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  • Roy T. Hardesty: Dec. 17, 1921 – July 8, 2016

    Shelbyville has lost a respected member of the community who was very devoted to his country.

    Roy T. Hardesty Jr., 94, who passed away Friday, was a longtime member of the community who loved his country and his church, said his lifelong friend Catherine Cleveland.

    “He always came to the [Centenary] Methodist Church with his mother; I can remember him always being there,” she said, adding that as children, they attended the Sunday school there in Shelbyville.

  • Fourth of July Festival postponed again

    Both Fourth of July festivals for Shelby County and Simpsonville, which had been set for tonight, have been postponed again due to inclement weather. 

    Officials at both parks departments say the events will take place Saturday, July 9, instead, with the same schedules as before.

    However, Shelby County Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Pickens said that he is not sure if all of the children's activities, such as face painting, will be available at Shake the Lake, but there will be bouncies.

  • Stephen Robert Hornback: Sept. 28, 1927 – July 1, 2016

    With the passing Friday of Stephen Robert ‘Bob’ Hornback, Shelby County has lost a native son that his friends describe as an “icon of the community.”

    A lifelong farmer, he had a real passion for the land and for animals, especially his dogs.

    His son, Paul Hornback, said he and his family were very touched at the outpouring of support from the community at his father’s funeral Wednesday, because that gesture was a testament to how much his dad meant to the community.

  • Wet/dry ballot cards now blanket county

    The second wave of cards has now been mailed out to collect signatures for a wet/dry vote for the county.

    Magistrate Mike Miller, who is heading up the effort by the Shelby County Fiscal Court to get a wet/dry vote held, brought the other magistrates up to date on the issue at Tuesday’s meeting of the fiscal court.

    He said that the first mailing, which involved 14 of the county’s 34 precincts, fell short of the 2,915 signatures required – 1,753 in favor of a vote have come in so far.

  • SCPS Teacher named state’s History Teacher of the Year

    Shelby County’s Teacher of the Year is in the educational spotlight once again. As the county’s 2016 ExCEL recipient, Emmanuel Stone can now add Kentucky History Teacher of the Year to his list of accomplishments.

    Stone, a West Middle School teacher, holds a Master of Arts degree in school counseling from the University of the Cumberlands and a bachelor’s degree in history teaching from Eastern Kentucky University and is working to complete an education specialist program in school counseling from the University of the Cumberlands.

  • Thorntons to close for renovations

    Shelbyville commuters who look to Thorntons for their morning coffee may be disappointed for a few weeks this summer. The Midland Trail store is expected to close at the beginning of August for renovations.

    Rex Loeffler, a representative with Thorntons, said they expect the store’s revamping to take about 40 days, but it could be longer.

    “This is a little older store so there may be a little more involved,” he said.

  • Art, reading collide as schools tackle the summer slide

    Summer is typically the time to get back into shape. But for kids, the prolonged period out of the classroom can mean a weakening of the most important part of their bodies: the mind.

    Schools across the district are working to combat this issue with summer programs and activities aimed at keeping young minds sharp. 

    “Summer regression is a very real syndrome,” said Katey Martin, reading intervention/Title I teacher at Clear Creek Elementary.  “It doesn’t take long to lose the skills they learned with the long break.”

  • Workshop will address county’s broadband needs

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court will have a workshop Tuesday to explore opportunities for high speed Internet for the county.

    The workshop will be at 6 p.m. at the Stratton Center at 215 Washington St. and the public is invited to attend.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said that magistrates would hear a presentation by a group that is working closely with the Kentucky Wired Initiative, a project to provide an avenue for all 120 counties to have broadband service.

  • Skate Park to get spruced up

    The county’s skate park, established in 2008 at Daniel Field on Washington Street, has gotten a little run down looking, and a Shelby County woman is championing a move to clean it up.

    What’s more, she’s doing so with the county’s blessing, said Shelby County Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Pickens.

    “I was glad to hear that someone wanted to go the extra mile to help us with the skate park,” he said. “It’s always good when people take an interest in our parks and we support her efforts.”

  • Shelby man's flag collection numbers in the hundreds

    With Memorial Day marking the start of summer and 4th of July a midpoint highlight, the American Flag gets its most prominent displays throughout the summer.

    But at one Shelbyville home you might think it’s early July every day of the year.

    With flags adorning walls, sofas, curtains, tables and virtually every nook and cranny of Rob Carter’s Shelbyville home people stop and gape wide-eyed the first time they visit his home, he said.