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Today's News

  • Skater boys and girls

    One of the first things Zack Hypes taught his student to do was fall.

    “Falling’s part of it,” Hypes said. “They’re going to take a slam out here, learn how to get back up and keep going.”

    Hypes, an art teacher at East Middle, has created a skate camp for students from Shelby County schools that is equal parts sports camp, community building exercise, arts program and community service project. Students at the camp learn confidence and community.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: Business tax approved on 1st reading

     Shelby County Fiscal Court introduced on first reading ordinance that would establish a general certificate fee for the county.

    “This ordinance comes from the economic development committee,” Magistrate Mike Miller said. “We’ve looked at this issue for probably almost two years now, and we’ve gotten down to an ordinance.”

  • SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: Farmer’s market has successful 1st year

    Simpsonville Parks Director Chris Truelock gave a report to the city commission about the Simpsonville Farmer’s Market’s first year of operations.

    “We’ve had a long five and a half months, but we’ve had a very successful five and a half months,” Truelock said. “This is one of those programs where you kind of create it and you’re like, ‘Oh, I sure hope this is successful,’ and it went real well.”

    Truelock congratulated the participating farmers in particular.

  • Tammy Sue Miller named Workforce Development Coordinator

    Tammy Sue Miller thinks that businesses need to change the way they communicate with new workers, and she’s in just the right place to help them do that.

    “Sometimes, we have to change our mindset to maintain our workforce,” Miller said. “It’s getting our employers to realize that, with millennials, what they’re looking for in a workforce is totally different from maybe what they’ve had for 15 to 20 years.”

  • Hootie’s return to Shelby County

    For years Doug Butler and Jamie Jarboe have listened to two great horned owls on their property south of Simpsonville.

    “The male hoots seven times and then Hootie [the female] answers back with five hoots,” Jarboe said.

    But it’s been pretty quiet at the home off Buck Creek Road the last several weeks.

    As he left home one rainy day in August, Butler was startled as an owl fell from a tree, landing in front of his truck.

  • New discovery in rare condition thanks to Shelby County woman

    Monica Zaring has spent her life without answers, but the Shelby County resident could be the reason others finally get some.

    Zaring has a rare form of dwarfism called Saul Wilson Syndrome, and thanks to her help, researchers have managed to identify the specific gene that causes Saul Wilson Syndrome.

    “I’m thirty years old, and growing up I never had any answers,” Zaring said. “For them to find the gene, now they can hopefully get a lot more answers for the younger kids that they have found.”

  • Flu season beginning

    Flu season is here again, and county health professionals say that Shelby residents should prepare themselves.

    “It’s time for folks to be getting their flu shots,” said North Central Health District Public Health Director Roanya Rice.

    According to Rice and Spencer Savage, a pharmacist at Andrews Pharmacy in Shelbyville, the flu season is beginning, and that means the risk is rising.

  • Hitting the right chord

    When Brendan Chase looks for some peace, quiet and musical inspiration he heads to a place most of us try to avoid – the cemetery.

    There, the 28-year-old Shelbyville native composes songs, plays his guitar and finds sanctuary to sooth his painful past.

    Chase is particularity fond of Long Run Cemetery in Jefferson County where he often places a penny on the grave of Abraham Lincoln’s grandfather.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: 2019-20 calander is approved

    On Thursday the Shelby County Board of Education approved the calendar for the next school year.

    Two calendars were presented to the board for consideration that took into account the need for a later start date in order to allow additional time for the opening of the new Marnel C Moorman School.

    The council voted in favor of Calendar A, which also garnered 67 percent of the public vote, and it includes a one-week spring break, a one-week fall break and a week-and-a-half winter break. The first day of school for students will be Aug. 21 and the last day May 29.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL: Ordinances to get language in line with state

    On Thursday, the Shelbyville City Council will consider three ordinances that fix some outdated wording that remains on the books.

    The first is in relation to amending the Policy & Procedure Manual regarding the Compensation Plan and Benefits for Employees to change the workweek to run from Monday to Saturday. Currently, the workweek runs from Tuesday to Sunday.

    “We are simply cleaning up language in the Policy and Procedure Manual but nothing significant,” said Candice Selph, Human Resource Director