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  • Dorman Center Carnival returns bigger and better

    After raising more than $5,000 last year to help educate children, the Dorman Center Carnival is back this Saturday, and the event is set up to be even bigger in its second year.

    The carnival, which started last year as a project for the Leadership Shelby Class of 2011, has moved the Shelby County Fairgrounds this year and will feature even more opportunities for family fun.

  • Shelby County schools, agencies join hands for new mentoring program

    Shawn Allen Sr. had a dream: academic success for African-American young people.

    As parent of several students in Shelby County Public Schools, Allen has become familiar with the strengths and opportunities available to help students succeed. His own children have benefitted from creative teaching methods and extra-curricular activities in local schools.

    But Allen’s dream reached beyond championing benefits for his children alone. He said he wanted to close the achievement gap and to increase academic successes for Black students.

  • Presidential election about to come knocking

    Will Barack Obama be re-elected, or will a Republican be sitting in the Oval Office next year?

    Although Republicans and Democrats in Shelbyville have opposing views on whether Obama or Republican nominee Mitt Romney should win, there’s no question that each has high hopes.

  • Neighbors spark rescue

    A Shelbyville woman is alive today thanks to some quick-thinking neighbors and heroic actions by firefighters.

    Fonesha Thompson was released from Jewish Hospital Shelbyville after only a brief stay for treatment for smoke inhalation, but it could have been tragic if her neighbors had not heard her smoke alarm going off and called 911, and if firefighters had not got to her in time, fire officials said.

  • Shelby ministry to build wheelchair ramp for Louisville man

    A chance encounter at a wellness event between a television personality and a church member has led to a Jefferson County man left virtually helpless by a stroke having a wheelchair ramp installed at his home this weekend by members of a Shelbyville church.

    This unusual set of circumstances, made all the more amazing by the spontaneous situation, grew from Jewish Hospital’s Women’s Wellness Affair last spring.

  • News briefs: Sept. 28, 2012

    Shelby’s unemployment

    rises slightly in August

    Shelby County’s unemployment rose slightly in August but remained among the 10 best performances in the state.

    Shelby’s 7 percent unemployment was up from 6.7 percent in July and tied Hancock and Ohio counties for ninth-best among the 98 counties whose rates fell.

    Shelby’s rate also was 13 percent better than the 8.1 percent in August 2011.

  • Shelby County School Board: Final 2012-13 budget to be reviewed

    The Shelby County Board of Education will take a look at the present, past and future at Thursday’s 7 p.m. meeting at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street.

    The board will look to approve the district’s working budget after setting the tax rate for the 2012-13 fiscal year at 71.5 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate and personal property tax, a 2.6 percent increase.

  • 2 Shelby teachers to vie for state’s best

    Two Shelby County teachers have received Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards and have the chance to earn state and national awards.

    Sloane Barnett, a fifth-grade teacher at Simpsonville Elementary, and Jennifer Cox, a language arts teacher at East Middle, are two of 24 teachers – eight at each level – recognized for the award, and they will go on to compete for the 2013 elementary and middle school Kentucky Teacher of Year awards and the overall Kentucky Teacher of the Year, which will be announced next month.

  • Fitness trails dedicated at Red Orchard Park

    Amid the squeals of delight from children playing in the sunshine on Monday afternoon, city and county officials dedicated an adult fitness and youth nature play trails at Red Orchard Park that were the culmination of many months of sweat and fundraising.

    “We are grateful to all the individuals and organizations that helped to make this possible,” said Parks Chairman Hubie Pollett, magistrate from District 1, to a crowd of more than 100 people.

  • Does bypass need more traffic lights?

    Concerns about a series of accidents on the Shelbyville Bypass in recent months surfaced Thursday at a meeting of the Shelbyville City Council, when a resident told council members that that he thought additional stop lights are needed at certain points.
    Carl Meyer said his concern was prompted by an accident involving his friend, Mary Glenn Wiley, who had been seriously injured in a broadside accident at the intersection of Harrington Mill Road and Freedom’s Way.