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  • Red Orchard’s Earth Day to showcase nature, art, more

    Saturday’s Earth Day event at Red Orchard Park promises to please nature lovers, art enthusiasts and environmental advocates.

    Shelby County Parks will open the grounds of the park on Kentucky Street to a wide variety of organizations and services to mark their annual Earth Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 pm.

    “It’s a great green event with a fun, family atmosphere,” Ashley Coulter of Shelby County Parks said.

  • News briefs: April 13, 2012

    Kindergarten registration

    set for Tuesday at schools

    The next scheduled date for Shelby County Public Schools kindergarten registration is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the six elementary schools.

    Parents should bring their child for an assessment while they complete required paperwork. To enroll in kindergarten, the child must be 5 years of age on or before Oct. 1 as verified by a state-certified birth certificate.

    Certain documents are needed for registration:

  • Shelby’s new equine sale could replace big event

    Jimmy Robertson recognized a serious gap in the market, and now he thinks his new company and Shelbyville can fill it perfectly.

    With the famed auction house Tattersalls closing its doors in Lexington and the retirement of Ed and Suzie Teater, who handled its auctions, Robertson, a longtime Saddlebred breeder and trainer, said he started thinking. The auctions had become largely Saddlebred during the past few years, with fewer and fewer Standardbreds being offered at the Teaters’ auctions.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Wesley Apartments are ‘meeting code’

    As the Shelbyville City Council wrapped a brief meeting on Thursday, council member Frank Page inquired about the condemned Wesley Apartments on the corner of U.S. 60 and Freedom’s Way on the west end of the city.

    “Have we heard anything from code enforcement on the Wesley Apartments?” he asked Mayor Tom Hardesty.

    The city annexed the property last month and at the time had vowed to clean it up in response to an editorial that ran in The Sentinel-Newscalling for the abandoned buildings to be taken down.

  • Federal funding could be in danger for Job Corps

    Funding for some Job Corps centers across the nation – including the Whitney M. Young center in Simpsonville – could be cut if a recent speech by the secretary of labor is any indication.

    In a March 21 speech to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said that the 2013 federal budget proposes reforms to improve the Job Corps program, but she added that while most centers meet program standards, some have been consistently low performing for years.

  • News briefs: April 11, 2012

    You may have awakened

    to a freeze in Shelby


    A freeze warning for Tuesday night signaled an abrupt end to Kentucky's unusually warm early-spring weather.
    The National Weather Service predicted a low of 32 in Central Kentucky – maybe a degree warmer in Shelby County – for  overnight Tuesday, with temperatures in some areas possibly falling into the upper 20s possible. The cold could damage or kill plants that were left uncovered.

  • Eastern Star collects shoes for charity

    Shelby County Eastern Star members Merlee Kile (from left), Ruth Ann Moffett and Richard Moffett load bags of shoes for charity. The Kentucky Order of the Eastern Star selected the motto “Hands of Service” for the year 2012. Shelby Chapter 170, under the direction of  Worthy Matron Sarah Smith, chose to work with the Edge Outreach program. Members and friends collected approximately 200 pairs of pre-owned shoes, to be used to help fund fresh water systems in impoverished and disaster affected countries.

  • Exercise trail is halfway home

    Construction on a youth nature trail already is in the works for Red Orchard Park, and a Shelby County man is continues to work to raise money to build an adult fitness trail next to it.

    Well-known civic booster Bridwell Terhune said the idea is to give parents and grandparents the opportunity to get some exercise while the kids are playing.

  • News briefs: April 6, 2012

    Shelby students advance

    in state history competition

    Six students from Shelby County were winners in the Kentucky Junior Historical Society 2012 Kentucky History Day District 3 contest at the University of Louisville and advance to the state competition on April 28 in Frankfort.

    Nine schools, three counties and 70 students participated. The top three students in each category received a medal, while all finishers in the top five received recognition and will advance to the state competition.

  • Pleasureville resident to commission: Stop ‘Springer show’

    PLEASUREVILLE – Pleasureville City Commissioner Pam Bramblett was in the hot seat Monday night as residents and volunteer fire fighters released their frustration over recent meetings and letters to the editor.

    Former commission member Becky Edmondson opened the meeting with statements about recent meetings, coverage of those meetings and letters to the editor.