Local News

  • Horse-pulling champion dies in head-on crash

    A well-known competitor in the horse-pulling world has died of injuries he received in a head-on traffic accident in Shelby County.

    Oscar David Ethington, 69, of Pleasureville was killed Friday at noon when the Ford pickup truck he was driving was struck by another driver who veered across the center lane of Eminence Pike about two miles north of the intersection with the Shelbyville Bypass.

    The other driver, Susan Hughes, 42, of Sparta was taken to the University of Louisville with non-life-threatening injuries.

  • News briefs: Sept. 14, 2012

    SCHS’s biomedical program

    earns national certification

    Shelby County High School is now a Project Lead The Way Certified Biomedical Sciences Program, which means SCHS students enrolled in the program are now eligible for college-level recognition for their PLTW courses.

    PLTW officials told SCHS Principal Eddie Oakley that he played a significant role in the growth of the PLTW program, and they commended him for his leadership.

  • Community helps 6-year-old’s fight against cancer

    MOUNT EDEN – Friends and family are pulling together to offer financial and moral support for the family of 6-year-old Blake Hundley, who was diagnosed recently with cancer.

    A horse show to benefit the Hundley family is planned for Sunday starting at 1 p.m. in the Waddy show ring off Kings Highway. Blake is the son of Adam and Kelly Hundley, who reside in the Mount Eden area.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Final OK of rezone on Harrington Mill to be considered

    After two months of heavily attended and debated meetings, the Triple S Planning Commission has a very short and somewhat uneventful agenda for Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. meting at Stratton Center, 215 Washington St. in Shelbyville.

    The commission has just one order of old business, to review the transcript and findings of fact from the zone change request at 167 Harrington Mill Road.

  • Local 911 service gets legislative boost

    Fresh after votes by the Shelbyville City Council and the Simpsonville City Commission to show their support for the funding of the local dispatch and 911 boards, the board invited several key decision-makers to an informational meeting on Monday.

  • Election 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Bob Andriot

    A lifelong Shelbyville resident, Republican Bob Andriot long has been heavily involved in Shelbyville and Shelby County through his businesses and volunteer work.

    Now that he’s downsizing from a home in the county to the apartment above his Bell House Restaurant on Main Street, Andriot is looking to use his business sense to help promote Shelbyville.

  • Crossing company buys vacant Simpsonville facility

    The manufacturing facility left vacant in downtown Simpsonville since 2009, when Leggett & Platt closed up shop on one of the county’s oldest industrial facilities, is about to come alive again.

    TCR Rail Systems of Taylorsville has closed on purchasing the property on the north side of the RJ Corman Railroad and will open a manufacturing facility there in the next 30 to 60 days, an official involved in the negotiations said Thursday.

  • Shelby County School Board: Eligibility requirements to be reviewed

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday will receive a somewhat-long-awaited presentation on the district’s policy for extracurricular activities.

    First requested by board member Sam Hinkle as a report on academic requirements for athletic eligibility, board member Brenda Jackson had asked that it be expanded to eligibility requirements for all activities.

    “I don’t know why it should be limited to sports,” she asked.

  • Shelbyville City Council: City approves new fire truck

    The Shelbyville City Council committed to purchasing a new pumper fire truck for the city’s fire department with a unanimous approval during Thursday’s meeting at city hall.

    Shelbyville Fire Chief Willard “Tiger” Tucker presented the council with the bids and the recommendation to accept the bid from Ferrara Fire Apparatus.

    The custom-built pumper truck meets the city’s specifications, and “it’s similar to another pumper truck we have,” he said.

  • Our trials have evolved

    The practice of trial by jury can be traced back to the year 1215, when King John of England signed the Magna Carter (with a sword to his throat), granting many freedoms, including a trial by jury of one’s peers.

    The jury trial existed before that, but jurors were hand picked by the king.

    Pre-existing forms of justice in England included trial by combat in the year 1086, where the winner was considered in the right. Participants could also hire someone to fight for them.