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  • Hitting the right chord

    When Brendan Chase looks for some peace, quiet and musical inspiration he heads to a place most of us try to avoid – the cemetery.

    There, the 28-year-old Shelbyville native composes songs, plays his guitar and finds sanctuary to sooth his painful past.

    Chase is particularity fond of Long Run Cemetery in Jefferson County where he often places a penny on the grave of Abraham Lincoln’s grandfather.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL: Ordinances to get language in line with state

    On Thursday, the Shelbyville City Council will consider three ordinances that fix some outdated wording that remains on the books.

    The first is in relation to amending the Policy & Procedure Manual regarding the Compensation Plan and Benefits for Employees to change the workweek to run from Monday to Saturday. Currently, the workweek runs from Tuesday to Sunday.

    “We are simply cleaning up language in the Policy and Procedure Manual but nothing significant,” said Candice Selph, Human Resource Director

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: 2019-20 calander is approved

    On Thursday the Shelby County Board of Education approved the calendar for the next school year.

    Two calendars were presented to the board for consideration that took into account the need for a later start date in order to allow additional time for the opening of the new Marnel C Moorman School.

    The council voted in favor of Calendar A, which also garnered 67 percent of the public vote, and it includes a one-week spring break, a one-week fall break and a week-and-a-half winter break. The first day of school for students will be Aug. 21 and the last day May 29.

  • Hootie’s return to Shelby County

    For years Doug Butler and Jamie Jarboe have listened to two great horned owls on their property south of Simpsonville.

    “The male hoots seven times and then Hootie [the female] answers back with five hoots,” Jarboe said.

    But it’s been pretty quiet at the home off Buck Creek Road the last several weeks.

    As he left home one rainy day in August, Butler was startled as an owl fell from a tree, landing in front of his truck.

  • New discovery in rare condition thanks to Shelby County woman

    Monica Zaring has spent her life without answers, but the Shelby County resident could be the reason others finally get some.

    Zaring has a rare form of dwarfism called Saul Wilson Syndrome, and thanks to her help, researchers have managed to identify the specific gene that causes Saul Wilson Syndrome.

    “I’m thirty years old, and growing up I never had any answers,” Zaring said. “For them to find the gene, now they can hopefully get a lot more answers for the younger kids that they have found.”

  • Flu season beginning

    Flu season is here again, and county health professionals say that Shelby residents should prepare themselves.

    “It’s time for folks to be getting their flu shots,” said North Central Health District Public Health Director Roanya Rice.

    According to Rice and Spencer Savage, a pharmacist at Andrews Pharmacy in Shelbyville, the flu season is beginning, and that means the risk is rising.

  • Shelby Health Board considers leaving NCHD

     The Shelby County Health Board has voted to explore the possibility of leaving the North Central Health District.

    According to North Central Health District public health director Roanya Rice, the local board voted to explore the possibility of leaving the district at a recent board meeting.

    “They were going to look into what that would entail,” Rice said. “There was no official vote to actually split.”

  • Main Street business leaving customers locked out

    Main Street in Shelbyville has been buzzing with concern after a business owner seemingly vanished without word for several weeks. 

    Neighboring business owners say the mail has been collected, but regular business hours have not been maintained at Affordable Computers at 613 Main Street for quite some time.  In addition, they say a sign was taped to the door earlier this week announcing the business’ closure on Oct. 10.

  • Paris meets Shelby County

    A trip to Paris will be just a short drive away next Saturday as the Shelby Regional Arts Council hosts its first Black and White Gala at Science Hill Inn.

    The event, coined ‘Fun Night in Paris’, will include a cash bar, musical entertainment, a silent auction and a three-course meal featuring French dishes.

    As guests dine and mingle, they’ll enjoy the sights around them, as the interior courtyard of Science Hill Inn will be transformed to replicate the streets of Paris.

  • Second redistricting forum draws more questions

    On Tuesday, the Shelby County Board of Education hosted a second forum Tuesday to give the public the opportunity to learn more about the redistricting process getting underway before the district opens the Marnel C. Moorman school next year.

    The presentation included redistricting framework and timeline and provided attendees an opportunity to ask questions regarding the process.

    Several members of the community also came out Monday at the first forum at Shelby County High School and asked questions ranging from transportation to impacted program opportunities.