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  • A Tony new show

    The Shelby County Community Theatre is stepping out of its comfort zone this month with the upcoming performance of Drowsy Chaperone, an award-winning Broadway musical.

    “This is a huge undertaking for the theatre,” SCCT President Cheryl Van Stockum said in an E-mail. “I am so proud of the theatre for taking on such a project.”

    The show’s director David Pilkinton echoed her enthusiasm.

    “We’re mounting a major Broadway musical, it won five Tony’s in 2006,” he said.

  • An updated name for an updated building

    A new committee will look to put help complete the renovation of the old Southside gymnasium with a new name to go along with its new set of amenities.

    The building was left standing with the old school was torn down to make room for the new Southside Elementary School, which opened this year.

    Currently tabbed as Area C by the developers, the old Southside space is under renovation, which should be completed in the next few weeks.

  • Breighton zone change approved

     

    In a nail-biter decision Thursday, the Shelbyville City Council voted 3-2 to approve an ordinance for 15-acres of property at the intersection of Breighton Circle and Brunerstown Road to be changed from General Interchange (X-2) to Multi-family Residential (R-4). 

  • Tedious tobacco training necessary

    There may not be much new information for tobacco farmers to absorb this year, but what has changed is that they have to attend a workshop if they expect to sell their tobacco, officials say.
    And they’re going to have to keep taking the class every year.

    “The word that they're trying to get out, is even if they got trained last year, they have to go to an updated training,” said Bob Pearce, a tobacco production specialist at the University of Kentucky who teaches GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) training classes.

  • Lucky dogs

    If you’re looking for a best friend, you may be in luck next weekend – that is, if you’re looking for the four-legged variety.

    The Shelby County Animal Shelter’s Adopt-a-thon scheduled for Feb. 20-21 will give people the chance to adopt a pet completely free of charge, officials say.

    Leon Federle, director of the Shelby County Animal Shelter, said the events are held once in a while to help ease overcrowding at the shelter.

  • County will not dip into road money

     

  • Bike shop hits the road

    After seven successful years, Shelbyville’s only bicycle shop, Main Street Bikes, is hitting the road, but the journey will not be far.

    Choosing to remain in Shelby County, Tom Waggener, the shop owner, said he is relocating to Simpsonville while concurrently opening a second location in Frankfort.

    Waggener said the change is long overdue. 

  • Start behind, stay behind

    The latest research of Kentucky students confirmed a truth most educators are already aware of and many young parents fear –only half of our children are prepared for kindergarten.

    The study, based on kindergarten entrance screenings, revealed that only 50 percent of Kentucky children entering kindergarten are ready to do so.  While the number is slightly higher in Shelby County –56 percent– it’s still leaves nearly 5 out of 10 Shelby County kids unprepared to start school.

  • SCHS principal ready to retire

    Having served in the education field for 32 years, Shelby County High School Principal Eddie Oakley says he’s ready to start a new chapter.

    Though he has enjoyed the journey, Oakley said it’s time to retire and explore different paths.

    “I don’t know what I’m going to do yet,” he said. “Its just time to do something else.”

    Oakley said he might use his free time to flip houses or visit his son in Australia.

  • Bunching up

    Jessie Baxter’s congregation of senior citizens are wrapped in more than just shawls and blankets as they attend his church services in their wheelchairs – they’re wrapped in the love of volunteers that have followed Baxter since he’s been pastor at the Masonic Home’s chapel.

    “It’s all about caring for the welfare of our residents,” said Baxter, as he helped his volunteers take people back to their rooms Tuesday after the service.