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  • Students display creative Odyssey

    The Odyssey of the Mind doesn’t provide just an educational opportunity, but an experience. Combining engineering, teamwork, art and creativity into problem solving scenarios, students are able to explore a science of self-discovery

    And five Shelby County Public Schools teams have advanced to World Finals level where they put their abilities to the test against 800 teams from around the world.

    The competition is May 28-31 at Iowa State University.

  • Celebrating 100 years of sharing knowledge

    County Extension Services across the nation celebrated their 100th anniversary as the Smith-Lever Act signed into law on May 8, 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson gave the service, connected to land-grant universities, an opportunity to extend knowledge and change lives.

    Shelby County’s first Cooperative Extension agent H.R. Jackson started in 1924. Jackson had the responsibility of the three services now covered by three different agents: 4-H, agriculture and homemakers, which was called home demonstration at the time.

  • Retired dairy farmer dies in traffic accident

    The community of Shelby County shocked by the tragic death Wednesday of a retired dairy farmer who was killed when the riding mower he was driving to his mailbox was struck by a pickup truck.

    The death of Herman Moore, 87, is made even more tragic by the fact that the other driver, whom police have declined to identify because he is a minor, was not at fault, police said.

    “He was a seventeen-year old high school student who had just started driving,” said Shelby County Sheriff’s detective Jason Rice.

  • Distillery owners won’t stay in dry county

    After county officials celebrated laying the groundwork to bring the county its first distillery, that distillery has asked to be annexed into Shelbyville so it can sell the bourbon and other distilled spirits it produces.

    Although they granted the request at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates expressed displeasure at losing the revenue that the facility would have brought into county coffers.

    “We don’t want to just give it to the city,” said magistrate Hubie Pollett.

  • Shelbyville man is reaching out to the homeless

    To look at Shawn Morris, you would not suspect that underneath his casual demeanor and unassuming, quiet personality, a heart of compassion beats for the homeless of Shelby County.

    “They suffer in silence,” he said. “People don't even notice them, they look right through them.”

    Morris, 27, who grew up in Shelbyville and works as a clerk at Thornton's on Midland Trail, said he's very aware that his goal to help the homeless is a daunting task, and he doesn't have the means to give much himself.

  • County proposes $19.7 million budget

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger’s 2014-15 budget of nearly $20 million shows an increase of nearly $1.5 million over the 2013-14 budget, which he says will be covered by increased revenue, including property taxes.

    “Property taxes are up slightly, so occupational dollars are up, and we are going to see an increase in our county road aid, so we have several different sources [of revenue] that we anticipate are going to be up this year to make up the difference,” he said.

  • NEWS DIGEST: May 9, 2014

    Martha Wilkinson, former first lady, dies


    Former Kentucky first lady Martha Wilkinson died Wednesday at 72. Her husband, former Gov. Wallace Wilkinson, served from 1987 to 1991.

    Mr. Wilkinson is remembered for his role in the Kentucky Educational Reform Act and implementing a state lottery while Mrs. Wilkinson was an advocate for adult literacy.

    She died in Florida. Arrangements are pending but it's thought she will be buried in Florida beside her husband, who died in 2002.

  • No one injured at fire near Bagdad

    No one was injured in a fire near Bagdad Wednesday that started in the basement of a home.

    The cause of a house fire at 200 Bob Rogers Road at about noon Wednesday is not known, but the fire is not being considered suspicious, officials said.

    Waddy Fire Chief Darrell Brown said that multiple fire departments responded because there is a shortage of hydrants in the area, so three other departments brought tanker trucks.

    The homeowners, Walter and Lisa Clare, were not home at the time the fire broke out, but one of them arrived shortly afterward.

  • District looks to continue efficiency improvements

    Energy improvements will be part of the discussion for Shelby County Public School Board’s meeting Thursday.

    The will board will consider approving K. Norman Berry Associate Architects to begin a building envelope project for Painted Stone Elementary School.

  • Bus driver leaves 2 kids to walk home

    Two Shelby County Public School students were released from a bus several blocks from their home and left to walk, without the driver knowing if anyone was at the house.

    Deven, 12, and Nathan Armstrong, 8, were let off the bus about 6:40 Monday morning when Nathan became sick. According to Deven Armstrong, bus driver Garnetta Stivers asked the boys for their father, Larry Armstrong’s, phone number. When they didn’t have it, Stivers told the boys to go home.