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  • Shelby County School Board: Neihof will seek 2.5% tax increase

    Once again Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education will weigh the district's needs against the state of the local economy when it discusses and votes on the year's tax levy at its 7 p.m. meeting at Shelby County High School.

    Superintendent James Neihof is again recommending an increase, asking the board to approve 1.7 cents, or 2.5 percent, plus a .2-cent exoneration allowance to both the real estate and personal property taxes.

    That would raise the school district’s total tax to 69.7 cents per $100 of assessed value.

  • Cornerstone’s ACT scores blow away other schools

    Cornerstone Christian Academy released its ACT scores Monday, and the school raced past the state averages for juniors in the 2010-2011 school year.

    Cornerstone's composite score was a 25, more than 6 points higher than the state and Shelby County Public School's averages, and four points higher than the national average.

    Cornerstone's scores across the board were much higher than state and county averages, and higher than the benchmarks set for admission to the state-supported postsecondary education institutions in Kentucky.

  • Trial for Irotas owners postponed

    A federal trial for two Finchville residents charged with stealing nearly a half-million dollars from employees’ retirement funds from their former company in Shelbyville has been postponed.

    The trial, which was set to begin Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Frankfort, was delayed so that a competency evaluation could be done on William Kiser.

    William Kiser, 73, and Mary Sue Kiser, 70, owners of the now-closed Irotas Manufacturing Company in Shelbyville, were indicted June 9 on federal embezzlement charges.

  • Earthquake leaves a whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on

    Did you feel it? Did you hear from someone who did?

    The earthquake that shook  the eastern seaboard of the United States on Tuesday afternoon caused ripples all across this part of the country, as eyewitness testimony, frantic residents of Washington and rumors and speculation emerged to form a national conversation.

    Officially a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck in central Virginia, northwest of Richmond, or, for those of us in Shelby County, just east on  Interstate 64.

    There were no injuries, and only minor damage has been reported.

  • EARLIER: Nurse's testimony stuns courtroom

    A rather ordinary beginning to Day Two of the trial of a Waddy man suing his surgeon for amputating his penis without his permission started out sedate enough Tuesday morning, when jurors heard contradictory testimony from two urologists.

    Then, after lunch, a witness for the defense dropped a bombshell.

    Tamara Jackson, a registered nurse at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, where Phillip Seaton’s penis was amputated by Dr. John Patterson, said Seaton’s wife, Deborah, told her she didn’t love her husband.

  • Conflicting expert testimony opens day 2 of amputation trial

    Jurors heard conflicting testimony Tuesday morning from two urologists called in the case of a Waddy man suing his surgeon for amputating his penis without his permission.

    One of them, Dr. David Benson, who was called Kevin George, attorney for the plaintiff, Phillip Seaton of Waddy, testified that he thought that Dr. John Patterson of Frankfort was in the wrong to remove Seaton's penis without his discussing it with him first.

  • 1 lane of I-64 westbound closed for 4 miles tonight

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced the temporary closure of the right lane on westbound Interstate 64 in Shelby County between mile points 24 and 28 during the hours of 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday.

  • News briefs: Aug. 19, 2011

    1 lane of I-64 westbound

    closed for 4 miles tonight

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced the temporary closure of the right lane on westbound Interstate 64 in Shelby County between mile points 24 and 28 during the hours of 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday.

  • EARLIER: Shelby’s ACT scores decline

    The ACT scores among juniors in Shelby County fell behind those of the state and most surrounding counties in 2011 – just one year after they had showed significant gains.

    Shelby County Public Schools’ average composite score among juniors fell from 18.7 in 2010 to 18.5, which lags the state's average (18.8).

    School districts in Oldham (21.5), Eminence (20.9), Scott (19.9), Franklin (19) and Spencer (18.7) all had better scores, and Henry and Jefferson counties matched Shelby, with Henry and Jefferson both improving to the 18.5.

  • Shelby County schools have smooth first day

    Other than a few tears from children and parents alike, Shelby County Public Schools had a smooth opening day on Wednesday for the 2011-12 school year.

    Lisa Smith, the district deputy superintendent, was at Heritage Elementary bright and early Wednesday morning, and she noted how well things were coming together.

    "Everything is going very smooth; the students are all very happy and excited,” she said. “And the weather is just beautiful. It's a perfect day to start school."