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  • Collins High School an energy star

    Collins High School has joined the ranks of Kentucky’s Energy Star-rated schools, which was noted by a brief presentation on Thursday morning in Collins’ Project Lead the Way engineering classroom.

    Shelby County Energy Manager Sherman Adams presented the framed certification to Principal Anthony Hatchell, and Jeff Riggs, an engineer with Biagi, Chance, Cummins, London, Titzer, and Mike Smith, from architectural firm Sherman Carter Barnhart, both spoke about the project.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: Projected 2013 budget not much changed

    The county’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year of 2013 is very similar to last year’s, in fact, it is only $82,138 more than the 2012 budget.

    In his budget presentation at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger told magistrates and the court that his proposal contains no tax increases and mirror’s last year’s budget very closely, at $17,432,138, compared to last year’s $17.35 million.

  • Shelby Prevention needs help for after-prom event

    The month of May arrives with sightings of young women in fancy dresses, young men in suits and tuxes, readying for their high school proms.

    With two high schools in Shelby County, we now have two weekends when we witness these annual rituals and smile fondly (perhaps) at our own memories of prom.

    For the past three years, Shelby Prevention has teamed with volunteers at First Baptist, Highland Baptist, and other area churches to offer after-prom parties for our local young people, and this year, that organization needs help to handle both high schools.

  • Simpsonville's sewer rates to remain flat for coming year

    Simpsonville residents are getting a bit of a financial break in the coming year.

    City commissioners voted at their meeting Tuesday night to forego an increase in sewer rates – which by ordinance they could have raised 2.5 percent.

    The opt-out was put in the place when the ordinance was passed, and Mayor Steve Eden suggested that this is a year when the city could go without increasing the cost to property owners.

  • News briefs: May 2, 2012

    Lobbying in Frankfort reaching

    record levels of expenditures

     

    Companies that hired lobbyists and lobbyists themselves spent a total of $7.1 million in lobbying during the first three months of the 2012 General Assembly, according to the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission newsletter for April.

  • New scam targets postal customers

    Officials at the Shelbyville Post Office have said they have had quite a few people calling and asking about an E-mail residents are receiving that tells them they have a package to pick up.

    This new scam, along with many others, is being investigated, by the postal service, Adel Valdes, U.S. postal inspector, Pittsburgh Division, said.

     “We are the federal law enforcement arm of the postal service, and we are working on this to see if we can pinpoint where it’s coming from,” he said.

  • Two Shelby women will march in Oaks Parade

    Peggy Tschauner and Ellen Jacobs of Shelby County are two of the 138 cancer survivors who will be participating in the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade this Friday.

    And they will be marching close to each other, because they have been fast friends ever since bonding last year as cancer survivors.

  • Barnett named Shelby's top teacher

    After honoring the 11 nominees for Shelby County's 2012 WHAS ExCel Teacher of the Year Thursday, the school district showed a short video with students from the winner's class stating why that teacher is at the top.

    When the film began and Simpsonville fifth-grade teacher Sloane Barnett noticed it included students from her classroom, you could see the surprise on her face. And as it all started to wash over her, a little fist-pump and yes slipped out before she came forward to receive the bouquet of flowers and hear the applause from the crowd at Claudia Sanders.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville Outlet Mall: Developers to review comments on mall plan

    The company proposing to build an outlet mall just south of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville will be given an opportunity by the Army Corps of Engineers to respond to letters of comment it received about the project.

    The Army Corps logged 45 letters of comment during the posted public notice for the 60-acre site, and Horizon Group Properties of Muskegon, Mich., may take until the end of July or longer to review them.

  • Shelby County Public Schools: Diversity of leadership surpasses state, nation

    With five vacant principal positions to fill — including at least one at each of the elementary, middle and high school levels — Shelby County Public Schools officials say they hope to add some diversity to those ranks.

    And although Shelby County is at or better than the state averages for minority personnel in positions that work with students, it still lags the diversity of its student population.

    However, finding and hiring minority candidates is much easier said than done for school districts in Shelby County, Kentucky and the nation.