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  • City real estate taxes stay even; Personal tax rates drop

    At its August 21 meeting, the Shelbyville City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance levying ad valorem property tax rates for the calendar year of 2008.

    The tax rate proposed this year is 27.5 cents per $100.00 assessed real property. The rate is the same as last year, and is expected to produce about $1.9 million in revenue. Last year it produced just over $1.8 million.

    The tax rate on personal property within the city will be reduced from 46.8 cents on each $100.00 of assessed value last year, to 43.1 cents this year.

  • School board to consider tax increase

    Shelby County property owners could see an increase in taxes next year.

    The Shelby County Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the proposed tax increases this Thursday night in order to receive public comment on the .5 percent increase on real property and .2 percent increase on personal property.

    Superintendent James Neihof said the increases are in line with past tax increases, state law, and are consistent with the "cost of living" increases that the district has experienced.

  • Local Democrat attends DNC

    One of the youngest delegates at this week's Democratic National Convention got hooked on politics while sitting in a government class at Shelby County High School.

    Arshiya Saiyed, who graduated from SCHS in 2006, said her path to representing Kentucky at the DNC began when her teacher, Phillip Bell, made politics come alive in class.

    "Through his classes and having lively debates with classmates, I learned the importance of political involvement," she said.

  • Items needed for Backpack Project

    The sight of canned goods stacked in piles has become increasingly common at local medical offices in recent weeks.

    Local heath care providers are collecting food for needy children in the community.

    Diana Shoemaker, who has organized the food drive, said all of the food will be donated to help support the Shelby County Backpack Project. She said local medical offices, hospitals, and doctors have rallied around Backpack Projects' concern for providing food for needy children in the area.

  • Trash class: Studying society through trash

    Local teachers Joe Franzen and Thom Coffee recently gave their students a first hand experience on a archeological dig where they learned about a strange and unknown culture.

    But they didn't have to get on a plane to Egypt or Israel. In fact, they didn't even leave their classroom - they just had to root through the trash from the teacher's lounge.

    Franzen and Coffee, both history teachers at West Middle School, recently gave their students a lesson in garbagology - the study of trash.

  • A pig in a bullpen: Family adopts orphan potbellied pig

    They named him Wilbur although the Sherrod family isn't sure if the potbellied pig someone dropped off near their home is a boy or girl.

    Whatever the sex, Wilbur likes apples and he really likes bread. And he isn't afraid of bulls.

    Wilbur was one of two potbellied pigs the Sherrod family found wandering their property a little over a week ago. Apparently they were castoffs from someone who didn't like the pigs' rooting - Wilbur wears a nose ring.

  • Waits named president of jailers association

    Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits has been elected president of the Kentucky Jailers Association (KJA) for the third time.

    That's quite an honor considering there are 74 jailers in Kentucky, said Marshall Long, executive director of the KJA.

    "He's one of the better jailers in the state," Long said. "He does an excellent job and he runs a good, tight ship. He works hard and he's well-respected by other jailers."

    Waits acknowledged that while heading up the association is indeed an honor, the position involves a lot of traveling back and forth to Frankfort.

  • Teacher choking student case under review

    County Attorney Hart Megibben is reviewing a case in which a local teacher is accused of choking a student during class.

    Local law enforcement and Child Protective Services are still investigating the case, which involves former West Middle School art teacher Catherine Lindsey and a female student. Lindsey has since resigned.

    Megibben said he is waiting until he has more information on the case before he makes a decision on how to proceed.

    The incident in question happened on May 5, 2008.

  • Simpsonville approves zoning regs

    The Simpsonville City Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to adopt new zoning regulations for the 1-64 interchange.

    The new regulations, which affect the permitted uses for property adjacent to or near Exit 28, were created in order to specify what is, and what is not, allowed in that area.

    Included in the proposed regulations is a list of over 300 types of businesses that are permitted or excluded.

    Each of these types of businesses is labeled as permitted, conditionally permitted or not allowed.

  • Triple S approves Cropper telecom tower

    Cellular service may soon be improving in Cropper.

    At its Aug. 19 meeting, The Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission approved an application from Powertel/Memphis, Inc. d/b/a T-Mobile USA, Inc. for a 300-foot self-support telecommunication tower on Robert and Judy Allen's farm at 6582 Cropper Rd.

    The tower's purpose is to transport data from Louisville to Eastern Kentucky. It will be capable of holding four cellular carriers, with T-Mobile being one of them, to provide better cellular service in the Cropper area.