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  • Shelbyville City Council–Council sees benefits to restaurant tax

    In 2013 the Shelby County tourism commission proposed a 3 percent Restaurant Tax in Simpsonville, which city leaders adopted and have watched it flourish.

    After witnessing Simpsonville reap the benefits for 12 months, the Shelbyville City Council is now considering the tax, as well.

    Thursday, members of the Shelbyville City Council along with representatives from the Shelby County Tourism Commission participated in a workshop to discuss the proposed 3 percent Restaurant Tax for Shelbyville.

  • City employee indicted for theft of grant funds

    A former assistant administrator and firefighter was indicted Monday for a major theft and related charges.

    Theresa M. Augustine, 46, of Shelbyville has been indicted for theft by unlawful taking $10,000 or more, but less than $100,000, as well as abuse of public trust in connection with that amount.

    The indictment says that Augustine took the money between November 2012 and July 2014 while she was in the employ of the Shelbyville Fire Department.

    Shelbyville Police said that the amount that Augustine is accused of taking is $12,092.

  • Melting snow could cause issues

    With mounds of snow several feet high piled all over the county, flooding issues can be a concern.

    But officials say they aren’t worried – yet.

    “It will totally depend on whether temperatures gradually warm up and it gradually melts away and goes into the streams and so forth, or is it all going to go away with a heavy two-inch rain event,” said Shelbyville Water Company Manager Tom Doyle.

    Forecasters are calling for rain to move into the area this weekend, but not at a heavy rate.

  • Parks needs donations to repair tennis courts

    Shelby County Parks officials are asking for the public’s help in repairing some aging tennis courts that are used by thousands of people each year.

    “I’d say more than thirty-five hundred individuals use our courts [yearly],” said Clay Cottongim, former parks and recreation director who is now a grant writer and consultant for the parks system.

    Cottongim said he was able to obtain a $10,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association of Kentucky, but grant carries a stipulation – parks must match that amount within 30 days.

  • Distillery beginning to take shape

    The concept of a still 66 feet tall would be enough to knock any Kentuckian speechless, and details about how many millions of gallons of bourbon the huge distillery going up on Benson Pike would produce was sufficient enough to impress even the Shelbyville Kiwanis Club.

  • County recycling facility to start charging Tuesday

    After operating for free in its first three months, officials at the Shelby County Recycling Center say they are ready to begin charging people for the use of the facility.

    Solid Waste Director Rick Solomon said charging per pound of household trash would begin Tuesday, something that he and his staff have been working toward since the facility, at 170 Windhurst Way, opened Dec. 8.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – District adjusts focus of digital conversion

    The district’s idea of 1:1 computing – which would put a digital device into the hands of every student – has taken a backseat to a new term. 

  • Home grown dinner

    About 15 curious Shelby County ladies were in attendance for a Plate it UP! workshop at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office Wednesday hoping to learn more about cooking with local produce.

    The free class was made possible through a partnership between the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences.

    The statewide program focuses on educating the community about locally grown foods and recipes that utilize them.

  • Providing educational choices for parents

    With plans in place to open a Montessori program, Corpus Christi Academy is now looking to reach children at a younger, more critical developmental stage.

    “It’s about preparing them in those early years, coming in [to kindergarten] with a desire to learn,” Corpus Christi principal Leslie Genuis, said. “This would be a great preparation for them.”

    Developed more than a century ago by Italian physician and teacher Maria Montessori, the program is geared on the philosophy that education should mirror human development.

  • Freedom Trail

    Reflecting on a two-hour program she will present on the Underground Railroad, local historian Diane Coon took a deep breath that at first seemed like she didn’t know quite where to start.

    “For the Tapestry program, I did a real short version of the Underground Railroad in Shelby County,” she said. “WhatI'm going to do Friday is to give a much larger picture of slavery and anti-slavery and the Underground Railroad.”

    But it quickly became apparent that some of the hesitation was because it was an emotional topic for her.