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  • District approves May 27 as last day for students

    May 27 will officially kick-off the summer 2016 break for Shelby students.

    The Shelby County Board of Education agreed Thursday to amend the 2015-16 district calendar to account for lost days due to inclement weather.  School was called off a total of three days this winter on account of snow and to make up those days the district elected to simply tack them back on to the end of the originally approved calendar, which had deemed May 24 as the last day.  The originally planned graduation date of May 28, the Saturday following the last day, has not been impacted.

  • County considering Kentucky Wired project

    A workshop Tuesday night between county officials and representatives of a company affiliated with Kentucky Wired may be the first step toward moving Shelby County’s rural areas forward in terms of high speed Internet access.

    The catch is that it would cost $50,000 for the county to join the project, something that officials say would be worth it.

  • Overdose prevention training is Tuesday

    Do you live in fear that you or someone you love could die from an overdose of heroin?

    If so, you're not alone, and now there's an opportunity to do something about it.

    A free overdose reversal training session to be held Tuesday at First Christian Church on Eminence Pike from 6 to 8 p.m. will supply all the information needed to save a life.

    Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition, the entity holding the training, stresses that the event is open to everyone.

  • Farmers hoping for better hemp crops this year

    After high expectations and very optimistic predictions for last year’s experimental hemp crops, the actual harvest was a let down, farmers say. 

    “I just decided not to fool with it this year,” said Shelby County Farmer Ray Tucker, who planted 12 acres of hemp last year on property near Eminence Pike.  “We didn’t do real well last year, I don’t think anybody around here did. It’s all so experimental it’s hard to figure out, there’s still so many unknowns about it.” 

  • Easter pets - Not for every-bunny

    With Easter quickly approaching, you might be scrambling to the stores to snag up those last minute goodies and gifts for your loved ones’ baskets.  Common fillers include chocolate bunnies, marshmallow Peeps, fake grass and plastic eggs.  But if your shopping agenda includes an impromptu purchase of a cute little bunny or a bright yellow baby chick this holiday, you might find yourself hippity-hopping back to the pet store after the holiday weekend.

  • Medical marijuana info meeting is Monday

    Though 23 states and Washington, D.C. permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes –and four of which permit it for recreation purposes – the legalization of the plant is still a highly conflicted topic for the commonwealth.

    Next week, local supporters can learn how they can help the state progress toward legalization.

  • Learning their fair share

    When the bell rang at Southside Elementary School Wednesday afternoon, eager learners suddenly flooded the hallway.  With smiles and conversation, they switched classrooms seeking their next learning opportunity.

    Those classroom seats were not occupied antsy elementary students, but rather excited educators, eager to learn about innovative technology tools being used by other teachers across the district.

    The perplexing sight of teachers behind the desks, as well as leading the classrooms, was part of the district’s second Ed Tech Share Fair.

  • Healthy inspiration

    Those attending the Women’s Health Fair Monday came away filled with admiration and deeply touched by the efforts of hundreds of women, some dedicated to helping others, and some determined to overcome physical obstacles of their own.

  • Budget coming down to the wire

    Lawmakers have less than a week to complete the state budget, which has already undergone major revisions and will no doubt undergo many more before all is said and done.

    The Kentucky House voted to approve its version 53-0 last Wednesday, with all Republicans abstaining from the vote.

  • Coming up to speed

    Faster Internet speeds are in the works for portions of Shelby County, with Simpsonville being the predominant area of concentration for now.

    Officials at Time Warner Cable announced last week that the company is in the middle of taking the Internet and TV experience to the next step for customers in Jefferson, Ind., and Louisville, increasing speeds up to 300 Megabits per second (Mbps) at no extra cost to customers.