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  • SHELBY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS: School calendar has big changes

    The Shelby County Board of Education approved Thursday an entirely new calendar format for the district for the 2017-18 school year, which includes longer breaks but earlier start times.

    After careful consideration, the district’s calendar committee’s formulated three calendars to present to the community for their input and voting.

  • Music for the season

    Shelby County native Ruby Lewis, who has made a name for herself from coast to coast over the past decade in a variety of productions including musicals, television and theater and on Broadway, has now released her first single, a Christmas song.

    Somewhere in my Memory is Lewis’ rendition of the song, first made popular in the film Home Alone.

    “It is my holiday wish that this song will reach the masses and become a new holiday classic,” she said.

  • Firefighters rescue pets from burning building

    A Shelbyville resident got an early Christmas present Wednesday when firefighters rescued two of his pets from their flaming kennel.

    Brian Sawdo stood in his driveway, wringing his hands and grieving for his two cats that he feared had perished in a blaze that engulfed the shed and kennel in his backyard on Logan Street in Shelbyville.

    Sawdo watched as firefighters battled the thick clouds of black smoke to extinguish the flames, but he couldn’t help thinking about Snickers and Bow.

  • Community of caring

    It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas Tuesday.

    Gifts were flowing thick and fast at this year’s Community Christmas, as were holiday treats and even the makings for entire meals.

    The annual event, hosted at the former Shelby Industries by Operation Care to support struggling families, furnished hundreds of children and their families with Christmas gifts.

  • Swapping sweets

    Homemakers across the county fired up their ovens last week and warmed the hearts of one another with their annual cookie exchange held at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension office last Friday morning.

    Two-dozen participants each armed with 4-dozen cookies and the recipe attended the exchange.

    Extension agent Sheila Fawbush said homemakers have hosted the event for more than a decade and this was one of the largest turnouts she could recall.

  • Police say shooting took place in Louisville

    Simpsonville Police, together with the Louisville Metro Police Department, are continuing to investigate a shooting incident that occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday night, although they are not quite sure where, yet.

    Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis said that Donald E. Jewell, 30, of Frankfort called for help from the vicinity of McDonald's restaurant on Buck Creek Road. He had sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound and was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital.

  • Spicing up the holidays

    Looking for a chance to spice up the season?

    Why not try a little cookie renovation project at the Family Activity Center’s gingerbread house decorating party Friday night.

    You won’t even have to bring ingredients, everything is included in the 6:30 p.m. class for just $10.

    Ashley Coulter, administrative assistant at the FAC, said she and two other parks employees tested out the procedure recently and had a lot of fun making a gingerbread house, as well as making a big mess.

  • Police chase starts with fleeing shoplifting suspect

    What started out as a shoplifting incident Saturday afternoon quickly escalated into a police pursuit, with a deputy nearly getting run down by a fleeing get-away-car.

    Anthony Deshaun Warren Jr., 20, of Louisville was arrested in the incident that started at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass and ended up in a police chase into Jefferson County, said Dwight Mitchell, spokesperson for the Louisville Metro Police Department.

  • Blue Christmas

    Several police officers and deputies from Shelby and Spencer counties responded to an important call at Walmart Saturday morning.

    No one departed the scene in handcuffs or tears, however, instead nearly a dozen children went home with toys, clothes and smiles.

  • Sunday sales passes first reading

    During a special called meeting Monday, the Shelbyville City Council approved on first reading an ordinance that, if passed on second reading Thursday, will permit the sale of packaged alcohol on Sundays.