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  • Churches open holiday activities

     “I love Christmas. I am mesmerized by Christmas.  But sometimes we forget what Christmas is all about.” said Maurice Hollingsworth, pastor at Shelbyville First Baptist Church.  “It’s more than trees and packages and lots of food, ultimately Christmas is all about the miracle of Christ.”

    To keep the reason for the season at the focus of the community, several churches in Shelby County have big plans this month starting with two events tomorrow.

  • Tis season of giving back

      Between the stress of decorating, fighting for the hot toys, waiting in long lines for Santa and mad rushes to the mall for last minute gifts it’s easy to get lost in the commercialization of the season.

    But December should be reserved as the season of giving back and thinking of others.

    Shelby County prides itself on being a tight community. So for the next 24 days leading up to Christmas – in the midst of being shoved at the store and fighting for a parking spot – take some time each day to think of others.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board to consider annual audit

    Board members will hear the annual audit report for the 2016/17 school year when the Shelby County Board of Education convenes for its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the district’s central office 1155 West Main Street.

    “It’s just a standard procedure that we have to do per the Kentucky Department of Education and federal regulations,” SCPS public relations coordinator Ryan Allan said.

  • Parading around town

    This weekend not one but two parades will kick off the seasonal celebrations in Shelby County.

    The fun starts tomorrow morning on Main Street in Shelbyville with the Shelby County Christmas Parade.

    Starting at 10 a.m., the parade will run down Main Street from Mack Walters Road to 1st Street.

    The theme for this year’s event is ‘A Movie Time Christmas’ which will pay tribute to the timeless films we watch every season.  

  • Baking up love

    Monday is national cookie day, and what better time to honor the sweet treats than the first week of December? 

    After all, the holiday season for so many often brings fond memories in the kitchen with mom or grandma baking goodies for friends, family and neighbors.

    In fact, each year the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Homemakers gather together to share some of those memories and kitchen traditions before exchanging some baked goods using some passed down family recipes.

    It’s a wonderful tradition within itself.

  • 2017 Kids Count shows improving health

      Each year Kentucky Youth Advocates releases its annual KIDS COUNT report, with data revealing the overall health of children in the state, as well as by county. The information provides the most recent data based on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period.

    The information shows both state- and county-wide strides were made in addition to some backsliding in other areas.

  • Longtime farmer honored

    In 1974 when he was a senior in high school, Ronnie Poole planted not only his first crop of tobacco, but also the seeds of what would become a lifetime labor of love – farming.

    Forty-three years later, he has reaped his greatest harvest – recognition of nearly a half century of devotion to agriculture.

    Taking the podium amid thunderous applause after being named 2017Shelby County Farmer of the Year, he took a deep breath in what was clearly an emotional moment.

  • Businesses gearing up for Small Business Saturday

    With the coming of the holiday season the national Small Business Saturday movement is back for its 7th season, an event local retailers are embracing more and more each year.

    Eilene Collins, executive director of Shelby Main Street, said that merchant participation has been increasingly steadily for the event since its inception in 2010.

    “We had a kickoff for that last month,” she said. “We invited business owners to breakfast and to pick up their supplies. All of the downtown businesses who wanted supplies have them.”

  • County youth coordinator praised

    Mitchell Tinsley has been on the job for less than two years, and he is already earning praise beyond the boundaries of Shelby County.

    At Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison shared a letter with magistrates that he received from Spencer County officials expressing admiration for Tinsley’s efforts in his role as youth coordinator for Shelby County.

  • Fighting the chill

    While millions are fighting the crowds of shoppers hoping to stockpile Christmas presents, one Shelby man is preparing to instead give back this season.

    Kenneth Stivers, a member of Indian Fork Baptist Church in Bagdad, has collected more than 200 blankets and 150 jackets to distribute to the homeless tomorrow.

    With the help of members of his congregation, as well as his wife, Carrie and 10-year-old daughter, Dixie, Stivers will distribute those items along with free bowls of chili outside of the Stratton Community Center tomorrow starting at 3 p.m.