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  • Letters to Antarctica

    Two classes at Clear Creek Elementary have been corresponding with a pen pal who lives in one of the coldest places on earth.

    Students in Jackie Pridemore's and Kellie Hornback's class have been writing emails back and forth with Kevin Cole, a local carpenter who is currently working in Antarctica.

    Cole, who arrived in the South Pole late last October, provides support for scientists in the South Pole by building and remodeling facilities, and providing logistics, information technology and communications.

  • Schools project low revenue gains

    The Shelby County Board of Education reviewed a draft budget last Thursday night that projects only modest gains in revenue for the district and a decrease in expenses.

    According to the draft, lower interest rates and a decline in reimbursements from last year's expenses are expected to result in limited overall growth in local revenue.

    Dr. Bob Arvin, the district financial consultant, said cuts to the federal interest rates have hurt the district's income. He said further cuts to the rate could increase the loss.

  • Group says 'no' to Oldham County airport

    There's a new anti-airport voice in the crowd, and it's a loud one.

    The citizens group, called, No Oldham Airport (NOA), already has a website and held its first organizational meeting Jan. 10. So far, group organizer Jim Pearson said more than 600 Oldham County residents have shown support for the groups' stance against the idea of putting an airport in the area.

    A handful of Shelby County residents who live off Ky. 53 near the Oldham County line have already said they don't want to see it happen either.

  • Man indicted for arson

    A local man was indicted last week on charges he intentionally set a fire at an apartment building on Second Street when he knew people were inside the building.

    Juli Chavez Villalobos, of Shelbyville, was indicted Jan. 23 on one count of first-degree arson as well as operating a motor vehicle without an operator's license and operating a vehicle under the influence.

    The indictment stems from a Dec. 1 fire at 525 Second Street that police believe was intentionally set.

  • I-64 wreck injures 3

    Traffic on eastbound I-64 at the Simpsonville exit was shut down for an hour Wednesday afternoon and three women were taken to the University of Louisville Hospital after a car in the I-64 westbound lane crossed the median and struck their Chevy Tahoe.

    Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said the driver of the Ford 500 that crossed the median said a commercial box truck in the lane next to him collided with his car, causing him to go off the road and cross the median.

    Officers estimate the distance between the eastbound and westbound lanes is between 50 and 75 feet.

  • Deputy gets DUI award

    Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Edward Whitworth arrested 86 drunk or otherwise impaired drivers last year.

    The state Department of Transportation Safety gave Whitworth an award for his vigilance and also and award to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office which arrested a total of 271 drivers on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the same time period.

    Gene Witt, chief deputy for the department, said Whitworth, 31, is not only a dedicated officer but a multi-talented one as well because he is one of two paramedics on staff.

  • Schools battling the bulge

    In hopes of slimming down a growing trend of childhood obesity, state and local health officials are trying to direct students away from junk food and inactivity and toward exercise and healthy eating choices.

    Traci Earley, district health coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools, said poor eating habits and lack of exercise among local students has led to an increased number of students with Type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure - health risks typically found only in middle-aged adults.

    Earley said childhood obesity is a growing problem around the state and nation.

  • Packed with care: Project extends food services

    What started as a program to ensure that low-income students at a local elementary school have adequate food has developed into a countywide effort for underprivileged children.

    Since last spring, members of the Shelby County Backpack Project have been collecting, packaging and delivering weekend meals for needy children in the school district.

    Christy Meredith, who dreamed up the project, said what started as a program at Southside Elementary has now grown into a service to all six county elementary schools.

  • Abandoned farm house holds stolen 'treasures'

    An abandoned Shelby County farmhouse doubled as a storage shed for goods stolen from an Eminence flea market, Eminence Police Maj. Kevin Kemper said Wednesday.

    Police recovered more than $7,500 in rare coins and other property from the empty house near Simpsonville. There, two Eminence men allegedly hid items they looted from Treasures Flea Market on S. Main Street, Kemper said.

  • Triple S hears landscaping/buffer concerns

    There was more agreement than disagreement at Tuesday's public workshop on changes Triple S Planning and Zoning is considering to the county's landscape and buffering rules.

    "I think we're all pretty much on the same page here," said Al Andrews, who spoke on behalf of the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation.