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Huge Crowd Attends Demolition Derby Saturday Night at the Shelby County Fair
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Drivers get with it during the early stages of Saturday night's Demolition Derby at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

The Shelby County Fair was capped off on Saturday night with the annual Demolition Derby, which was held in front of the grandstand. The derby drew the largest crowd of the week and one of the largest crowds in the last few years. The number of cars and participants in the derby this year was up from the previous years and it went late into the night.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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Tillitt Found Guilty on All Charges; Sentencing Set for September
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An Adair County jury found Kevin T. Tillitt, 48, of Shelbina, guilty of all charges on Friday, July 14 in a three day trial that was held at the Adair County Courthouse in Kirksville.
   Tillitt was found guilty of seven different counts, including four counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree, which carries a range of punishment of 10 years to life for each of three of the counts and five years to life on the fourth count. Two counts of statutory rape in the first degree, which carries a range of punishment of 10 years to life for each count. And one count of child molestation in the first degree, which carries a range of punishment of five to 15 years.
   It took the jury right at one hour to render a decision.
   Charges were originally filed in early 2015 against both he and his wife Melinda Tillitt, 41. She was convicted of multiple charges by a Macon County jury September of 2016 and is currently serving her sentence.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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R-IV School Board Hears Public Concerns About MAP Scores and Teacher/Student Ratios
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The Shelby County R-IV School Board heard concerns from two different people on two different subjects during the public comment part of its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 12 in the middle school library.
   Teacher/Student Ratio
   Retired Shelby County R-IV employee Larry Mitchell was on hand to speak again this month on the teacher/student ratio in the district’s elementary schools.
   Mitchell encouraged the board to not just look at and study the issue, but to address this issue for the upcoming school year.
   He had also written the board a letter expressing his concerns (which can be found under Letter to the Editor in this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly) about this situation.
   MAP Scores
   Linda Wallace of Shelbina also spoke to the board during the public comment portion of the meeting about her concerns with MAP Test scores.
   She saw a site with the St. Louis Post Dispatch that gave a comparison on MAP scores in the district’s throughout the State. She passed out a sheet comparing South Shelby with Macon, Monroe City, Paris and North Shelby. South Shelby was last out of the four schools in English and below the State average. Second to last in Math and below the State average. Last in science and below the state average, and second in History and above the state average.
   Wallace said she understands that there is a lot that factors in to test scores and not everything should be based on a MAP test score, but she still has concerns wit the results she saw when she looked up the numbers.
   Principals Reports
   Clarence Elementary Principal Kelly Hayhurst reported that Summer School ended on June 16. The attendance average was 90 percent.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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Truck and Tractor Pull Action
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The Truck and Tractor Pull, put on by the Twin States Pulling Association, was held on Friday night, July 14.

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Shelby County Fair Talent Show Winners
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2017 Shelby County Fair Talent Contest / Show
   Following is a news release and list of the 2017 talent show winners at the fair if you would like to share it with your readers. Thanks!
   The 2017 Shelby County Fair Talent Show opened with the pledge of Allegiance. 19 people participated performing various vocal music acts. Sound was provided by Rex Weatherford. The event was sponsored by the Shelby County Fair Association and hosted by Tracy Smith.
   While the judges were tallying the winners and just for fun, Terrance Kohn sang, followed by Abby Cooper. The two youngest groups received cash prizes for first, second and third places of $60, 40 and 25 and the two older groups received $90, 65 and 40. $700 goes to contestants and a small contribution to judges who assist in this event. It was wonderful for people to share their talent and want to send a big thank you to all who participated and those who came out to support this event.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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