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  • Local music educator honored at LEXI awards

     Local guitar instructor Paulie Felice was recognized last week at the fourth annual Lexington Music Awards.

    Program Director and senior teacher with Skinny Devil Music Labs Academy of Guitar, Felice was awarded the Jay Flippin Music Educator of the Year Award.

    This was the second time Felice received the honor, which is named for a well-known Morehead State University instructor who passed away in 2014.  Felice was previously recognized in 2015.

  • Disc golf coming to Red Orchard

     A new attraction is coming to the Shelby County Parks system this year that will offer excitement and outdoor fun for all ages.

    The Shelby County Parks Foundation announced this week the development of a new, 18-hole championship regulation disc golf course coming to Red Orchard Park. The development of such has been in the works for some time and was included in the park’s master plan that was created in 2007.

  • Sweets for your sweetheart

     With the most romantic holiday rapidly approaching, shoppers will tackle store shelves this weekend seeking their last minute gifts of cards, stuffed animals, red roses and, of course, confectionary affection in the form of conversation hearts and boxes of chocolates.

    In fact, according to CandyStore.com, conversation hearts and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are the two top selling candy selections this season, making up 10.2 percent and 9.6 percent, respectively, of all Valentines candy sold in 2017.

  • Historical biography challenges author

    If you’re a history buff, you should find a biography released last year by a Shelby County woman about Charles S. Todd an easy read.

    Author Sherry Jelsma said researching Political Quickstep, The Life of Kentucky’s Colonel Charles S. Todd was quite daunting

     “I enjoyed it very much, but I’ll never write another,” said Jelsma, a member of the Shelby County Historical Society.

  • New interim EMS director named

    An interim EMS director has been named following the retirement of the longtime director Jeff Ivers.

    At Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison appointed Jerrett Barnes, a captain with EMS, to fill the position until a new director can be hired.

    “It’s a big task to take on, but I’m going to make it work,” said Barnes.

    Ison said he is glad to have Barnes in place until the position is filled, and that Barnes has applied for the position himself.

  • Simpsonville Police asking for help with burglary ID

    A recent burglary in Rolling Ridge Subdivision has residents worried, and had Police Chief Chip Minnis at Monday’s city commission meeting to address any concerns after the incident ahas caused quite a stir on social media.

    “Everybody got on the chat line and started burning it up,” Minnis said.

    Abbe Henkel was the lone resident on hand at the meeting to discuss her concerns.

    “I came here tonight because I thought all my neighbors were going to be here to talk about the goings on in Rolling Ridge,” she said.

  • Raises proposed for Simpsonville officials

    A pay increase could be in the wings for Simpsonville City officials next year.

    At its regular meeting Monday night, the commission passed a first reading for an ordinance that would give commissioners a 14 percent pay increase and a 25 percent increase for the mayor.

    That sounds like a lot until you consider that those offices have not had a raise for the past eight years, said Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton, in addition to the fact that the pay is low in the first place, he said.

  • Healthy outlooks

    Becoming more health conscious, while not a new concept, is not just a growing fad among employees; it’s becoming more and more important to employers, as well.

    That’s because a healthy employee is more valuable to a company than one prone to illness, which can result in lower productivity.

  • New faces in old places

    The City of Shelbyville has some new people in place and will lose others, as outlined at Thursday night’s meeting of the Shelbyville City Council.

    Shelbyville Police Chief Istvan Kovacs told Mayor Tom Hardesty that he had hired two new police officers that were to be sworn in the following day.

    Brian Colebank and Kevin Bevil took the oath of office Friday, complete with solemnly swearing that they have not fought a duel with a deadly weapon, an archaic part of the oath that dates back centuries.

  • Healthy eating habits

     With store shelves lined with candy shaped hearts and gifts for our loved ones, the American Heart Association says February is the ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts.

    And the best way to a person’s heart is through the stomach, of course.

    Combined with an active lifestyle, healthy eating is key to a healthy heart.