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  • 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.”

  • Wedding bells and burgers

    Surrounded by the tantalizing smells and sounds of cheeseburgers sizzling on the grill, Greg Drury and Kim Coffee gazed into each other’s eyes and when asked knew exactly what they wanted.

    With a jukebox for a backdrop, the couple exchanged wedding vows and tied the knot in the dining section of Johnny Rockets, a 1950s style-diner that opened in November at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville.

  • A perfect return

    A Collins junior was back on the court again less than two months after recovering from brain surgery.

    Ashton Schneider, 16, said she was glad to be back for her first match Friday, a rival game between Collins and Shelby County High School in which the Titans came out on top.

    “I had practice yesterday, but this is my first game,” she said, relaxing on bench waiting for her turn on the court.

    She recalled that day early in the year when she was stricken.

  • Board on board with Big Picture Schools

    The traditional five-days-a-week, four-wall school concept will soon be a thing of the past for many high school students in Shelby County after the district’s board of education gave their nod of approval Thursday to move forward with the establishment of what could be the first Big Picture School in Kentucky.

    With board approval, the community may also see a new educational facility pop up in the next few years, as well.

  • police locate both burglary suspects

    Shelbyville Police have located the second burglary suspect from a burgarly that occured in Bridlewood Estates from a burglary Monday after. The two were located after two hours on the loose.