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  • A presidential achievement

    Honored just four months ago for obtaining a perfect score on the ACT exam, Ryan Renfro has now been selected as a 2015 United States Presidential Scholar candidate, a remarkable honor nationwide and one especially unique to the district.

    SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said he could not remember the last time someone in the district has been nominated as a candidate.

    Renfro is the first Collins High School student to achieve the candidacy and, in fact, is the first for Shelby County Schools in a decade.

  • Simpsonville sidewalk project begins 2nd phase this week

    More than a year after the completion of the first phrase of the Simpsonville sidewalk project, the second phase is scheduled to begin sometime this week.

  • New fire engine ready to roll

    The Shelbyville Fire Department has a new fire engine at Station 2 on Club House Drive behind White Castle.

    The department received the new truck a couple of weeks ago and its addition brings the Shelbyville Fire Department up to four engines with one serving as a reserve, said Assistant Chief Chris Spaulding.

    “It’s made by Ferrara Apparatus, and it’s brand new,” he said.

    The department also features several other vehicles.

    The new truck cost more than $400,000, said Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty.

  • Curtis Sanders Sr.: May 15, 1965 – March 19, 2015

    The community of Shelbyville is saddened by the loss of a beloved youth basketball coach that enriched the lives of many people, adults and children alike.

    “He’s touched so many people’s hearts, and he had a community of children, not just my two brothers and I,” said T’Andra Sanders of her father, Curtis Sanders Sr., who passed away Thursday at age 49.

    “It’s more than that; it’s everybody. He always said, ‘I love the kids.’”

  • Collins senior named National Merit Finalist

    With a schedule loaded with advanced placement classes and a 4.5 GPA, it should come as no surprise that Collins High School senior Elizabeth McGuire has been honored as a finalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

    In November, McGuire was recognized as one of only 16,000 semifinalists selected among 1.5 million applicants, and the sole semifinalist for the district.

    And earlier this month, she learned she had been narrowed down to one of the 15,000 students who made the finalist cut.

  • Rescued Eagle falls to illness

    Abraham, the eagle rescued last week from a Bagdad pond, has died.

    The eagle was pulled from the water Tuesday afternoon by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Doug Detherage and a second officer and was taken to Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary in Elizabethtown.

    Employees at the sanctuary said the following morning they believed the eagle had ingested rotten food, toxic algae bloom, or possibly lead absorbed by meat from a deer that had been shot and was suffering from toxicity.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Restaurant tax draws discussion

    After a workshop earlier this month and discussion last week during the regular meeting, the Shelbyville City Council decided that more conversation was needed on a proposed restaurant tax.

    The council will have another workshop regarding the proposed tax Thursday at 5:30 at city hall.

    At last week’s meeting, opposition rang out from a crowd of about 10 attendees.

    Charlie Kramer of The Shelby County Tourism Commission presented the hot topic to the council, which opened a floodgate of discussion.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – District to consider drug testing of student athletes

    David Weedman, director student achievement, will present a report regarding drug testing for student athletes when the Shelby County Board of Education meets Thursday at the district offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    “We were asked to inquire about general things [that] other districts were doing about random drug testing with athletes,” Weedman said.  “So we will present our finds to the board and see if they want to go forward with something like that.”

  • Everybody wants an Easter Bunny

    With Easter just around the corner, it’s likely that the Easter Bunny won’t only be leaving stuffed images of himself with children this year, but some real ones as well.

    Live bunnies may be cuddly and cute, but they are a handful to care for, say rabbit experts, who are holding a class next week on how to care for a rabbit.

  • Former bank official gets 1 year in prison

    A former Shelbyville bank official has received a year in prison in a federal court case for misappropriating more than a quarter million dollars in bank funds.

    What’s more, he did it for a woman he was romantically involved with, according to court documents.

    Roy T. Edwards was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court by Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove to 12 months in prison, with an additional six months of home incarceration.

    In addition, Tatenhove ordered Edwards to pay $308,482 in restitution.