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  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Budget Committee to make recommendations


    With the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year rapidly approaching, the Shelby County Board of Education has its sights set on the future.  The board will consider the approval of Budget Committee’s recommendations for the 2016-17 budget when it convenes Thursday at 7 p.m. at district’s offices, 1155 West Main Street.

  • Rocket Games are a blast

    More than 150 students with special needs assembled at the football field at Shelby County High School Friday to participate in the annual Rocket Games.

    Kristen Kapp, a teacher at SCHS, said this year teams from Shelby, Oldham, Henry and Franklin counties paired up with students from SCHS and Collins to participate in a series of events including golf, soccer, corn hole, races, football and basketball. “We have about twenty-three stations and we tried to cover all sports,” Kapp said, noting putt-putt and bowling stations set up across from her.

  • JCTCS releases director, Wieland

    With the economic downfall finally behind us, many Americans can finally breathe a sigh of relief.  But for every action there is an equal or, as in the case of the Jefferson Community and Technical College system, an opposite reaction.
    Dr. John Wieland shared this week that his role as director of the JCTC Shelby County campus will be eliminated to account for mounting budget cuts.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Construction to recommence off Discover Boulevard

    With winter in the rearview, developers across the county are ready to get back into action and the packed house at Tuesday’s Triple S Planning Commission’s meeting reflected their eagerness.  It took commissioners more than two hours to cover the three-page agenda and though every presented item was approved, the meeting was anything but cut-and-dried.

    With commissioners Dudley Bottom and Quinton Biagi absent, the commission approved the development plan 4-0 for WAZE II at Discovery Boulevard that proposed 81 single-family lots on 44.49 acres.

  • Lisa Smith starts new chapter

    They say when one door closes another opens, but for Lisa Smith, life has mostly involved one door opening after the next and finding the faith and courage to walk through each.

    For nearly three decades, Smith, who currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer and Deputy Superintendent for Shelby County Public Schools, has graced the education world with her passion for the field, taking her knowledge and experience with her with every new role she assumes but now a new opportunity has been presented to her: retirement.

  • Shelbyville Fire receives grant

    Shelbyville Fire and Rescue recently received a $2,500 grant to assist with fire prevention activities in the community through education opportunities.  FM Global, one of the largest commercial property insurers in the world, presented the grant to representatives of the Shelbyville Fire Department earlier this week as part of its Fire Prevention Grant Program.

  • Squire Boone returning to Shelbyville

    It may have taken four years to get the ball really rolling, but sculptor Raymond Graf says it doesn’t matter because the Squire Boone statue planned for the east entrance of the city will last for decades.

    In 2012 a group came together with Joseph Ruble and a dream of building a statue of Squire Boone on the east end of Shelbyville where Main and Washington meet.  In that time the group has worked to raise the approximately $100,000 required to fund the project – a goal that has finally been achieved.

  • King gets new court date

    Jenny King of Shelby County, a longtime former finance officer for the Shelby County Fiscal Court, charged with embezzling more than $23,000, has received a new court date of May 16.

    King, charged with stealing the money from the county’s general fund over an 18-month period from April 2013 to December 2014, received the new hearing date at her disposition hearing in Shelby Circuit Court on Monday. The new date is also for a disposition hearing.

  • County to collect signatures for wet/dry election

    An effort is underway for the second time in Shelby County to get a wet/dry election on the ballot, only this time, it's being championed by county officials rather than by a private citizen.

    The recommendation came from the county’s Economic Development Committee, composed of magistrates Michael Miller, Tony Carriss and Hubie Pollett, and Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger.

  • Elderly couple homeless after fire

    A Waddy couple that lost everything they owned in a house fire is still struggling to find clothing and shelter, said their pastor.

    Tex Seph, pastor of Waddy Baptist Church, said that Thelma and Bob Woods, a couple in their 70s, were attending church Sunday afternoon when the fire broke out.

    “They were here at church,” he said. “The fire engine went by during our worship service, headed toward their house. Then a neighbor ran in to tell them about it.”