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Kelley's legacy lives on within water rescue squad

Waldron native Karl Kelley lost his life on April 17, 1998, during a water rescue team training session. Twenty years later, the Shelby County Water Rescue Team honored Kelley’s legacy by naming its new Creature Craft rescue boat after the DNR conservation officer.

- Sports coaches live by the axiom “Make practices tougher than games.” That theory works across many platforms, even for emergency rescue personnel.  That’s why Karl Kelley was on dangerous water at the Williams Dam on April 17, 1998 ̵

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Signs of spring

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com Despite the seemingly never-ending cold rains, spring is about to be sprung. This year’s inaugural outdoor First Friday event is set to kick off the annual series of open-air festivities on the Public Square i

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Firefighters travel to Shelbyville to train

Firefighters from around the nation learn how to open a steel door during this year’s Fire Department Instructor Conference. The conference, which is based at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, allows firefighters to learn the latest techniques and see the newest equipment.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com The sound of drywall being ripped out and steel doors being pried open could be heard coming from the Shelbyville Fire Department’s training location at the Shelby County Fairgrounds on Tuesday morning. But these weren

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Community members provide perspective on substance abuse

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com Since the beginning of World War I, the United States has been at war for 54 years during wartime. During that time, 431,951 Americans have lost their lives serving their country, Lt. Mike Turner of the Shelbyville Police Depar

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Bond reissue on parks board agenda

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com At 4:15 p.m. this afternoon, the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department board of director is due to discuss refinancing the 2005 bonds issued to build the Blue River Memorial Park. The proposal to go before the

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City, Coulston school prepare for Walkerville Bridge closing

In the past, motorists could drive from East Franklin Street through the Little Blue River at this low-water crossing and into Kennedy Park, and sometimes wash their cars there. It is no longer accessible if anyone is looking for a shortcut when the Walkerville Bridge closes.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com Mayor Tom DeBaun talked with Matt House, the city engineer, at Tuesday’s Board of Works pre-meeting about traffic detours due to the upcoming repair work on the Walkerville Bridge. Coulston Elementary School is als

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Library toasts sellout wine and cheese fundraiser

At the Shelby County Public Library’s “Night in the Stacks” yearly wine and cheese fundraiser, Gayle Wiley, president of the library’s board of directors, left, talked with Gerard Skibinski and his wife. He is the project manager with Odle McGuire Shook, thearchitectural firm that designed the library’s renovation. Proceeds from the fundraiser Saturday evening will go toward the open-air plaza adjacent to the library now under construction.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com One major event down, another to come. The Shelby County Public Library welcomed 117 patron supporters to its annual “Night in the Stacks” wine and cheese fundraiser. All of the money raised this year will g

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TC robotics teams prepping for world competition

Ben Wilfong works on Cerberus last week in preparation for this weekend’s world competition in Louisville.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com Inspired by ideas they saw at the VEX Robotics Nationals competition, an event they were fortunate to get to on time after their bus broke down, the Cerberus robotics team from Triton Central High School decided to make one mor

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TC quartet win National History Day state title

Luke Sanders, Silas Ratliff, Jared Brown and Jonathan Riggins listen to feedback from judges during the first time they performed their skit. The Triton Central students will compete at the National History Day national competiton in June after taking first place at the state competition.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com All it takes is a glance between Jonathan Riggins, Jared Brown, Silas Ratliff and Luke Sanders when they find out they are being assigned a project in class. The four Triton Central students know they will form a group for what

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Commissioners to hold hearing on drainage assessment

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com Landowners served by the Thomas Carmony legal drain can expect letters soon regarding a public meeting on fixing the drainage tile. The Shelby County Commissioners will be sending out the letters after he

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Community garden effort is expanding

In May 2017, volunteers and members of the “Let’s Grow Together” team plantedtheir first community garden on Elm Street.This year the group will plant four gardens in Shelbyville.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com “Let’s Grow Together,” the community garden program established last year on Elm Street, is set to grow. This year, LGT will prepare the ground at four locations in Shelbyville with the help of some st

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A life lost remembered in ceremony

Members of the Indiana Conservation Officer Honor Guard stand at attention as TAPS was performed by ICO bugler Jon Fennig during Friday’s rescue boat dedication service to Karl Kelley in Waldron.

