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  • Dance to the beat

    The rhythms and movements of tribal Africa filled Clear Creek Elementary school's cafeteria on Monday as a local percussion and dance group performed for the students.

    Dancers from East Middle school's Talented and Gifted program and percussionists from the school's band gave the elementary students a performance and then taught them how the music and movements are made.

  • Matthews runs for city council

    Hoping to serve the city of Shelbyville for a fourth term, Alan Matthews has once again filed for city council.

    "I view my time on city council as serving the people of Shelbyville," Matthews said. "I want to do whatever I can to make the city a better place to live, work and raise a family."

    A Democrat, Matthews, said that when he votes he has taxpayers in mind. He added that it is important that sound fiscal decisions are made for the city of Shelbyville, so quality services can be provided for the public.

  • New postmaster takes duty to heart

    Robert Sparks is used to being in charge.

    As a former marine who spent seven years in the service, he became accustomed to duty and discipline which are two qualities he brings with him to Shelbyville as its new postmaster.

    But it's also in his blood.

    His mother, Callie Potts, was a career postal employee and retired as the senior plant manager for the Kentucky and Southern Indiana area.

    Born and raised in Louisville and Southern Indiana, Sparks, 45, has himself already logged 16 years with the U.S. Postal system.

  • Wrecks send two to hospital

    Two different auto accidents in the last two days have sent two men to the University of Louisville Hospital with serious injuries.

    The first accident was a one-vehicle collision that occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Monday. Ray Casey, of Southfield, was traveling south on Ky. 53 when, according to a Shelby County Sheriff's report, his pickup went off the right shoulder of the road.

  • Barns, roofs, trees victims of storm

    The mid-winter storm that roared through Shelby County in the early hours of Wednesday morning took out several barns, hundreds of trees and blew off a few rooftops.

    No one was reported injured as of 10 a.m. Wednesday. School officials closed schools after several schools, including Shelby County High School, Cropper and Heritage Elementary were without power.

    While residents on the east and west sides of the county were reporting tornadoes, Emergency Management Agency Director Charlie Frazee said radar showed all of the damage in the county was likely straight-line winds.

  • Group keeps park clean

    Thanks to the efforts of a local volunteer group, the grounds at Clear Creek Park are cleaner and the natural resources are better protected.

    Since last October, a group of volunteers known as the Clear Creek Trailblazers has been going to the park at least once a month to work on environmental projects.

    Sara Johns, volunteer coordinator for the group, said so far the group has removed unwanted honeysuckle, picked up walnuts and debris, maintained trails and finished many other projects that protect the natural resources of the park.

  • Best foot forward

    George R. Best said he filed for his first term on Shelbyville City Council to repay a debt to the city that he has lived in all his life.

    Best, a Democrat, has been active in city planning, having spent 47 years serving on the Transportation Cabinet before retiring. He remains a commissioner on the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission.

    Best said it is important that the council members look at issues closely so the right decisions are made, because when addressing a problem each member has only one vote, and it is the group's outlook that matters.

  • Primary forecast: Cloudy and dull?

    While other states as small or smaller than Kentucky have played a large role in the presidential candidate winnowing process, it does not look like local voters will have much to pick from in the state's May 20 primary.

    "It's watered down because our primary is so late," said Shelby County Republican party chair Charles Bates. "Still, what the voters do here in Kentucky they will want to see nationally. But I don't know how much that will stimulate the vote."

  • Teacher pleads on obscenity charge

    Former Shelby County High School teacher Scott Stumbo entered an Alford plea Wednesday in Shelby County District Court on two counts of harassment and one count of distributing obscene material to a minor.

    Under an Alford plea, Stumbo, 47, does not admit guilt but acknowledges there could be enough evidence to find him guilty if he went to trial.

  • Steer mauls local man

    A local man was sent to the emergency room on Wednesday after being attacked by his steer.

    Around noon, Paul Eisenback was tending to his animal when it mauled him.

    Shelby County EMS and rescue workers were dispatched to 1633 Veechdale Road to aid Eisenback.

    EMS workers took him to University of Louisville Hospital.

    Kay Eisenback, his wife, said Paul was in intensive care and seems to be recovering.