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  • Robots attack - Students learn programming, engineering

    This past week a group of local students learned how to program a robot to pick up objects, respond to verbal commands, and obey everything that it is told to do.

    Despite some of their parents' desires, the robots were not allowed to be used to do the students' household chores.

    The two-day workshop, which was sponsored by district's Student Technology Leadership Program, was designed to challenge the students' critical thinking and analytical skills. During the program, students worked collaboratively to design, build, and program a robot to do a variety of tasks.

  • Police start bike registration program

    Police have come up with a new idea to help people get their stolen bicycles back.

    Officer Istvan Kovacs with the Shelbyville Police Department is asking that when city residents buy a new bike, that they come to the police department to register it. That way, if the bike should be stolen, police would have a way to identify it if it is found.

    "We pick up two or three bikes a month, and we put them into storage and then they just pile up," Kovacs said.

  • Ethington missing for a month - Family clings to hope

    A month has passed since Maxine Ethington disappeared from her home on Craig Avenue.

    During that time, both the Shelbyville police and the sheriff's office and family members have mounted an exhaustive search for the missing 87-year-old woman with dementia.

    Despite searches on foot, by car and plane, by law enforcement, family and friends, volunteers and the national guard, no trace of the missing woman has been found.

    Ethington is believed to have gotten into her silver 2001 Buick and driven away, despite having no driver's license.

  • A history lesson

    Dozens of Shelby County children got a lesson in Shelby County history on the grounds of First Presbyterian Church and the Visitor Center/History Museum Tuesday through Thursday of this week.

    The event was a three-day history camp put on by the Shelby County Historical Society. The kids learned about native Americans who may have been in the region in pre-Colonial times as well as about the first settlers and explorers who came through the area at the time of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. They followed history and events in the community through 1825.

  • Monarch leaves her mark

    For the past 28 years, Sara Monarch has dedicated her life to helping students learn. During her tenure as an educator, Monarch has influenced the lives of hundreds of local students and is credited with helping push the entire district towards excellence.

    And this afternoon, Monarch will clean out her desk at the Shelby County Public Schools central office and walk into her retirement.

    Monarch, a self-proclaimed workaholic, said she will miss being able to influence the quality of local education.

    Teaching has been a journey, she said.

  • Principals take district jobs

    Two local principals have decided to leave their posts in order to take positions with the district.

    Gary Kidwell, principal of Shelby County High School, and Lisa Smith, principal of Painted Stone Elementary, have been hired to fill two vacant positions on the central office staff.

    Kidwell has been hired as the director of Student Accounting and Support Services - the position that was formerly held by James Neihof before he was hired as superintendent.

  • Library reopens after adding new facilities

    The Shelby County Public Library reopened recently after shutting down for renovation.

    The new additions to the library are nearly complete, and will add 5,500 additional square-feet of space, according to Shelby County Library Director Pam Federspiel.

    The library was closed for three weeks while the construction took place and reopened the day after Memorial Day. All that remains now is the delivery of some furniture, which is scheduled to arrive July 25, Federspiel said.

  • Officials: Fair was a smooth ride

    Tacking three extra days onto this year's Shelby County Fair was, for the most part, a good move, fair officials said.

    "Several board members didn't think it would work," fair board secretary/treasurer Jeff Hagerman said. "But a lot of people (at the fair) were very supportive. It was a lot more relaxed atmosphere."

  • Local golfer hopes for gold

    While he won't be traveling to Beijing, a local athlete hopes to win his second gold medal this summer.

    Lance Alexander, of Shelbyville, is one 33 athletes from Kentucky who will compete in the 2008 U.S. Transplant Games in Pittsburgh next month.

    The competition, which is organized by the National Kidney Foundation, is open to any athlete who has received a tissue or organ transplant.

  • Neihof's contract finalized

    The Shelby County Board of Education has ratified James Neihof's contract as superintendent for the school system.

    The contract, which will last from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2012, will give Neihof an annual base salary of $125,000 for the first year.

    In subsequent years, the board can increase his salary by the same percentage rate as the certified teachers with the same rank and experience.

    Neihof's salary just tops the pay of the district's last fulltime superintendent, Elaine Farris.

    Farris' annual salary during her last year was $123,554.