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  • News briefs: Aug. 17, 2012

    Kentucky’s jobless rate

    increased slightly in July

     
    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate in July 2012 rose to 8.3 percent from a revised 8.2 percent in June 2012, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

  • School district’s graduation rates stay flat

    Shelby County Public Schools graduation rate, basically the same from 2010, remains about 4 percent better than the state’s average.

    Kentucky’s Department of Education released the state’s Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) on Aug. 8, and the state’s public schools in 2010-11 graduated 78 percent of those students, up from 76.7 in 2009-10.

  • Outlet mall decision likely Tuesday

    The Triple S Planning Commission will have the first official say on the outlet mall debate during its meeting at Tuesday’ at the Stratton Community Center.

    At its meeting in July, the commission tabled its decision on zone changes on portions of a 50-acre property on the west side of Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville, south of Interstate 64, where Horizon Group Properties wants to build an outlet mall called the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville.

  • Shelby farmers hoping for good tobacco crop

     

    Tobacco is looking good so far this year, but farmers says the next couple of weeks could make a big difference in how much money their crops will bring in.

    Many farmers already have started cutting their tobacco, a little bit earlier than usual because of the mild spring and early plantings. So the next step – the curing process – is the key to a quality crop.

  • Animal shelter to begin putting down animals

    The Shelby County Animal Shelter, on the verge of constructing a new addition, has become increasingly overcrowded and is about to start putting down animals, officials say.

    Animal Control Director Rusty Newton, who is also Shelby County’s deputy judge-executive, said he did not arrive at the decision to begin euthanatizing easily.

    “It was a hard decision to make,” he said.

    Newton said there is also no truth to the speculation that the shelter is unkempt and unsanitary.

  • Simpsonville pursues condemnation for sidewalk project holdout

    Attorney Bill Brammell, filling in for vacationing Simpsonville City Attorney Hite Hays, told the city commission at its meeting Wednesday that the city was moving forward with its condemnation proceedings on a parcel at 7026 Shelbyville Road.

    The lot, at the intersection of Shelbyville Road and 3rd Street (KY 1848), is the last remaining piece for the city to have all the easements to move forward with its Village Center sidewalk project.

  • Simpsonville property taxes may grow by 4.8%

    The Simpsonville City Commission again is looking to raise its ad valorem property tax rate – but not as much as it did last year.

    Commissioners passed on first reading Wednesday a tax rate of 11.1 cents per $100 of assessed value, which is up 4.8 percent from the 10.6 cents of 2011 and up 9.6 percent from the .097 of 2010.

    That rate equals about $11.10 on property assessed for $100,000 and is a little more than half as much as the 9.3 percent increase in 2011.

     

    How is the rate set?

  • News briefs: Aug. 15, 2012

    Alcohol restriction struck

    down by federal judge

  • Rand Paul says Obama’s solution no way to fix health care

    “So he took a swig out of the bottle of whiskey, tucked the Bible under his arm and put the one-hundred dollar bill in his pocket, and his mother whispered to his father, ‘My goodness, he’s going to be a politician.’”

    That punch line got a crowd of about 85 people at Persimmon Ridge Golf Course on Tuesday in the mood for a short speech by Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who spoke for about 15 minutes about health-care reform at the conclusion of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon.

  • Election 2012: Lineup is set for November

    The deadline for filing for the non-partisan races for this November’s election passed Tuesday, and the full slate is now set.

    Following the presidential election between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney is Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District race between Democrat Bill Adkins and Republican Thomas Massie.

    After that, there are a few local elections with a lot of candidates on Nov. 6.