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  • Dominion Homes clears snow, ice from its streets

    On Wednesday morning residents in a section of Cloverbrook Farms finally heard something they’d been waiting for all winter – the loud, harsh, scraping sound of a snowplow.

    “Just as I pulled the newspaper out of the box, they came and scraped and salted the road,” Cloverbrook Farms homeowner Brandon Clark said. “It looks a lot better.”

  • Court of Appeals visits Shelby

    The Shelby Circuit Courtroom normally bustles with activity, with bailiffs looking over dockets and checking on inmates who are waiting to go before the judge, attorneys scurrying around and people trying to find places to sit on crowded benches.

    But one day last week that same courtroom was almost unnaturally sedate.

    Instead of Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman perched at his bench with a long docket list of Shelby cases before him, Court of Appeals Judge Allison Jones presided with a docket of only two cases, neither of them from Shelby County.

  • Parks looking for public input on grant process

    Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation is looking for public input the Clear Creek Greenway project and an expansion of athletic fields on 7th Street with a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Family Activity Center in Clear Creek Park.

    “We need support and input from the community to help us with the grant projects,” said Clay Cottongim, who is leading the grant-writing process.

  • Shelby County event throws blanket over a cause

    It may be cold outside this Saturday, but inside the Shelby County Cooperative Extension office it will be warm and inviting, as volunteers gather for Project Linus’ National Make a Blanket Day.

    The drop-in event, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is sponsored by the Shelby County chapter of Project Linus, which makes handmade blankets in Shelby, Henry, Oldham, Spencer and Anderson counties. Blankets are given to children and teens who experience illness or trauma, offering comfort and warmth.

  • 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.”