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  • Educating the world

    Haleigh LeCompte has spent most of her young life serving underserved communities and she’s not about to quit.

    Having recently returned from student teaching in South Africa, she is currently working with students in Chicago at an educational non-profit where she will serve until July when she flies to the Philippines with the Peace Corps.

    LeCompte, a 2009 Shelby County High School graduate, traces her humanitarian journey right back here to Shelbyville with her church youth mission trips.

  • Extra winter break comes at a cost

    While students across the county are enjoying their surprise winter break this week, some might not be so pleased come May as their school year extends into June.

    With four cancelled school days this week and another one in Novmeber the district has now added a week to the original school calendar. Students were out of school on Feb. 13 for a teacher’s professional development day and Monday in recognition of President’s Day

  • Triple S Planning Commission – Outlet expansion approved

    Tuesday’s Triple S meeting concluded with commissioners up in arms after they unanimously voted to table their decision regarding the amended Planned Unit Development Plan for the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass –or at least, some of it.

    Representatives from the outlet center made the decision to present their development plans for expansion in conjunction with an amendment to their originally approved signage standards.

  • SCPS closed Friday, Feb. 20

    Shelby County Public Schools will remain closed on Friday, Feb. 20, due to snow, ice and extreme temperatures in the region.

    The district made the announcement after 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

    This is the fourth day this week the district has missed due to the weather after storms have dropped nearly a foot of snow on the county this week.

    SCPS was already scheduled to be out of school on Monday for President's Day. A winter storm watch and wind chill advisory are in effect until 6 a.m. Friday morning.

  • SCPS to remain closed Thursday, Feb. 19, due to weather

    Shelby County Public Schools will remain closed on Thursday, Feb. 19, due to snow, ice and extreme temperatures in the region.

    The district made the announcement after 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

    This is the third day this week the district has missed due to the weather after storms have dropped nearly a foot of snow on the county this week. SCPS was already scheduled to be out of school on Monday for President's Day.

    Wednesday night and Thursday are forecast to the coldest days of the winter, with temperatures falling well below zero.

  • State pessimistic about when roads will be clear

    With plummeting temperatures and more snow, state officials said they are not sure when crews will be able to provide clear routes on roads.

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Public Information Officer Andrea Clifford reported in an E-mail that District 5 crews, which includes Shelby County, will continue to work on roads around the clock.

  • County to have hazardous waste study

    Shelby County magistrates gave emergency management officials the go ahead Tuesday to submit a grant request to get funding in place for a hazardous waste study.

    The commodity flow study, as it’s officially known, would provide crucial information about the types of hazardous materials used in Shelby County, said Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Whitman.

  • Fire destroys Trumbo home

    Just weeks after Jack Trumbo experienced one of the proudest moments of his life, being chosen in December to represent Farmer of the Year for the entire state of Kentucky, Monday morning brought a devastating experience when his house burned down around him.

    “We were just lucky we got out,” he said.

  • Woven from history

    This year’s third annual Community Tapestry was such a smash hit Sunday that organizers have already planned a second part to the event.

    “It was just great,” said Janice Harris, president of the Shelby County NAACP, adding that a second presentation has been scheduled for next week on one the topics of the Black History program held at the Northside Early Childhood Center.

  • Record-low temperatures follow record snowfall

    Despite plunging temperatures and record snowfall Monday, officials have said they were surprised that the day went as smoothly as it did, and hope the same holds true as record-low temperatures dip well below zero last night and tonight.

    “I’m looking out the window of my office right now, and there’s nobody on the road – it’s eerie,” Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said Monday.