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  • Acing tennis, education

    Shelbyville’s Ezekiel Salama learned last week that hard work and determination can sometimes pay off in a big way.

    A straight-A eighth grade student at the Louisville Collegiate School, Salama combined his strength in education with his love for tennis and won a unique essay contest, earning him a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

  • Simpsonville development still moving

    Like a magnet, the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass has attracted a wealth of business to the Simpsonville area since the center opened three years ago.

    Restaurants including McDonald’s, Culvers, Zaxby’s and Bob Evans have quickly taken up residence nearby and rumors of additional development have been buzzing for some time.

    And while development interest has slowed, it has not halted.

  • Awaiting retirement

    Over the last two decades, Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits has seen just about everything, and now he’s ready for someone else to step into the role.

    “It’s a bittersweet moment,” said Waits, glancing around at the faces in the room during the Aug. 7 meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court where he announced his retirement. “It took a lot of thinking in doing this, but it’s the right thing for me.”

  • Moving experience

    The excitement in Shelby County mounted steadily on Monday as the countdown to the solar eclipse reached a crescendo at 1 p.m.

    People could be seen just about everywhere outdoors, getting ready to witness the once-in-a lifetime event.

    They stood on street corners, sprawled on blankets on lawns, arranged comfortable chairs in the shade of a tree or even peered out from windows and doorways.

    Some business, such as Roll Forming, held solar eclipse parties featuring sun-themed snacks such as Mars and Milky Way candy bars.

  • Tax rate will get 2nd reading

    The Shelbyville City Council will once again have a light agenda at its meeting Thursday night, but will wrap up two important items of business relating to taxes and an annexation.

    The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Shelbyville City Hall at 315 Washington St.

    The city’s tax rate is up for a second reading, after having undergone a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to give citizens the chance to voice their opinion on the tax, which is expected to stay flat.

  • Boone statue nearly ready

     It’s been nearly six years since Joe Ruble shared his aspiration of erecting a statue in honor of Shelby County’s founder, Squire Boone.

    Over that time, with a team of supporters, Ruble has worked diligently to see that dream come to fruition.

    The day he’s so long awaited is finally on the horizon.

    Engineer Kerry Magan, who is serving as project manager for the statue, said the Squire Boone Society is looking to set the dedication ceremony around the middle of October.

  • A grade in the shade

     For a brief moment Monday, the sun didn’t shine so bright over our old Kentucky home.  But even in the shade, Shelby County students found an opportunity to blossom and grow.

    Across the district students filed out of their classrooms, protective eye wear and thinking caps in tote, ready to witness and learn from a rare planetary occurrence.

    As the planet aligned just right, placing the moon between the Bluegrass State and the sun, an ominous light surrounded students gazing up in wonder.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board members ready for Q&A

     Shelby County Public Schools announced earlier this month its work toward a new leadership plan, the Profile of a Graduate.

    To advance this work, board members made it their personal project to gain feedback from the community through outreach forums.

    On Thursday, board members will discuss their plans for those forums when they convene for the board’s regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. at the district’s central office, 1155 West Main Street.

  • Denhardt’s murder still captures imagination

    Good guys don’t always wear white hats, but they always defend the honor of a beautiful woman. Such was the opinion of Shelby County citizens September 20, 1937 when the brothers of Oldham County murder victim Verna Garr Taylor shot and killed her alleged murderer, Brig. Gen. Henry Denhardt, on the streets of Shelbyville.

  • Awaiting retirement

    Longtime Jailer Bobby Waits has been named Jailer of the Year and is a former three-time president of the Kentucky Jailer’s Association.

    He has served as Shelby County Jailer for 20 years and during that time, has taken the county’s corrections facility from a hundred year-old old building housing less than 50 inmates to a state of the art 316-bed detention center.

    Now, two decades later, he is stepping down.

    But not because he wants to, he said.