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Conner headed off to retirement

Jim Conner is retiring after serving as principal at Coulston Elementary for nearly 30 years.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com The boxes weren’t out quite yet. Jim Conner’s office probably looked like it had on any other teacher’s work day in previous years. But Conner’s office will eventually be emptied out after near

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Library opens section for families with special needs kids

Don Collins, center, welcomed about 50 people to an open house Tuesday evening at the Shelby County Public Library to dedicate a new section of some 150 books about special needs and disabilities. Collins is president of the ARC of Shelby County which donated the books.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com Families who have a child with autism or Down syndrome, teachers of special needs kids, and others now have a new resource for help. Some 150 books on the topics of special needs and disabilities are now available i

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Morristown carnival deemed successful

Carnival-goers enjoy the Twister on Saturday afternoon despite occassional rain coming down. This year’s carnival saw 2,100 people attend.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com The weather didn’t cooperate quite as much as organizers would have liked, but the Morristown Boys and Girls Club Carnival was considered a success nevertheless. Despite rainy conditions Friday evening during Dylan S

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Board approves Twin Lakes plan

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com Twin Lakes, the large development on Amos Road north of McKay Road, is moving forward. On Tuesday morning, the Shelbyville Board of Works, which oversees the various city government departments, approved a plan for the newes

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Library to offer free computer classes

Workers continued installation of the copper shingles on the dome of the Shelby County Public Library, 57 W. Broadway St., on a hot afternoon Tuesday. A skylight in the center of the dome will be covered for now; in the future, library leaders hope to replace the skylight so it lights the inside of theoriginalpartof the building which was constructed 115 years ago.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com The library is looking to stamp out illiteracy of a different kind. Starting on Friday, the Shelbyville Public Library, 57 W. Broadway St., will be offering a series of free computer classes at both the Shelbyville

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DAR Good Citizen Essay Contest winners announced

By LUANN MASON - For The Shelbyville News Heather R. Hoffmeyer, a senior at Shelbyville High School, is this year’s Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Essay Contest winner for Shelby County. Mary Mott Green chapter of DAR sponsors the contest a

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McIntire Lawn & Landscaping opens new garden center

Varieties of flowers and trees are available as well as landscaping advice at the new garden center opened by McIntire Lawn & Landscaping.

By LUCY GAY - For The Shelbyville News Friends Brad McIntire and Adam Cranfill are welcoming the warm weather with the opening of the new McIntire Lawn & Landscaping Garden Center. Brad McIntire, a Southwestern graduate, began the McIntire Lawn & Landscapin

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Intern joins TSN staff

By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com The Shelbyville News has added Lucy Gay to its Editorial staff as a summer intern. The St. Paul native and North Decatur High School graduate recently finished her freshman year at Indiana State University in Terre Haute where

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Vigil offers hope, help for addiction

Adam Spaulding, arecoveringaddict, read two poems he wrote to the crowd in front of the Shelby County Court House ata candlelight vigil Saturday evening for those who’ve died from drug addiction. The last line of the secondpoem titled, “It Couldn’t Be Me” was, “Never thought it would end with a candle being lit.”

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com Tattoos were a common sight on the attendees at a candlelight ceremony to remember those who’ve lost their lives to drug addiction.  About half of the 50 or so people gathered were certainly in their 20s, some poss

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Somber message comes from law enforcement memorial service

Emily Beal-Nelis places a flower on a wreath in memory of her late husband, Jason Beal, during Sunday's Law Enforcement Memorial Service.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com Social media has created a new set of challenges for those in law enforcement. That was the message delivered by Judge Charles O’Connor during Sunday afternoon’s Law Enforcement Memorial Service, which honors the se

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SHS award winners

The Shelbyville High School senior class celebrated awards night last week. The class was honored during a ceremony after receiving more than $167,000 in scholarship money.

STAFF REPORT The Shelbyville High School senior awards ceremony was held last week. This year’s senior class received $167,150 in scholarship money. The recipients were: Christopher Albinda, Choir Award (4-year award). Taylor Anderson, National Technical Hono

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Southwestern students get hands-on experience in school's greenhouse

Mariah Fogle, an intern this summer with Pam Meyer at Southwestern Jr/Sr. High School, deadheads flowers Thursday afternoon.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com Visitors to the Shelbyville Community Garden won’t be seeing the fruits of labor Southwestern Jr/Sr. High School students have put into the greenhouse that is now open — but they could find some vegetables. On Wedne

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City council to look at funding PR consultant

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com A committee of the Shelbyville Common Council has voted to recommend hiring a communications firm by contract to promote the city’s quality of life efforts. Members of the City Council’s Finance Committee met

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Hospital prepares to seal up time capsule

