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  • School starts Aug. 1 – are you ready?

     Shelby County’s youth have been enjoying summer fun, but it won’t be much longer before they return to school.

    On Aug. 1, the bells will ring again. But before that, students need to prepare, and that includes buying school supplies.

    Cyndi Skellie, the public relations director for Shelby County Schools, said that parents shouldn’t fear though, since the school district has a few tools for families preparing for another year.

  • Midland strip center to open soon

    A piece of prime property on Midland Trail has sat vacant since the closing of Swifty Oil in 2015.

    However, developers assure business will soon be booming at 1530 Midland Trail once again.

    Hunter Jacobs with Hogan Real Estate says the new stores that are set to occupy the property could be ready to open their doors as early as next month.

    “Everybody’s opening date is a little bit different,” he said, noting Family Allergy & Asthma will likely open at its new Shelbyville location in the development within the next 30 days. 

  • Kentucky lags behind in adults exercising

    Kentucky adults are struggling to keep up with the pace of the nation in exercise.

    A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that of Kentucky adults polled about their exercise habits, only 14.6 percent of them actually got the amount of exercise that experts say is needed. Mississippi is the only state with worse exercise habits than Kentucky, with only 13.5 adults exercising enough.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION - Zone change request for Cropper Road

     The Triple S Planning Commission will hear another zone change request Tuesday at its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street in Shelbyville.

  • Updated immunization requirements

     Along with shopping for new clothes and school supplies, a trip to your pediatrician should also be included on your child’s back to school to-do list.

    Kentucky recently passed new regulations requiring additional vaccinations for students. Effective July 1, the law now requires students receive a vaccination for hepatitis A and a second round of the Meningococcal vaccine.

    The recent hepatitis A outbreak is now considered the worst in the nation, with more than 960 confirmed cases in the state.

  • Shelby woman's milkweed helping monarchs

    If it seems like we have more Monarch butterflies this summer, you might want to flutter over and thank Diane Bickers.

    According to the National Wildlife Federation, the monarch butterfly population has declined more than 90 percent since the 1990’s. 

  • Human trafficking targets children

    More than 500 hundred Kentucky children have been victims of human trafficking over the last three years and that number is continuing to climb every day. 

    And Cara Starns visited the Shelbyville Rotary Club Tuesday, letting members know that this is happening much close to home than they think.

  • State provides emergency road repair

    Two Shelby County roads will soon be repaired, thanks to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet County Road Aid emergency funds.

    KYTC awarded Shelby County $68,000 for road slide repairs on Bardstown Trail and $148,000 for repairs on Catwalk Road. 

    The KYTC District 5 Office will administer the work and GeoStabilization International LLC will repair the slides. Then to save on costs, KYTC maintenance staff and the Shelby County Road department will excavate and haul out the old materials.

  • Shelby woman competes in Miss Kentucky pageant

    There was a familiar Shelby County face on stage among the competitors at the Miss Kentucky pageant in Lexington at the end of June where she finished in the top 10.

    Shelby County resident Noelle Thompson competed alongside 30 other girls aged 17 to 25, for the title of Miss Kentucky. As a 17-year-old who just graduated from Collins High School this year, Thompson was the youngest competitor, but she was no stranger to pageants.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board to consider JCTC Campus startup funds

     When board members convene for the regularly scheduled Shelby County Board of Education meeting Thursday, they will consider approval for startup funds for the Jefferson Community and Technical College campus.

    The board announced in May its intention to purchase the Jefferson Community & Technical College Shelby Campus, and it was recently finalized giving SCPS the building along with 60 acres of land.

    Both institutions agreed the change of hands would strengthen the impact on the educational and workforce community.