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  • Monarch leaves her mark

    For the past 28 years, Sara Monarch has dedicated her life to helping students learn. During her tenure as an educator, Monarch has influenced the lives of hundreds of local students and is credited with helping push the entire district towards excellence.

    And this afternoon, Monarch will clean out her desk at the Shelby County Public Schools central office and walk into her retirement.

    Monarch, a self-proclaimed workaholic, said she will miss being able to influence the quality of local education.

    Teaching has been a journey, she said.

  • Principals take district jobs

    Two local principals have decided to leave their posts in order to take positions with the district.

    Gary Kidwell, principal of Shelby County High School, and Lisa Smith, principal of Painted Stone Elementary, have been hired to fill two vacant positions on the central office staff.

    Kidwell has been hired as the director of Student Accounting and Support Services - the position that was formerly held by James Neihof before he was hired as superintendent.

  • Library reopens after adding new facilities

    The Shelby County Public Library reopened recently after shutting down for renovation.

    The new additions to the library are nearly complete, and will add 5,500 additional square-feet of space, according to Shelby County Library Director Pam Federspiel.

    The library was closed for three weeks while the construction took place and reopened the day after Memorial Day. All that remains now is the delivery of some furniture, which is scheduled to arrive July 25, Federspiel said.

  • Officials: Fair was a smooth ride

    Tacking three extra days onto this year's Shelby County Fair was, for the most part, a good move, fair officials said.

    "Several board members didn't think it would work," fair board secretary/treasurer Jeff Hagerman said. "But a lot of people (at the fair) were very supportive. It was a lot more relaxed atmosphere."

  • Local golfer hopes for gold

    While he won't be traveling to Beijing, a local athlete hopes to win his second gold medal this summer.

    Lance Alexander, of Shelbyville, is one 33 athletes from Kentucky who will compete in the 2008 U.S. Transplant Games in Pittsburgh next month.

    The competition, which is organized by the National Kidney Foundation, is open to any athlete who has received a tissue or organ transplant.

  • Neihof's contract finalized

    The Shelby County Board of Education has ratified James Neihof's contract as superintendent for the school system.

    The contract, which will last from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2012, will give Neihof an annual base salary of $125,000 for the first year.

    In subsequent years, the board can increase his salary by the same percentage rate as the certified teachers with the same rank and experience.

    Neihof's salary just tops the pay of the district's last fulltime superintendent, Elaine Farris.

    Farris' annual salary during her last year was $123,554.

  • Man jailed after escaping from custody in courtroom

    Panic broke out in the courthouse Tuesday morning after a man pushed a bailiff aside and fled before he could be handcuffed.

    Brandon Davis, 26, of Taylorsville, is now lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center after the escape attempt, according to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

    Davis was in Shelby Circuit Court for probation violation, according to sheriff's detective Jason Rice.

  • Shelby County Fair

    2008 Fair Scenes

  • Shelby County 2008 Fair Scenes

    2008 Shelby County Fair Scenes

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments

    Jorge Salazar of Eastwood, Ky. and Octavio Salazar of Simpsonville, were indicted on trafficking in marijuana complicity (Class C felony) and tampering with physical evidence complicity (Class D felony).

    Steven Murphy of Waddy was indicted for six counts of assault III (Class D felony).

    Ivan Farmer of La Grange, Ky. was charged by Shelby Circuit Court with unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities (Class D felony).