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Today's News

  • Home of 35 years is gone

    Wiping her tears with a tissue, Lillie Carriss looked around what had been her and husband B.F.'s house for the past 35 years.

    The storm that moved through Shelby County late Tuesday night tore the roof from the top of their house and demolished their barn.

    The outside sky is now visible where the ceilings once were in both the bathroom and foyer that leads to the basement.

  • School menus - Feb. 11-15

    Monday -- PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE/ NO SCHOOL

    Tuesday -- Hamburger/cheeseburger or pretzel w/cheese, French fries, ketchup/mustard salad dressing/mayo, lettuce/tomato, pickle/onion, oranges, applesauce or fruit cocktail, milk

    B = Sausage pancake bites or breakfast bun

    Wednesday -- Chicken strip or pork chop, BBQ sauce/sweet & sour sauce/ honey mustard, green beans, carrots, roll w/margarine, oranges, applesauce or fruit cocktail, milk (Simpsonville has Domino's pizza)

  • CUB names Bowling president

    Citizens Union Bancorp, the parent company of Citizens Union Bank, announced last week that it is promoting David M. Bowling to bank president.

    The move means that Billie Wade, who had been the bank's CEO and president, will shed the latter title.

    "It's a little additional assistance, and it's a little overdue, frankly," Wade said. "I have found myself wearing many, many hats."

    As bank president, Bowling will take over day-to-day operations of the bank, Wade said. CUB is based in Shelbyville and has branches in Jefferson and Hardin counties.

  • Weathering the wind: Officials still assessing damage from Tuesday storm

    Early Wednesday morning, Walter Pinkerton, his wife and six kids were awakened by violent winds that shook their house and pealed off sections of the roof and ceiling. As rainwater rushed through exposed portions of the house, Pinkerton gathered his family on the first floor.

    The next morning as a rescue worker walked through Pinkerton's house and surveyed the damage, he remarked that the family was lucky to be alive.

    "It was not luck," Pinkerton responded. "It was God's protection."

  • Simpsonville passes sewer ordinances

    The Simpsonville City Commission Tuesday passed three ordinances affecting the city's operation of its sewers and sewer board. The city commission also took first reading on a measure that would speed up enforcement of environmental nuisance rules.

    Under a new ordinance, developers or builders would have to pay the city up front for engineering work on sewer lines extended to new subdivisions or developments. In the past the city has had trouble collecting from developers after its engineers have signed off on a project, Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton said.

  • Rockets drill Eminence, 70-42

    The Shelby County boys' basketball team exploded for an 18-0 run at Eminence Tuesday before coasting to a 70-42 win district win.

    The run to start the game was a big emphasis for SCHS head coach Mike Clark.

  • Dorman gets mortgage-lifter gift

    Thanks to a generous donation from The Kings Daughters and Sons Foundation of Kentucky, the Dorman Preschool Center can tear up mortgage papers on its Dorman North facility.

  • Grigsby family looking toward life after hotel room

    There is one bed and two chairs in the room. It's crowded. The curtains are closed, keeping the cold morning light outside.

    Mother nature has done enough.

    Another lamp is switched on and the family comes into better view. Four adults and three children sit on the bed. For a few more days this is their home. Best Western Shelbyville Lodge.

    This is just one of several local families that have suffered losses as a result of recent storms.

  • Downes wins competition

    Sarah Downes, an eighth grade student at Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy in Simpsonville, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 14. The Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

    Downes will now take a written test. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state bee April 4.

  • In class and on the job

    An internship program at a local college is offering students the opportunity to get on-the-job experience even before they receive their degrees.

    Pamela Larkin, professor of business studies at Jefferson Community and Technical College Shelby County, said students in the Office Systems Technology program are required to participate in a semester of "real world" job experience before they can graduate.

    Larkin said the experience of having an internship is an important part of students' education.