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  • Shelby educators rally in Frankfort

    On Monday, thousands of educators, students and concerned citizens came together in Frankfort hoping to have their voices heard as they expressed their frustration regarding a pension bill that slipped through the legislature via an amended wastewater bill.

    “We didn’t like the way it was done,” said teacher and Shelby County Education Association president Cyndi Powell-Skellie.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - Council to move on Midland Industrial Road expansion

     The Shelbyville City Council will consider a resolution Thursday that could help ease traffic concerns around Collins High School.

    During the regularly scheduled meeting, 6:30 p.m. at 315 Washington Street in Shelbyville, the council will consider for approval the acquisition of a section of property northeast of Collins High School in order to allow for the construction of a road to connect Discovery Boulevard to Midland Industrial Drive, providing commuters an alternative route in and out of the campus area via Freedom’s Way.

  • Painting the town

     Collins High School is making its mark on the town with a trio of artists working to complete a mural for travelers from around the country to enjoy. 

    Collins High School art teacher Gary Joe Barriger, along with seniors Rachel Everage and Lindsay Creque, have been working for some time to complete a mural at the rest area off I-64 in Simpsonville. 

    Creque said how she came to be a part of the project is very fascinating.

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  • Seminar to focus on fair housing

    Shelby will be home to a free event Wednesday that will focus on fair housing, and organizers of the event encourage the public to attend.
    “This is the 50th anniversary, so during the month of April we are commemorating the passage of the Fair Housing Act by doing extra activities across the state and reaching out to communities that we don’t interact with on a daily basis,” said Kyle Chafin, program coordinator of the Lexington Fair Housing Council, the entity that is sponsoring the event in conjunction with the Shelby County Commission on Human Rights.

  • Harp fights wildfires in Oklahoma

    Raging flames, choking smoke, uncertainty, danger and being in harm’s way to protect others is a big part of Michael Harp’s life – a part that he accepts willingly and courageously.
    A firefighter from Shelby County, he is on his second week of battling a searing rash of wildfires in Oklahoma.
    Michael Harp is among the latest wave of personnel that have been pouring into Oklahoma from Kentucky and surrounding states to help battle large and numerous fires in the state, many larger than 100 acres.

  • Panhandling a complex issue locally

    Is panhandling a big problem in Shelby?

    It depends on who you ask, but the answer is, though generally no, the situation does exist.

    Some officials have said the situation appears to be linked to the homeless, others not so much.

    “It’s not really a panhandling issue in Shelbyville, it’s more of your traveling individual trying to get from point A to B, like they’re thumbing their way, trying to get somewhere, that’s the kind of thing we have,” said Jon Walker, director of men’s ministries at Awake Ministries.

  • Sister queens

    Waddy sisters Hailey and Mary Lynn Pawley were recently crowned Kentucky queens at a Pure International Pageants state event earlier this month.

    A junior at Shelby County High School Junior, Hailey Elizabeth Pawley (17) said she has been doing pageants for about five years and her little sister, Shelby County High School 8th Grader, Mary Lynn Pawley (14) followed in her footsteps shortly after that.

    While they’ve both earned crowns in various local pageants through the years, the girls said their new titles are the highest they’ve earned so far.

  • Shelby student helps organize March of Our Lives

    On Saturday, students from across the region joined those from around the nation for a “March of Our Lives,” a student movement sparked by the recent school shootings.

    Alexis Bailey, a junior at Shelby County High School, joined more than 50 others to organize the event on a local level, and said her involvement was aimed at tightening gun laws and increasing safety measures in schools.

  • Film crews close Main Street

    A possible remodeling show with a focus on an historic Main Street property has been the big talk around town for several weeks. But any definitive information has been sparse, with emails to HGTV returned solely with a link to current casting information.

    However, on Monday, as drivers found themselves detouring around Main Street throughout the day, those involved with the undisclosed project found it difficult to continue keeping their enterprise under wraps.