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  • DUIs down, fatalities increase

    While of DUI arrests were down for the year, the didn’t make our county roads safer.

    There were five deadly accidents, compared to four in 2012, claiming six lives on Shelby’s roads in 2013.

  • Candidates state their cases

    More than a hundred concerned citizens and candidates turned out for a local political forum Monday.

    The forum, hosted by Shelby County Organized for Preservation and Enhancement (SCOPE) andThe Sentinel-News, featured candidates running in contested races for the general election in November and allowed them to address questions submitted from voters.

    The 23 candidates who attended included those running for contested seats in city and county offices, Simpsonville and school board, as well as judicial seats.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: $675K of Diageo property taxes to be refunded

    Shelby County Fiscal Court magistrates voted Tuesday to execute an economic development grant between the county and Diego Americas Supply Inc. that would send $675,000 in property taxes back to the company.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said that over the next four years, the county, through the grant agreement, will collect 100 percent of the taxes generated by Diego and in return, pay Diageo $675,000 over the next four years to be used for facility infrastructure development.

  • NEWS DIGEST: Oct. 22, 2014

    SCPS, auditors meeting

    pushed back

    Following the release of the State Auditor’s Examination last week, the members of the Shelby County Board of Education voiced a desire to discuss the auditor’s findings and recommendations.

    During the October 9 board meeting, school board members agreed upon 3 dates (October 23, 27 or 28) to which they could meet with the auditors.

    However, the state auditors have said that those dates will not work.

  • MY WORD: Be careful on how you deal with supply, demand

    Did you know 24 trucks powered by natural gas will displace more gasoline than 700 Chevy Volts and save American tax payers over $5 million? I don’t know if that includes the $4.9 million taxpayers gave to the purchasers.

    Do you remember when we had a federal mandated price freeze on the price of natural gas? I think it was in the 1960’s. This immediately stopped all exploration. Why look if you are looking for something that has a defined price not based on demand?

  • UPDATE: Boil water advisory for Village Plaza area lifted

    The Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Company has lifted a boil water advisory for residents and businesses in a small area of Shelbyville.

    Manager Tom Doyle said the water test was cleared this morning, and residents in and around the Village Plaza are free to use tap water again.

    According to officials with the company, the area includes about 30 businesses and homes. The water company alerted those home and business owners on Monday night by knocking on doors and leaving door hangers.

  • NEWS DIGEST: Oct. 17, 2014

    Circuit Court clerk participates

    in clerk’s fall college

     

    Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk Lowery Miller participated in the 2014 Circuit Court Clerks Fall College Sept. 23-25 at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort.

  • Simpsonville recognized for economic work

    The city of Simpsonville is making a big name for itself across the state.

    For the third time in seven years, Simpsonville has earned an Enterprise Cities Award from the Kentucky League of Cities. The award was presented on Friday during the annual KLC meetings.

    Simpsonville won the Planning/Branding Economic Development award for its work to bring the new Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass to the city. The mall opened in July.

    Also receiving awards at the banquet were Frankfort, Manchester, Paducah and Raceland.

  • Simpsonville City Commission: Road department scrambles to fill salt shortage

    Simpsonville city officials barely avoided a salt shortage for the upcoming winter after Morton Salt Company told them they would not be able to send any salt this way.

  • Shelby County Crime, 2013, Part 2: Drug use continues to increase

    A newborn baby screams in pain, feverish, vomiting and barely able to eat.

    Then comes tremors – even seizures – diarrhea, sleeplessness. The suffering begins shortly after birth and may last for more than a week – 7 days in which the child is unable to tell anyone what he or she is going through. Even more terrible, voicing that misery would make no difference.