Local News

  • Christmas events fill stomachs and souls

    The last weekend before Christmas is upon us, and there is no shortage of holiday happenings to fill your days and your spirit.

    As you might expect, there are a number of special events offered by churches during these next five days. In addition, there are family-friendly events and service opportunities, too.

  • Shelter marketing animals as gifts

    "A kitten under the tree is always a good way to start Christmas morning,” Shelby County Animal Control Supervisor Bradley King said.

    This has been another successful year for the shelter, with more animals placed in new homes than in any previous year, but the shelter is pushing adoptions as a holiday gift, too.

    “We’ve not killed any adoptable animal in almost five years,” King said. “So we’ve been successful, but it continues to be a challenge.”

  • Armed robber holds up bank, Bagdad

    Downtown Bagdad came to a standstill early Thursday morning when a masked man wielding a semi-automatic handgun walked into the Citizens Union Bank branch and told employees that he wanted cash and was leaving behind a box that contained an explosive device.

    Shelby County Sheriff’s Det. Jason Rice said deputies responded to a robbery alarm around 9:30 a.m. and learned from bank employees that the man had described the box.

    Officers secured the city, evacuated some nearby businesses and waited through the morning to see if there was an explosive in the box.

  • EARLIER: Trio/Paragon gets its nod for outlet mall in Simpsonville

    SIMPSONVILLE – Representatives of Trio Properties and Paragon Outlet Partners were out in full force at the Simpsonville City Commission meeting Wednesday morning, and they heard what they were hoping to hear.

    Commissioners unanimously and perfunctorily approved on second reading an ordinance requesting a zone change and formal plans for the companies to build an outlet mall south of Interstate 64 and east of Buck Creek Road, much to the audible frustration of several residents of that area who attended the meeting.

  • Bids, easements mean Simpsonville sidewalk project moving

    In the air there’s feeling of Christmas, and the Simpsonville City Commission was busy with sidewalks at its meeting on Wednesday.

    That would be the long-delayed and longer-awaited Village Center sidewalk project, to be built on the south side of U.S. 60 from Old Veechdale Road to Fairview Drive, which is about to clear some major hurdles toward actual construction.

    City Administrator David Eaton told commissioners that bids will close next Friday on the contract to move the water and sewer lines and clear the area for construction.

  • Tandem trailer crash backs up I-64 in Shelby County for hours

    One lane of westbound Interstate 64 near Simpsonville was closed for nearly 11 hours Thursday after tractor-trailer pulling loaded tandem trailers crashed through a guardrail and nearly upside.

    The driver, whose name had not been released, escaped uninjured when his rig left the roadway at Mild Marker 29, in the construction zone at the Bullskin Creek bridge east of Simpsonville, sometime around 4 a.m.

  • How schools are protecting our students

    In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday in which left 26 dead, including 20 students, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof was quick to let parents know that SCPS has been and is continuing to do it all it can to keep students safe.

    “We sent an E-mail to parents last night [Sunday] and to staff,” he said. “We also put a statement on our Web site.”

  • Shelbyville City Council: Water rate increase gets 2nd reading

    The Shelbyville City Council will wrap up 2012 with a meeting on Thursday by hearing the second reading of two ordinances and beginning the process of updating the book of ordinances.

    The council will vote on the second reading of an ordinance that will increase water and sewer rates for customers of Shelbyville Municipal Water by 3.85 percent. The increase was approved on first reading at the meeting on Dec. 6. The proposed increase would change a typical residential bill from $19.80 to $20.57.

  • EARLIER: Waddy meeting spreads word of animal attacks

    WADDY – Residents seem convinced that the recent brutal maulings of several animals in southeast Shelby County were the blood-thirsty attacks of nothing more than a dog.

    Most of more than 100 residents and community who attended a meeting Monday night at the Waddy Ruritan Club, expressed certainty that a rogue dog, or dogs, is responsible for the mauled calves and goats, at least five of which have had to be euthanized, which were found between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6.

    And now there could be confirmation coming.

  • Trial date set for murder suspect

    Marcus Goldsmith, charged with murder and other offenses in the March 16 stabbing death of Keith Jackson, will get his day in court.

    After delaying several times, Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman set Sept. 3 as the trial date for Goldsmith, with pretrial on Aug. 19.

    Goldsmith is charged with murder, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault–domestic violence and tampering with physical evidence following the stabbing death of Jackson at his apartment at 901 Main St. in Shelbyville.

    Goldsmith has pleaded not guilty.