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Today's News

  • Beauty beyond the bell

    As vice principal of Painted Stone Elementary, Emily Campanell influences the young lives she touches each day.

    But her newest title as Modern Miss Kentucky is helping her expand that influential reach beyond the walls of her school and across the state.

  • Letters to Santa

    Santa has a lot more than just cookies on his plate this time of year.  Between overseeing the workshop, visiting with hundreds of thousands of children and attending parades he barely has time to make his naughty and nice list, which, of course, requires a lookover not once, but twice.  

    So to help ease the added pressure of guessing what hot new item each child is eying, the Shelbyville Post Office is encouraging kids to send letters to Santa.

  • Changes coming for jail

    Some changes are on the horizon for the Shelby County Detention Center, with new technology and an increase in booking fees.

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, magistrates approved Jailer Darrell Cox’s request to purchase a body scanner that he said is badly needed.

    “They [scanners] will be like the ones you see at the airport,” he said. “We can see if they’ve got drugs or weapons hid on them – anything.”

    Cox said the scanners, which employ X-ray technology, are perfectly safe to use.

  • Christmas from cover to cover

    If the thought of those longs, chaotic lines to meet Santa are adding stress to your holiday season, the Shelby County Library has a solution in store. Library Director Pam Federspiel said the library’s annual Christmas at the Library is set for Saturday, and they have a lot of activities in store.

    From 10 a.m. until noon the library will host the celebration, which includes music, snacks, crafts and, of course, photos and visits with Santa.

    “This year we will have Mrs. Claus, too,” Federspiel noted.

  • Help for the holidays

      In the season of listening to kids beg and cry for more and more toys, it’s refreshing to see young adults thinking of others. 

    That is certainly the case with at West Middle School where teacher Shannon Pugh said two of her students have taken a classroom project and ran with it.

    “The kids had to create an action plan of how they could positively change their community,” she said.

    And two sixth grade girls, Meg Barnett and Bristol Wallace, really took charge of their project.  

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board accepts annual audit

    On Thursday members of the Shelby County school board accepted the 2016/17 audit report, which ultimately declared the district clear of any necessary modifications.

    “Your financial statements are in really good shape,” auditor Denise Keene said.

    Keene also touched on the district’s net pension liability noting they have $15.6 million of unfunded liability in just classified employees.

    “The liability doesn’t concern me,” she said, noting what does concern her, however, are future increases to the contributions.

  • Shelbyville City Council - Restaurant Tax revision to be discussed

     Council members will consider making a change to Shelbyville’s Restaurant Tax when they convene for the first regularly scheduled meeting of the month.

    The agenda for the meeting, set for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 315 Washington Street, includes an ordinance amending a portion of the city’s code of ordinances relating to the Restaurant Tax.

  • Ordinance for nonconforming structures passes

    An ordinance that will allow a text amendment to the zoning regulations pertaining to additions on non-conforming structures passed a second reading at Monday night’s meeting of the Simpsonville City Commission, bringing the city in line with Shelby’s other two governing bodies on the matter.

  • Farm Bureau spotlights excellence

    Shelby County Farm Bureau started December with a bang Friday, receiving recognition of excellence for 2017 in everything from achievements of its youth to outstanding program achievements.

    Approximately 2,000 members attended KFB’s 98th annual meeting in Louisville Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 to recognize this year’s individual and organizational achievements, and to adopt policy for 2018.

    “It went very well,” said Larry Williams, president of Shelby County Farm Bureau.

  • How sweet it is

    If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity to spice up your holiday season – and satisfy your sweet tooth – look no further than 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Family Activity Center.

    For the second year in a row, the FAC at Clear Creek Park will host a Gingerbread House Decorating Party, with special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus.

    “Mrs. Claus has my red suit all ready to and we just can’t wait,” said Santa.