Latest Alex Doniach Stories

2008-07-31 18:00:39

By Alex Doniach Plan for retired deputies falters A proposal to staff part-time retired deputies in Shelby County courtrooms and with sequestered juries was put on hold for another two weeks. The Shelby County Commission's law enforcement committee deferred a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Wyatt Bunker to staff retired deputies on a trial basis. The Sheriff's Office estimates that replacing one full-time deputy with a retiree in Criminal and General Sessions courtrooms, or with...

2008-07-31 18:00:29

By Alex Doniach The completed Shelby Farms master plan includes an expanded Patriot Lake for water sports, a swim area with a beach and a farmer's market. It calls for 1 million new trees and a shuttle system so visitors can experience the park's 12 distinct "landscape rooms" without walking its 4,500 acres. On Wednesday, leaders of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy floated the park's finished 223-page master plan to a receptive group of county commissioners, who gave the multimillion...

2008-07-03 18:00:33

By Jacinthia Jones; Alex Doniach Chafed over salary increases for Shelby County Schools' top administrators - including a $56,000 pay hike for the superintendent- Shelby County commissioners on Wednesday deferred approving the district's operating budget. Commissioner Steve Mulroy said the increases send a bad message, especially after a grueling budget process in which many county employees didn't receive raises and other s were laid off. "We'd like to see the same fiscal restraint from...

2008-06-17 21:00:12

By Alex Doniach Shelby County Commissioners approved an upgrade to a flood- control dam near Eads that was recently classified as a "high hazard" by the state. The project will cost about $440,000 and the federal government will pay for most of it, but the county will be responsible for 35 percent of construction costs, or about $110,000. Some of that amount can be paid with in-kind services. The 21-acre Mary's Creek Dam, located about a mile south of the intersection of...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.