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  • Providing a voice for children

    Marilyn Cleveland always knew she wanted to help children as an educator, and the path she embarked on 39 years ago in speech pathology culminated with her retirement two weeks ago.

    “Now that I’ve been in this business for thirty plus years, I see these kids that I worked with when they were three or four years old, and now, seeing them as adults, productive in their community, with children, and they are doing well – that’s such a good feeling,” she said.

  • Shelby companies move along in state economic boosts

    In addition to Thursday announcement of Diageo’s intention of locating a distillery in Shelby County, three other Shelby County company’s that have already received at least preliminary state economic approval moved along in that process at the meeting of the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority in Frankfort.

    Creative Packaging, located in Midland Industrial Park, which had been approved for incentives some time ago, asked for and was granted a one-year extension to put it plans in place; 18 other companies around the state did the same.

  • Diageo announces $115 million investment in Shelby distillery

    Diageo, the No. 1 spirits producer in the world, announced Thursday its intention to invest an estimated $115 million over three years to build a 1.8 million proof gallon distillery, capable of 750,000 9-liter cases, and six barrel storage warehouses in Shelby County.

    The distillery is planning to purchase 300 acres of property located on Benson Pike, and once completed the facility will employ approximately 30 people.

    The state Thursday morning approved up to $4 million in tax incentives linked to hourly compensation for jobs and construction materials.

  • Longtime firefighter is city employee of the year

    Sgt. Carlton Holbert, a firefighter of 7 years at the Shelbyville Fire Department, constantly goes above and beyond the call of duty – that’s why he was named firefighter of the year for 2013.

    “Carlton is a wonderful employee and supervisor,” said Shelbyville Assistant Fire Chief Chris Spaulding. “Carlton has the respect of his subordinates as well as his supervisors. He is a real team player. He constantly volunteers for extra training opportunities as well as tasks when we need him.”

  • Shelby County School Board: Changes ahead for pilot teacher assessment program

    A pilot assessment program for teachers that launched this school year in Shelby County will take a new direction next year.

    Educators spoke favorably about the upcoming changes in next year’s program when they addressed the Shelby County School Board Thursday about the Certified Evaluation Plan.

    “The certified evaluation plan is quite different for next year, we have a new professional growth and effectiveness system that we’re going to be implementing,” said Cindy French, director of elementary schools.

  • Shelby Count School Board: Budget exceeds $63 million

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday approved a balanced budget of more than $63 million, according to Greg Murphy, the district director of finance.

    “As we stated in January [when the draft budget was approved], the budget includes sufficient funding to meet our debt service requirements, which is one of two things that is required by the board,” he said. “One is to meet the debt obligation, and the other is to meet your salary obligations, and the budget does that.”

  • Chatham house likely will be torn down

    More than a year after being nearly destroyed in devastating fire, a Shelby County landmark home is to close to meeting its demise, owners say.

    Lucy Kerman, daughter of Dr. Charles Chatham, the home’s former owner, spoke sadly of the future, or probable lack of one.

    “My husband and I are trying to make a decision about what to do,” she said. “As much as I would have liked to restore it, it takes a whole lot of money to do that.”

  • Little library grows from big love of reading

    Micca Watts-Gordon chuckled when asked if her 3-year-old son Eli could read yet.
    “Well, he thinks he can,” she said.

    The tyke’s love of reading is no doubt a reflection of his mother’s own love of books, a passion that inspired her to start her very own “Little Free Library” on Bridlewood Avenue in Shelbyville.

  • NEWS DIGEST: May 28, 2014

    Matthews’ book signings

    Bill Matthews will be signing copies of his new book “Editor, Actor, Ballplayer, Spy” at three locations.

    Matthews will be on hand at Citizens Union Bank from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, at First Christian Church Sunday following the 11 a.m. service and at Amber Oaks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 4. At Friday’s opening event, the book’s editor Duanne Puckett and graphic artist James Mulcahy will join him.

  • Shelby seniors earn $1.4 million in scholarships

    By ASHLEY WILKINS

    Friends and family members held flowers, snapped photos and wiped prideful tears from their eyes as one by one, seniors at Shelby County High School took the stage Thursday afternoon to receive awards and scholarships totaling more than $1.4 million.