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  • Shelby one of state’s healthiest counties

    Shelby County remains one of the healthiest counties in the commonwealth, according to the 2015 County Health Rankings of all states, complied annually by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    Shelby County had moved up to third place in 2013, a substantial jump from 2012, when the county came in 9th place, following a rising trend, coming in 12th in 2011 and 22nd in 2010.

  • Message from the heart

    Tickets are going quickly for the annual Women’s Health Fair sponsored by Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, which for the past decade has been working to raise awareness of health issues specific to women.

    “At this point, we’re expecting a sell out,” said Holly Husband, spokesperson for JHS. “We have already sold more tickets than we ever do and right now – we’re sitting at a pretty high number – and we’ll sell out at about three hundred.”

  • If you build it they will come

    Nestled behind a blanket of trees in a quiet Shelbyville neighborhood sits a hidden gem – Fuzion Athletics, an athletic club like no other around.

    Owner and coach Jamie Steffen does not train basketball or football players, but rather he’s a pole vaulting coach, and with his unique facility he’s singlehandedly putting Kentucky on the pole vaulting map.

    With only a handful of similar facilities across the nation, most of his students travel more than one hour each way every week to train at Fuzion, Steffen said.

  • Teachers teaching teachers

    Shelby County Public Schools introduced their newest facility, The Robert Blair Center, to numerous faculty members yesterday in conjunction with the district’s first Edtech Share Fair.

    District Technology Integration Coach Adam Watson organized the fair, which included nine stations established by educators from across the district.

    “The share fair, in a way, is a culmination of a program that started at the beginning of the year,” Watson explained.

  • A presidential achievement

    Honored just four months ago for obtaining a perfect score on the ACT exam, Ryan Renfro has now been selected as a 2015 United States Presidential Scholar candidate, a remarkable honor nationwide and one especially unique to the district.

    SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said he could not remember the last time someone in the district has been nominated as a candidate.

    Renfro is the first Collins High School student to achieve the candidacy and, in fact, is the first for Shelby County Schools in a decade.

  • Simpsonville sidewalk project begins 2nd phase this week

    More than a year after the completion of the first phrase of the Simpsonville sidewalk project, the second phase is scheduled to begin sometime this week.

  • New fire engine ready to roll

    The Shelbyville Fire Department has a new fire engine at Station 2 on Club House Drive behind White Castle.

    The department received the new truck a couple of weeks ago and its addition brings the Shelbyville Fire Department up to four engines with one serving as a reserve, said Assistant Chief Chris Spaulding.

    “It’s made by Ferrara Apparatus, and it’s brand new,” he said.

    The department also features several other vehicles.

    The new truck cost more than $400,000, said Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty.

  • Curtis Sanders Sr.: May 15, 1965 – March 19, 2015

    The community of Shelbyville is saddened by the loss of a beloved youth basketball coach that enriched the lives of many people, adults and children alike.

    “He’s touched so many people’s hearts, and he had a community of children, not just my two brothers and I,” said T’Andra Sanders of her father, Curtis Sanders Sr., who passed away Thursday at age 49.

    “It’s more than that; it’s everybody. He always said, ‘I love the kids.’”

  • Collins senior named National Merit Finalist

    With a schedule loaded with advanced placement classes and a 4.5 GPA, it should come as no surprise that Collins High School senior Elizabeth McGuire has been honored as a finalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

    In November, McGuire was recognized as one of only 16,000 semifinalists selected among 1.5 million applicants, and the sole semifinalist for the district.

    And earlier this month, she learned she had been narrowed down to one of the 15,000 students who made the finalist cut.

  • Rescued Eagle falls to illness

    Abraham, the eagle rescued last week from a Bagdad pond, has died.

    The eagle was pulled from the water Tuesday afternoon by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Doug Detherage and a second officer and was taken to Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary in Elizabethtown.

    Employees at the sanctuary said the following morning they believed the eagle had ingested rotten food, toxic algae bloom, or possibly lead absorbed by meat from a deer that had been shot and was suffering from toxicity.