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  • In need of a helping hand

     

     

    It’s that time of year when giving is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. And local charities are asking that folks give that most precious gift – time.

    Shelby County has five food banks that all say they could use some extra manpower in the form of volunteers.

    Sam Eyle, director of the Serenity Center, a Christian-based counseling service that has operated a food bank for the past seven years for the general public, said he needs all kinds of volunteers.

  • Ferguson not as violent as it appears

    On August 9, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., by police Officer Darren Wilson.  Monday evening, the announcement was made that a grand jury had voted to not indict Wilson.

    Following the release of the decision, televisions and computers have been flooded with videos of riots, looting, protests and violence.

    But St. Louis resident Casey McBride, daughter of Waddy resident Leslie McBride, says a lot of what we are seeing has been exaggerated.

  • District hires new Director of Finance

    Shelby County Public Schools has hired a new Director of Finance to fill the position left vacant when Greg Murphy stepped down from the position last month in the wake of a former employee being charged with embezzling almost $600,000.

    Susan Barkley, currently employed with the Kentucky Department of Education, will fill the position starting on Dec. 1.

    Murphy, who stepped down from the position on October 29, is still employed with the district.

  • Frozen is hot for Black Friday

    For the first year in more than a decade, Barbie dolls will not be topping off little girls’ Christmas list, according to the National Retail Federation, as one in five parents of little girls are anticipating the purchase of Disney’s Frozen items instead. 

    The animated movie, which was released last November became an immediate hit and has since become the highest grossing animated film of all time.

  • Collins senior named National Merit semifinalist

    The Shelby County Board of Education commended Elizabeth McGuire on Thursday, for her achievement in being selected as a semifinalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  McGuire, a senior at Martha Layne Collins High School, is one of only 16,000 semifinalists selected from the 1.5 million applicants to the program and is the sole semifinalist in the district.

    “It’s a major honor,” SCPS public relations coordinator Ryan Allan said, noting his pride in her achievement.

  • Collins senior named National Merit semifinalist

    The Shelby County Board of Education commended Elizabeth McGuire on Thursday, for her achievement in being selected as a semifinalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  McGuire, a senior at Martha Layne Collins High School, is one of only 16,000 semifinalists selected from the 1.5 million applicants to the program and is the sole semifinalist in the district.

    “It’s a major honor,” SCPS public relations coordinator Ryan Allan said, noting his pride in her achievement.

  • Thanksgiving service challenges community to open eyes

     

    Though the sun had set on Simpsonville, a small church congregation was shining bright Tuesday evening, as songs of Thanksgiving filled the sanctuary at Simpsonville Christian Church.

    For a number of years, several churches within Shelby County have hosted a community-wide Thanksgiving service at Simpsonville Christian the night before Thanksgiving.  However, for the past two years the service has been held on a Tuesday evening to accommodate travelers.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Trash haulers prep for new curbside service

    The Shelbyville City Council was pleased with news shared by trash hauling companies at its meeting Thursday night.

    Representatives from all three haulers that currently serve the city of Shelbyville turned out to answer any questions from the council or from the public on how the transition to the garbage franchise – with Republic Services – will take place in January.

    “Of course, we know the basics, but I am glad that you all are here,” said councilman Mike Zoeller.

  • Horse rescued from farm pond

    An elderly horse pulled from a farm pond in Simpsonville over the weekend had some very scary hours before the haggard animal was retrieved, weak and nearly frozen by a crew of humane rescue workers.

    What’s worse, it’s not even known how long the 23-year-old mare, Bayern, was in the pond before she was discovered.

    Amanda Williamson said she was house sitting at the home of her aunt, Sherra Kapfhammer on Aiken Road Saturday when she was awakened shortly before 9 a.m. by a knock on the door.

  • Man arrested burglarizing home of deceased stepbrother

    Just a week after Christopher Horine of Shelbyville was shot to death by police, his family is reeling from a second shock, after his stepbrother was arrested and charged with burglarizing his house.

    John Davis, 40, of Eminence was arrested Monday and charged with second-degree burglary.

    Shelby County Detective Jason Rice said that not only is Davis charged with breaking into his late stepbrother’s home on Fox Run Road, but also the way the burglary went down in shocking in itself.