Staff and board members gathered at Major Health Partners for a ceremony to refill a time capsule with items marking significant events in the hospital’s history. Jack Horner, president and CEO of MHP, told the audience Friday thatitwas an ark carrying the hospital’s history from the past to the future.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com Numerous documents, a piece of granite, copies of The Shelbyville News and more will go back into a time capsule to be sealed up for a future generation to reflect on. In a ceremony at the MHP Medical Center on Friday, CEO Ja

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Shelby Eastern opts not to renew Chartwells contract

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com A year after deciding to outsource its cafeteria operations in a hotly-debated meeting, the Shelby Eastern school board decided not to renew its contract with Chartwells for the 2018-19 school year during its May meeting on Wed

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Volunteer fire department receives donation

Heath Dillon delivered a $2,500 check to the St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program.

STAFF REPORT Local farmer Heath Dillon directed $2,500 to the St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communites program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The St. Paul Fire Department will use the funds to install radio equipme

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HGTV show comes to local business

Angela Crouse turned a hobby into a thriving business in just three short years. Her showroom, Reclaimed Barns & Beams, 19 N. Harrison St., has attracted a national following.

By LUANN MASON - For The Shelbyville News The mother-daughter duo of HGTV’s home renovation show “Good Bones” recently walked through the doors of Reclaimed Barns & Beams in downtown Shelbyville, purchased wood and other items that were featur

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Dylan Schneider to perform at Morristown Carnival

Dylan Schneider performs during last September’s concert at Community Park in Morristown. Schneider returns for a 7:30 p.m. show today as part of the Morristown Boys and Girls Club Carnival.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com Most people Dylan Schneider’s age are focused on surviving finals week this time of year. Schneider, fresh off an appearance singing the national anthem at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles among other concerts in large mark

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Blue River Community Foundation celebrating 30 years of helping improve Shelby County

Amy Haacker, second from left, poses for a photo with volunteers at M2M Food Pantry in 2016 after giving a $1,000 mini grant. The foundation provided mini grants that year to various organizations after acommunity vote.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com Whether in the form of smile from a graduating high school senior’s face, knowing he or she can attend the school of his or her choice, creating a safe walk path around town or seeing the reward at local organizations lik

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For hair salon, green is not just a color

Michelle Bryant Ray opened her Green Door Salon in 2015. She's committed to using organic products because they cleared up her own breathing and skin problems.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com Salvaged doors painted green decorate the interior of Michelle Bryant Ray’s Green Door Salon at the corner of Noble Street and Van Avenue. The doors mark the work stations in two corners of the bright, sun-li

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Good Seed Garden is good to environment

The tomato plants on the top shelf are off to a good start in one of the Good Seed Garden greenhouses, along with the basil and other herbs below.Lorraine Perrin will sell the tomato plants at one of the two farmers markets she attends. She may begin selling in the Shelbyville Farmers Market next year.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com Pulling into a new small farming business on the near west side of Waldron, visitors are greeted by chickens, ducks and a friendly dog named Watson. Further back on the property, four garden beds about 10 to 15 yards lo

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Local bookstore devoted to downtown Shelbyville

Barbara Rogers and Carolyn Statler, co-owners of Three Sisters Books and the Bookmark, pose for a photo. The sisters, along with their other sister, Mary Kay Pitts, bought the bookstore in 2002. Mary Kay Statler passed away earlier this year.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com One day in 2002, when she was visiting her son, who was celebrating the arrival of a newborn baby in the family, Carolyn Statler received a call from her sister, Mary Kay Pitts. Carolyn was troubled that her sister would be cal

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Part-time job paying full-time dividends

Being successful at a home-based business has given Tasha McQueeney more time with her family.

By NICHOLE SCOTT - nscott@shelbynews.com Tasha Hirschauer McQueeney, of Greenwood, has gained so much more than pocket change from her part-time, home-based business. McQueeney, a 1993 graduate of Shelbyville High School, is a “brand partner” with Neriu

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Quintero thrives on improving owner-dog relationships

Lisa Quintero talks with Jason Mansfield about his 7-month-old pit bull terrier named Rizzo.

By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com One feisty little terrier changed Lisa Quintero’s life forever. “I went and bought a puppy for $99 at a pet store, which was my first mistake,” said Quintero. “I didn’t know anything about where sh

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Coffee Creek Ridge offers countryside destination venue

The barn that formerly housed hogs and a dairy operation is now a beautiful venue for wedding receptions or other events.

