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  • A helping hand in disasters

    Although very recently graduated from college, Michael Ducharm has thrown himself in the midst of a whirlwind training session to prepare him for just about anything.

    “I’m still in training, and I’m really excited about the possibilities on what kind of work I’ll be getting into,” he said.

    The Pleasureville resident who moved to Kentucky from California at the age of 12 is two weeks into a training program for AmeriCorps.

  • LG&E looks to build solar field in Shelby

    Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company requested permission earlier this week from the Kentucky Public Service Commission to develop a solar facility in Shelby County that would allow customers to share solar energy.

  • From the pool to the school

    The lazy days of summer are drawing to a close as we gear up for back to school season, which begins Wednesday.  Teachers are eagerly decorating classrooms while kids are picking out new backpacks in anticipation of a new year. 

    And while we might physically be ready for the 2016-17 school year with every item checked off the school supply list and a shiny new wardrobe in the closet, don’t underestimate the value of mental preparation, either.

  • Shelby-wood

    The camera reel started rolling last summer in Shelby County as a film crew began its journey to develop a TV series set in various locations throughout the community.

    Director Rick Carr and his team of about 10 worked tirelessly for months on a show Carr has named Reaper of the Soul, a dark series about a man who must battle the Grim Reaper for his soul.  Carr has since been preparing to pitch it to Hollywood.

  • Anglin pleads guilty to embezzlement

    With a jury trial scheduled for next week, a former Shelby County Public Schools payroll manager charged with embezzling more than a half million dollars has pleaded guilty to the theft.

    Benita Anglin, who was arrested August 2014 two days after she was indicted for embezzling hundreds of thousands from the school district, had announced in late June that she would be working on a plea arrangement with prosecutors.

    However, Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Witt said that did not happen; instead Anglin made an open guilty plea in circuit court Monday.

  • Shelby gets $45K in emergency road funds

    Shelby County has received $45,600 in County Road Aid emergency money to fund a bridge repair in the eastern portion of the county, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials announced last week.

    Andrea Clifford public information officer for the cabinet’s District 5 office, said the money would be used for bridge repairs on Beards Lane, located about one-half mile south of KY 1005, Vigo Road. The bridge is located over a tributary of Guist Creek.

  • A selfless rescue

    It was just another workday at the scrap yard for Shelly Jamison until the sound of crying kittens turned his ordinary Thursday on end.

    “I was sitting on a forklift and I thought I heard kittens wining,” Jamison said.  “I got off and looked and sure enough, that’s what it was.”

    Jamison said it took some patience, but he eventually coaxed two tiny kittens out of a pile of twisted scrap metal at Midwest Metals.

    Without hesitation, Jamison took them home to care for them, but his efforts at the scrap yard were not done.

  • Musical mash-up

    Students from across the district have joined forces this summer to help create a first of its kind musical performance.

    “We just decided to do something this summer that combined everybody from the school district,” said Kevan Brown, a teacher at Collins High School who is directing the collaborative performance of Disney’s High School Musical.  “We have kids from Shelby County High School, we have kids from both middle schools.”

  • FAC closing for maintenance next week

    The Family Activity Center located at Clear Creek Park will temporarily close its doors next week to address needed maintenance and cleaning, park officials say.

    “The entire FAC will be closed for routine and preventative maintenance as well as a deep cleaning and FAC upgrades,” a Facebook posting stated last week.
    Taylor Grayson, FAC director, said those upgrades include new towel and toilet paper dispensers in the bathroom, resealing and restriping in the parking lot and tinting the front windows.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Juniors ACT scores on the rise

    On Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education heard a report from Susan Dugle, the district’s chief academic officer, on the ACT results for the grade 11 students (incoming seniors) taken in 2015-16.