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Today's News

  • Relay for Life starts tonight

    The 2009 Shelby County Relay For Life gets under way tonight with the survivor walk at 7 o'cock, finishing at 7 a.m. Saturday at Shelby County High School's Doyle Stadium.

    Teams of eight to 15 representatives from businesses, clubs, families, friends, hospitals, churches, schools and service organizations camp out at the local high school to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

    Throughout the night, team members take turns walking on the track to raise at least $100.

  • School board to review salaries, funding needs

    At its next regular meeting on Thursday, the Shelby County School Board will discuss a number of topics, including funding needs for three items.

    The items that will be under consideration are salaries for the 2009-10 school year, unmet needs for the district and Section 7 allocation for the next school year.

    Duanne Puckett, community relations coordinator for the school system, said that unmet needs include $50,000 for the recently approved Elementary Foreign Language Pilot Program at Southside Elementary.

  • Wiche to speak at Home Expo

    Gardening expert Jeneen Wiche will be a featured presenter Saturday at the second annual Shelbyville Home Expo.

    The Home Expo runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Floral Hall at Shelby County Fair Grounds and features exhibits from businesses that support home building and remodeling industries.

  • A 'sand-breaking' for new center

     In an emotional moment Thursday afternoon, several officials, including the state's chief justice, each flung a shovel-full of sand to the heavens.

    The gesture was in honor of the official ground-breaking for the county's new judicial center, but the ceremony only was symbolic however, because the "ground" at the site of the construction was a complete mess.

  • Shelbyville Chrysler not on company's hit list

    Shelbyville Chrysler Jeep received good news from the Chrysler Corp. on Thursday: The company is keeping the store open.

    As a direct result of the ongoing financial struggles of the U.S. auto industry, Chrysler informed 789 dealerships nationwide on Thursday that they would be closing. That's a quarter of the 3,181 stores it was operating when the automaker filed for bankruptcy on April 30.

  • Acklin named top teacher in district

    Artavia Acklin of Clear Creek Elementary School has been named ExCEL Teacher of the Year.

    She was saluted Wednesday for the honor, receiving a Golden Apple from WHAS-TV,  $1,000 from Eon-USA, and a marble desk plaque with a wooden apple from Superintendent James Neihof.

    In a letter of application for the honor, Acklin wrote, "Although neither of my parents attended college, both instilled the strongest educational values in me.

  • Bagdad Days are under way

    “There will be a lot going on,” Bagdad Baptist Pastor Kyle Wiley said of the 17th annual Bagdad Days, which run today and tomorrow in Bagdad.

    Most activities take place on the square in Bagdad, and some events are in the Bagdad Baptist Church.

    Chairperson Kelli Sheets said she plans for another successful event, in spite of forecasts for more rain. ”I’m praying for good weather,” Sheets said.

  • Chamber initiates membership drive

    For the first time, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce has begun a membership drive, according to executive director Shelley Goodwin.

    The board of directors and the membership committee have been challenged to contact about 100 potential members within the next three weeks.

    According to Goodwin, the push for new members is in response to the economic stresses felt by local community.

  • EARLIER: Lady Rockets whip Spencer

    The SCHS softball team continued it’s return to redemption with a 7-2 victory over 30th District foe Spencer County on Wednesday.

    The Lady Rockets (8-6) have won three of their last four, snapping a stretch of losing five of six.

    “I think everything that we accomplished the past weekend [at the Franklin County tournament] spilled over to this game,” SCHS Coach Kelly Cable said. “Hopefully we can keep building on it and keep heading in the right direction.”

  • Shelbyville Police Reports May 15, 2009

     Driving under the influence

    Andres Ramirez-Vazquez, 26, of Shelbyville, was arrested May 9 on Main Street at the Clear Creek Bridge and charged with DUI first offense under aggravating circumstances, no operator’s license and possession of marijuana.

    Clark M. Smith 52, of Louisville, was arrested May 9 on I-64 East at the 32 mile and marker and charged with DUI.