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  • Council keeps property tax steady - Personal property rate drops

    The Ad Valorem property taxes for the 2008 calendar year have been levied after the Shelbyville City Council approved a second reading.

    At its August 21 meeting, the council approved the first reading of the ordinance proposing a tax rate of 27.5 cents per $100.00 assessed real property this year. The rate is the same as last year, when it produced $1,855,368. This year it's expected to produce more than $1.9 million.

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

  • Most schools pass CATS test - Secondary schools lag behind again

    More than half of the schools in the district met their academic goals for the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) assessment last year.

    According to data released to the public this morning by the Kentucky Department of Education, five out of the nine local public schools passed the biggest test of the year and are on track to have every student score proficiently on the test by 2014.

    In a press release, Superintendent James Neihof commended district staff and students.

  • Reasons to celebrate

    There were several reasons to celebrate Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy.

    For one, the day marked the Catholic Church's celebration of the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    So it was only fitting that the school chose the day to celebrate its tenth year of operation.

    "The school was named in Her honor," said principal Phyllis Sower.

  • Shelby does the wild thing

    This year's Taste of Shelby safari theme inspired its participants, some of whom arrived at the fundraiser dressed accordingly.

    The event was held Monday night at Claudia Sanders Dinner House and featured entertainment by the River City Drum Corps Band and Dancers.

    Shelley Goodwin, executive director of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, said that although ticket receipts have not yet been tallied, she feels the event was very successful.

    "We were very pleased with the attendance, even though we don't have an official tally yet," she said.

  • Local woman indicted of $2.6 million theft charge

    A Shelbyville woman is accused in the theft of more than $2.6 million from her former boss, a local attorney.

    Jody Wills was indicted last Wednesday on nine counts of theft by deception over $300 (bad checks) as well as theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $300, according to the indictment.

    Shelby County Commonwealth's Attorney Laura Donnell said the second charge was brought because Wills used escrow money belonging to her employer, attorney Mark Dean, to buy a house without his permission.

  • County to vote on Sunday alcohol sales again

    The issue of Sunday alcohol sales is back on the table again after a dry run in May.

    The ordinance, which would allow liquor to be sold by the glass in county establishments that derive most of their sales from food, was introduced for first reading at the meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court Tuesday night.

    The last time the ordinance was brought before the fiscal court, it did not pass its second reading, with magistrates being split 3-3 on the issue.

  • Plans in action - School construction project taking shape

    It may not look like much now, but the gravel and dirt driveway just west of Ardmore Lane will one day be the most popular daily destination of local students.

    In the next seven years, the school district will construct three new schools down that lane, with the first of the three set to open in just two years.

    And with the recent release of a visual rendering of the first building and the approval of its initial construction bids, the school's appearance is starting to come into focus.

  • 'Mrs. Mary' retires from Dorman

    She's Mary Simmons, executive director of the Dorman Preschool Center, but to the kids, she's "Mrs. Mary."

    Those who have worked with Simmons over the years said she has served as the kids' mother, grandmother - and friend. Her relationships with the children have been easy and unruffled, they said. And on the front porch of her house on Main Street Wednesday afternoon, Simmons told a story that proved their point.

  • March of Dimes to return to Shelby - Fundraising efforts to benefit baby health

    As the leading nonprofit organization in the fight for pregnancy and baby health, the March of Dimes will hold the Shelby County March for Babies fundraiser at the First Baptist Church on Sept. 27 at 9:30 a.m.

    March of Dimes works to spread awareness on serious threats to infant health, as well as raise money to research those issues and provide comfort and information to families affected by them.

  • County officials welcome future data center

    Magistrates enthusiastically approved an application Tuesday night by the Eaton Corporation to apply for an industrial revenue bond.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said the Cleveland, Ohio-based corporation's data center planned for Simpsonville will be a "unique, exciting opportunity for Shelby County."

    "It will be a tremendous economic stimulus to our region and give us national recognition," he said.

    Magistrate Michael Riggs agreed, saying, "I want to thank the Eaton Corporation for coming to Shelby County."