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  • Beauty beyond the bell

    As vice principal of Painted Stone Elementary, Emily Campanell influences the young lives she touches each day.

    But her newest title as Modern Miss Kentucky is helping her expand that influential reach beyond the walls of her school and across the state.

  • Letters to Santa

    Santa has a lot more than just cookies on his plate this time of year.  Between overseeing the workshop, visiting with hundreds of thousands of children and attending parades he barely has time to make his naughty and nice list, which, of course, requires a lookover not once, but twice.  

    So to help ease the added pressure of guessing what hot new item each child is eying, the Shelbyville Post Office is encouraging kids to send letters to Santa.

  • Help for the holidays

      In the season of listening to kids beg and cry for more and more toys, it’s refreshing to see young adults thinking of others. 

    That is certainly the case with at West Middle School where teacher Shannon Pugh said two of her students have taken a classroom project and ran with it.

    “The kids had to create an action plan of how they could positively change their community,” she said.

    And two sixth grade girls, Meg Barnett and Bristol Wallace, really took charge of their project.  

  • Shelbyville City Council - Restaurant Tax revision to be discussed

     Council members will consider making a change to Shelbyville’s Restaurant Tax when they convene for the first regularly scheduled meeting of the month.

    The agenda for the meeting, set for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 315 Washington Street, includes an ordinance amending a portion of the city’s code of ordinances relating to the Restaurant Tax.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board accepts annual audit

    On Thursday members of the Shelby County school board accepted the 2016/17 audit report, which ultimately declared the district clear of any necessary modifications.

    “Your financial statements are in really good shape,” auditor Denise Keene said.

    Keene also touched on the district’s net pension liability noting they have $15.6 million of unfunded liability in just classified employees.

    “The liability doesn’t concern me,” she said, noting what does concern her, however, are future increases to the contributions.

  • Ordinance for nonconforming structures passes

    An ordinance that will allow a text amendment to the zoning regulations pertaining to additions on non-conforming structures passed a second reading at Monday night’s meeting of the Simpsonville City Commission, bringing the city in line with Shelby’s other two governing bodies on the matter.

  • How sweet it is

    If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity to spice up your holiday season – and satisfy your sweet tooth – look no further than 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Family Activity Center.

    For the second year in a row, the FAC at Clear Creek Park will host a Gingerbread House Decorating Party, with special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus.

    “Mrs. Claus has my red suit all ready to and we just can’t wait,” said Santa.

  • Farm Bureau spotlights excellence

    Shelby County Farm Bureau started December with a bang Friday, receiving recognition of excellence for 2017 in everything from achievements of its youth to outstanding program achievements.

    Approximately 2,000 members attended KFB’s 98th annual meeting in Louisville Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 to recognize this year’s individual and organizational achievements, and to adopt policy for 2018.

    “It went very well,” said Larry Williams, president of Shelby County Farm Bureau.

  • Dorman Center seeks funding for matching grant

    Officials from the Dorman Preschool Center are appealing to the public to help raise money for a matching grant to finish an outdoor classroom.

    The thing is, said Laurie Cottrell, executive director of the Dorman Center, they have to raise $5,000 by Dec. 20.

  • Family awarded $2m in suit from death of toddler

    In a strange twist, a Shelby County family won an uncontested lawsuit they filed after their toddler was struck by a car in a parking lot in their apartment complex when the accused party didn’t answer the summons.

    Even more unusual, the management company that oversees Lynne Acres, where the couple lived, said they didn’t even know about the suit.