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  • Q&A: Neihof answers questions about new school plan

    On Thursday night the Shelby County School Board approved a new plan for how it will populate its high schools and middle schools after completion of the Martha Layne Collins Secondary Center being built west of Shelbyville.

    There will be two district-wide high schools for grades 8 through 12 -- Shelby County High School and the new Collins High School -- and East and West Middle Schools will house grades 6 and 7.

    The plan has received widespread reaction from parents and concerns from at least one school-board member -- Sam Hinkle -- who voted against it.

  • We give you: The Shelbyville Conference Center?

    Just off I-64 in Brighton Circle, next to the Ramada Inn, Great Escape 8 Theatre and Cattleman's Roadhouse, Shelbyville may soon have its major conference center.

    Shelby County residents Robert and Elise Andrews, owners of Elegance, LLC., presented their plan for such a center Tuesday to County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger, Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty and other community leaders.

  • School board to consider schedule, new school plan

    Two hot topics will go before the Shelby County School Board at its meeting Thursday night.

    The board will hear about changes in the 2009-10 school calendar and the organizational plan for its new secondary center west of Shelbyville.

    The calendar the board will review has been redesigned with a later start date for students and fewer days overall. The changes were made prompted by needs expressed by parents and staff, as well as to cut expenses in response to recent budget cuts by the state, school officials say.

  • City makes 2 new appointments, creates new position

    Last month the Shelbyville City Council increased the number of appointees who serve on the Code Enforcement Board from three to five, and the number of members on the Historic District Commission from five to seven.

    On Thursday the council made one new appointment to each.

    Gene Wright was appointed to the Historic District Commission, and Lisa Hood was named to the Code Enforcement Board -- both for 3-year terms.

  • Dennen named executive director of Kentucky Heritage Council

    It’s permanent. After serving as interim executive director of the Kentucky Heritage Council for the last eight months, Shelbyville resident Mark Dennen officially was appointed to the post by Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday.

    “Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Heritage Council and is well respected for his work,” Marcheta Sparrow, secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said in a release. “Preservation in Kentucky will be in good hands with Mark as executive director.”

  • Heart-walk team created in honor of Casey

    In honor of Mike Casey, who died April 9 after a long battle with heart disease, there will be a Mike Casey No. 34 Memorial Team for this Saturday’s American Heart Association Walk held at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.

    Casey’s former teammate at the University of Kentucky, Mike Pratt, helped to set up the team to raise money for the cause Casey’s family had selected for memorial donations.

  • City Council to create new role

    At Thursday's Shelbyville City Council meeting:

    * The first reading of an ordinance creating a new city position of City Engineer/Public Works Director was approved. The position will oversee engineering projects and programs of the city, and direct the policies and procedures of the Public Works department.

    * A bid for $21,624 from Country Side was approved by the council for two police crusiers to be purchased.

  • Kindergarten registration is April 21

    Is your child ready for Kindergarten? Parents can find out by taking their child who will be 5 years old by Oct. 1 to free Kindergarten Registration and Screening sessions are sponsored by Shelby County Public Schools. The evening event will be April 21 fro to  5:30-7:30 p.m. The free screening will be given to the child while the parent completes the registration forms.

  • Mercury scare at high school

    A mercury spill required environmental experts to descend upon Shelby County High School, keeping classroom closed for decontamination on Thursday.

    The spill occurred Wednesday, when several students took apart a thermostat to get the mercury out of it, school officials said.

  • Residents complain about neighboring properties

    Welcome to Longview Drive‚ a modest street tucked just off Eminence Pike, lined with neatly kept frame and ranch-style homes.  Neighbors there say they like the area...for the most part.

    They're discontented, however, about what they call a growing problem of garbage and junk. A neighbor's back porch was the graveyard for a broken refrigerator, according to one Longview resident, while a truck-bed topper doubled as a doghouse. Down the street, a van had become a dumpster for at least a dozen bags of garbage.