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  • Owning their environment

    With a couch, colorful string lights, palm trees on the wall and even a ball pit, Erika Darin’s class seems more like a lounge than a classroom.  But her students don’t treat the class like a play place. 

    The students in Darin’s second grade class at Simpsonville Elementary are on task and concentrating on their work. 

    As you look around the room, you see focused students learning in a way that works best for each of them.

  • Whooping cough making comeback

    The Northern Kentucky Independent District Health District reported a spike of pertussis, or whooping cough, cases in 2015-16 in Northern Kentucky, with 73 cases reported between Nov. 1 and Jan. 12, and other cases have been popping up around the state, including in MetroLouisville.

    The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services defines pertussis as a highly contagious disease of the respiratory tract caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.

    The disease can cause long coughing spells and even lead to death, especially in infants.

  • DJJ says girl died in sleep

    A lot of questions still remain unanswered in the unexpected Jan. 11 death of 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen at Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown.

    But the Deparment of Juvenile Justice has now released a statement saying the girl appears to have died while sleeping.

  • Croppers special election for winery is Feb. 2

    A special election to allow a Cropper couple to sell wine at their winery will be held Feb. 2, an event that William and Denise Stiles have been working toward since last year.

    “We are very excited,” said Denise Stiles.

    The Stiles planted 5 acres of grapes on their 25-acre farm on Christiansburg Road in 2012, and have been selling their wine at the farmers market, as well as with a distributor, and if the special election is successful, they will be able to expand their facility to add a tasting room, said Stiles.

  • King of corn

    Kevin Smith knows corn—and every crop is a labor of love, he says.

    “I was helping to shovel corn off flatbed wagons when I was a little bitty boy – I’ve been around corn my whole life,” he said with a grin. “There’s nothin’ better in the world than a fat, sweet ear of corn-on-the-cob for supper.”

    With more than 800 acres of corn in Shelby, Franklin, Spencer and Anderson counties, Smith is no stranger to corn growing competitions.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Council reviews 622 project

    Though no action was requested on either matter from the council members, the Shelbyville City Council heard two presentations Thursday that promised growth and positive changes for the community.

    Resident Travis White pitched to the council his proposal for a text amendment to the zoning regulations in the Central Business District (CBD) to allow self-storage facilities as a conditional use within the district.

  • Winter Fauxstorm

    With snowfall totals coming in at just a fraction of what was predicted, Friday’s snowstorm proved to have more bark than bite –at least in Shelby County and areas west.

    Thursday morning, forecasters reported snow accumulation for the county could fall in the range of 5-9 inches for the northern part of the county and 10-14 inches for the southern part.  As the day progressed and more accurate information became available, those numbers increased to the ranges of 6-8 inches and 8-12 inches.

  • Fire displaces family on High Street

    An accidental kitchen fire Monday evening has displaced a Shelbyville family and left their rental home damaged.

    Shelbyville Fire Chief Kevin Baker said they received a call at approximately 8 p.m. Monday alerting them of a fire at 1205 High Street.

    According to the report, fire broke out after a resident heated oil on the stove in order to cook fish and then left the room.  Another resident observed the flames shortly thereafter and warned the other occupants.  Everyone evacuated the home without injury.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board to review draft budget

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get a taste of what’s to come Thursday when it hears a brief overview of district’s draft budget – the first step of three when preparing the district’s annual budget.

    Shelby County Public Schools’ Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the state requires each district present a draft, or preliminary, budget to their boards by January 31.

    “It doesn’t require action from the board,” Allan said. “It’s just a presentation.”

  • Teen’s family seeks answers in her death

    The family of Gynnya McMillen, a teen who died in custody in a juvenile detention facility, say they are seeking answers into her death.

    “We are simply trying to find out what happened,” said the girl’s aunt, Felicia Garr, acting as the spokesperson for the family.

    “Why did she die? What caused her death?”