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  • SCPS could reduce school year

    On Thursday, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof shared with the board the option of reducing the days left on the school calendar.

    Neihof explained that while a proposed school snow bill could reduce the number of makeup days for districts across the state, it does not apply to Shelby County district. However, the calendar could still change anyway.

  • No injuries in Southlawn fire

    Firefighters are still investigating the scene of a fire on Southlawn Drive in which no one was injured, in the 600 block. Traffic along U.S. 60 was not impacted.

  • Venison dearly appreciated by food banks

    Venison, always popular in Kentucky, has been growing in popularity – and in appreciation.

    Food pantries have been expressing gratitude for donations of venison to feed the hungry masses, and Shelby County is no exception.

    “They love it,” said Sister Pat Reno, executive director of Centro Latino.

    “A lot of people grew up in Kentucky, and they like it [venison] a lot.”

    Even for those who are squeamish about eating “Bambi,” it works very well, she said.

  • Working on our Habitat

    Jessica Jewell’s voice trembled with emotion as she talked about how much her kids are going to love having a home of their own.

    “They are so excited, they are going to able to have their own yard and their own jungle gym, and I am going to actually be able to plant flowers, real flowers,” she said.

    Jewell and her husband, David, and their four children, Kyle, 11, Dave, 10, and Trinten and Alyssa, both 9, are the future owners of the newest Habitat for Humanity house, the first to be built in Shelby County this year.

  • Connecting kids with careers

    In the pursuit to accomplish a goal of graduating students career ready along with the established college ready goal, Shelby County Public Schools is looking to connect local businesses and students participating in respective career pathways.

    On Tuesday at 1 p.m., the district is inviting any community member who is a manager, a CEO, involved in human resources or an interested businessperson to attend an informational meeting at the district’s office, 1155 Main Street, Shelbyille, regarding the Kentucky Unbridled Careers project.

  • Comer selects Shelby grad for youth campaign chair

    Across the state, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer is working on his campaign to become Kentucky’s next governor, and he has recruited 2014 Shelby County High School graduate Matthew Smith to aid in his campaign here in Shelby County.

    Along with a handful of others across the state, Smith was selected to serve as a Youth Chair for Comer’s campaign in Shelby County.

    “I know Matt through his leadership in the Republican Party. He represents the future of our state and is an asset to the Shelby County community,” Comer said.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION Outlet issues return to agenda

    Representatives with The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass will return to the Triple S Planning Commission Tuesday to rehash a controversial debate regarding their signs.

    Last month, outlet officials plead for the commission’s forgiveness after disregarding their Signage Standards, but after a lengthy debate commissioners voted to table their decision.

    The Planned Unit Development Signage Standards for the center was approved in July 2012 and granted easements of 25 feet and maximum heights of 80 feet for their pylon LED signs.

  • Goodbye, but not for good

    Bright yellow going-out-of-business signs adorn the street front of a longtime Shelbyville business and inside disheartened customers moan phrases of disbelief as they discover their favorite fabric store, Making Ends Meet, is closing.

    But owner Leslie McCarthy assures this is not the end.

    “We are taking an online approach to our fabrics at this point,” she said.  “Our fabrics and trims will all go online at discounted prices, and we are expanding our class time. We’ve been offering classes for several years now.”

  • Goodbye, but not for good

    Bright yellow going-out-of-business signs adorn the street front of a longtime Shelbyville business and inside disheartened customers moan phrases of disbelief as they discover their favorite fabric store, Making Ends Meet, is closing.

    But owner Leslie McCarthy assures this is not the end.

    “We are taking an online approach to our fabrics at this point,” she said.  “Our fabrics and trims will all go online at discounted prices, and we are expanding our class time. We’ve been offering classes for several years now.”

  • Rain keeps coming, some flooding possible

    The children’s chant of ‘rain, rain, go away,’ won’t come true anytime soon, forecasters say. And that could lead to some flooding.

    “March is a notoriously wet month and we could get a lot of rain; it’s one of our wettest months,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Rick Lasher. “This one to two inches could give us some local problems [with flooding] as saturated as we are.”

    After more than a foot of snow dropped on already saturated grounds last week, these March showers have no where to go.