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  • Restoring faith in the community

    If you know how stressful constructing a home from scratch can be, just imagine the headache of refurbishing a century-old building into a home.

    But despite the hassle involved, that was Ben and Melinda Hardin’s intention when they purchased property at 514, 518 and 524 Main Street in downtown Shelbyville in 2011.

    And four years later, as their vision is becoming a reality, the couple hopes others can find inspiration in their efforts.

  • Former parks employee arrested for theft

    A former Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation employee has been indicted for theft from the Family Activity Center.

    Heather Beth Simmons of Pleasureville who previously served as the Youth Services Director for the park system has been charged with Theft By Unlawful Taking for embezzling more than $10,000 but less than $1 million, a Class C felony.

    A more specific amount has not been released.

    The alleged thefts span a five-year period, occurring between November 2010 and January 2015, according to the indictment.

  • Creating a plan of action

    Could you imagine a scenario where hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people come down with the flu, or even worse, come into contract with anthrax in your community?

    How could all those people be cared for without infecting the healthy portion of the population?

    Maybe you’ve never envisioned such a situation, but the health department has – that’s why 200 people of all areas of public health gathered Thursday at Shelby Christian Church to take part in a mock scenario of just that type.

  • Better check your child’s booster seat

      Several new laws will go into effect statewide today marking 90 days since the General Assembly adjourned on March 25.

    One of the most notable is House Bill 315, Which requires booster seats to be used in motor vehicles by children who are under 8-years-old or are 57 inches in height.

  • District staffing changes match strategic plan

    While students are enjoying summer break, Shelby County Public Schools is doing a little spring-cleaning.

    And when SCPS high school students return to school this fall, it seems they all will be greeted by a new principal, as Collins Principal John Leeper has made his decision to transition to district administration and SCHS Principal Eddie Oakley announced his retirement, or so it seemed, earlier this year.

  • Swifty’s swift closure leaves a hole in service

    Pumping our own gas may seem like a minor inconvenience for us in times of inclement weather, but for individuals like Glen Franklin pumping gas unassisted can be a major hassle.

    That is because Franklin, like several others in Shelby County, is confined to a wheel chair, and despite an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that requires “gas stations to provide equal access for their customers with disabilities,” Franklin said the assistance is rarely offered.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board discuss school supply lists

    Student costs and fees will again be a big part of the Board of Education’s discussion when it reconvenes Thursday at 7 p.m. for its regular meeting at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the matter of school supplies will be raised during the superintendent’s report and he expects the board to discuss the issue and possibly take action on resolving some concerns with them.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL: Sidewalk plan back on City’s summer agenda

     The city of Shelbyville has restarted its sidewalk improvement plan, and this time they have focused it on a smaller area to help with enforcement.

    In her report to the council during Tuesday’s special called meeting, City Engineer and Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell informed council members that the public works department had sent letters to residents of Henry Clay Street notifying them that they must make improvements to the sidewalks in front of their houses.

  • Human Rights Commission seats remain empty

    When several members stepped down from the Shelby County Human Rights Commission earlier this year, a void was left that four months later has yet to be completely filled.

    But city and county officials agree the issue with replenishing the commission rests in the hands of the community, and they don’t seem overly optimistic that the spots will be filled anytime soon.

  • Heavy drinking on the rise in Shelby County

    Compared to the rest of the nation, Kentucky has far fewer consumers of alcohol, but research shows the commonwealth is trying to play catch-up.

    And Shelby County isn’t far behind.

    In fact, a study by the Institute on Health Metrics and Evaluation revealed that Kentucky by far had the largest increase in the percentage of individuals consuming alcohol from 2005 to 2012 and women are responsible for the majority of that growth.

    Locally, the numbers fare better than the state, but still show significant growth compared to the nation.