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  • School board to review salaries, funding needs

    At its next regular meeting on Thursday, the Shelby County School Board will discuss a number of topics, including funding needs for three items.

    The items that will be under consideration are salaries for the 2009-10 school year, unmet needs for the district and Section 7 allocation for the next school year.

    Duanne Puckett, community relations coordinator for the school system, said that unmet needs include $50,000 for the recently approved Elementary Foreign Language Pilot Program at Southside Elementary.

  • Wiche to speak at Home Expo

    Gardening expert Jeneen Wiche will be a featured presenter Saturday at the second annual Shelbyville Home Expo.

    The Home Expo runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Floral Hall at Shelby County Fair Grounds and features exhibits from businesses that support home building and remodeling industries.

  • A 'sand-breaking' for new center

     In an emotional moment Thursday afternoon, several officials, including the state's chief justice, each flung a shovel-full of sand to the heavens.

    The gesture was in honor of the official ground-breaking for the county's new judicial center, but the ceremony only was symbolic however, because the "ground" at the site of the construction was a complete mess.

  • Shelbyville Chrysler not on company's hit list

    Shelbyville Chrysler Jeep received good news from the Chrysler Corp. on Thursday: The company is keeping the store open.

    As a direct result of the ongoing financial struggles of the U.S. auto industry, Chrysler informed 789 dealerships nationwide on Thursday that they would be closing. That's a quarter of the 3,181 stores it was operating when the automaker filed for bankruptcy on April 30.

  • Acklin named top teacher in district

    Artavia Acklin of Clear Creek Elementary School has been named ExCEL Teacher of the Year.

    She was saluted Wednesday for the honor, receiving a Golden Apple from WHAS-TV,  $1,000 from Eon-USA, and a marble desk plaque with a wooden apple from Superintendent James Neihof.

    In a letter of application for the honor, Acklin wrote, "Although neither of my parents attended college, both instilled the strongest educational values in me.

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  • Local auto repairer drops agreement with State Farm

    In a climate in which many business owners are scrambling to get all of the work they can, Pure Reflection body shop owner Rusty Barrett said he has terminated an agreement with insurance giant State Farm even though 30 to 35 percent of his work has been done for that company.

    State Farm's Selective Service agreement amounted to “bullying,” Barrett said, and as of May 1, he terminated it.

  • Shelby honors National Preservation Month

    With May marking the second official National Preservation Month nationwide, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic District Commission are sponsoring activities to show the public why "this place matters."

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty read a proclamation naming May 2009 as National Historic Preservation Month at last Thursday's City Council meeting.

  • Jailer's stepson fatally shot

    The stepson of Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits was found shot to death early Saturday morning.

    Metro Louisville Police said Gregory Lynn Miller, 29, of Pendleton was killed in an altercation in eastern Jefferson County.

    The incident happened at about 2 a.m., when Louisville Metro Police responded to a call of shots fired.

    When officers arrived at the apartment on Charter Oaks Drive, they found Miller dead at the scene and two others wounded.

  • Heavy rains create mud slide

    Shelby Countians reported no problems with the heavy thunderstorms that blew through the area on Friday – except for a heavy mound of dirt.

    Already well-saturated soil could not contain the heavy storms that arrived around 4 p.m., dumping about 1.26 inches on the area.

    Creeks and drainage ditches surged outside their banks and into fields, parking lots and yards, but at the site of the new Judicial Center in downtown Shelbyville, the runoff took some property with it.