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  • Shelbyville City Council: How about a ‘hotspot’ downtown?

    Many larger cities have cafés, restaurants, bars and libraries that provide wireless Internet hotspots, but Shelbyville has only a few – for now.

    During Thursday's city council meeting, Mayor Tom Hardesty noted that he and council member Jon Swindler had been talking to a company in Carrollton about making the city of Shelbyville a Wi-Fi hotspot.

  • News briefs: Sept. 2, 2011

    Conner Station to be closed

    for I-64 widening project

    Conner Station Road in Simpsonville is headed for closure at Interstate 64 until the end of September.

    The state Transportation Cabinet announced the road would be closed starting Tuesday to allow for impact of the I-64 widening. The expectation is that work will last through Sept.30.

    Motorists should follow the signed detour via U.S. 60 and Clark Station Road (in Jefferson County) for a thoroughfare to Fisherville Road.

  • Student breaks away for summer

    Anna Joy Thompson isn't a world traveler versed in several languages.

    No, Thompson, a 17-year-old Cornerstone Christian Academy senior, had only left the country one time, on a trip to Haiti last year.

    But during this summer Thompson took a trip she'd been planning for more than two years.

  • 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.