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  • Linking classes

    It was a day of new experiences for many at Collins High School Monday as Mike Clark addressed a room of young students as principal for the first time.

    “You are going to have some freedoms that you wouldn’t necessarily have enjoyed in the middle schools, but you are also going to have some [higher] expectations,” he said.

  • Stealing the show

    Shelbyville native Ruby Lewis is more than a month into her new gig – a Las Vegas musical.

    The show, Baz, which started June 19, was inspired by the cinematic and musical films of famed director Baz Luhrmann. The show is a concert mash-up of star-crossed lovers from Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, taking iconic music and moments from each in a post-modern cabaret-style spectacle. The soundtrack includes A Little Party Never Killed Anyone, Lady Marmalade and Young and Beautiful.

  • Adult day program being revamped


  • Road construction planned in Christiansburg


  • Bringing in the barrels

    It’s been just one year since Diageo –the No. 1 spirits producer in the world–revealed their plan to build a distillery and six warehouses in Shelby County and the barrels are already starting to roll in.

  • Expanding knowledge

    As students across Shelby County pour into their classrooms next week, a young school will welcome its inaugural class of first grade students.

    Discovery Gym, located at 116 Main Street in Shelbyville, has expanded its building and is broadening the curriculum to include first graders for the first time since opening in 2012.

    “We opened up [in] July three years ago and we started out with morning preschool just a couple days a week and gymnastics in the evening,” said Discovery Gym owner and teacher Laura Shelton.

  • School 101

    It’s that time of year again; the time when we convince our children to give up long days at the pool for long rides in a carpool.

    Sadly, summer is just about gone. And though autumn has not yet arrived, alarm clocks will move back next week as parents across the country roll their alarm clocks back in anticipation of our drowsy little ones returning to school.

    A big new school; an unfamiliar teacher; new classes; it can all be very overwhelming for a child-so much so that many of us have repeated nightmares of those very situations well into adulthood.

  • Getting the show on the road

    When children head out to school next week, school officials will make sure they get there in safety and comfort, they say.

    Transportation Coordinator George Blakeman said Shelby County School’s fleet of 86 buses would be ready to hit the road

    That preparation has involved a lot of work, not only with making sure buses are ready, but also coordinating bus routes, getting drivers and bus monitors in place, as well checking out existing equipment and getting new technology installed on buses, said Blakeman.

  • Breaking bread

    A downtown Shelbyville Church well known for feeding the hungry will finally be back at it on Monday.

    Church personnel affiliated with God’s Kitchen, operated by Victory Baptist, say they are glad to hear that news.

    “The churches are so excited about this – I was so surprised when I started contacting them. They are all so happy to be back,” said Susie Stivers, who heads up the ministry along with Alicia Cardwell.

  • Shelby Prevention to host first Resource Fair

    Shelby Prevention is hosting the community’s first Resource Fair with a goal of providing information on health insurance, hospitals, the health department’s long and short term substance abuse treatment options, counseling, outpatient services, school resources, and youth involvement opportunities, as well as other resources in the community available concerning drug and alcohol abuse.

    Shelby Prevention Director Kelly McNew explained that the fair is in response to common concerns posed by the community.