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Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun, fifth from right, joins Pudder’s staff members for Monday morning’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at its downtown Shelbyville location. Pudder’s is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com Staff members scurried about, making final preparations as the clock ticked. Thirty minutes before opening for business, all that was left to do was a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the final step before Pudder’s, the newest re

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City Council sets up funding for Rainy Day Fund

By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com The City of Shelbyville’s Rainy Day Fund currently has $23,000. Within five years, that fund will have nearly $5 million after the City Council approved putting $750,000 of racino money yearly into the Rainy Day Fund for

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A heartfelt thank you

By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com Tracy Rindahl never had to worry about where her father was when the Morristown Yellow Jackets were playing basketball. Or whether he was being watched after. Ralph Short, one of the most ardent Morristown fans, died on March 1

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Golden Bear Preschool receives grant

The Shelbyville Central Schools Golden Bear Preschool sign is in place as work on the outside of the building finishes up. The preschool received a grant worth $144,811.32 that will help improve the school’s status from Level 1 Paths to Quality to Level 3.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com With the help of a grant through Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning, Shelbyville Central Schools' Golden Bear Preschool is anticipating quickly moving up from being a Level 1 to Level 3 Paths t

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Sweet Success

Katelyn Vierling makes various baked goods and candies that she sells in her “Blue Eyed Sweets and Treats” tent at the local farmer’s market.

By LUANN MASON - For The Shelbyville News A quote of Walt Disney’s, “If you can dream it, you can do it,” easily describes the future vision Katelyn Vierling of Shelbyville has for her life. The mother of four has been trying her hand at entrepren

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YBC at River's Edge opening Tuesday

The Island FriesincludesCaribbean style braised beef and is topped with melted pepper jack, cheddar and queso fresca cheese, pickled peppers and onions, and lime Crema.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com Your Box Catering has been open the past four years and is based out of a one-bedroom house that, while health board certified, isn’t big enough to meet the demands. Now, the catering business, based out of Shelbyville, i

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Bereavement group meeting in September

STAFF REPORT Vicki Boling and Dianna Pandak are preparing the Fall Coffee and Comfort Group which is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. The group will begin Sept. 3 for a four-week series – a combination of support, education, and ev

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Public Square over the decades

Residents attend a Veterans parade in 1899. Alex Krach of the Grover Museumshared numerous photos dating back to the turn of the 20th century during his presentation Wednesday evening at the Strand Theatre.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com The Public Square that Shelbyville residents know today looked far different in 1823. What became the downtown Shelbyville area was still a forest at the time, but it quickly evolved over the next couple decades. Grover Museum

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Dog park reverts back to wireless entry system

The dog park at Blue River Memorial Park is ready and waiting for furry friends to arrive once Wi-Fi is installed to create a secure access point into the facility.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com The dog park, which was going to be wired for internet access, is again switching gears. Karen Martin, director of the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department, told the board during Wednesday’s meeting that Rob Nolley

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Animal shelter to dedicate new presentation shelter

By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com When Marjorie McNamara died on Nov. 18, 2014, her will included a sizable donation to the local animal shelter. There were no specific instructions how to spend the windfall totaling just over $75,000 but her attorney, Jason Ka

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Fairland novelist looking to raise PTSD, TBI awareness

By ROSS FLINT rflint@shelbynews.com What started 14 years ago as a short story developed into “Alone In the Light,” a fictional story about a soldier returning home after serving in the Indiana National Guard in Iraq. The novel, written by Benjamin Ba

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SCS working to pick bus riders up on door side only

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com All Shelbyville Central Schools students who ride the bus and are picked up outside city limits on State Road 44 and State Road 9 are being picked up and dropped off on the door side only – and it is SCS’ hope that

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Class of 1978 makes donation to SWHS

Southwestern High School’s class of 1978donated $2,400 and used the money to buy a new flagpole, flag and bench. The class hopes they inspire other classes to contribute to the school.

STAFF REPORT A conversation during a class reunion last fall spurred graduates of the Southwestern High School class of 1978 into action. While celebrating the class’s 40th reunion, a group of alumni decided at the suggestion of Mark Weinantz to donate funds

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Wertz says goodbye to Girls Inc.

After 20 years at Girls Inc. of Shelbyville/Shelby County, program director Carmen Wertz has retired to take on new challenges and start checking items off her bucket list.

By JEFF BROWN jbrown@shelbynews.com Carmen Wertz can relate to young girls struggling with daily turmoil. As a 13-year-old girl living in the Philippines, her family moved her half a world away to southern Shelby County. That made for a hard time fitting in

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Shelbyville Fire's tactical truck to be replaced

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com With the approval of the Board of Works, the Shelbyville Fire Department took a step in replacing a nearly 30-year-old truck during Tuesday morning’s meeting at City Hall. The tactical truck that is kept in Station 2 has

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Red Cross donation opportunity coming to Shelbyville

STAFF REPORT With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage. While thousands of

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