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  • College fair bringing schools to Shelby

    School may be closed Monday, but Shelby County students are encouraged to keep higher education on their minds, as the Shelbyville Area NAACP will host its first college fair at Northside Early Childhood Center in the midst of the holiday.

    “I know it’s an odd day, but we figure they are going to go to school the next day anyway and it will only take about thirty-five to forty minutes for them to see the different colleges,” said Roland Dale, who is helping organize the event.

  • Best of the best

    Shelby County proved to be one of the more eclectic communities in Kentucky as the community gained some recognition last week as one of the best places in the state to grab a refreshing bottle of wine or some delicious fried chicken.

    On Thursday, Kentucky Living magazine announced its ‘Best in Kentucky’ winners during a live awards show at the Kentucky State Fair.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Teacher shortage raises concerns

    During the regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, Shelby County Board of Education members heardin a report from Superintendent James Neihof that the district, like many schools across the nation, is experiencing a shortage of teachers in math, science and special education.  Neihof said the issue is a matter of competition.  Those studying in the math and science field can receive higher pay in other job markets outside of education.

    “Industry is just gobbling them up for twice the money,” he said.

  • Rumors circulating about new drug facility

    Although a whirl of rumors and speculation has been circulated through the community recently, no one has been able to confirm if a methadone clinic is preparing to locate in Shelbyville.

    Beth Fisher, communications officer for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said that any such facility would have to be licensed through the state, and no one has approached the office about a clinic in Shelby County.

  • Shelby shows big drop in narcotic prescriptions

    A report released by the Centers for Disease Control shows that the number of prescriptions being written for painkillers has decreased in most Kentucky counties, including a 20 percent decrease in Shelby County.

    Pharmacists in Shelby, such as Matthew Andrews, owner of Andrews Pharmacy, say they are not surprised by the decrease.

  • Getting defensive

    For a group of women and their instructors, a self-defense class in Simpsonville has built layers of meaning into the concept.

    For some, it's the thrill of empowerment that comes with the refusal to be a victim, said instructor Tim Hurt.

    "They [Simpsonville Baptist Church] reached out to us to help protect ladies from becoming victims of sexual assault and rape," he said.

    Hurt, a sergeant with the Simpsonville Police Department, said he enjoys teaching the six-week course and the role he plays in helping keep his community safe.

  • Acing tennis, education

    Shelbyville’s Ezekiel Salama learned last week that hard work and determination can sometimes pay off in a big way.

    A straight-A eighth grade student at the Louisville Collegiate School, Salama combined his strength in education with his love for tennis and won a unique essay contest, earning him a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

  • Simpsonville development still moving

    Like a magnet, the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass has attracted a wealth of business to the Simpsonville area since the center opened three years ago.

    Restaurants including McDonald’s, Culvers, Zaxby’s and Bob Evans have quickly taken up residence nearby and rumors of additional development have been buzzing for some time.

    And while development interest has slowed, it has not halted.

  • Awaiting retirement

    Over the last two decades, Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits has seen just about everything, and now he’s ready for someone else to step into the role.

    “It’s a bittersweet moment,” said Waits, glancing around at the faces in the room during the Aug. 7 meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court where he announced his retirement. “It took a lot of thinking in doing this, but it’s the right thing for me.”

  • Moving experience

    The excitement in Shelby County mounted steadily on Monday as the countdown to the solar eclipse reached a crescendo at 1 p.m.

    People could be seen just about everywhere outdoors, getting ready to witness the once-in-a lifetime event.

    They stood on street corners, sprawled on blankets on lawns, arranged comfortable chairs in the shade of a tree or even peered out from windows and doorways.

    Some business, such as Roll Forming, held solar eclipse parties featuring sun-themed snacks such as Mars and Milky Way candy bars.