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  • 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.

  • Happy campers

    That time of year nearly every student in Shelby County has been anticipating for the past 9 months has finally arrived.  Pencils are down and playgrounds are full because, as Alice Cooper so eloquently put it, “School’s out for summer.”

    Hopefully our little ones won’t spend their newfound free time trashing our houses like it’s a hotel room on Cooper’s world tour but they are likely to be filled with excitement and ready to burst.

  • Doing ‘What we thought was right’

    The last surviving member of a group of Shelby County teenagers who quit school in their senior year to join the Army in 1944 during World War II said that he and the others were only doing their patriotic duty.

    “We did what we thought was right,” said Auston Morris Adams.

  • Special remembrance

    This year’s Memorial Day service at Grove Hill Cemetery will pay special recognition to our nation’s Vietnam veterans in observance of the 50th anniversary of America’s involvement in the war.

    Retired Col. Roger Green, a former commander of the Shelbyville VFW Post 1179, said he would be preparing special programs for the occasion.

    Post Commander Henry Jew will give the welcome speech, and the U.S. Marine Jr. ROTC unit from Shelby County High School will post the colors.

  • After nearly five decades, man meets friend from Vietnam

    Barry Campbell, a Vietnam vet from Spencer County, never dreamed he would run across any of the celebrities he met while serving in Vietnam, especially not one that he held in such high regard.

    But on Wednesday, as Campbell set up his Vietnam memorabilia at the Flying J in Waddy as a part of the welcome for the Rolling Thunder Ride to the Wall event, he waited patiently.

    The parking lot was full of displays for the group, who stopped there in their annual Run for the Wall on the way to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

  • Riggs to retire in June

    A Shelbyville icon will step down after a decade and a half at the helm of one of the county’s best-loved civic organizations.

    Rosemary Riggs, executive director of Leadership Shelby since 2001, will retire June 30 after 15 years in what she calls a bittersweet move.

  • Achieving perfection

    When 229 seniors take the stage for graduation at Collins High School Saturday morning, there’s one student you can bet won’t be absent.

    It’s an extremely rare feat, but with a little bit of luck and a whole lot of drive, Anthony “Tony” Nichols has achieved perfect attendance, having never missed a single day of school since he started kindergarten 13 years ago.

    Shelby County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith said Nichols should be a role model.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Considers transitional housing

    The Shelbyville City Council heard a request from Dave Hamlin to send a zoning regulation change to the Triple S Planning Commission for their recommendation.

    Hamlin presented to the council a proposal to change the regulations in the Ag/Commercial district to allow for transitional housing to help curb the growing drug epidemic.

    “There are some that are trying to get well and to get in a better place and they are trying to get help,” Hamlin said.