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Today's News

  • SCPS could reduce school year

    On Thursday, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof shared with the board the option of reducing the days left on the school calendar.

    Neihof explained that while a proposed school snow bill could reduce the number of makeup days for districts across the state, it does not apply to Shelby County district. However, the calendar could still change anyway.

  • Shelbyville City Council – Council to revisit restaurant tax discussion

    The Shelbyville City Council will meet for their regular meeting at 6:30 Thursday at city hall, 315 Washington Street, to reheat a hot topic on their plates.

    Last year, Simpsonville adopted a 3 percent restaurant tax and after 12 months of watching the neighboring city consume the financial benefits, Shelbyville wants a piece of the pie.

    Earlier this month, the council participated in a workshop in consideration of adopting the tax.

  • A Prince of a day

    Not too many people can say they have serenaded royalty, but after Friday, two Collins High School students can lay claim to that honor.

    Ruth Sangster and Madison Sowder will perform Friday with the Louisville Youth Choir in a special performance for Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, visit the Derby City to wrap up a four-day visit to the United States.

    Jill Sowder said that she and her husband, Ronnie were floored when they found about the event.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: County to purchase navigation equipment

    Shelby County government is about to kick into a higher gear with some new navigational equipment.

    At its meeting Tuesday, Shelby County Fiscal Court magistrates agreed to spend $3,600 to purchase GIS (Geographic information system) equipment that may be used in several different ways, said County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Exploring the Big Picture in alternative education

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof discussed with the board Thursday the district’s consideration of alternative education methods.

    Over the past few months, several SCPS staff members have visited the Big Picture School in Nashville, Tenn. and the Providence School in Wilmore in order to evaluate the delivery of alternative education.

    “Both of these schools have a similar mission to personalize learning for middle and high school students who struggle in a regular school setting,” Neihof said.

  • No injuries in Southlawn fire

    Firefighters are still investigating the scene of a fire on Southlawn Drive in which no one was injured, in the 600 block. Traffic along U.S. 60 was not impacted.

  • Working on our Habitat

    Jessica Jewell’s voice trembled with emotion as she talked about how much her kids are going to love having a home of their own.

    “They are so excited, they are going to able to have their own yard and their own jungle gym, and I am going to actually be able to plant flowers, real flowers,” she said.

    Jewell and her husband, David, and their four children, Kyle, 11, Dave, 10, and Trinten and Alyssa, both 9, are the future owners of the newest Habitat for Humanity house, the first to be built in Shelby County this year.

  • Comer selects Shelby grad for youth campaign chair

    Across the state, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer is working on his campaign to become Kentucky’s next governor, and he has recruited 2014 Shelby County High School graduate Matthew Smith to aid in his campaign here in Shelby County.

    Along with a handful of others across the state, Smith was selected to serve as a Youth Chair for Comer’s campaign in Shelby County.

    “I know Matt through his leadership in the Republican Party. He represents the future of our state and is an asset to the Shelby County community,” Comer said.

  • Connecting kids with careers

    In the pursuit to accomplish a goal of graduating students career ready along with the established college ready goal, Shelby County Public Schools is looking to connect local businesses and students participating in respective career pathways.

    On Tuesday at 1 p.m., the district is inviting any community member who is a manager, a CEO, involved in human resources or an interested businessperson to attend an informational meeting at the district’s office, 1155 Main Street, Shelbyille, regarding the Kentucky Unbridled Careers project.

  • Venison dearly appreciated by food banks

    Venison, always popular in Kentucky, has been growing in popularity – and in appreciation.

    Food pantries have been expressing gratitude for donations of venison to feed the hungry masses, and Shelby County is no exception.

    “They love it,” said Sister Pat Reno, executive director of Centro Latino.

    “A lot of people grew up in Kentucky, and they like it [venison] a lot.”

    Even for those who are squeamish about eating “Bambi,” it works very well, she said.