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  • A kick in the butt

    What seems like a cruel April Fool’s Day prank for smokers is actually a harsh reality today as the single largest federal tobacco tax increase ever has combined with a state tobacco tax hike to send  prices skyrocketing.

    The federal tax on a pack of cigarettes jumped 62 cents today, and the state tax doubled from 30 cents to 60 cents.

    The result is a 92-cent increase per pack, which translates to cartons of cigarettes costing around $10 more in the Commonwealth.

  • New school, mixed reviews

    The second of two public forums to hear comment on the proposed use of the new secondary school under construction was held Monday night at West Middle School.

    The option under consideration is to change the organizational plan to create two high schools in the district, with both Shelby County High School and the new Martha Layne Collins High School proposed to house Grades 8 and 9 on the second floor and Grades 10 through 12 on the main floor.

  • Letter to parents has not been sent

    When students went home on Friday, they took a letter to their parents explaining the school board's proposal to switch the operation of after-school programs to the Franklin County YMCA.

    This letter was drawn up in response to a large crowd of angry parents who showed up at the school board meeting at Heritage Elementary on Thursday night to blast the board for attempting to approve the proposal without informing them first.

    Superintendent James Neihof apologized for the oversight, and the board voted to table the matter until it could be explained to parents.

  • Letter sent home to parents on Tuesday

    In a school board meeting last Thursday, Superintendent James Niehof promised parents a letter explaining the status of the after-school program.

    As of Monday afternoon numerous parents called the newspaper when their children got home from school to say they had not received the letter.

    In response, Duanne Puckett, community relations coordinator, said that when she was talking about the letter last Friday, she meant that she was working on it.

    "The letter had to be drafted with the YMCA's input," she said.

  • EARLIER: Parents protest after-school change

    A large crowd of upset parents showed up at the school board meeting Thursday night to voice concerns about a proposed change in the school system's after-school day care program.

    Parents were upset that school officials did not let them know about a proposal to turn the school system's program over to Frankfort YMCA personnel before bringing the matter before the board for a vote.

    Parents were angry that they only found out about the proposal when The Sentinel-News published a preview of items that were  on the board's agenda for Thursday's meeting.

  • School board to discuss amended calendar

    An amended calendar to deal with the days missed because of winter weather will be a key agenda item for the Shelby County Board of Education at its meeting Thursday night.

    The change to the calendar is necessary because of school days missed because of bad weather, according to Gary Kidwell, Director of Student Accounting and Support Services.

  • School board to discuss amended calendar

    An amended calendar to deal with the days missed because of winter weather will be a key agenda item for the Shelby County Board of Education at its meeting Thursday night.

    The change to the calendar is necessary because of school days missed because of bad weather, according to Gary Kidwell, Director of Student Accounting and Support Services.

  • Bypass construction to resume

    Winter appears to be over, and that means that construction will resume next week on the Shelbyville Bypass.

    Andrea Clifford, spokesperson for the Department of Highways District 7, said that with the exception of a slight diversion at Warriors Way, where the speed limit has been reduced to 35 miles per hour, she doesn't expect the construction to cause any major delays or traffic tie-ups.

    Clifford said the contract that Shelby County has with the state gives the state a certain amount of days to finish this $26.1 million project.

  • Holiday Inn closed, may reopen soon

    A spokesperson for the new owner of the Holiday Inn Express in Shelbyville said his company expects to clear up a tax problem that forced the state to shut down that hotel this week.

    The Kentucky Department of Revenue had closed the hotel Tuesday because JMG LLC of Modesto, Calif.,  its former owner, owed the state $58,388.83 in unpaid taxes. A permanent injunction was obtained through Franklin Circuit Court, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office worked with state officials to enforce that order.

  • Holiday Inn reopens

    An official of the company that owns the Holiday Inn Express in Shelbyville says the hotel will reopen this afternoon.

    Scott Nadel, regional vice president for marketing for AMC Hotels, said all issues with the tax bill had been resolved.

    “We will be open by 5 p.m. tomorrow [today],” Nadel said. “We will be up and running. All the matters with the state have been resolved.”