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  • Costs prohibit SCPS from offering free lunches

    It’s an unfortunate yet accurate fact that many children go throughout their school day with an empty and growling stomach.

    But for many students across America, those tummies are being tamed, thanks to The Community Eligibility Option, a reform from the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, signed by President Barack Obama in 2010.

    The program provides school lunches at no charge to all students at participating schools, regardless of the family’s income.

  • 4th of July events last all day

    Organizers of the county’s two 4th of July events scheduled for Friday – at Clear Creek Park and in Simpsonville – say this year’s shows are sure to please, packed with more of everything, including, what else – fireworks and more fireworks.

    “With the sponsors this year, we were able to up the size of the fireworks a little bit,” said Shelby County Parks and Rec. Director Shawn Pickens. “It won’t be drastically bigger, but it’ll be a little bit bigger and longer show than last year.”

  • Shelbyville City Council: Distillery zoning issue tabled

    The Shelbyville City Council Thursday tabled a second reading for a text amendment to the zoning ordinance to allow distilleries on property zoned Agriculture and rescheduled it for this week’s meeting.

    The delay was for City Attorney Steve Gregory to reword the ordinance to reflect a more concise definition of what is meant by the phrase “production and storage of distilled spirits.”

  • Springate appointed to empty district judge seat; Gov. Beshear makes appointment in first few days of 60 day window

    Betty Springate, of Lawrenceburg, was sworn in as Division IDistrict Court Judge for the 53rd District, serving Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties, Monday afternoon.

    Springate's appointment marks the first time in 30 years a district court judge resided in Anderson County.

    “It’s an honor to serve Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties,” said Springate. “It’s an honor for Anderson County, for even a short period of time, to have their own judge.”

  • Paul sets up platform at Rotary luncheon

    About 100 showed up for Tuesday’s Shelbyville Rotary club meeting to hear U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Bowling Green) speak about several topics, including immigration reform, criminal justice, minimized government influence in the private sector and his ideas on how to bring more money into the U.S. economy.

  • NEWS DIGEST: July 2, 2014

    Gov. Beshear awards $1.2 million

    for early childhood education

    Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday announced more than $1 million in grants to be awarded to 64 Community Early Childhood Councils covering 88 Kentucky counties to promote school readiness for children. The announcement is part of the Governor’s continued commitment to improving early childhood outcomes for Kentucky’s youngest citizens.

    OVEC – which serves Shelby and 12 other area school districts – received $60,180.

  • School board tables redistricting

    The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday tabled a plan to redraw the school board district boundaries for the November election so they could have more time to review the plan.

    Some board members expressed their concern for the need to redistrict, but board member Brenda Jackson clarified the situation.

  • Large crowd shows for Rabb ceremony

    A Shelby County family that made great strides for African-Americans has finally received an honor that was long overdue.

    On Tuesday, a historical marker was placed in front of the house of Dr. Maurice F. Rabb, Sr., his wife Mrs. Jewel Miller Rabb and their son Dr. Maurice F. Rabb, Jr. once called home nearly 70 years ago. Both Dr. Rabb Sr. and Mrs. Rabb were active in the NAACP and Dr. Rabb Jr. went on to become the first African-American student at the University of Louisville and in the university’s medical school.

  • Garbage RFPs not ready

    For those waiting to hear the cost for the city’s proposed garbage and recycling franchise, you’re just going to have to wait a little longer.

    While the ordinance was conceived more than one year ago and Request For Proposals introduced almost a month ago, the bids will not be on the agenda for Thursday’s regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 315 Washington Street in Shelbyville.

  • School construction increase, MAP scores remain level

    Construction on the new Southside Elementary building is running slightly behind schedule, but according to Harry Dumesnil with K. Norman Berry Associates Architects, it will be ready before the 2014-15 school year begins on August 13.

    Dumesnil originally anticipated a completion date of July 5, but said because of weather and various other factors, “That day will come and go.”   However, Dumesnil was confident that they would receive a certificate of occupancy by the end of the month.