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  • Help CASA help the children

    There are currently eight Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers, and according to Beverly Hilger, there is a great need for more.

    Hilger, coordinator of Volunteer Advocates in Shelby and Spencer Counties, said CASA volunteers have aided 20 abused or neglected children in its first six months in Shelby and Spencer Counties. But with 125 children in out-of-home-care in these counties, she said CASA needs more volunteers to extend its impact.

  • Interpreting the rules

    "I think that we should just follow what's in black and white. To me, if we want something different we make a recommendation to the governing bodies and say, 'Let's change that rule,' then let them decide."

    Several members of the public agree with Ryan Libke, executive director of Triple S Planning and Zoning, and as a result are displeased with the planning commission for its recent approval of an agricultural division.

  • Retired jockey promotes cancer campaign

    A well-known retired female jockey has joined Kentucky's first lady in championing the cause of breast cancer research.

    Patricia "P.J."Cooksey, a Shelbyville resident, is working with Jane Beshear on a project called "Horses and Hope."

    In addition to fundraising efforts, the project will foster work with the state's equine industry to identify new opportunities to provide breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referral.

  • Watchful citizens foil break-in

    A man was arrested for breaking into at least three cars after several residents called police to tell them what was going on, police said.

    Shelbyville Police officer Istvan Kovacs said that after shortly after 11 p.m., on July 17, dispatch received several calls from people describing a man breaking into cars at Hi-Point Apartments. Police arrived to find a man matching their description crouching behind a car in the parking lot.

    Shane Stodghill, 30, of the city at large, has been arrested in connection with those break-ins.

  • Face of 'tourism' set to change

    Shelby County Tourism director Charlie Kramer will be turning over the reins of the job to his granddaughter, Katie Kramer. But the change won't happen overnight.

    Katie, who has been an intern with Tourism for a year, is a senior at the University of Louisville and will graduate in May. She will remain as an intern until July of next year when she and Charlie will serve as co-directors.

    "Basically, the board extended her internship to two-and-a-half years," Charlie said.

    After the 2009-2010 fiscal year, Katie will take over as director and Charlie will assist.

  • Interim principal named for SCHS

    A local educator will fill in as the interim principal of Shelby County High School next year.

    Michael Rowe, who was the principal at Shelby County Educational Center at Cropper last school year, was named as the new head of SCHS by Superintendent James Neihof on Monday.

    The position was vacated earlier this month by Gary Kidwell, who left to take a job with the district's central office.

  • Squeezing Summer: Students wonder where the time has gone

    Eighth-grader Joseph Ruloph said cramming in the usual family vacations and other summer activities into a nine-and-a-half week break from school wasn't easy.

    With classes letting out last school year in early June and starting again in just two weeks, Ruloph is just one of the local students who are wondering where this summer has gone.

    Ruloph said in the future such short summers might keep him from being able to go visit his father in Louisiana.

    "That's the only time I get to go see him," he said. "And they don't give us a whole lot of time."

  • Boost your kids: it's the law

    Davis Skinner, 5, settled into her booster seat, hugged her stuffed bear to her, and smiled.

    "She's used to being in there," said her mother, Jennifer Skinner. "She likes riding in it."

    Now that the new Booster Seat Law has gone into effect, all children falling within a certain weight and height category will also have to get used to riding in a booster seat.

    Recent legislation, effective July 15, requires that children under 7 years of age and between 40-50 inches tall will have to ride in a booster.

  • Local officials named to state HVMAT commission

    Two local officials have been appointed to a state commission that oversees the handling of hazardous materials across the state.

    Gov. Steve Beshear has named Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger and Charlie Frazee, the director of local Emergency Management Agency, to the Kentucky Emergency Response Commission.

    Both men said being named to the commission is an honor.

  • Police report significant drop in crime

    City police say that so far this year, the local crime rate has dropped significantly.

    Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte said that statistics comparing the first six months of last year with this year show a 36 percent drop in the city's crime rate.

    He added that the decrease is not in any one area, but across the board.

    "I'm talking about everything," he said. "Part I crimes are your major crimes, like murder, rape, robbery and assault, larceny. Part II crimes are shoplifting and so forth. It's all down. It's a good thing."