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  • Letter to parents has not been sent

    When students went home on Friday, they took a letter to their parents explaining the school board's proposal to switch the operation of after-school programs to the Franklin County YMCA.

    This letter was drawn up in response to a large crowd of angry parents who showed up at the school board meeting at Heritage Elementary on Thursday night to blast the board for attempting to approve the proposal without informing them first.

    Superintendent James Neihof apologized for the oversight, and the board voted to table the matter until it could be explained to parents.

  • Letter sent home to parents on Tuesday

    In a school board meeting last Thursday, Superintendent James Niehof promised parents a letter explaining the status of the after-school program.

    As of Monday afternoon numerous parents called the newspaper when their children got home from school to say they had not received the letter.

    In response, Duanne Puckett, community relations coordinator, said that when she was talking about the letter last Friday, she meant that she was working on it.

    "The letter had to be drafted with the YMCA's input," she said.

  • EARLIER: Parents protest after-school change

    A large crowd of upset parents showed up at the school board meeting Thursday night to voice concerns about a proposed change in the school system's after-school day care program.

    Parents were upset that school officials did not let them know about a proposal to turn the school system's program over to Frankfort YMCA personnel before bringing the matter before the board for a vote.

    Parents were angry that they only found out about the proposal when The Sentinel-News published a preview of items that were  on the board's agenda for Thursday's meeting.

  • School board to discuss amended calendar

    An amended calendar to deal with the days missed because of winter weather will be a key agenda item for the Shelby County Board of Education at its meeting Thursday night.

    The change to the calendar is necessary because of school days missed because of bad weather, according to Gary Kidwell, Director of Student Accounting and Support Services.

  • School board to discuss amended calendar

    An amended calendar to deal with the days missed because of winter weather will be a key agenda item for the Shelby County Board of Education at its meeting Thursday night.

    The change to the calendar is necessary because of school days missed because of bad weather, according to Gary Kidwell, Director of Student Accounting and Support Services.

  • Bypass construction to resume

    Winter appears to be over, and that means that construction will resume next week on the Shelbyville Bypass.

    Andrea Clifford, spokesperson for the Department of Highways District 7, said that with the exception of a slight diversion at Warriors Way, where the speed limit has been reduced to 35 miles per hour, she doesn't expect the construction to cause any major delays or traffic tie-ups.

    Clifford said the contract that Shelby County has with the state gives the state a certain amount of days to finish this $26.1 million project.

  • Holiday Inn closed, may reopen soon

    A spokesperson for the new owner of the Holiday Inn Express in Shelbyville said his company expects to clear up a tax problem that forced the state to shut down that hotel this week.

    The Kentucky Department of Revenue had closed the hotel Tuesday because JMG LLC of Modesto, Calif.,  its former owner, owed the state $58,388.83 in unpaid taxes. A permanent injunction was obtained through Franklin Circuit Court, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office worked with state officials to enforce that order.

  • Holiday Inn reopens

    An official of the company that owns the Holiday Inn Express in Shelbyville says the hotel will reopen this afternoon.

    Scott Nadel, regional vice president for marketing for AMC Hotels, said all issues with the tax bill had been resolved.

    “We will be open by 5 p.m. tomorrow [today],” Nadel said. “We will be up and running. All the matters with the state have been resolved.”

  • Free showing of Twilight at library Thursday night

    The Shelby County Public Library will have a free showing of the hit movie Twilight on Thursday at 5 p.m.

    The movie, which just came out in DVD form last Friday, was a huge hit at the box office when it came out last year.

    Sherry Bogard, with children's services at the library, said she is glad to be able to offer the free showing to the public because she feels the film is suitable for young viewers, even though the movie's theme centers around a vampire romance.

    "Everybody I know loved the books and the movie," she said.

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