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  • Lifebridge teaches kids humane animal treatment

    "Even though we're born with the ability to be compassionate and to empathize, to really put those words into action we have to be taught," said Teresa Bottom, chair of the board of Lifebridge for Animals.

    The organization is celebrating its first year of teaching children to be kind to animals and help control the animal population.

  • Schools may save $1 million on construction

    Because of lower-than-expected construction costs, the Shelby County Public School system estimates that it will save over $1 million on six upcoming building projects.

    District officials estimated they would be shelling out $3.2 million dollars this summer to complete the construction of several local projects. However, when the district received all of the construction bids on the projects, they came in at just over $2.1 million. That's a total estimated savings of $1.04 million.

  • Memorial Day ceremony to be held Monday

    Next Monday, the nation will once again take time out to honor its veterans, a tradition that America has observed for 140 years.

    Memorial Day ceremonies will take place at Grove Hill Cemetery at 11 a.m., beginning with a welcome by Col. Roger C. Green Jr., Army (ret.), post commander of VFW Post 1179.

    After Jim Morris of Post 1179 delivers the invocation, the speaker will be Col. Ron Turner, an Iraqi war veteran and currently the chief of staff of the Kentucky National Guard.

    The placing of the wreath will follow his speech.

  • Clinton carries county

    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton easily carried Shelby County Tuesday and appeared headed for a win statewide.

    With all of the county's 34 precincts reporting, Clinton topped Barack Obama 4,287 to 2,297 in the county. Statewide with about 50 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton was winning by about 25 percentage points over Obama. Obama appeared to be running his best race in Jefferson County where he held a slight lead over Clinton at press-time.

  • Bringing back the prairie

    Nearly all of the prairie settlers found on their way across North America is now gone. But if efforts at Red Orchard Park pan out, visitors can get an idea what those early settlers may have seen when the crossed the country in their covered wagons. And they may hear the increasingly rare call of the bobwhite quail to boot.

    On Tuesday, Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks workers planted 15 acres in Red Orchard Park to a mix of grasses that mimic those found in the short grass prairies of bygone days. Kentucky originally had hundreds of thousands of acres of prairie lands.

  • Sprucing up the woods

    Long-neglected Wyatt's Woods is looking more presentable, thanks to members of Simpsonville Baptist Church.

    The group, which consisted of an adult and a youth Sunday school class, spent much of the day Saturday sprucing up the nine-acre nature preserve behind Simpsonville Elementary School.

    The cleanup is part of a church program called, "40 Days of Community," in which Sunday school classes do community service projects with the goal of doing something for the betterment of the community.

  • Wiihabilitation: virtual therapy

    Physical therapy usually isn't the most enjoyable part of a senior's day.

    As old age causes the body to become weaker and prone to aches, the prospect of physical exercise can be less than appealing.

    But this does not always have to be the case

    Jackie Waits, activities director at the Masonic Home of Shelbyville, said when seniors are given the proper motivation, it is amazing to see what they can do.

    About a month ago, Waits started using a Wii video game system as an option for physical activities for residents.

  • Say cheese and walk a straight line

    When the Shelbyville City Council created the alcohol tax, it did so with the intentions of using the funds to improve the police department's ability to deal with alcohol-related problems in the city.

  • Dropping in

    The excitement is mounting among skateboarders who are eagerly anticipating Saturday's opening of the new Shelby County Skate Park.

    Dee Maynard, a volunteer who spearheaded the project to get a skatepark in the county, said much of the credit goes to the eight young people who helped raise the money for park.

  • Relay for Life to be held this weekend

    The Relay for Life is coming up this weekend and cancer survivors and others are gearing up to attend the fundraiser.

    Daisy Baxter and Becky Brewer, both of Shelbyville, are among the breast cancer survivors who will be attending the Relay this year.

    When Baxter found a lump in her breast, she quietly made a doctor's appointment and didn't tell anybody what she suspected. Even after she found out the lump was malignant, she didn't say anything to anyone until she had to, she said.