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  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board to review civics exam

     Board members will hear a report on the new civics exam requirements and hear an overview on the why behind the new exam when they meet Thursday for their regularly scheduled meeting.

    Shelby County Public Schools Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the exam is part of a new state requirement.

  • Officers more involved at schools

     Parents encountered a bit of a delay Friday picking up students at West Middle School where a student was taken into police custody after a behavioral incident in a classroom.  While the matter was handled quickly and involved no threat to the general student body, parents were instantly on high alert at the sight of emergency vehicles blocking the car rider lane.  And in light of recent school-related tragedies, that response was justified.

    But that is a reaction the district is looking to eradicate in Shelby County.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - Jelsma named ambassador of Shelbyville

    On Thursday, the Shelbyville City Council convened with just a few items on their agenda, including appointing Jacob Gurney to the Historic District Commission.  Gurney will fill out the unexpired term of Sherry Jelsma, with a term to expire June 30, 2020.

    However, prior to the appointment, Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty recognized Jelsma with an Ambassador Award for the city.

  • Project Linus to host Blanket Day March 24

    While Saturday was celebrated as National Blanket Day for Project Linus, Shelbyville organizers have moved the local date to March 24.

    After the group scrambled to make and deliver blankets to all the students at Marshall County High School in the wake of the school shooting, Shelby County coordinator Rebecca Jew figured her volunteers needed a little more time.

  • Police take WMS student into custody

    The Shelbyville Police Department was called to West Middle School Friday afternoon after a student was disrupting school.

    The student was taken into custody around 3:15 p.m.

    Shelby County Public Schools Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the incident started when a student wasn’t happy with a situation at the school.

    Allan said there was no weapon involved in the altercation.

  • New building, new name

     In response to a rapidly growing student population, a new educational facility is in the works for Shelby County.

    A preschool through eighth grade center is under development adjacent to Collins High School, but the facility will initially house middle school students with preschool and elementary students to follow.

    With the new educational facility on the way, Shelby County Public Schools is now tasked with coming up with a name for the building, and they are reaching out to the community for ideas.

  • Dogs bite workers at shelter, humane society

    In two separates incidents, workers were bitten by a dog in January, both at the humane society and the animal shelter, which the society now operates.

    One involved a volunteer at the Shelby County Humane Society and the other, an employee at the former Shelby County Animal Shelter, now known as the Shelby County Animal Care Services.

    The volunteer, Brenda Popp, was bitten Jan. 12, and Jill Wintergerst, an employee at the other facility, was bitten the week before.

  • A taxing chore

    It's been two weeks since most people received their W2s from their employers, and many ran to their tax preparers like a racehorse to the starting gate, but others, like a skittish thoroughbred, are balking at the chore.

    Tax prepares say those waiting are often those that owe money or are trying to prepare their own returns, both of which can be helped with a tax professional.

  • Southside students raise money for charities

    Southside Elementary School hosted its annual art night Thursday, raising more than $2,000 for local, state and national charities.

    Art teacher Michelle Thomas said a total of about 450 students participated, each grade level creating a different heart themed project for the “For the Love of Art” show.

    Each grade level also selected a charity to support.

  • Board reviews budget committee recommendations

    The Shelby County Board of Education took on the task of meeting new budget requirements and a slight budget deficit with recommendations from the board’s budget committee during Thursday’s meeting at East Middle School.

    “The 2018-19 Budget Committee was tasked with several objectives, one to recommend initiatives necessary to maintain progress with our strategic plan, to recommend ways to fund new initiatives and to recommend reductions to existing budget items which were no longer effective,” Susan Barkley, director of finance told the board.