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  • Waddy working up another big Labor Day

    The spotlight will be on Waddy this Labor Day, and officials there say the celebrations planned promise to be bigger and better than ever.

    That’s good, with the absence this year of another parade that usually takes place in Shelbyville. Wyena Marshall, president of the NAACP, said that event would not be held his year.

    Ron Lois, president of the Waddy Ruritan Club, said he wants to invite the entire community to the festivities.

    “We’d like to invite the public to come out and join the fun,” he said.

  • Waddy working up another big Labor Day

    The spotlight will be on Waddy this Labor Day, and officials there say the celebrations planned promise to be bigger and better than ever.

    That’s good, with the absence this year of another parade that usually takes place in Shelbyville. Wyena Marshall, president of the NAACP, said that event would not be held his year.

    Ron Lois, president of the Waddy Ruritan Club, said he wants to invite the entire community to the festivities.

    “We’d like to invite the public to come out and join the fun,” he said.

  • Fiscal court says no to public comment about zone change

    Magistrates voted Tuesday night not to hear more public comment on a  controversial zone change for Kentucky Street, which would place a metal recycling facility next to Red Orchard Park.

    A crowd of about 30 who showed up at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, were told they were prohibited from talking about the issue during the public comment portion of the meeting.

  • Simpsonville City Commission OKs 9.3% property tax increase

    A rare event took place Thursday morning at the City of Simpsonville’s special public hearing about property taxes for 2011.

    A citizen actually showed up at the meeting to express his views to the commission about its proposed increase in ad valorem taxes.

    “In my seventeen years as mayor, you’re only the second person who has ever showed up [at a public tax hearing],” Mayor Steve Eden told the visitor.

  • News briefs: Aug. 31, 2011

    Simpsonville’s hearing
    on tax rates is Friday

    The Simpsonville City Commission will have a special public hearing at 8:15 a.m. Thursday to take comment on its new ad valorem property tax rate for 2011.
    Commissioners passed on first reading Aug. 17 a 9.3 percent increase to 10.6 cents per $100 or assessed value – up from 9.7 in 2010 – or the equivalent increase of .9 cents, or about $9-per-year increase on a home with a $100,000 tax value.

  • World Championship Horse Show: Byers lead lots of Shelby winners

    Shelby Countians brought home more than 75 top-5 finishes from the 7-day World Championship Horse Show last week at the Kentucky State Fair, including 30 first-place finishes.

    The show culminated with three champions from Shelby County on Saturday night, and two more top three finishes in the marquee events.

    Rob Byers, who’s wife, Sarah, won the Ladies 3-Gaited Championship aboard Mr. Center Stage, said it was a banner week for his Premier Stables and the horses they train.

  • Shelby County School Board: Tax increase passes without any ‘thanks’

    A sarcastic "thanks, thanks a lot" rang out from the crowd as the Shelby County Board of Education passed a 2.5 percent increase, plus a .2-cent exoneration allowance, on personal property and real estate taxes.

    The vocal crowd  at the board’s meeting Thursday at Shelby County High School called out just before the vote that the board should not "keep throwing money" at problems in a time of economic restraint.

  • Shelby County School Board: Energy efforts savings offsetting rate increases

    Rate increases by utilities sometimes can rob the results of their thunder, but Energy Systems Supervisor Sherman Adams can come back with a pretty big bolt of lightning of savings for the school district.

    Adams told the Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday that the district is saving 1.7 million kilowatt hours over this time last year.

  • State faces another tough year for budget

    A packed house filled the Cardinal Club's main room and spilled over into the small meeting room for the Chamber of Commerce's legislative lunch on Tuesday.

    Both of Shelby County's legislative representatives, Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) and Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), spoke to the crowd, addressing major issues and concerns the state will confront when lawmakers reconvene next spring.

    Chief among those issues is the 2013 state budget and its projected shortfall of near $430 million.

  • Collins’ teacher pleads not guilty

    A Collins High School teacher has pleaded not guilty to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving students.

    The case of Shannon Hirchert, 42, of La Grange was waived to the grand jury during her arraignment Tuesday in Shelby County District Court. She did not appear.

    “We entered a plea of not guilty for her, and normally they would set that for a probable cause hearing, but we went ahead and waived it to the grand jury,” said Brian Butler, an attorney from Louisville who represented Hirchert.