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  • Community foundation awards $46K in grants

    The Shelby County Community Foundation has been awarding grants to organizations for more than twenty years, providing nearly 100 Shelby County organizations with more than $1.3 million in donations.

    This year, 11 local organizations received a total of $46,720 through the Partnership Grant Fund, said Howard Griffith, chair of the foundation,

    “How many of you have enough money to fund your organization for the next two years,” Griffith asked rhetorically.

  • Young director, big plans

    At the young age of 23 Kelly Samples McNew is the new Director of Shelby Prevention, a position that sat vacant for a year after funds ran short last fall.

    After graduating from Georgetown in 2012 with a degree in Communications and Media Studies, the Bagdad-native said she bounced from job to job while speaking to students and prisoners about the dangers of driving under the influence.

    “My brother and I were both hit by a drunk driver when I was 12. He was driving...he was 20. I flew from the backseat to the front windshield.”

  • Family tree rooted in American soil

    This Veterans Day, as you are enjoying your freedom, don’t forget to thank an American hero for their service.

    And if you aren’t sure where to find a serviceman or woman, look no further than the White family.

    With at least 10 close relatives currently serving or having served in a branch of the military, Shelby County resident Carroll White has unique take on Veterans Day.

    “I’m very proud of them,” she said, referring to her late husband, her sons, her grandchildren, and several in-laws, as well.

  • Young candidates see lost races as plans for future

    This year saw some young candidates vying for varied seats in Shelby County, including school board, city council and magistrate.

    Those young faces belong to Scott Harper, 26, Matthew Samples, 30, and Austin Redmon, 26.

    All lost their respective bids for the seats they were seeking, but each said they have no regrets and may make another stab at running for public office.

  • Celebration of Lights kicks off the season

    A time-honored tradition in Shelby County will kick off the holiday season Saturday with the 27th annual Celebration of Lights in downtown Shelbyville.

    Each year the event, sponsored by the Shelbyville Merchants Association of Retail Trade (SMART), sparks the holiday spirit and includes lighting the community Christmas tree on Main Street and caroling on the steps of the Shelby County Courthouse.

    Booths manned by merchants will line the streets 72 strong, 12 more than last year, said Harriet Massey, owner of the Needle Nest.

  • 2015 Election will be state races only

    Next year’s election is going to be pretty low key in Shelby County, especially on the heels of a jam-packed local election.
    The 2015 election cycle, however, features only statewide races, election officials say.

    “There’s nothing local, it’s all going to be about the governor’s race,” said Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry.

    The Kentucky gubernatorial election will take place on November 3, 2015.

  • Signs, signs, everywhere signs

    After spending months driving through a gauntlet of campaign signs that seemed to stretch from one end of the county to the other, residents can finally reclaim their picturesque views of the rolling hills and horse farms.

    This week as holiday décor goes up for Celebration of Lights, the political signs are coming down.

    But where do they go? Are they quickly trucked to the Waddy Convenience Center or left to litter our lawns?

  • Finding the gift of time

    With Christmas just seven weeks away, time is running short to get prepared for the holiday season.  You can buy presents, hams, stockings, and décor but the one thing you need most this time of year is the one thing money can’t buy – time. Or can it?

    Kim Critchlow, who holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership, is selling the gift of time with her delivery and personal shopping services.

  • Long-running craft show continues to grow

    If you are ready to get a jump on your Christmas shopping and decorating, this weekend members of local chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international organization of women educators, will host their annual Trims and Whims craft festival.

    The event will be held in the hallways, common areas, and a couple of classrooms at Wright Elementary School.

    In it’s 34th year, the two-day event is expected to draw several hundred of shoppers.

    But festival organizer Joanna Freels assured there will be plenty of gifts to go around.

  • Family Court seat is Hellard's

    Lawrenceburg Attorney Marie Hellard has unseated longtime incumbent judge John David Myles for the seat of family court judge in the 53rd Judicial District.

    Hellard garnered 75 percent of the vote in Anderson County and 59 percent in Shelby County and 56 percent in Spencer County.

    The three-county race wasn’t very close, with first-timer Hellard pulling in 63.1 percent to Myles’ 36.9 percent.

    Neither Hellard nor Myles returned phone calls seeking comment Tuesday night.