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  • Birthday bash

    The crowd was small, but enthusiasm was high Saturday when a handful of people turned out to celebrate the county’s 225th birthday.

    The event, held at the Stratton Center, hosted by the Shelby County Historical Society, consisted of a PowerPoint presentation by the Kentucky Historical Society.

    The program centered mostly around the history of Kentucky, sprinkled with a few details about Shelby’s history, said John Graham, vice president of the Shelby County Historical Society.

  • Onward and upward

    The company flag was flying high above the Martinrea Heavy Stamping plant Friday, but not as high as employees’ morale as companies officials showed their appreciation with a catered meal in recognition for exceptional quality work.

    Plant Manager Mark Witten took the podium that had been set up on the lawn along with several huge tents bearing food for a lavish lunch for all of the plant’s employees.

    Witten praised them for their efforts in helping the plant regain a certification that had been lost in May 2016.

  • Second community drug abuse forum has good turnout

    A second drug forum hosted Thursday night at the Stratton Center mirrored the first event held in April in terms of format and speakers, but an increased community participation and turnout gave organizers hope.

    “I thought that people asked some very good questions and were very interested and eager to get involved,” said Shelby County Emergency Services Director Jeff Ivers, who was part of the panel of experts that answered questions from the audience.

  • Your Shelby fall bucket list

    If you’ve been looking for the perfect opportunity to get out and explore the beauty and fun atmosphere of Shelby County, autumn is the ideal time.

    From fun fall festivals and pumpkin farms to a wide array of trick or treat and trunk or treat events, Shelby County has a multitude of opportunities to add to your Fall Bucket List.

    The county offers a few options for family farm fun, whether you are looking for a corn maze, apple picking, pumpkin patches or all of the above.

  • Kovacs named new Shelbyville police chief

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty announced earlier this week the appointment of Istvan Kovacs to the position of Chief of Police of the Shelbyville Police Department.

    Kovacs began serving as interim chief when former chief Danny Goodwin retired from the position in August.

    His permanent role in the position went into effect Tuesday and Kovacs said it’s an honor.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Accountability scores top agenda

    Shelby County Board of Education members will hear an Accountability Transition Report from Chief Academic Officer Susan Dugle when they convene for the regularly scheduled October board meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the district’s central office, 1155 West Main Street.

    “We’re preparing for the individual school reports that are coming up in November,” SCPS public relations coordinator Ryan Allan said, noting that this report would cover the scores of the district, as a whole.

  • Bookfest opens Thursday

    Shelbyville’s largest literacy event gets underway Thursday with the annual Bookfest, the used book sale hosted by The Sentine-News and the Shelby County Community Theater.

    The groups have collected so many books this year – and of such a wide variety – that organizers say that if anyone has any more books to donate, they should keep them for next year's sale.

    "Just save them," community theatre member and Bookfest organizer Deloris Odenweller said with a chuckle. "We've got plenty of books."

  • Flu Season underway

    It’s flu season again, and health officials, both at the state and local level, say that though they can’t make any predictions yet on how that will play out, they urge people to get vaccinated.

    “We are very early into this year's flu season,” said Beth Fisher, public information officer for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

  • Old memories, new dreams

    “I took a deep sigh of relief when it came down just the way it was supposed to,” said Shelby County Building Inspector Tony Kelley, glancing at the rubble of the community gym in Martinsville.

    “It was pretty close to Miss Mattie’s house,” he said with a grin at Mattie Bray, who had been watching the demolition of the structure, located only a few feet from her home in Martinsville.

  • County appoints new deputy EMA director

    Shelby County's emergency management agency staff will grow by one this month with the appointment of a new deputy director.

    At Tuesday night's meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates appointed Jamie Pryor to the position at an annual rate of $50,000.

    Pryor, who will begin his new position Monday, is currently a supervisor at Shelby County's 911 Dispatch center. He will continue to act as telecommunicator along with his new position until a replacement can be found for him at 911 Dispatch.