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  • Reflections on racism

    Wrapped in darkness except for the faint glow of light from the community Christmas tree and surrounding decorations, a small group of about 25 braved a biting wind just after sunset Friday night at Veteran’s Park to take a stand on racism.

  • I-64, KY 55 to have lanes closed Saturday
  • Community Christmas meal cancelled again

    For the third time in the past 20 years, the long tradition of a community Christmas Day dinner has been broken, and organizers say it looks like that situation will be permanent.

    “We may be finished,” said Lise Sageser, member of the Shelby County Optimist Club, the entity that has been preparing and delivering hot dinners to needy families on Christmas Day since1994, serving an average of 700 people each year.

  • Community Christmas events are dwindling

    Other than local church activities there will be no community Christmas activities in Waddy or Finchville this year.

    Mike Whitehouse, magistrate in District 7 in Finchville, said the annual Christmas party held each year by the Ruritan Club, with music, singing and a meal, had to be cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.

    But Jay Tigner, pastor of Finchville Baptist Church, said he was under the impression the event was not going to take place for lack of manpower.

  • A Christmas wish come true

    After 50 years of marriage, a visit to Santa Thursday was like déjà-vu to Howard and Linda Griffith.

    Seated on Santa’s knee in front of a huge Christmas tree at Chism’s Hardware Store, the couple glanced at each other when the jolly old elf asked them what they wanted for Christmas this year.

    “Oh, I see,” he said with a glint in his eye. “You’ve already got what’s most important.”

    Santa had made the trip down to Shelbyville early this year for a very special reunion with the Griffiths.

  • Dorman Center needs $5K to meet grant requirements

    In July, Kosair Charities included the Dorman Center in an initiative dedicated to small non-profits in counties surrounding Louisville, with its 20-20 Challenge Grant Program.

    The program invites donors to make a gift to Kosair Charities for the benefit of the Dorman Center, and Kosair will match it up to $20,000.

    Ray Leathers, president of the board of the Dorman Center, said that so far, most of the matching funds for the $20,000 have been collected, but they are still a little short and the deadline is looming to raise the rest of the money.

  • Placing Shelbyville under the tree

    Most towns, including Shelby, carry postcards and other memorabilia for sale, and for those looking to fill Christmas stockings and gifts with a Shelby theme there is not shortage of items.

    Kassie Chandler, a longtime employee at the Sixth and Main Coffee Shop, said that gifts promoting Shelby County, including mugs, T-Shirts and calendars, were stocked because customers kept expressing a desire to purchase those types of items, she said.

    "We had a lot of people who were asking for these kinds of items, so we started carrying them," she said.

  • SCPS teacher earns math program honor

    Clear Creek Elementary math intervention teacher (MIT) Stephanie Herndon was honored last week for her progress in a program provided by the Kentucky Center for Mathematics to improve mathematics education.

    NKU President Geoffrey Mearns honored Herndon, along with 12 other MITs in the region, with the Northern Kentucky University Trailblazer Award for Mathematics Education at the Embassy Suites in Lexington.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Rut ‘N’ Strut looks to add rental barn, stage

    Development plans for the Rut ‘N’ Strut Distillery to be located at 500 Gordon Lane will be presented to members of the Triple S Planning Commission when they meet Tuesday at 6:30 at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street in Shelbyville.

    Joyce Nethery, who owns the property with her husband Bruce, said they are excited about the development, which now includes plans for a rental barn, livestock barn and a stage, in addition to a 14,486 square feet distillery and five barrel barns.

  • Vigil for racism awareness

    Citizens across the county are coming together this evening to hold a candlelight vigil to bring awareness to the community regarding racism and police brutality.

    Patrick King, a member of the Shelby County chapter of the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, is organizing the vigil and said putting an end to racism is something he feels very passionate about.

    King grew up in North Dakota and said he did not experience much racism until the army brought him to the south, where he said he witnessed Jim Crow laws for the first time.