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  • Learning is child’s play

    Thanks to a group of volunteers, dozens of children that attend the Dorman Preschool Center can now experience hands on learning outdoors.

    Laurie Cottrell, executive director of the Dorman Center, said she is pleased with the new combination outdoor classroom/playground.

    “In the last two or three years, the Dorman Preschool has been moving toward the Reggio Emilia [outdoor learning] approach and with that, also, a lot of nature is brought into the classroom and a lot of time being spent outdoors,” she said.

  • Creating a cure one brick at a time

    While many kids their age are using Legos to destroy their bedroom floors, brother Max and Elliot Adkins are hoping to use the plastic bricks to better the world.

    Through the sale of Lego style bracelets and key chains, as well as countless donations, the boys are looking to raise money to help children fighting cancer.

    Inspired by a man named John O’Leary who suffered burns to his entire body as a child, the 11-year-old twin brothers started their own non-profit earlier this year.

  • A little holiday humanity


    In between the chaos of Black Friday shopping and dining on our abundance of leftovers, we can quickly forget about all of the blessings we counted at the table yesterday.  It’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of our wish lists and all we hope to unwrap on Christmas morning.  But it’s important to remember that not everyone this season is looking forward to a Merry Christmas.

  • McGinnis honored as Farmer of the Year

    Tom McGinnis smiled shyly as he approached the front of the room at Tuesday night’s 62nd Annual Farm-City Banquet, hosted by the Shelbyville Kiwanis Club, to claim his Farmer of the Year award.

    “I’m just very appreciative and very thankful,” he said humbly.

    McGinnis may be a man of few words, but he is also a man of many kind deeds and actions, as well as a great example of a hard working farmer.

    Nathan Poole, who introduced special guests, gave the crowd an example of McGinnis’ dedication to farming.

  • A prestigious performance

    As if making the all-state choir wasn’t prestigious enough, two Shelby County High School juniors can add All-National Choir to their musical resumes. 

    During the 2015-16 school year, SCHS students Shyanne Drane, Gavin Martion, and Bryce Fowler qualified for an all-national audition. Martion and Bryce advanced to join “Best of the Best” at the National Association for Music Education’s (NAFME) 2016 All-National Honor Ensembles last weekend in Texas.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Plans underway to return 8th graders to middle schools

    The district says plans are underway to eventually return eighth grade students to their home middle schools. Chief Operations Officer Eddie Oakley and Assistant Superintendent of Operations Kerry Whitehouse presented updates on 21st Century Support Systems to the board Thursday and Whitehouse shared their intentions to return 8th grade students to East and West middle schools by August of 2018.

  • Bigger than yourself

    Running through the isles dragging their little shopping baskets, filling them with every toy in the store Sunday morning, my children were overjoyed to pack their first boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

    To them they were just filling up two small shoeboxes with little knickknacks – the combined total cost of which is likely no greater than any one gift either will receive on Christmas morning – but in reality they were truly becoming a part of something so much bigger than themselves.

  • Churches join hearts to give thanks

    Shelby Countians are able to choose from two different community Thanksgiving services once again this year, both of them with years of tradition behind them.

    The first was on Tuesday night at Simpsonville Christian Church and the second will be on Thanksgiving Day in the Martinsville neighborhood.

    Joey Pusateri, pastor of Simpsonville Christian Church, gave the main sermon on his pulpit this year, said Debora Kelly, pastor of Simpsonville United Methodist Church.

  • Feeding the community

    Two groups of Shelby Countians are devoting their efforts to ensure that no one in Shelby County will go hungry or be alone for Thanksgiving.

    Two free community meals are planned, one on Thanksgiving Day and the other on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, both to be hosted at the Stratton Center.

    Thursday’s meal, from 11:30 to 3 p.m., will include traditional favorites cooked up by devoted volunteers who pitch in each year, said Brenda Jackson, organizer of the event.

  • Zone change for 3rd Street approved

    A zone change request for two small properties on 3rd Street in Simpsonville received final approval from city officials, despite a negative recommendation from planners.

    The Simpsonville City Commission approved on second reading a request to change properties at 401 and 405 3rd Street to high commercial from residential for a proposed storage unit facility.