By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com There were ample signs Terri and Kevin Nigh ignored on their way to creating Coffee Creek Ridge. After a long, cold winter of turning their century-old barn into a suitable place for their daughter’s wedding reception, t

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Knauf CEO foresees warm future

Chris Griffin, the CEO of Knauf Insulation, says demand for the company’s products is good as the housing market continues togrow followinga severe downturn in new home constructionduring the Great Recession 10 years ago. Knauf now employs 800 peopleat its Shelbyville facility, he said, and around 1,800 at all of the company’s locations in the United States.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com After weathering a frosty economy, one of the county’s largest employers has recovered. Looking ahead, Chris Griffin, the CEO of Knauf Insulation, says there’s room for the company to grow. Founded in Shelby

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PK USA prepares for future after weathering tough past

On the manufacturing floor at PK USA,a one-ton spool of rolled steel was hoisted by overhead crane and sent on its way to become stamped metal parts for Toyota.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com If staying ahead in the game is the key to winning a competition, then PK USA looks to be in front. On the day TSN interviewed Masakazu Nakayama, president and CEO of PK USA, Ford Motor Co. announced it was discont

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Makuta's round-the-clock operation relies on automation to produce quality parts

The facility looks empty but is working like normal at Makuta Micro Molding.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com A tour through Makuta Micro Molding could be quite deceiving without the assistance of Stu Kaplan. The facility is practically empty on a sunny early-May morning – an employee found here, an employee found there. But the

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Ryobi Die Casting has grown in size and scope over the years

Ryobi Die Casting USA is lead in Shelbyville by Human Resource Manager John Chrzanowski, left, andPresident and Chief Operating Officer Tom Johnson.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com When a search team for what was then Sheller-Ryobi visited Shelbyville in the mid-1980s, local officials were aggressive in their attempts at enticing the company, now called Ryobi Die Casting USA, to choose Shelbyville. Offici

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Local Hispanic community finds spiritual home at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Father Mike Keucher celebrates Mass conducted in Spanish at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

By Nichole Scott - nscott@shelbynews.com Shelby County has many Spanish-speaking residents and some local churches have seen a need for services conducted in Spanish. St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway St., hosts Mass in Spanish each Sunday at 1 p.m., cond

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Indiana Precision Forge continuing to grow in Shelby County

Indiana Precision Forge first opened its doors in Shelbyville in 1996.

By NICHOLE SCOTT - nscott@shelbynews.com Shelby County has a long history of investment by Japanese companies. A subsidiary of Sumikin Precision Forge, Indiana Precision Forge started in 1996. “It was formed in 1996, then broke ground here for this site. The

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Guidelines working to aid youth learning two languages at same time

Benelope Novoa, an English as Second Language instructor’s aide, works with (from left) Edgar Teles, Dorian Moralesand Johan Santiago-Mejiaon their English language skills during a breakout session at Hendricks Elementary School in Shelbyville. With the help of Novoa and first-grade teacher Chelsea Dourson, allthree boys are now confident in communicating in English.

By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com Every boy and girl that enters the Shelbyville Central Schools system learns the English language. It’s a challenging enough proposition considering the complexities of the language where words spelled the same can have d

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Toray Resin building with more growth in mind

Toray Resin Company creates engineering plastics and compounds for the automotive industry. The local facility on Mausoleum Road has its own Research Technical Center and a new 100,000 square foot warehouse to support expected growth over the nextfive to sevenyears.

By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com Toray Resin Company is growing – quite literally. The Shelbyville manufacturing facility recently completed a new 100,000 square foot warehouse that is state-of-the art and will hold its finished product ready f

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Local country artist debuts new album at Strand Theatre

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com Fairland’s own Colton Chapman is set to appear at the Strand Theatre on Saturday night. The event is an album release party for Chapman’s new record, “Raised This Way.” Big trucks, mud, guitars an

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American Legion preparing for centennial celebration

By LUCY GAY - For The Shelbyville News The American Legion was originally founded in March 1919 in Paris, France, following the events of World War I. Around the world, the American Legion operates under principles of community service through volunteer programs, r

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A story in the May 13 edition about opposition to a CAFO hog farm by members of the Blue Ridge community misidentified the Indiana company that prepared a report about the plan for the developer. JBS United Inc. of Indiana prepared the report. JBS is also

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Kustom Krafts born out of fun hobby

Heather Ramsey, owner of Kustom Krafts in Shelbyville, removes a stencil on a child’s project. It reads “You were born to sparkle,” complete with a unicorn head. Her daughter, Ashlyn, chose this craft as part of her unicorn-themed birthday party.

by NICHOLE SCOTT - nscott@shelbynews.com Heather Ramsey, of Shelbyville, can thank her friends for her part-time business, Kustom Krafts. Kustom Krafts, 4072 E. Michigan Road, offers open workshops and private parties where participants can create custom signs and

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