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  • A labor of love

    Each year since 1984 the nation has honored its workforce with a break from the hustle and bustle of a typical workday.  The September holiday gives hard workers an opportunity for a day of rest to enjoy family time, barbeque with friends or get a quick last summer vacation with an extended weekend.

    Some companies, however, go above and beyond when it comes to expressing gratitude to their employees.

  • Reaching the masses

    Churches across the nation are coming to the realization that a significant amount of their members are being left out.

    The baby boomer generation, generally considered to be American citizens born between 1946 and 1964, is considered to be the wealthiest and most active generation.

    “They have some uniqueness about them,” said Jene Hedden, a clinical therapist at Whitten Psychological Services.  “They don’t like to be called old.”

  • How sweet is it

    For nearly three decades, Tastes and Tunes has tantalized tastebuds of thousands in the community, and this year promises to rise to that reputation in a big way, organizers say.

    “It’s going to be fantastic,” said Shelly Goodwin, executive director of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

    The 29th annual event, a fundraiser for the chamber is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, will have something for everyone, with 20 food vendors, offering dishes of all ethnic origins, including Italian, Mexican, and of course, American culinary delights.

  • Miss Distinguished Young Woman

    “Everyone kept telling me, ‘you’re going to win,’ but I didn’t really believe it because the others were really good. Then when they called my name as the overall winner, I said, ‘Wow, I actually won!’

    Lindsey Marie Hill, 17, smiled as she recalled the moment she won the Miss Distinguished Young Woman 2015 for Shelby County.

    “The whole experience was very exciting,” she said.

    Hill was one of 13 contestants, 10 from Franklin County and 3 from Shelby County.

  • DUIs, injury accidents down

    Last year’s highway statistics showed a marked improvement from past years in terms of safety, with fewer drivers arrested for driving while intoxicated and nearly a quarter fewer injury accidents.

    And that decrease in injury accidents even came with an increase in overall accidents, although by a small margin. Fatalities did increase by one in 2014, up to 6, but that number included several unusual accidents, and none involving two vehicles.

  • School tax rate expected to remain unchanged

    The Shelby County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street, to discuss the tax rate for fiscal year 2016.

    The board has already shared their aspiration at two former meetings to not increase the rate.

    Superintendent James Neihof said Thursday during the regularly scheduled board meeting that he is recommending the local tax rate not change and shared the rationale on his suggestion.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL: City advancing toward brewery additions

    The Shelbyville City Council will hold a discussion Thursday at 6:30 at City Hall, 315 Washington Street, concerning a recommendation by the Triple S Planning Commission to include breweries, brew pubs, micro breweries and micro distilleries to the city’s zoning regulations.

    “I think it would be a good economic boost for our community especially for the downtown,” Mayor Tom Hardesty said in July.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: Concerns loom regarding graduation requirements

    The Shelby County Board of Education heard the concern of a Shelby County High School student’s father, John Masters, during their public comments portion of their meeting Thursday regarding the district’s new standards for college and career readiness for the 2015-16 school year.

    “They have to pass the ACT (American College Testing) test for college and career readiness, that’s a requirement from KDE [the Kentucky Department of Education]. My concern is the ACT test was not designed for that purpose.”

  • County tax reading is Thursday

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court will set the county tax rate Thursday at a special called meeting for that purpose.

    At the Aug. 18 meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger explained the procedure.

    “We are going to do the tax hearing on Sept. 3 at 8:30 [a.m.], followed by a special meeting to set the tax rate the same day,” he said.

  • Drug use on the rise