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  • County sets date for tax reading

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court will set the county tax rate two weeks from now at a special called meeting.

    At Tuesday’s meeting, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger explained the procedure.

    “We are going to do the tax hearing on Sept. 3 at 8:30 [a.m.], followed by a special meeting to set the tax rate the same day,” he said.

    He added that he does not expect the rate to change.

  • McConnell visits Shelby

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Louisville) noted the value of finding common ground and bipartisan work to advance the nation Tuesday when he addressed a full banquet room of Shelby County residents at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: Drug testing program to include eighth graders

    The Shelby County Board of Education has elected to include eighth graders in the district’s pilot program for the athletic drug testing.

    Director of Student Services Dave Weedman shared with the board during Thursday’s regular meeting the details of the drug-testing program that the district’s plans to pilot for the 2015-16 school year and board members were displeased that the younger students were omitted from the eight-page draft.

  • District prepares to go digital

    Chief Operations Officer Eddie Oakley presented to the board of education Thursday an update regarding the details for the distribution of 2,000 Chromebooks to all ninth through twelfth grade students in the district.

    Oakley said they are anticipating deploying the devices around the beginning of October.

    In the meantime, he said, the district is getting everything in order to ensure the devices are ready for student use.

    Preparing them for distribution –cataloging, coding, and imaging every device– will take around two weeks.

  • Sen. Paul commits to pay for caucus

    Presidential candidate Rand Paul has said that if the Kentucky GOP were to decide to switch to a caucus instead of a presidential primary, he would fund the event.

    “Senator Paul pledged to make sure that the caucus wouldn't cost the state party anything, and he stands by that pledge to fund it,” said Kelsey Cooper, Kentucky spokesperson for Paul. “The money is in the bank, and we anticipate the support of the full central committee for a caucus in 2016.”

  • Woman charged with videoing her children in sex acts

    A Shelbyville woman and her boyfriend have been arrested on several felony offenses connected with child pornography involving her own young children.

    Melissa A. Torres, 35, of Mount Eden Road, and Rafael Mendoza-Anorve, 39, of Shelby Hall Drive, were arrested Wednesday. Both were charged with promoting a minor in a sexual performance. Mendoza-Anorve was also charged with possession/viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, and Torres was also charged with distribution of the material as well as the use of a minor in a sexual performance.

  • An excited return

    With warm sunshine and hardly a cloud in the sky, Wednesday was a picturesque day for children to return to school.  And with bright smiles and warm hugs the attitudes of students and faculty members appeared just as ideal as the weather.

    Shelby County Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the positive energy was evident.

    “Just the enthusiasm across the district almost feels different this year,” he said, noting the beautiful weather may have been a factor.

  • Swim schedule sinks coach

    After a summer of heated negotiations proved futile, the Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Rec. system settled on a swim practice schedule that has left some up in arms and two high school swim teams without a coach.

    J.P. LaVertu has reluctantly resigned from the position as swim coach for both Shelby County and Collins high schools.

    “Due to some scheduling conflicts with his work schedule it basically made it impossible for him to do morning practices,” said Collins Athletics Director Randy Fawns.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION: Public gets chance for input on craft brewery, distillery talks

    Per the Shelbyville City Council’s request, the Triple S Planning Commission will hold a public hearing during its regular meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. concerning the addition of breweries, brew pubs, micro breweries and micro distilleries to certain districts within the city.

    The planning commission will hold the hearing at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street, in order to make a sufficient recommendation back to the city council.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said a change could be a boon to the city.

  • Congregation restores historic site for new church building

    Back in February, Josh Settles knew he had a huge task ahead of him in renovating a new site in which to locate his church if he wanted to be relocated by Easter.

    The problem was that the new location was in former historic building that had had very little done to it in its long history.

    But when Settles’ small congregation at Kingdom House on Washington Street set out to get the downtown building at 320 Main Street shipshape, their determination astounded him, said Settles.