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Today's News

  • Fair to begin Thursday, celebrating milestone anniversary

    The Shelby County Fair is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year – which may seem odd to historians, given the fact is that the fair actually is 170 years old.

    Organizers just don’t count 20 of those years.

    The first Shelby County Fair was held Oct. 1, 1842, when a group of farmers got together for livestock shows, but it wasn’t until after 16 of those fairs had been held, until 1858, when the Shelby County A&M Association was created to run the fair, that organizers say its history really began.

  • A tradition like no other

    They lounged beneath awnings that were erected under a shade tree in the front yard and at tables, chairs, benches and even a swing spaced along an L-shaped front porch. They squeezed into folding chairs at tables, found occasional seats along walls, surrounded card tables pushed together in the family room and even stood and sat in spots around the perimeter of the kitchen and on playground equipment in the back yard.

  • 150th Shelby County Fair: 10-day run gets off to special start

    Where in all of Shelby County will you find excitement, music, food, amusement park rides and top-notch entertainment?

    At the fair, of course.

    The Shelby County Fair, always a popular event, has a lot of surprises in store this year, some of them new additions that officials say they hope will be permanent and others to recognize the fair’s 150th anniversary.

    The fair will kick off Thursday morning at 9 with a dairy show at 9, and a pedal tractor pull will take place at 5 p.m.

  • Shelby County School Board: Collins High to receive Energy Star award

    The Shelby County Board of Education will present an Energy Star Award to Collins High School at its meeting Thursday night.

    The school will join East Middle School as the two Shelby County Schools that have met state ratings for energy conservation.

    Duanne Puckett, public relations coordinator for the school board, said these schools have been able to meet the requirements to be so awarded because of several factors, including geothermal technology, passive lighting and just being energy conscious in general.

  • What we think: 2 outlet mall plans increase the odds

    If this were Las Vegas, we would say all bets on an outlet mall being built near Simpsonville are now “double down.”

    That’s blackjack lingo, of course, for doubling your bets on the cards in front of you, and those who would want an outlet mall in Shelby County now have two cards to play toward reaching that goal.

  • What we think: George Cottrell leaves a testimony

    The passing of George Cottrell at such an early age will be felt in Shelby County not only by his large and loving family but also by the public in general.

    For Mr. Cottrell, who died last week after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease), not only was a motivating coach, an inspiring teacher and  a fount of incredible talent, but he was one of those true and fleeting elements for many of us: a role model.

  • What congratulate: Another great day for men’s health

    Another Men’s Health Fair has passed at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, and this year’s affair was better attended than its 11 predecessors.

    Hundreds of men flocked for hundreds of dollars of free medical screenings that ultimately  could save or extend their lives, and in so doing they were the beneficiaries of one of the great services provided to our community.

  • Attorney general says Shelbyville's sidewalk ordinance is legal

    The city of Shelbyville now can move with full confidence in its legal pursuit of property owners who have sidewalks that are in disrepair.

  • I'll take '96 UK over '12 UK too

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  • American Legion goes 1-1 to open season

    The Shelbyville Post 37 American Legion baseball team split its first two games of the season this past weekend.

    Post 37 beat a team from Cincinnati, 12-10, on Saturday, but Rockport (Ind.) defeated Shelbyville, 9-2, Sunday.