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  • Invasion of the Pokemon snatchers

    In a time when the nation is harshly divided by politics, protests and violence, there’s a game out there pulling communities back together.

    “I think that’s a great part about it, that it encourages people to get out and explore and socialize,” said Phillip Kisling referring to the phone app game, Pokemon GO.  “I feel like it gives everyone a common connection for a moment.”

  • Teachers teaching teachers

    An unusual mix of Stormtroopers and teachers from across the state invaded the Blair Center at Southside Elementary School for a Star Wars themed EdCamp Kentucky.

    What organizers coined an “unconference,” EdCamp is a nationwide event in which attendees are encouraged to attend and bring ideas for sessions they would like to facilitate.  There is no official format because sessions are created as attendees arrive.

  • Slowing down in Simpsonville

    Simpsonville officials are very pleased with the new, wider Buck Creek Road except for one thing—it’s giving too many motorists an attitude like Sammy Hager.

    "We're working on the speed limit; we've heard from some people on that," City Administrator David Eaton told the Simpsonville City Commission at its meeting Thursday night.

    Eaton said residents have been calling to complain that the 35-mile per hour speed limit on Buck Creek Road from U.S. to the I-64 interchange is too slow.

  • Sen. Rand Paul to hold town hall meeting July 27

    Rand Paul will make a campaign stop in Shelbyville July 27 from 4 to 5 p.m. to hold a town hall event at the Stratton Center at 215 Washington St. Everyone interested in attending is encouraged to visit randpaulforsenate.eventbrite.com or tiny.cc/randshelbyville for more information and to RSVP. Admission is free.

  • Cox returns to East as principal

    A familiar face will fill the role of principal at East Middle School, a position recently left vacant following Rebecca Martin’s move to central office.

    The school’s Site Based Decision Making (SBDM) council announced Jennifer Cox as its selection late last week.

    Though she is returning to the district after serving as a Goal Clarity Coach in Jefferson County, she is no stranger to the district.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION New retail center planned on Old Brunerstown Road

    With the addition of a Tractor Supply, and a new apartment complex and a Taco Bell under construction, development is booming in the one-time industrial park on Old Brunerstown Road by Interstate 64– and it seems there’s no signs of it slowing down anytime soon. 

  • The Big Picture coming in focus

    Shelby County Public Schools has taken its first steps toward building the first Big Picture Learning Academy in the state, but nothing will be built… yet.

    Earlier this month the district announced that Jefferson Community and Technical College would house the program in its first year.

  • ATC program earns national recognition

    The National Institute for Metalworking Skills recently announced the accreditation of the Computerized Manufacturing and Machining Program at the Shelby County Area Technology Center.

    Formed in 1994 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive workforce, NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements.

  • Pulling together

    It took a community effort to clean up a large amount of debris after a storm blew through Shelby County last week.

    “The storm came through last Wednesday and it knocked down a lot of trees throughout the neighborhood,” said Cecil Goodloe, president of the Charleston neighborhood association on Mount Eden Road near Weissinger.

    Goodloe said it all started when he realized a crew of volunteers would be needed to clean up some of the major debris left on Charleston Way in the storm’s wake.

  • Human rights commission has first meeting

    Though not quite fully-staffed, the revamped Shelbyville/Shelby County Human Rights Commission Monday held its first meeting in more than two years.

    Along with the business of electing officers, the commission – which made its quorom of 5 – set an agenda of public outreach, said Chair Yandell Murphy.

    That will involve seeking input from the community, she said.

    The members who attended the meeting were Murphy, Ron Ford, who was elected vice chair, Norris Beckley, Andrea Cottrell and Robert Marshall.