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Today's News

  • WHAT WE THINK: Make this season wonderful for all

    In today’s issue we’ve tried to find ways to help you spruce up your holidays. From the table to the decorations to our community, we want to help you make this season your best.

    But for it to be the best, it will take more than a new dish for Thanksgiving, more than stylish new decorations for your mantle or your tree and certainly more than the hottest new toy under your Christmas tree.

    What will it take to make this year the best? How about we spread that cheer like never before?

  • MY WORD: National Hospice Month: Attention to a growing demand for care management

    Every day, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 years old, and up to 85 percent of them are living with at least one serious illness.

    That translates to millions of adults living with chronic diseases that may shorten their life expectancy and dramatically impact their quality of life.

    Without a coordinated care plan, many patients are caught in the revolving door of emergency rooms and doctors’ offices, incurring millions of dollars in unnecessary health care costs, not to mention creating needless stress for both patients and their family caregivers.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Celebration is about more than just lights

    Thousands roamed the street in Shelbyville Saturday, waiting to bask in the glow.

    The city’s annual Celebration of Lights culminated with the pop of the holiday season’s red, green, orange and blue bulbs.

    Downtown Shelbyville is now awash in color and Simpsonville will soon join this weekend, marking Shelby County as one of the first communities in the state to dive head first into the holidays.

  • VAN STOCKUM: Col. Ben Pollard, U.S. Air Force (1932-2016), Shelbyville hero, Part 2: A scholar, pilot, survivor – concluded

    On Christmas, 1970, Ben entered a large cell with 45 cellmates. He thought he had “died and gone to heaven!” They didn’t sleep for many hours as they met their new cellmates and swapped stories.

    Hazards of religious services

  • Collins rolls Shelby County, 30-6

    Typically when the weather turns cold, successful football teams turn to the running game and defense to grind out wins.

    Collins did just that on Friday night, rushing for 204 yards as a team and forcing five turnovers on defense and special teams in the 30-6 win over Shelby County.

    Collins allowed its rival 302 yards of total offense, but most of Shelby’s yardage came with the game firmly out of reach, and was aided by an 82-yard touchdown pass after the Titans had the win in hand.

  • Shelby’s Ellis inks with Tennessee

    Not often do players get to test themselves against some of the best amateur athletes in the country, but Shelby County baseball’s Matthew Ellis will get that opportunity following his senior season this year.

    The catcher inked with the University of Tennessee on Thursday night, surrounded by family members and coaches involved with the Rocket baseball program.

  • VAN STOCKUM: Col. Ben Pollard, U.S. Air Force (1932-2016), Shelbyville hero, Part 1: A scholar, pilot and survivor

    On the eve of Veterans Day it seems entirely fitting to publish a summary of my columns about Col. Ben Pollard that originally appeared in August 2008. Col. Pollard died in San Diego on Veteran’s Day 2016.

    While I had heard of the late Ben Pollard and of his experiences as a prisoner of war in Hanoi during the Vietnam War, it was at an open house at the Shelby County Public Library nearly twenty years ago where I first made his acquaintance. Thus commenced a friendship, which was continued through visits and many e-mail exchanges.

    Early life

  • Shelbyville Police Reports

    DUI

    Marc Anthony Helm of Colsterworth Lane in Louisville was arrested Oct. 7 on Midland Trail and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, no registration plates and failure of owner to maintain required insurance, first offense. He was also served with a Jefferson County warrant for an unstated offense.

  • Masonry students working to repair VFW building
  • Community foundation awards $76K in grants

    With more than $75,000 to disperse, the Shelby County Community Foundation awarded grant funds to nearly a dozen organizations in the community – nearly twice as many as last year —during a ceremony Monday at the Shelby County Public Library.
    Recipients of this year’s grants included Hosparus, Dorman Preschool, AWAKE Ministries, Arriba Ninos, CASA, Inc., Shelby County Community Children’s Choir, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, Learning for Life, Shelby Regional Arts Council, Habitat for Humanity and the Multi-purpose Community Action Center.