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Today's News

  • Turning everyday moments into learning opportunities

    Tuesday evening, a group of 25 parents, grandparents, caregivers and children attended the Born Learning Academy, a free program sponsored by the United Way and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky.

    The six-session program is designed to assist busy parents and caregivers in preparing their little ones for kindergarten by teaching them how to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities.

    The two-hour program included dinner – spaghetti, salad and breadsticks – which was provided by the school’s cafeteria.

  • Several new workers will handle big election

    After facing a shortage of poll workers less than a month ago, Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said our poll should be in good shape Tuesday for Election Day.

    “I’ve got one hundred and fifty-six [volunteers],” she said.

    Perry explained that the law requires two democrat and two republican volunteers at each of the 34 polling precincts for a total of 136 workers, leaving her with 20 alternates.

  • New social studies standards please district

    The new social studies standards were released to the Kentucky Board of Education earlier this month for feedback and are under public review and already teachers and administrators across the state are expressing their aversion for the standards, expressing they lack substance. The standards, after review and any changes, will eventually become part Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards and be built into the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress, or K-PREP, tests.

  • A higher purpose for a new event space

     

    The vacant building located at 533 Main Street in Shelbyville, adjacent to La Cocina De Mama, is now being put to good use.

    Torrey Smith of Torrey Smith Realty Company is the current owner of the property and said there has been a lot of discussion in regards to the use of the space.

    But while there has been much speculation floating around concerning the anticipated use of the 2,200 square foot building – including talks of a craft brewery – Smith said those are just rumors.

  • Elderly man arrested for sex abuse of child

    An elderly man has been arrested in connection with an incident that happened Thursday at the Shelbyville Walmart.

    Alexander Fisher, 84, of Lockport in Henry County was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old and resisting arrest.

    Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy Rick Meadows said that Fisher did not know the child, who is 10 years old, but apparently just targeted her while she and her parents were shopping at Walmart.

  • Shelby County School Board – Open house to precede Board of Ed meeting

    The Shelby County Board of Education will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at Southside Elementary School, 728 Ginkgo Street in Shelbyville.  Prior to the meeting, Southside Elementary will be open to the public from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for a community open house.  This is the first time the building has been open for the community since it was finished late this summer, just before school started.

  • Homegrown goodness

    Nearly a year after the seed was planted, the Rooted in Shelby program is coming to fruition.

    The Shelby County Cooperative Extension launched the program earlier this month with the anticipation of forming a connection with the Shelby County’s Kentucky Proud farmers and local businesses.

    Farmers across the county that participate in the Kentucky Proud program are invited to join Rooted in Shelby, a free program designed for promoting products that are raised or produced in the county.

  • Poetry emotion

    From a rapper-type practice session to shy one-liner performances, a handful of children turned out Monday night to give it their all at a Poetry Slam at the Shelby County Public Library.

    The thing was, some of the children were pretty uninhibited while practicing – but that was before they got in front of the audience of about 20 people that showed up to watch.

  • From record highs to freezing lows

    With a high temperature peaking at 81 degrees on Monday and an anticipated low of 30 on Saturday, it’s fair to say our weather is a behaving a bit erratic this week. Extreme temperature shifts are not only unpleasant but can also bring threatening weather like what was seen during Halloween week last year.

    National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Joe Sullivan said this type of weather change, though drastic, is not terribly unusual for the end of fall.

    “It’s just that time of year,” he said.

  • New solid waste facility opening is delayed

    The county’s new solid waste facility has now been delayed for the second time.

    The $3.2 million trash and recycling center being built on Windhurst Way, near Martinrea Heavy Stamping, was originally scheduled to be opened in July, then November and now has been pused back to 2015.

    At a special called meeting Thursday afternoon, Project Manager Tim Ball told the 109 Board, which oversees solid waste in the county, that new equipment was needed, and it won’t be available for up to 9 weeks.