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  • Avoiding the summer brain drain

     

    The last bell has rung and school has officially closed for summer, but that doesn’t mean our kids’ brains should take a vacation, too. 

    In fact, as our children’s days are now filled with bike rides and pool parties, experts note that it’s important to keep their minds just as active as their bodies.

  • Fighting to breathe

    Every day is a breath of fresh air for many, but for Bobby Webb each day is a struggle for every breath.

    Webb has Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic and life-threatening disease that changes how his body makes mucus and sweat, and he’s battled the disease his entire life. He’s endured pneumonia, a blood infection and a kidney transplant. In 2011 he went through a double lung transplant but unfortunately, lung transplants are not a cure for CF and this past December doctors gave him just six months to a year to live.

  • Going out in style

    For 34 years Susan’s Hair Design has been a fixture in the community.  The Main Street business has not only served as a beauty shop, but also as a local hub of entertainment and conversation.  And it’s that aspect of the business that Susan Wells’ customers say they will miss the most.

  • Operation Care gets a rain garden

    Equipped with shovels, mulch, plants and dirt, Walt Reichert, horticulture technician at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office, and a team of devoted Master Gardeners went into battle this week against a drainage issue and chances are they will come out on top.

    Janevera Rothenburer, housing director of Operation Care’s Women’s Shelter, said the rainwater rushing down the steep slope coming from Washington Street to their backyard made her uneasy.

  • Task Force to target the hungry

    State officials visited Shelby County Thursday to roll out a new state initiative that affects people in all areas of Kentucky – hunger.

    Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles addressed a small crowd of media, government officials and people associated with food banks at Gallrein Farms to introduce the Kentucky Hunger Task Force, the department of agriculture’s first ever hunger initiative, he said.

  • Theater to get a facelift

    The Shelby County Community Theater will soon have a new look, well not totally new, as the contours of the old familiar building at 8th and Main streets are too endearing to change drastically.

    But patrons will definitely notice a more streamlined appearance when the renovations are completed, as well as some much needed features for the general public and for those with special needs, said Cheryl Van Stockum, who is heavily involved with the theater.

  • Seniors look to the future, express pride in past

    They left high school behind with a mixture of sadness at leaving old friends, joy at being freed from school work and excitement at the prospect of a whole new world opening up before them.

    But all of the high school seniors who graduated Saturday did so with one thing in common – pride in earning their diplomas.

  • Adult day program opens today

    The Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency’s Adult Day Health Care facility opens today after having been shut down since last fall for renovations.

    The facility, located at 2017 Washington St. in Shelbyville, serves elderly people with dementia and other conditions that make it difficult or impossible to be left alone.

    Kim Embrey-Hill, executive director of the MPCAA, said that the renovation – which includes handicap accessible shower facilities, sunroom and a nursing staff – has greatly expanded services.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Balanced Tentative Budget approved

    The Shelby County Board of Education quietly approved the 2016-17 Tentative Budget at Thursday’s regular meeting.

    This is the second step in the budgeting process and included the budget committee recommendations the board approved in April.  Susan Barkley, the district’s director of finance said the Tentative Budget includes more information than Draft Budget, which was first received in January, and offered no major surprises.

  • A different path to graduation

    Just days before Shelby County and Collins high schools hosted graduation ceremonies, one student in the district proudly adorned himself in a navy blue cap and gown and held his head high as marched through a small crowd to receive his high school diploma.

    The small piece of paper arrived a little later than 19-year-old Skyler Woods would have liked but he said it’s an honor he is grateful to finally receive.