becherer found his pitch and made Madison Central pay for it as the freshman’s two-run triple in the top of the fourth inning sparked the Titans to a 5-4 upset of No. 5 ranked Madison Central in the first round of the state baseball tournament Monday in Lexington.

    “It was a fastball and it came in flat,” Becherer said. “I just saw it really good and hit it hard.

    “I think we sent a message today we can play with anybody down here.”

  • Cheering on the underdog Collins Titans

    Although I’ve covered sports for a large portion of my journalistic career, I’ve never claimed to love baseball, and I’m more than willing to admit that I don’t understand much of it.

    But recently, I was intrigued by the thought of following Collins High School to the state tournament. Maybe it was the small town feel that Shelby County gives to an outsider like me, or the fact that Collins had little hope of playing beyond their region, making them the underdogs, but I just had to be there.