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  • Cranes make it to Florida

    Editor's Note: The Operation Migration whooping cranes spent two days in Shelby County on their way to Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

    His favorite bird is number 706.

    That's who Miami third-grader Logan Carter was scanning the Sunday morning skies for as a group of endangered birds made their way into Marion County.

    Logan and his family were just a few in a crowd of hundreds that gathered at the Marion County/Dunnellon Airport to watch Operation Migration's newest flock of whooping cranes learn the migration path to their winter home.

  • Zoeller files for third term

    Mike Zoeller has filed for a third term on Shelbyville City Council. He said he hopes to keep his role in the city he is happy to call home.

    "I've enjoyed being on the city council," Zoeller said, "and when I meet new people I'm proud to tell them I'm on it."

    In his time on city council, Zoeller, a Democrat, said he has a record of improving public safety in Shelbyville. In recent years, he saw the number of city policemen jump from 16 to 23. The number of firemen increased as well.

    City growth is something Zoeller wants to continue working for.

  • Storms barely scrape county

    Winds that tore through the Midwest and hit Louisville and southern Indiana hard did relatively little damage here Tuesday night.

    In Shelbyville, two large trees came down, said City Public Works Director Al Minnis. His crew was sawing up a part of a large ash tree that came down on utility wires, split a telephone pole and landed on the roof of a building on Bradshaw Street. Another large tree came down on a fence near Daniel Field.

    Bagdad Fire Chief Rusty Newton said a tree fell on a house in Bagdad but did only minor damage.

  • Young will challenge Montell

    Bill Young wants another shot at the state House seat now held by state Rep. Brad Montell.

    "Issues are the reason I'm getting into the race again," Young said. "The values that are important to me are not getting addressed."

  • Cemetery sues couple in land deal

    Members of the Grove Hill Cemetery Board want Barbara Porter and her husband Bill to pay damages the board incurred in filing an eminent domain action against the couple.

    Last fall, Circuit Judge Charles Hickman granted the cemetery board eminent domain to seize 13 acres located across the street from Grove Hill that Bill and Barbara Porter currently own and use to raise cattle.

    The Grove Hill Cemetery Board said it needed the property to expand the cemetery.

  • Bottom seeks first term on city council

    Looking for his first term on the Shelbyville City Council, long time Shelbyville resident Dudley Bottom Jr. said he is ready to give back to the city.

    Bottom, 59, spent 36 years with Shelby Energy Cooperative, eventually rising to the position of CEO. Having retired in 2007, Bottom, a Democrat, said his experiences with planning could be used to benefit the city.

    "I feel I could help the city with economics," he said. "Everybody is concerned with tax dollars, and I'd like to see city services improve in efficiency."

  • Lewis bows out of House race

    Minutes before the filing deadline on Tuesday, U. S. Rep. Ron Lewis withdrew from the race to represent Shelby County and the rest of the second Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Lewis withdrew just seconds after his chief of staff, Daniel London, entered the race.

    According to the Secretary of State's office, moments before 4 p.m. London's wife filed her husband's nomination papers, seconds later she filed Lewis withdraw.

    Some have criticized Lewis for trying to set up London to win the nomination.

  • Freeze-framing the past

    In years past, many barns across the countryside did double duty. They held animals, hay or equipment and they also advertised. "Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco," or "See Ruby Falls."

  • United Way celebrates goal-topping effort

    Metro United Way volunteers gathered Thursday, Jan. 24, at Bluegrass Bowling, to celebrate the success of the current contribution campaign. The total for the Shelby County Metro United Way contributions, $300,517, exceeded the county goal by more than $11,000.

    Metro United Way of Louisville president, Joe Tolan, congratulated Shelby County efforts. Joshua Kroll, Development Manager for Shelby, Oldham and Bullitt counties, also commended volunteers for their successful fundraising campaign.

  • Simpsonville F. D. gets Homeland Security grant

    Recently, Simpsonville Fire Chief Walter Jones had 30 sets of his firefighters' gear sent off and tested.

    "They told us we had one good coat," Jones said.

    A federal grant of just over $77,000 announced by Congressman Ron Lewis's office last week should fix that. The department will use $48,000 of the grant for new coats and pants that firefighters call turnout gear. A complete set, including helmet and boots, costs about $2,000 each.

    The department will spend the rest of the money on hand-held radio equipment.