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  • Shelby man arrested for child porn

    A Shelbyville man is behind bars after being arrested as part of a nine-county child predator roundup, said officials from the office of the Kentucky Attorney General.

    Gary Stoops, 32, is charged with four counts of possession of matter portraying the sexual performance by a minor, a Class D felony.

    He is being held at the Shelby County Detention Center.

  • Fire departments join police in digital broadcasting

    On Monday, all fire departments in Shelby County, as well as emergency services, converted from old-fashioned analog radio system to a narrowband digital system.

    “We actually went to this new system at ten a.m. this morning,” said Shelbyville Fire Chief Kevin Baker.

    “It’s a switchover that was actually mandated by the federal government,” he said. “We were mandated, we had to do it. Today was the deadline, everybody did it today. We haven’t had any problems so far, no bumps or anything.”

  • Fundraiser to benefit former mail carrier

    Two local organizations, the Shelbyville Post Office and the Finchville Ruritan Club, have banded together to help a former mail carrier in need.

    Curt Waters, 52, is suffering from an extremely degenerative nerve disease that has left him not only unable to work but also in a wheelchair, said his former supervisor at the Shelbyville Post Office.

  • SCPS leads the way

    As the Project Lead the Way state conference started at Collins High School on Monday, it was Shelby County Public Schools that was front and center actually leading the way.

    “They asked us to host because of the growth in Project Lead the Way, math and sciences in Shelby County,” said John Leeper, SCPS director of innovation and college and career readiness. “We have over 250 people here today [Monday] – teachers and students and vendors and business and community members that are interested in Project Lead The Way.”

  • Cycle stops

    If you find yourself pedaling along Main and 4th streets, you’ll have a new place to park your bike – and more will be popping up around the city thanks to efforts from Shelby Main Street and those with Pegasus Industries Packaging.

    Shelby Main Street Executive Director Eilene Collins said the first bicycle rack in the community was recently installed in front of the judicial center on the northwest corner of 4th and Main streets and more are forthcoming.  “Based on public reaction, there could be four more downtown,” she said.

  • Dreams coming true

    Collins High School graduate Tyler Sopland is climbing his way up the Hollywood ladder one role at a time.

    And movie enthusiasts are likely to spot him on the big screen within the next year.

  • Heritage named school of distinction

    Heritage Elementary School paced Shelby County Public Schools scores K-PREP scores, jumping seven points from last year to lead the pack.

    And while Heritage showed a big improvement, the district took a stop back, dropping 2.2 points from last year’s score.

  • Norton settles on name for children’s facility

    Norton Healthcare has announced that the children’s hospital it has owned and operated in downtown Louisville for nearly 50 years will now be named “Norton Children’s Hospital.”

    In a news release from Norton's Maggie Roetker said, "Children are at the heart of what we do, and Norton Children’s Hospital will continue the work of caring for, healing and serving children and their families in this community."

  • Flu season underway in Kentucky

    So far this year, the Kentucky Department for Public Health has confirmed nearly two dozen cases of flu, said health officials.

    "The Department for Public Health is reporting nineteen cases as of today [Wednesday], which is notable because it indicates we are seeing cases earlier than what is considered the typical start of our flu season," said Beth Fisher, spokesperson for the Cabinet for Health and Family Service.

  • Montell appointed to Education and Workforce Cabinet

    A longtime education reform advocate as a state representative, Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) will now have a new avenue to work with education.

    Montell, this week, was appointed to the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to serve as deputy secretary. He will officially resign his legislative post, for which he served for seven years and had already decided not to run for re-election this year, and begin his tenure with the Bevin administration effective Saturday.