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  • Simpsonville OKs second outlet mall site

    Simpsonville City Commissioiners on Wednesday gave unanimous final approval to the plans for a second outlet mall in the city.

    They supported on second reading an ordinance that approves zone changes and the plans for a mall submitted by Trio Property and Paragon Outlet Partners to build a mall on the southeast corner of Interstate 64 and Buck Creek Road.

    Commissioners passed the ordinance’s first reading on Dec. 4 after nearly an hour of public comment by property owners who live near the mall site and at least one resident of the city.

  • 2 former Shelby dropouts complete diplomas

    Devon Hickey and Analley Grave, who once left school without graduating, received their high school diplomas in a brief but touching ceremony held before the school board meeting Thursday night

    The graduates made a short “walk” to the front of the room, to the music of “Pomp and Circumstance,” and received their diplomas from Superintendent James Neihof, accompanied by their principals, Eddie Oakley of Shelby County High School and John Leeper of Collins.

  • Newtown tragedy quiets meeting of Shelby County Fiscal Court

    Emotional reflections on the tragic killings of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., cast the final meeting of the year of Shelby County Fiscal Court in a somber mood.

    Following a cheery performance by the bell ringers from Masonic Home Shelbyville, the atmosphere changed when Magistrate Tony Carriss called for a moment of silence in remembrance of those who had died at Newtown. After that routine appointments and budget approvals were presented with perfunctory process and almost solemnly.

  • OVEC, SCPS part of $40 million federal grant

    The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that 16 applications had been approved for the first round of Race to the Top-District funding, and one those applications includes Shelby County Public Schools.

    The grant, which was a combined effort by Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative and the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, is for $40 million and covers 23 Kentucky school districts.

  • Economics lesson turns into community outreach

    The fourth-grade teachers at Heritage Elementary School wanted to put together a program to teach their students about economics.

    So teachers Sarah Beth Gomelsky, Kristen Hart and Devon Scrogham put together a unit where the students purchase raw materials, create an item and then sell those items on the “open market” at school.

    The students created bracelets and necklaces out of yarn and beads out of beeswax, and sold them to the student body for one week before school.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: McDonald’s looking to make improvements

    The Triple S Planning Commission will have just one piece of new business at its final meeting of the year on Tuesday.

    The commission will hear an amended development plan from McDonald’s on Isaac Shelby Drive. In the request, the company is looking to add 258 square feet and a second drive-thru, reconfigure the entrance and parking area and relocate a Dumpster.

  • EARLIER: Livestock mauled in viscious attacks in Waddy

    “Their ears had been chewed off, their tongues had been ripped out, their lips had been torn off; their faces had just been literally ripped off. When I found them that way, all covered in blood, I just started screaming and screaming.”

    Those are the words of Teresa Parker, a resident of Ditto Road in Waddy, describing the horrific mutilation of her five pet goats two weeks ago.

  • Shelby schools part of group that earns federal Race to the Top funds

    Shelby County Public Schools is one of 55 districts throughout 11 states that qualified for 2012 Race to the Top-District funding, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Tuesday.

    The winning districts will share nearly $400 million, which will be used to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps and prepare every student to succeed in college and careers, according to a U.S. Department of Education release.

  • Shelby County School Board: District will say farewell to Hinkle

    The Shelby County Board of Education will celebrate one of its own at Thursday’s 7 p.m. meeting at the board office, 1155 Main Street, the board’s final meeting of the 2012 calendar year.

    Superintendent James Neihof and former superintendents Leon Mooneyhan and Elaine Farris will recognize board member Sam Hinkle for his 12 years of service on the board. Hinkle lost his seat representing District 2 to Karen Sams in the November election.

    And that won’t be the only celebrating at the board meeting.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Water/sewer increase gets positive response

    Customers of Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer likely will see a rate increase on their bills next year after the Shelbyville City Council passed with almost no discussion the first reading of a rate increase ordinance at Thursday’s meeting.

    The ordinance, which proposes a 3.85 percent increase in water and sewer service and an increase in the surcharge for higher than normal waste streams from businesses, would go into effect on March 1, 2013, if passed on second reading at the council’s meeting on Dec. 20.