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  • NEWS DIGEST: July 2, 2014

    Gov. Beshear awards $1.2 million

    for early childhood education

    Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday announced more than $1 million in grants to be awarded to 64 Community Early Childhood Councils covering 88 Kentucky counties to promote school readiness for children. The announcement is part of the Governor’s continued commitment to improving early childhood outcomes for Kentucky’s youngest citizens.

    OVEC – which serves Shelby and 12 other area school districts – received $60,180.

  • School board tables redistricting

    The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday tabled a plan to redraw the school board district boundaries for the November election so they could have more time to review the plan.

    Some board members expressed their concern for the need to redistrict, but board member Brenda Jackson clarified the situation.

  • Large crowd shows for Rabb ceremony

    A Shelby County family that made great strides for African-Americans has finally received an honor that was long overdue.

    On Tuesday, a historical marker was placed in front of the house of Dr. Maurice F. Rabb, Sr., his wife Mrs. Jewel Miller Rabb and their son Dr. Maurice F. Rabb, Jr. once called home nearly 70 years ago. Both Dr. Rabb Sr. and Mrs. Rabb were active in the NAACP and Dr. Rabb Jr. went on to become the first African-American student at the University of Louisville and in the university’s medical school.

  • Garbage RFPs not ready

    For those waiting to hear the cost for the city’s proposed garbage and recycling franchise, you’re just going to have to wait a little longer.

    While the ordinance was conceived more than one year ago and Request For Proposals introduced almost a month ago, the bids will not be on the agenda for Thursday’s regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 315 Washington Street in Shelbyville.

  • School construction increase, MAP scores remain level

    Construction on the new Southside Elementary building is running slightly behind schedule, but according to Harry Dumesnil with K. Norman Berry Associates Architects, it will be ready before the 2014-15 school year begins on August 13.

    Dumesnil originally anticipated a completion date of July 5, but said because of weather and various other factors, “That day will come and go.”   However, Dumesnil was confident that they would receive a certificate of occupancy by the end of the month.

  • Paul speaks at Rotary

    After a tasty meal at the Shelbyville Rotary Club Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul treated the crowd of more than 100 to a dessert discussion of topics close to his heart, such as immigration reform, criminal justice, minimized government influence in the private sector, and his ideas on how to bring more money into the U.S. economy.

  • Temporary lane closure Wednesday on westbound I-64 in Shelby County

     The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office announced Tuesday that westbound Interstate 64 will be reduced to one lane near Simpsonville at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 2.  Contract crews will be moving barrier wall in the work zone where interstate widening is underway.

  • A family of leaders is remembered

    Rabb family

    dedication

    WHAT: A ceremony to honor the Rabb family, which lived in Shelbyville in the 1950s. Dr. Maurice Rabb Sr. and his wife, Jewell, were active in the civil rights movement in Shelbyville and Louisville, and their son Dr. Maurice Rabb Jr. was on one of the leading ophthalmologists in the country.

    WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday

    WHRE: 413 Henry Clay Street, at the former home and office of Dr. Rabb Sr.

  • Three nominated for district judge vacancy

    Three attorneys, all of them with county attorney experience, have been nominated to fill a seat left vacant by a Shelby County District Judge who retired in March.

    The Administrative Office of the Courts has announced that Robert Coots and Ruth Ann Hollan, both of Spencer County, and Betty Springate of Lawrenceburg, have been chosen as potential candidates to fill the spot left vacant when District Judge Linda Armstrong retired March 16.

  • Louisville attorney has deep Shelby roots

    Franklin Jelsma, who was recently named managing partner in his Jefferson County law firm, may not be a Shelbyville native, but between his wife and her family, and his parents who have lived in Shelby County for 31 years, he feels like a native son, he said.

    “Between visiting [mother-in-law Jean Logan] and visiting my parents, we spend a lot of time in Shelbyville,” he said.