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  • Shelby County School Board: District’s after-school care continues to grow

    After-school care in Shelby County has reached an all-time high at 319 students, program director Joy Royalty told the Shelby County School Board during her presentation at Thursday’s regular meeting at the district’s offices on Main Street.

    “We’re a self-sufficient program that runs from after school until six o’clock, and we’re available at each elementary school,” she said.

    The program is available for students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

  • Collins student treated, released for food allergy

    An incident involving a food allergy at Collins High School on Friday resulted in one student being transported to the hospital.

    The student was treated, released and has returned to full health, according to a release from the school district on Monday.

    “School administration responded promptly and worked closely with District Health Coordinator Traci Earley to monitor the situation,” the release stated.

    The student’s name was withheld.

    Superintendent James Neihof said the district would investigate the situation.

  • School board honors diploma recovery graduates

    The Shelby County Board of Education meeting was overflowing with guests on Thursday to celebrate the successes of four returning students and one overachiever.

    The board welcomed students who had returned to school to earn high school diplomas with the Diploma Recovery program after dropping out of school, and dozens of family, friends and former teachers were on hand to congratulate them.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Blue Gables renovation reaches next phase

    The project to restore the old Blue Gables Motel from a slum/blight area into a retail-and-arts center will take a small and tedious step forward Thursday.

    Money from a Community Block Development Grant for which a group applied last fall has been set aside for the city, working as a governmental liaison with the Shelbyville Preservation Group, if certain procedures and stipulations can be met.

  • 2nd historic fire isn’t arson

    Another downtown Shelbyville landmark smoldered and smoked following a devastating fire on Sunday, and its owner wasn’t seeing simply the charred remains of the once grand home but also the death of her father’s dream and perhaps the ashes of his legacy.

    Lucy Kerman on Monday talked in a broken voice about the heart-wrenching despair she felt when she got the call Sunday morning telling her that the Chatham House, one of Shelbyville’s oldest homes and part of her family for more than 50 years, was burning.

  • News Digest: May 1, 2013

    Mansfield, Collins, Hackworth appointed

    Three Shelby Countians were among the persons recently appointed to statewide boards and commissions by Gov. Steve Beshear.

    The individuals will serve various terms. Those named were:

  • Firefighters contain blaze at Chatham House

    For the second time in less than two months, downtown Shelbyville has endured another loss from fire.

    About six weeks ago firefighters battled a blaze at the 600 block of Main Street that left a hole the size of three buildings in the downtown streetscape.

    On Sunday Shelbyville firefighters responded again, this time to a call at 10:33 a.m. at the Chatham House at 617 Washington Street – located between the Mercy Clinic and Dr. Raymond Lohr Dentistry.

  • Shelby’s Court appears headed back to Derby

    Jon Court is on schedule to get a second chance at the Kentucky Derby.

    Court, the professional Thoroughbred jockey from Shelbyville, who two years ago had his first mount in horse racing’s Super Bowl, is slated to be back at Churchill Downs next Saturday (the first one in May) and on the back of Will Take Charge in the 139th Run for the Roses.   

  • Plant sale organizers rooting for big turnout

    A new location for this year’s Master Gardeners Plant Sale will enable the event to take place whatever the weather, organizers say, a plus in light of this spring’s unpredictable conditions.

    The plant sale, which no longer will include an art show, will be staged at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office on Frankfort Road.

  • EARLIER: Next step for garbage is to build the new facility

    Now that mandatory curbside pickup for county residents is no longer being considered, plans for a new solid-waste facility will move ahead without further delay, officials say.

    The county’s 109 Board, the entity in charge of solid waste in the county, met Wednesday to iron out details for a facility that would replace the Convenience Center in Waddy and the Recycling Center on 7th Street, to serve as a combined service.