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  • Newton set to retire from MPCAA

    Rusty Newton was raised tending to cows and crops on his family's dairy and tobacco farm in Shelby County, but he has spent the last 22 years tending to many other needs of Shelby Countians.

    And today, Newton, the executive director for the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, is retiring after spending the last seven of those years in the agency's top position.

    MPCAA works on behalf of elderly, low-income and at-risk individuals and families to help them improve and stabilize their daily living situations, and Newton has been dedicated to that mission.

  • EMS members go to Louisiana to help hurricane victims

    On Thursday morning a team of five rescue workers from Shelbyville arrived in Louisiana to help victims of Hurricane Gustav.

    EMS Director Steve Wortham said Shelbyville's Medical Special Response Team journeyed to Alexandria, La., by ambulance along with six other ambulances from around Kentucky.

    The five volunteers -- Jeff Ivers, John Trzcinski, Mike Swigert, Shawn Doty and Bobby Cravenz -- loaded the ambulance with medical supplies, food and tents in which to house themselves.

  • The paper trail: Agencies look at ways to trim paper consumption

    At the Shelby County Recycling Center, there are seven large metal bins that are used to collect and store various recyclable items: one for aluminum, one for cardboard, one for plastic and so on.

    But the item that has the biggest bin and takes up the most space at the center is also the one that is the easiest to reduce - paper.

    Val Shirley, who manages the center, spends the majority of his day making sure that the materials donated go in the right bins.

  • Long Run Massacre festival this weekend

    Coonskin caps, muskets and tomahawks will abound this weekend at the annual Long Run Massacre Reenactment and Festival.

    Staged by the Painted Stone Settlers, this event commemorates the pioneering days of Shelby County and two bloody conflicts that occurred between a group of settlers and a tribe of Native Americans in the late 1700s.

    This year the festival will be held for the first time at Red Orchard Park at 704 Kentucky St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    The main reenactment will take place at 2 p.m. on both days.

  • Boswell promises to 'work hard for local people'

    State Sen. David Boswell promised the Shelbyville Rotary Club on Tuesday that if he is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, he will role up his shirt sleeves and "work hard for local people."

    Boswell, a Democrat, is running against State Sen. Brett Guthrie for Kentucky's Second Congressional District seat.

    During Boswell's address to the Rotary members, he touted his 30 years of political experience as the decisive factor in the race.

    "My experiences and background will allow me to hit the ground running in Washington," he said.

  • Local man pleads guilty to bank robbery

    A Shelbyville man has pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing seven banks throughout Kentucky.

    Kenneth Chandler, 47, was indicted in March by the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Kentucky for taking by force -- using a semi-automatic pistol -- a large amount of cash from Central Bank in Lexington, as well as Citizens Union Bank in Shelby County.

    The indictment said Chandler was accused of taking $11,817 from Central Bank and $22,796 from Citizens Union Bank.

  • Council keeps property tax steady - Personal property rate drops

    The Ad Valorem property taxes for the 2008 calendar year have been levied after the Shelbyville City Council approved a second reading.

    At its August 21 meeting, the council approved the first reading of the ordinance proposing a tax rate of 27.5 cents per $100.00 assessed real property this year. The rate is the same as last year, when it produced $1,855,368. This year it's expected to produce more than $1.9 million.

    The tax rate on personal property within the city was reduced from 46.8 cents on each $100.00 of assessed value last year, to 43.1 cents this year.

  • Most schools pass CATS test - Secondary schools lag behind again

    More than half of the schools in the district met their academic goals for the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) assessment last year.

    According to data released to the public this morning by the Kentucky Department of Education, five out of the nine local public schools passed the biggest test of the year and are on track to have every student score proficiently on the test by 2014.

    In a press release, Superintendent James Neihof commended district staff and students.

  • Reasons to celebrate

    There were several reasons to celebrate Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy.

    For one, the day marked the Catholic Church's celebration of the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    So it was only fitting that the school chose the day to celebrate its tenth year of operation.

    "The school was named in Her honor," said principal Phyllis Sower.

  • Shelby does the wild thing

    This year's Taste of Shelby safari theme inspired its participants, some of whom arrived at the fundraiser dressed accordingly.

    The event was held Monday night at Claudia Sanders Dinner House and featured entertainment by the River City Drum Corps Band and Dancers.

    Shelley Goodwin, executive director of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, said that although ticket receipts have not yet been tallied, she feels the event was very successful.

    "We were very pleased with the attendance, even though we don't have an official tally yet," she said.