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Today's News

  • VAN STOCKUM: 30 Years in the Marines: The Rest of the Story (1942-1967), Part 15: Touring Japan with Van and Susanne (concluded)

    During this tour of duty in Japan, having a penchant for climbing mountains, particularly those requiring only stamina, I climbed Mt. Fuji (called Fuji-san), elevation 12,389 feet, following a switchback trail that had been littered by hundreds of earlier climbers. I am sure this trail has subsequently been cleared by the meticulous Japanese.

    Chiba with the children, Sept. 1956

  • ACA deadline for healthcare is Friday

    The deadline to sign up for marketplace health care coverage is fast approaching, and those needing insurance are being urged to enroll quickly if they have not already done so.

    Officials say they are concerned because thousands of people have not yet enrolled – in fact, a recent study found that one-third of Americans haven’t even heard about open enrollment through the Affordable Care Act’s subsidized health plans.

  • Geoffrey Eugene McGillen: Aug. 13, 1952 – Dec. 8, 2017

    The world got a bit quieter Friday with the passing of renowned musician Geoffrey McGillen.

    Geoffrey Eugene McGillen, 65, who passed away after a brief bout with pneumonia, was minister for senior adults at First Baptist Church on Midland Trail, as well as a gifted musician who loved playing music as much as people loved hearing him play, his friends said.

  • Three homes destroyed in weekend fires

    Residents of three households in different parts of the county lost practically everything they owned in separate house fires over the weekend.

    Though there were no injuries, each home suffered massive losses, including one home in Bagdad where a five-year-old child’s Christmas presents were lost.

  • Collins tops Western Hills on road

    With its first win of the season in the bag on Friday night, Collins girls’ basketball is on a three-game winning streak after a pair of victories on Saturday and Monday night against Dunbar and Western Hills respectively.

    Collins 59, Western Hills 47

    The Titans played solid defense and jumped out to a double-digit first half lead, riding the early momentum to a win at Western Hills on Monday night.

  • Collins defense smothers Shelby

    A strong, consistent zone defense and an evenly distributed offensive attack was enough to allow Collins boys’ basketball to upend Shelby County on Friday night, by a score of 55-32.

    The Rockets (1-4) were limited to just 23 percent shooting from the field and 15 percent from three-point range by the Titans (3-1), who posted four double-digit scorers on the offensive end of the court, while shooting 45 percent from the floor itself.

  • Titans pull away late to top Rockets

    Collins girls’ basketball snapped a two-game losing streak and knocked off rival Shelby County in the process on Friday night, as the Titans used a late push to hold off the Rockets, 50-45.

    Junior forward Trinity Warfield was the main component in Collins’ offensive success, scoring 15 points on 85 percent shooting, with all 15 points coming in the final two quarters of play.

  • Iceman wins PGA Tournament Series event

    Shelbyville-native Daniel Iceman picked up the first win of his golf career outside of Kentucky over this past weekend, shooting a 67-71– 138 in back-to-back days at event No. 3 of the PGA Tournament Series held in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Friday.

    Iceman earned the win and finished one shot ahead of second-place finisher Frank Bensel.

    Iceman’s 13-foot putt for par on No. 18 forced Bensel into a tough position and helped preserve the victory.

  • Changes coming for jail

    Some changes are on the horizon for the Shelby County Detention Center, with new technology and an increase in booking fees.

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, magistrates approved Jailer Darrell Cox’s request to purchase a body scanner that he said is badly needed.

    “They [scanners] will be like the ones you see at the airport,” he said. “We can see if they’ve got drugs or weapons hid on them – anything.”

    Cox said the scanners, which employ X-ray technology, are perfectly safe to use.

  • Restaurant serving much more than meals

    Since July, Joseph Lamb has been running a small restaurant on Main Street.

    The establishment, located at 1021 Main, may seen ordinary at first, but 1021 Park’s Place serves not only the usual patron, but also those who cannot pay for their meals, said Lamb.

    “I don’t just feed them, I try to meet their needs, whatever they might be,” he said.

    “So far, I’ve got twenty-two people off the streets.”