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  • News briefs: Sept. 21, 2012

    Owe back taxes to state? On Oct. 1 you get a break

     

    Kentucky is launching a tax amnesty program allowing people or businesses who owe back taxes to the state to pay with no fees or penalties. The threat of prosecution will be waived, and only half the interest owed will be due.

  • OVEC, schools to host arts center meeting

    Last month the city of Shelbyville received its second donation of property on the 800 block of Main and Washington streets to go toward the future of a downtown arts/convention project, the so-called City Center.

    And now, that concept could be growing even further.

    On Tuesday Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof and Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative CEO Leon Mooneyhan want to discuss the concept of an arts center with the public.

  • Library, Bogard continue fight

    Answers to two of the key questions at the center of the lawsuit former children’s librarian Sherry Bogard filed against the Shelby County Public Library may have become clearer this week.

    Did Bogard walk off the job or was she fired by library Director Pam Federspiel during a disagreement in June? And was there a physical altercation between the two?

  • Election 2012: Simpsonville City Commission: Sharon Cummins

    Sharon Cummins, who has spent most of her life as a resident of Simpsonville, is seeking a third term on the Simpsonville City Commission.

    Cummins is one of five candidates for the four spots on the commission, to which she was elected in 2008. Elections are non-partisan and are held every two years, with the mayor elected to a 4-year term.

  • Simpsonville continues condemnation process for sidewalks

    SIMPSONVILLE – Attorney Bill Brammell, a co-counsel for the city of Simpsonville, told the city commission on Wednesday that the process to condemn property for the city’s sidewalk project is continuing to move forward, albeit not as quickly as commissioners would prefer.

    At issue is the parcel at 7026 Shelbyville Road, which is the sole impediment to the city’s plan to construct sidewalks and other enhancements on the south side of U.S. 60 from Old Veechdale Road to Maplewood Drive, the first phase of its Village Center project.

  • EARLIER: Horizon gets unanimous OK for zone change for outlet mall in Simpsonville

    SIMPSONVILLE – Horizon Properties Group has the full go-ahead to use 50 acres of land in Simpsonville as the site for an outlet mall.

    The Simpsonville City Commission unanimously approved on Wednesday morning the second reading of an ordinance that allows zone changes for approximately 24 acres from Agriculture and Commercial to Limited Interchange on a parcel that is located south of Interstate 64 and on the west side of Buck Creek and Veechdale roads.

  • Mill Creek rezone passed to Shelbyville

    The Triple S Planning Commission concluded its business in five minutes Thursday night at the Stratton Center.

    In its only significant action, the commission approved the transcript and findings of fact on the zone change it had approved for Woodfield Inc. The developer of the Mill Creek subdivision sought to change for 3.7 acres at 167 Harrington Mill Road from A (agricultural) to R-3 (residential), single family only.

    The next step will be to send the matter onto the Shelbyville City Council, said Ryan Libke, executive director of Triple S.

  • Shelby County School Board to study athletes' grade requirements for eligibility

    Concerns about grades of high school student athletes has prompted the formation of a committee to study the issue.

    When the topic was raised at the meeting of the Shelby County School Board on Thursday night, board member Brenda Jackson said she was concerned that student athletes are allowed to participate in sports as long as they have a “D” average.

    “I question letting athletes play with a ‘D’ as a passing grade,” she said.

  • Proposed ordinance: Beware where you park

    Parking soon could be prohibited on some streets and roads in Shelby County based on the authority of the county road supervisor.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday passed on first reading an ordinance that gives Carl Henry the authority to restrict or eliminate parking on any county roads, even the streets in some subdivisions.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said the decision to make revisions evolved from increased growth that has brought about increased traffic congestion, especially in neighborhoods.

  • No probation for pot dealer

    A man who was charged with the largest marijuana bust ever in Shelby County and later  inexplicably set free by federal authorities before being indicted again on those same charges, has been sent to prison for 7 years.

    In Shelby County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Judge Charles Hickman ordered

    Enrique Olvera-Landaverde, 51, to serve his full 7 years that he had accepted in a guilty plea on Aug. 3.