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  • 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.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION - Burger King development moves forward

    The first steps are in place for the development of a new fast food selection in Shelby County.

  • Friends from Christmas past

      An adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is coming to the Shelby County Community Theatre and opening weekend will feature some spectacular guests.

    Writer Ian O’Connell, along with music writers Rosie Novellino-Mearns and her husband, Bill, will join director Jack Wann on Dec. 1 and 2 to watch their work come to life in Ebenezer.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - Jeptha Creed receives occupational tax break

    Representatives from locally-owned Jeptha Creed distillery were on hand at Thursday night’s meeting of the Shelbyville City Council to share details of the success since opening the business one year ago.

    Autumn Nethery, who serves as marketing manager and co-owns the distillery with her mother Joyce, said over the past year they have had more than 15,000 visitors.

    She said they’ve also hosted 6,500 tour guests, booked 79 private events including 35 weddings.

  • Living the stream

    When Jessica Neal graduated from Shelby County High School, she had no idea what the future had in store.

    “I had no idea that I would be in California and have this amazing career,” she said. “It never occurred to me.”

    Netflix Inc. recently announced the promotion of Neal to the position of Chief Talent Officer, leading the group responsible for culture, human resources, recruiting and coaching the global team behind the world's leading internet entertainment service.

  • Tis the season of shopping

    Though Thanksgiving is fresh on our minds, many consumers are ready to pack up the leftovers and tackle their Christmas shopping.  So tomorrow, as our kitchenware is just hitting the dishwasher, millions of consumers will hit the stores.

    In fact, 20 percent of consumers considering shopping over the holiday weekend say they plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.