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  • The Big Picture coming in focus

    Shelby County Public Schools has taken its first steps toward building the first Big Picture Learning Academy in the state, but nothing will be built… yet.

    Earlier this month the district announced that Jefferson Community and Technical College would house the program in its first year.

  • ATC program earns national recognition

    The National Institute for Metalworking Skills recently announced the accreditation of the Computerized Manufacturing and Machining Program at the Shelby County Area Technology Center.

    Formed in 1994 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive workforce, NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements.

  • Pulling together

    It took a community effort to clean up a large amount of debris after a storm blew through Shelby County last week.

    “The storm came through last Wednesday and it knocked down a lot of trees throughout the neighborhood,” said Cecil Goodloe, president of the Charleston neighborhood association on Mount Eden Road near Weissinger.

    Goodloe said it all started when he realized a crew of volunteers would be needed to clean up some of the major debris left on Charleston Way in the storm’s wake.

  • Human rights commission has first meeting

    Though not quite fully-staffed, the revamped Shelbyville/Shelby County Human Rights Commission Monday held its first meeting in more than two years.

    Along with the business of electing officers, the commission – which made its quorom of 5 – set an agenda of public outreach, said Chair Yandell Murphy.

    That will involve seeking input from the community, she said.

    The members who attended the meeting were Murphy, Ron Ford, who was elected vice chair, Norris Beckley, Andrea Cottrell and Robert Marshall.

  • Squire Boone statue under construction

    With the statue construction already underway, the group that has worked for several years to get a statue of Squire Boone placed at the east entrance to Shelbyville finally has the full plan in place.

    Although not all of the funding is in place for the project, enough money has been collected – $100,000 – to get the ball rolling, with the completion of design plans, organizers say.

  • County collects enough petitions

     

  • Friends for life

    With tears in his eyes, Jerry Gribbins exposed a corner of his soul that wasn’t entirely his – he had lost a little piece of his heart to a complete stranger 16 years ago.

    He has never forgotten that newborn baby he found abandoned in the Dumpster behind his pawnshop on Washington Street in January 2000 – he has even carried the child’s photo in his wallet right along with those of his own grandchildren all these years.

    On Monday, he waited anxiously at his shop for a very special visitor.

  • Unity event attracts large, diverse crowd

    While the nation continues to divide amidst the violence and tragedies worldwide, Shelbyville residents of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds came together Sunday in an event aimed at unifying our community and hopefully set an example for the rest of the world.

    Attendees enjoyed the company of one another as children laughed and danced to the music that filled the park.

    The event was a breath of fresh air considering the dark cloud of hostility hanging over the nation.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Eagle Scout to upgrade Clear Creek outdoor classes

    Amidst the quiet room of education professionals, 13-year-old Spencer Cerlan stood up and approached the podium with confidence.  Though he was barely tall enough to reach the microphone, his words resonated throughout the room.  With a big smile, Cerlan eagerly shared his Eagle Scout project, an undertaking he’s been looking forward to for four years.

    Cerlan shared with the Shelby County Board of Education members Thursday his plans to develop an outdoor classroom for his former teacher, Parthanna Willis at Clear Creek Elementary School.

  • SCPS to offer free lunches

    Shelby County Public Schools announced this week its participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program, a provision from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that allows schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students.

    Cindy Murphy, school nutrition food service coordinator, said the provision is a big step toward battling adolescent hunger in the county. Shelby County will participate at the elementary and preschool levels this up coming school year.