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  • Exchange of ideas

    An overall optimistic tone came out of a roundtable discussion Sunday with members of the local NAACP chapter and members of the University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciencesdiscussing topics of concern to Black Americans stemming from the 2016 election.

    Mitchell Payne, a member of the Shelby County NAACP and a retired UofL official served as moderator for event and said that while, “We all believe the struggle is not over and freedom is not free,” he was excited to see so many people interested in social issues.

  • Mystery boom

    Social media was bustling with chatter over the weekend regarding an unanticipated and thunderous boom that occurred Saturday evening. But days later, people are still searching for a solid explanation.

    Shelby County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Whitman said he was asleep at the time but began receiving text messages around 9:15 Saturday night questioning a loud boom that radiated through the eastern portion of the county.

    Whitman said there were reports from those in Mount Eden to Bagdad.

  • Sams tenders school board resignation

    Shelby County Board of Education member Karen Sams announced last week her decision to step down from her position on the board.  Sams, who has served on the Shelby County Board of Education since 2012, tendered her resignation to the board through a prepared statement on February 24 citing a conflicting work schedule.

  • Former Simpsonville police officer gets 12 years for P.D. robbery

    Terry Putnam was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison for a 2015 robbery at the Simpsonville Police Department

  • Shelby escapes carnage from storm


    Spring-like weather to return next week, say forecasters

    With severe storm sirens and warning tones sounding around the state Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, Shelby escaped with very little damage while several other areas of the state suffered everything from downed power lines and trees, flooding and property damage from roof being torn off barns and even houses in some cases.

  • Shelbyville program examines elections’ impact on black Americans

    A discussion in Shelbyville on Sunday will examine the effect of the recent elections – from the statehouse to the White House – on black Americans.

    The event, to be hosted at Clay Street Baptist Church, 1940 Midland Trail, is being organized by the Shelbyville NAACP in partnership with the University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences.

    The free event is a public panel entitled, “The Impact of the 2016 Elections on Black America: What Happened and Why?”

  • Showcasing the arts

    Not only is spring in the air, but also the excitement of having an art gallery operating downtown again.

    The Dogwood Art Gallery, which opened in the Shoppes at Blue Gables last month, will celebrate its grand opening Saturday.

    The facility is the new home of the Shelby Regional Arts Council.

    Janice Emery, interim director of the council, was busy Wednesday getting ready for the event.

  • Hornet stings competition

    Roberta Clifton ran her hand lovingly over her 1971 AMC Hornet as she remembers buying it when it was just two years old.

    “I used to drag race it,” she said with a chuckle. “I was very young, in my twenties, and I thought to myself the other day how crazy I was then, because it was my daily ride and I would drag race it on the weekends.”

  • Wing joint eyeing Shelbyville

    While it’s a bit premature to get out your bibs and wet-naps, officials with Cincinnati-based Buffalo Wings & Rings say they are eying Shelbyville for the next location of their club-level sports restaurant.

    With 80 locations, Buffalo Wings & Rings Chief Development Officer Philip Schram said the sports restaurant is now focusing its growth on Kentucky for 2017. Currently there are locations in Bardstown, Elizabethtown and Crestview Hills in Kentucky with a fourth location set to open in the coming weeks in London.

  • Education commissioner kicks off survey in Shelby

    As the rain began to slow Wednesday morning, the Kentucky Department of Education announced it was ready to get a clearer view on necessary changes and improvements in schools across the state.

    Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt stopped into Clear Creek Elementary School Wednesday morning to kick off the 2017 TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Kentucky Survey.