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  • Task Force to target the hungry

    State officials visited Shelby County Thursday to roll out a new state initiative that affects people in all areas of Kentucky – hunger.

    Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles addressed a small crowd of media, government officials and people associated with food banks at Gallrein Farms to introduce the Kentucky Hunger Task Force, the department of agriculture’s first ever hunger initiative, he said.

  • Theater to get a facelift

    The Shelby County Community Theater will soon have a new look, well not totally new, as the contours of the old familiar building at 8th and Main streets are too endearing to change drastically.

    But patrons will definitely notice a more streamlined appearance when the renovations are completed, as well as some much needed features for the general public and for those with special needs, said Cheryl Van Stockum, who is heavily involved with the theater.

  • Seniors look to the future, express pride in past

    They left high school behind with a mixture of sadness at leaving old friends, joy at being freed from school work and excitement at the prospect of a whole new world opening up before them.

    But all of the high school seniors who graduated Saturday did so with one thing in common – pride in earning their diplomas.

  • Adult day program opens today

    The Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency’s Adult Day Health Care facility opens today after having been shut down since last fall for renovations.

    The facility, located at 2017 Washington St. in Shelbyville, serves elderly people with dementia and other conditions that make it difficult or impossible to be left alone.

    Kim Embrey-Hill, executive director of the MPCAA, said that the renovation – which includes handicap accessible shower facilities, sunroom and a nursing staff – has greatly expanded services.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Balanced Tentative Budget approved

    The Shelby County Board of Education quietly approved the 2016-17 Tentative Budget at Thursday’s regular meeting.

    This is the second step in the budgeting process and included the budget committee recommendations the board approved in April.  Susan Barkley, the district’s director of finance said the Tentative Budget includes more information than Draft Budget, which was first received in January, and offered no major surprises.

  • A different path to graduation

    Just days before Shelby County and Collins high schools hosted graduation ceremonies, one student in the district proudly adorned himself in a navy blue cap and gown and held his head high as marched through a small crowd to receive his high school diploma.

    The small piece of paper arrived a little later than 19-year-old Skyler Woods would have liked but he said it’s an honor he is grateful to finally receive.

  • Happy campers

    That time of year nearly every student in Shelby County has been anticipating for the past 9 months has finally arrived.  Pencils are down and playgrounds are full because, as Alice Cooper so eloquently put it, “School’s out for summer.”

    Hopefully our little ones won’t spend their newfound free time trashing our houses like it’s a hotel room on Cooper’s world tour but they are likely to be filled with excitement and ready to burst.

  • Doing ‘What we thought was right’

    The last surviving member of a group of Shelby County teenagers who quit school in their senior year to join the Army in 1944 during World War II said that he and the others were only doing their patriotic duty.

    “We did what we thought was right,” said Auston Morris Adams.

  • Special remembrance

    This year’s Memorial Day service at Grove Hill Cemetery will pay special recognition to our nation’s Vietnam veterans in observance of the 50th anniversary of America’s involvement in the war.

    Retired Col. Roger Green, a former commander of the Shelbyville VFW Post 1179, said he would be preparing special programs for the occasion.

    Post Commander Henry Jew will give the welcome speech, and the U.S. Marine Jr. ROTC unit from Shelby County High School will post the colors.

  • After nearly five decades, man meets friend from Vietnam

    Barry Campbell, a Vietnam vet from Spencer County, never dreamed he would run across any of the celebrities he met while serving in Vietnam, especially not one that he held in such high regard.

    But on Wednesday, as Campbell set up his Vietnam memorabilia at the Flying J in Waddy as a part of the welcome for the Rolling Thunder Ride to the Wall event, he waited patiently.

    The parking lot was full of displays for the group, who stopped there in their annual Run for the Wall on the way to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.