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  • Premature death rates linked to health behavior

    A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, an international peer-reviewed research-driven journal for practitioners in internal medicine, suggested that the variation in life expectancy could be explained by differences in socioeconomic and race/ethnicity factors, as well as behavioral and other risk factors.

    Roanya Rice, executive director of the North Central District Health Department, which serves four counties, including Shelby, said one example is in the area of lung cancer.

  • Short agenda for Shelbyville City Council

    The Shelbyville City Council will have a very light agenda this week, officials say.

    "We just don't have a lot for an agenda," said Mayor Tom Hardesty. "Steve Gregory [city attorney] is working on something, so even if we have a meeting, it will be very short.”

    "It kind of comes in waves, it's just like an ocean wave," Hardesty said. "Sometimes you have a whole lot of items and then you get all that business taken care of, and it's just got to build back up again."

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – New member jumps on board

    When the Shelby County Board of Education convenes for its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, a new member will share the table.  Will Barnett was selected at the end of May and will be officially sworn into the position on Thursday at the start of the meeting, at 7 p.m. at Central Office, 1155 West Main Street. 

    A Shelby native who grew up in the Bagdad region, Barnett has three children who have either finished or are currently in the SCPS system. 

  • Chewing the fat

    Just like our waistlines, obesity in America is a growing problem.  In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than one-third of U.S. adults, or 33.8 percent, are obese.

    And adults aren’t alone in their struggles.  Data gathered from the National Health and Examination Survey Approximately determined that approximately 17 percent, or 12.5 million, of children and adolescents ages 2-19 years are obese.

    A person is considered obese when they have a body mass index of 30 or more.

  • HRC continues fairness ordinance work

    The Shelby County Human Rights Commission convened Monday and continued the conversation regarding a proposed Fairness Ordinance. 

    Commissioner Ronald Ford went over high points of the commission’s proposed changes, which would amend and expand the previous discrimination ordinance to provide protection based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • A royal beginning

    This year’s Shelby County Fair opened with a lot of activity on Monday with gates open for exhibit drop off and viewing at Floral Hall, followed by the Miss Shelby County Fair Pageant and the Open Dairy Show and the antique tractor pull.

    Floral Hall opened to the public at 7 p.m. and exhibits consisted of everything from arts and crafts to flower arrangements to edibles ranging from health to decadent cakes and other yummy baked goods.

  • Fresh from the farm

    A Shelbyville farm is preparing to offer a service to provide fresh produce straight to the – and what’s more, they’ll deliver.

    “We grow vegetables and fruits and herbs here,” said Stephen Houston with Our Kentucky Family Farm.

    And Houston said this year the farm will offer a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) program that he hopes will get more of those veggies, fruits and herbs directly into the hands of those in the community.

  • Residents object to development

    Several residents of Old Seven Mile Pike turned out at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court to voice their objections to a development that was recently proposed for that area.

    “Most people who live there are opposed to this,” said resident Paul Raymond, adding that people think the development would generate too much traffic for the area.

  • County hears support for fairness ordinance

    At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates heard support for a fairness ordinance from a member of the public.

    Leslie McBride, a member of the Shelby County Chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and Shelbyville Fairness, addressed the court during the public comment portion of the meeting.

  • Democratic dinner Friday

    The Executive Committee of the Shelby County Democratic Party will host its annual Gov. Martha Layne Collins Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

    While the local Democratic Party hosts the event, interim chair Andy Schmidt said all are welcome.