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  • 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."

  • Court order buries cemetery

    Circuit Judge Charles Hickman signed a court order July 8 nullifying a conditional use permit that would have allowed a Louisville company to develop a cemetery in an agricultural area in northern Shelby County.

    Hickman's order voided a conditional use permit Louisville Cemetery Association had obtained from the Triple S Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals that allowed the company to build a cemetery, including mausoleums, on land off Eminence Pike.

  • Teen hit by a car while skateboarding

    A local teen remains hospitalized after being hit by a car while skateboarding last Friday night, according to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

    Stefan Miller, 16, of Shelbyville, is still in intensive care at Kosair Children's Hospital after being struck by a car in the 100th block of Eminence Pike last Friday night at 10:17 p.m.

  • Snafu snarls bypass construction - Burks Branch stays closed to through traffic

    With his hands on his hips, Carl Henry snorted in frustration.

    "They're telling me now it will be closed until the middle of August, and if they come back and tell me it won't be open until December, I wouldn't be surprised," he said.

  • Free dental clinic to open - Back to school screenings this Saturday

    A free dental clinic will open this Saturday with a back-to-school screening for children from low-income families.

    The clinic, which is run by Operation Care, will help address dental health, what many local leaders consider one of the most pressing issues in the community.

    Judy Roberts, executive director of Operation Care, said the clinic has been in the planning stages for over three years.

    She said the years of planning and preparation will pay off when the clinic starts helping the people in the community who daily suffer because of a lack of dental treatment.

  • Summer in the wild

    The difference between being lost in the woods and simply having an adventure often comes down to having the right equipment and the right training.

    The equipment can be bought easily enough, but the know-how has to be learned from a book or taught by people like local outdoorsmen Joe Franzen and Bryce Stella.

    During the school year, Franzen and Stella help their students at West Middle School get an education in the subjects such as world history and science, subject they most certainly will need to master to survive in high school and college.