Today's News

  • What we think: Outlet mall plan will test us all

    The chorus of public debate about the proposed outlet mall in Simpsonville is just getting warmed up for what promises to be a full-blown, 3-act opera, and we hope to avoid a tragic aria at the end.

    Anytime something large and new is projected to be positioned in an area that previously has been a pristine barrier of nature for residents and property owners, there almost always is an immediate cry that such a change would be a bad thing for those vested in an area.

  • MY WORD: A new learning experience

    Recently I heard the phrase “the new norm” being tossed around. I cannot specifically remember to what it was in reference, but I started thinking about what Shelby County Public Schools will look like when we meet our Big Goals: all fifth-graders going to middle school on grade level, all middle-schoolers going to high school on grade level and all students graduating college and career ready.

  • We congratulate: An inspiring idea to help others

    We see selfless acts frequently in Shelby County, but none has inspired us more profoundly than when we heard about the efforts of 12-year-old Jessica Carter.

    Maybe you saw the story about Jessica, a student at West Middle School. In 2009, after watching the movie The Blind Side and hearing the reaction of previously vagabond Michael Oher when he was presented with his very own bed, she was struck that there were other kids like Mr. Oher who didn’t have a place to sleep.

  • An open letter to mothers everywhere

    Dear Mom:

    That’s what I’ll call you here, though many of my friends and family may call you Mother or Mama or Momma or Madre or Ma or even something more formal. They may even call you by your name.

    But we all probably should call you angel, because without you, we would not exist.

    It’s not that you necessarily gave birth to us, it’s that you embraced us from the instant we met, gave us love, shelter, food and everything else essential to growing our lives.

  • News briefs: May 9, 2012

    Family getting votes to win

    wheelchair-accessible van

    A Shelby County family trying win a wheelchair-accessible van to transport their disabled 14-year-old son is mounting a charge.

    Voters have rallied behind the family of Margaret Hall, voting for them 7,600 times in a competition through www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com to win the van for Glenn, who was born with a rare chromosomal disease, partial trisomy 6Q, and is confined to a wheelchair.

  • Cervantes nearly no-hits Bearcats

    LAWRENCEBURG – Having a college coach offer you a grant-in-aid after you’ve pitched a baseball game is usually a pretty good indicator of how you fared that day.

    Just ask Chris Cervantes.

    Cervantes, a senior at Collins, no-hit host Anderson County for the first 5 2/3 innings – and gave up just two hits in six complete innings – in the Titans’ 8-0 blanking of the Bearcats in a big 30th District game Monday evening .

  • SCHMIDT: Are you in defiance of medical compliance?

    Has your doctor told you that you are making yourself sick, that your pain or disability will continue to get worse until you change your lifestyle? Perhaps you have had trouble complying with doctor’s orders about alcohol, cigarettes, street drugs, prescription pills, physical therapy, losing weight, getting exercise, eating a balanced diet, or changing your high-stress lifestyle.

    If you read the rest of this article and get turned off, I hope you will at least have the courage and wisdom to ask yourself the question at the end of this article.

  • VAN STOCKUM: Joseph Hornsby -- An early Shelby Countian Part 2: Buying and selling Shelby County

    Between 1783 and 1786, Joseph Hornsby, prosperous and prominent resident of Williamsburg, Virginia, had acquired five land grants in present-day Shelby County (which was then Jefferson County, Va.), including 2,400 acres on Plum Run and 400 on Fox Run.

    In 1797 or early 1798, Hornsby, then a widower, brought his family to Kentucky, making his home on his 2,400-acre tract near Simpsonville, now in Shelby County, which he called “Grasslands.”

  • Simpsonville alumni

    The Simpsonville High School alumni banquet was April 28 at Simpsonville gym to honor the Class of 1952. Attending were (front row from left) Glenna Peyton Adkins, Joyce Griffith Cottrell, Helen Chadwell Stratton, Pat Taylor Vogel; (back row) Marshall Phillips, Jimmy Bennett, Nancy Hundley Davis, Phillip Vogel, Ruth Jean Reed Darland and Carl Smith.

  • Probation recommended for former Collins teacher’s sex charges

    A former Collins teacher arrested last summer for sexual abuse involving students likely will serve no jail time for those offenses.

    Shannon Hirchert, 43, a special needs teacher at Collins High School in 2010-11,

    pleaded guilty Monday in Shelby Circuit Court to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter, an agreement that recommends probation of a 7-year sentence, a decision that will be up to Judge Charles Hickman when she is sentenced on June 18.