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  • Boone statue nearly ready

     It’s been nearly six years since Joe Ruble shared his aspiration of erecting a statue in honor of Shelby County’s founder, Squire Boone.

    Over that time, with a team of supporters, Ruble has worked diligently to see that dream come to fruition.

    The day he’s so long awaited is finally on the horizon.

    Engineer Kerry Magan, who is serving as project manager for the statue, said the Squire Boone Society is looking to set the dedication ceremony around the middle of October.

  • A grade in the shade

     For a brief moment Monday, the sun didn’t shine so bright over our old Kentucky home.  But even in the shade, Shelby County students found an opportunity to blossom and grow.

    Across the district students filed out of their classrooms, protective eye wear and thinking caps in tote, ready to witness and learn from a rare planetary occurrence.

    As the planet aligned just right, placing the moon between the Bluegrass State and the sun, an ominous light surrounded students gazing up in wonder.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board members ready for Q&A

     Shelby County Public Schools announced earlier this month its work toward a new leadership plan, the Profile of a Graduate.

    To advance this work, board members made it their personal project to gain feedback from the community through outreach forums.

    On Thursday, board members will discuss their plans for those forums when they convene for the board’s regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. at the district’s central office, 1155 West Main Street.

  • Denhardt’s murder still captures imagination

    Good guys don’t always wear white hats, but they always defend the honor of a beautiful woman. Such was the opinion of Shelby County citizens September 20, 1937 when the brothers of Oldham County murder victim Verna Garr Taylor shot and killed her alleged murderer, Brig. Gen. Henry Denhardt, on the streets of Shelbyville.

  • Awaiting retirement

    Longtime Jailer Bobby Waits has been named Jailer of the Year and is a former three-time president of the Kentucky Jailer’s Association.

    He has served as Shelby County Jailer for 20 years and during that time, has taken the county’s corrections facility from a hundred year-old old building housing less than 50 inmates to a state of the art 316-bed detention center.

    Now, two decades later, he is stepping down.

    But not because he wants to, he said.

  • SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: Property tax goes down

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed a second reading to set the city’s annual tax rate, following a three-year trend of lowering the tax rate.

    At its meeting Tuesday night, the commission approved a rate that is 2 tenths of a cents lower than the current rate. The new rate of .096 cents per $100 of assessed value replaces the current rate of .098.

    Mayor Steve Eden expressed satisfaction with being able to set a decreased rate again this year.

  • Reynolds takes the helm at Awake Ministries

    When two of Shelby's longtime charitable organizations, the Serenity Center and the Open Door of Hope men's shelter, merged into a single organization in February, they envisioned a move that better suited those in need and provided more services.

    Now, with a new leader at the helm, that vision has an even sharper focus, as Awake Ministries continues the mission of both.

  • Officials to vote on reducing solid waste tax

    When the 109 Board – the entity in charge of solid waste disposal for the county –meets on Tuesday, it will make a decision on whether to reduce its tax, officials say.

    Rusty Newton, chair of the 109 Board, said he is confident the proposal will pass, thus reducing the current .034 cents per $100 of property valuation to .030. At the same time, the board is expected to increase the price being charged for people to dispose of trash, from 3 cents to 3.5 cents per pound, he said.

  • Snagging safe sun spectacles

    The long anticipated eclipse is just three days away.  However, with NASA approved spectacles becoming as scarce as the top Christmas toy, chances are if you don’t already have a pair, the main event could pass right before your closed eyes.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - Tax rate stays flat

    The Shelbyville City Council closed out its public hearing with no members of the general public in attendance to speak regarding the proposed ad valorem tax rate Tuesday afternoon.  The council then voted unanimously in favor of maintaining the tax rate at 27.2 cents on each $100 of assessed value of all taxable real property and 33.5 cents on each $100 of assessed value of all taxable personal property.