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  • Payne to speak at Black History event

    When Mitchell H. Payne speaks Saturday afternoon at Settle Gym at the second annual Community Tapestry in honor of Black History Month, he will be able to draw from a wealth of personal experience about desegregation.

    Payne, interim vice president for business affairs at the University of Louisville, was one of the first African-Americans in Shelby County to begin school after desegregation and proceed all the way through to high school graduation.

    Born in Shelbyville in 1950, Payne is a graduate of Shelbyville High School.

  • County to buy new boiler for old courthouse

    Cold temperatures have taken a toll on county equipment, at least in the old Shelby County Courthouse, which has necessitated the emergency purchase of a new boiler for the historic building.

    An 8-inch crack in the old boiler was discovered by workers two weeks ago, but they were able to patch it so it would hold up until the new one arrives, Shelby County Maintenance Supervisor Denny Bailey said.

  • Celebrating Go Red Day

    Donna Preston is grateful to be alive – and even more – that she is living her life to the fullest and not spending empty days hooked up to life-sustaining machinery.

    “I am so very blessed,” she said. “I don’t take even one day for granted.”

    Preston, a former Shelby County educator who had a stroke in 2007, at the age of 53, will be speaking today about how she recovered from that devastating experience and turned her life around, resulting in a 100-pound weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.

  • Power restored in Shelby

    Shelby Energy officials report that as of 3 p.m. Saturday, power was restored to all residents in Shelby County.

    The outages began Tuesday night, and continued throughout Saturday. 

    While some people were preparing to spend their third night without electricity on Thursday night, others were grateful for its return.

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  • WINTER 2014: Schools calendar still fluid

    As of Tuesday afternoon, Shelby County Public Schools had added more than a week to the end of its school calendar because of weather cancellations, pushing the last day for students back to May 30, from May 21.

    “The days we’re adding now are just going on to the end of the school year,” said Dave Weedman, the director of student services for SCPS. “We didn’t really build any days into the calendar, but we built it so we would get out very early if we didn’t have any school days.”

  • EARLIER: Homeowners in scrape about streets

    As another winter storm covered Shelby County on Tuesday, some residents in Shelbyville still are digging out from earlier events.

    Brandon Clark and a group of residents that live in a portion of Cloverbrook Farms are still battling weather issues on their streets.

    Their portion of the development – which includes parts of Shadywood Court, Edgemont Way and St. Regis Drive – is still under the control of developer Dominion Homes who has not cleared the streets after any of the snow and ice events this winter.

  • Tapestry event expanding this year

    It may be difficult to top last year's Community Tapestry, spotlighting Black History Month in Shelby County, but organizers say they expect to draw an even larger crowd than the 400 who attended that first event.

    That's why a larger location was chosen, said Sanda Jones, co-chair of the event and a member of the Shelby County Historical Society, the entity that is hosting the event on Saturday.

    "We are having it at Settle Gym, because when we had it last year at the Stratton Center, we were elbow to elbow," Jones said with a chuckle.

  • How bad is Winter 2014 in Shelby County?

    From farmers to forecasters, when Shelby Countians talk about winter weather, the common thread they all agree on is that this winter has been the worst they have seen for the past decade.

    That may seem surprising when you consider that out of the top 10 worse winter weather events named by the National Weather Service for Kentucky and Indiana, most people thought the weather this winter has been even worse than those of 2004 and 2009, which featured a heavy snow and an ice storm, respectively.

  • Veechdale Road improvements slated for spring

    A problem with a sharp, narrow bend on the southwestern end of the new segment of Veechdale Road is about to be addressed, officials say, although they do not have a definite timetable on when that will take place or what it will cost.
    That curve, just northeast of the railroad crossing on KY 1399, was constructed as part of a half-mile or so of new road that meanders from Buck Creek Road through the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville, and it has been a concern to residents in the area since it opened on Sept. 22.