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  • 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.

  • SHELBYVILLE HORSE – Soirée on the sidelines

    The Shelbyville Horse Show opens tonight and attracts some of the greatest competitors in the Saddlebred industry as they prepare for their next stop at the World Championships.

    Not all who attend the four-day event are there for the renowned competition, though.

    “This is the biggest social event in Shelby County,” said Horse Show board member Edward “Hoppy” Bennett, who helped establish the show 27 years ago. “People plan their homecomings around this because there’s something to do at night.”

  • Rand Paul stops in Shelby

    With his eyes now set on his re-election to the U.S. Senate, Rand Paul held a town hall event in Shelby County Wednesday as part of a series of campaign stops across Kentucky throughout the week.

    Paul said the leading topic in the town hall discussions has been how to make Kentucky and the nation more prosperous.

    “To me that message is pretty simple, let’s leave more money in Kentucky,” he said, adding that there’s too much wasteful spending in Washington.

  • Booming bee biz

    There’s been a boom in the beekeeping business and Pat Hornback, a veteran in the field, said the peaked interest is a good thing.

    “One-third of our food is dependent on pollination,” she said, noting that pollinators need to be protected.  “We’re happy about the hype.  It brought beekeeping to the forefront and people are trying it.”

  • Jubilee breakfast well attended

    The annual Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee Breakfast went off without a hitch Thursday morning in spite of a rainy start to the day.

    The rain did not dampen the spirits of the crowd of more than 200 people as they filed into the huge barn at Undulata Farm for the breakfast at 7:30 a.m., while host Edward “Hoppy” Bennett stood by watching and sipping coffee.

    “This rain had me worried, but everything is turning out okay,” he said.

  • Candidates dish at forum

    A candidate’s forum Tuesday night sponsored by Shelby County Farm Bureau gave both candidates for state representative the chance to air their views and expound on their platforms.

    The event, held at the Stratton Center, drew a crowd of about 60 people, said Kentucky Farm Bureau Agency Manager Pat Hargadon.

    “We were quite pleased with the turnout,” he said, adding that both Rob Rothenburger and Cyndi Powell-Skellie were in attendance.

  • Minimum wage increase was topic at forum

    Although attended by only two residents, members of the fairness group Shelby County Kentuckians for the Commonwealth say they are pleased with a forum held Wednesday night to address the issue of raising the minimum wage.

    The event, held at the Stratton Center, featured speaker Dustin Pugle from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. 

  • The bridge less traveled

    Five years ago, the Shelby County Fiscal Court opted to close the Bailey bridge, but one resident hopes to see traffic return to the bridge once again –foot traffic, at least.

    Walter Laughlin said the thought of such a historic bridge falling further into disrepair was disheartening. Laughlin saw the bridge as a tourism promotion opportunity.

    “It’s a natural tourist attraction,” he said, noting that until the early 1900s, the bridge was a covered walking bridge and he wants to see it returned to its former state.