By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com Tom Jahn is alive today because of the actions of Karl Kelley 20 years ago. Kelley, a Waldron native and instructor at the Indiana River Rescue School, lost his life during a training mission at the Williams Dam on the East For

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Waldron senior finds redemption as Dish It Out champion

Alton Danz celebrates winning a $2,000 scholarship after being named champion of the third annual Dish It Out competition. Danz intends to attend Ivy Tech and enter the culinary program.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com Alton Danz walked into the lobby of the Strand Theatre Friday night following the conclusion of the third annual Dish It Out competition. Purely out of coincidence, the Waldron High School senior stopped in front of a poster pr

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Parks 5-year growth plan is online

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com A new master plan for development of the Shelbyville city parks is now available on the city’s website. Preparation of the plan began last year and included two public meetings at the gym that adjoins the offices of the

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Protecting heirlooms a family tradition

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com Tamara Hemmerlein didn’t sign up to become her family’s heirloom caretaker. But because of her work as the director of the Local History Services at the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis, she became the go-

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Flower and garden show coming to fairgrounds

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com On Saturday, the Shelby County Master Gardeners will welcome spring with their annual Flower and Garden Show. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 28, gardening experts will present information, and vendors will

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Pet therapy offers little bit of normal during hospital stay

Bill Baker, of Alabama, accepted a welcome visit from Ava while waiting to surprise his mother, Janet Baker, when she would return to her room in the MHP Medical Center. Ava’s handler, Julie Pike, MHP speech-language pathologist, started Shelby County’s chapter of Love on a Leash in October 2015. The three-member chapter is seeking more members to be able to provide more visits throughout the community. Pike makes outfits for Ava to wear whenever it’s appropriate.

By LUANN MASON - For The Shelbyville News Time typically moves slowly during a hospital stay, but at Major Health Partners, a specially trained trio offers patients the “paws”sibility to change the pace on some of that time through special visits. Ava,

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Walkerville Bridge to close May 15 for repairs

Work on the Walkerville Bridge leading to the Shelby County Fairgrounds from the city is expected to be done before the fair starts on July 1. However, there are pre-fair activities beginning June 21, and this map shows the detour motorists will haveto take to reach the fairgrounds from Shelbyville —out East State Road 44and left onto Lee Boulevard, shown on the far right, past Walmart then turning left onto Morris Avenue, top, and on to the fairgrounds.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com In less than one month, the bridge at the end of Vine Street that crosses the Little Blue River on the way to the Shelby County Fairgrounds is set to shut down for repairs. That means fairgoers will have to detour i

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Genealogy seminar coming to Grover Museum

Sharon Miller, right, Regent of Mary Mott Green chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, finalizes plans with Alex Krach, left, director of the Grover Museum, for the chapter’s genealogy seminar. Registration deadline is Tuesday.

By LUANN MASON - For The Shelbyville News Do you know who YOU are? Is the true extent of your ancestry a mystery? Mary Mott Green chapter Daughters of the American Revolution has information to help with organizing the puzzle pieces of your heritage so they fit tog

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Scholarship at stake in Dish It Out competition

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com A word of advice to Ricca Macklin, Brian Mendenhall and Joshua Schubert for when they step foot into the Strand Theatre today: Come hungry. The three judges are participating in the third annual Dish It Out Culinary Arts compet

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Two local elementary schools getting murals

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com When he was a student, Loper Elementary School art teacher Eric Sutton said he was a victim of bullying. He was spit upon, punched and even found his car vandalized. Now, through a collaboration with Arts for Learning, courtesy

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Pediatric dentist celebrates office opening in Shelbyville

Emhardt Pediatric Dentisty held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning at its new Shelbyville office, 1818 N. Riley Highway, Suite B. Dr. John Emhardt, fourth from left, and the office staff as well as a welcoming committee of Shelbyville dignitaries and the Chamber of Commerce were in attendance.

By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com Pediatric dentist Dr. John Emhardt saw a need in Shelby County. On Dec. 17, he saw his first patient. Four months later, Emhardt Pediatric Dentistry now has over 200 patients and is still growing. “I really have appr

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Morristown Carnival growing in scope

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com The word is starting to get out about the upcoming Morristown Carnival, set to take place in less than a month. Morristown Boys and Girls Club Director Scott Spahr is making sure of that. Spahr has been busy promoting and prepa

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Cost cutting tops to-do list of County Council

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com Faced with the expense of building new offices for the probation department, along with overcrowding at the county jail, the Shelby County Council is looking to save money. Leasing office equipment and outsourcing some e

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County hears about garnishing tax refunds to recover debts

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com Members of the Shelby County Council are considering participating in the TRECS program offered by the Association of Indiana Counties. TRECS stands for Tax Refund Exchange and Compliance System. It’s a way fo

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Local teens to showcase stand-up comedy talents

Christi’s Off Broadway Theatre, 16 S. Tompkins St. in Shelbyville, is hosting a standup comedy show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

STAFF REPORT When two local teens, Michael Gehrich and Darrin Schweitzer, heard about a comedy class being offered by Christi’s Comedy Corner, they decided to sign up.  Eight weeks later, they will debut the material they have been working on, along

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