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  • Shelby teams face off in academic competition

    Elementary schools across Shelby County competed in district competition of the Governor’s Cup over the weekend and two Shelby schools brought home top honors.

    The district event at Clear Creek Elementary saw Wright, Simpsonville, Southside and Clear Creek compete.  There the Simpsonville Bobcats came out on top.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Committee recommends 4 percent tax increase

    The Shelby County Board of Education gathered with members of the budget committee for a formal work session during its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday and learned their recommendation included a two percent teacher raise. The proposal, however, was a double-edged sword as it accompanied the recommendation of generating those funds by increasing the county’s property tax by the maximum four percent rate.

    Rates can be increased by more, but would require a public vote, not just action by the school board.

  • Shelby deputy coroner dies suddenly

    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Ittin Russell died unexpectedly Friday at his home in Shelbyville of a gunshot wound.

    “He was deceased upon our arrival of an apparent gunshot wound,” said Maj. Istvan Kovacs of the Shelbyville Police Department. “The actual cause or source of that is still under investigation.”

    Kovacs declined to elaborate on whether the fatal gunshot wound was accidental or self-inflected, or any details surrounding the situation, but said that no one is charged in the death.

  • Youth with a mission

    “I really love to see the fulfillment on the homeowner’s face when they get the work done,” said Hailey Wood.

    “They really need it and it’s a really heartwarming experience. That’s what keeps me coming back – it’s so needed in the community.”

    Wood, 18, a senior at Shelby County High School, is one of several local students who will be joining hundreds of middle and high school students from around the state and even the nation this summer in a project called Kentucky Changers.

  • County to repave several roads

    Three county roads are slated to be repaved, and officials say the construction will be done this spring.

    At Tuesday night's meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates accepted the request of Shelby County Road Supervisor Craig Myatt to solicit bids to resurface portions of Bob Rogers Road, Booker Lane and Gorham's Road.

    Myatt said the projects would take the rest of the funding allotted for the road department for the current fiscal year.

  • Birds of a feather

    While it's true that opposites attracts, it's also true that birds of a feather flock together, although Bonnie Witt would object strenuously to that idiom, with her fear of birds.

    But no one can argue with the result of the union between Witt and her husband, Gene, who’s 41 year marriage is rock solid – even though they've had their share of rough times, with serious surgeries, their house burning to the ground and enduring the grief of losing both sets of parents.

  • Giving back to the lake

    In their own appreciative nod to the community, new neighbors, Bulleit Distilling Co., recently installed a new boat ramp at Guist Creek, providing boaters with more accommodating launches throughout the year.

  • Painting the town

    Gogh Crazy, a new art studio in The Shoppes at Blue Gables, held its grand opening on Saturday and the response was overwhelming, co-owner and instructor Liz Ruff said.

    “We had a turnout that was so big, we couldn’t fit everyone in the door,” she said.

    And less than a week after opening, classes already are booking up.

  • District receives $3.2 million workforce grant

    With an additional $3.2 million in its pocket, Shelby County Public Schools can maintain its focus on developing students into the highly trained workforce the community needs.

  • Changing with change

    The Shelby County Humane Society got its wish granted recently on the backs of thousands of wishes from the community.

    The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass presented a donation of more than $1,400 to the Shelby County Humane Society – funds accumulated one coin at a time from the fountain in the center court of the shopping center.