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  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Tax rate stays flat

    On Thursday the Shelby County Board of Education voted to maintain the tax rate of 71.5 cents per $100 for both personal and real property, the same rate for the fifth consecutive year.

    “The good news about that is that there is no increase to tax payers,” district director of finance Susan Barkley said.

    The tentative budget that the board approved in May was built on this rate, Barkley said, noting that the district’s estimated tax revenues in the tentative budget were more than 99 percent accurate.

  • Relinquishing control

    The sight of tables and chairs in the hallways and students coming and going as they please into classrooms laden with couches, recliners and bean bags could be misleading to a visitor. But what may seem like chaos to outsiders is a solution for many students in Shelby County.

    A new program called 3PT – path, place, pace and time – affords select students at Heritage, Southside and Clear Creek elementary schools and Shelby County and Collins high schools the opportunity to have more control over their day.

  • End of an era

    Redd and Nancy Crabtree helped put Shelby County on the map as the Saddlebred Capitol of the World, and despite the fact that they are both gone their farm will continue to contribute to Shelby County’s marquee industry.

    After the Crabtrees both passed away in 2015, the farm was put up for auction and sold last week. That left many in the community wondering what would become this historic farm.

    Jimmy Willard with H. Barry Smith Realtors and Auctioneers said the farm sold for $1,265,000 at auction last Thursday and that its sale drew a lot of interest.

  • Doggone exciting event set for Sept. 17

    An event coming up in mid-September targeted for pet enthusiasts promises to a real tail-wagger, say organizers.

    Cynthia Cottongim, chair of the Woofstock committee, an annual fundraiser for the Shelby County Parks Foundation, said that every dog would have its day Sept. 17 at the Michael Kay Bark Park.

    Woofstock, which will be hosted at Red Orchard Park on Kentucky Street, is in its fourth year and will include all kinds of activities for pets and owners alike.

  • Journey of pride

    Nearly 50 years after coming home from Vietnam, two Shelby County veterans will be journeying to the nation's capitol to revisit – as nearly as possible – the horrors of war, the memories of friends lost in combat and most of all, to promote a lifelong process of healing, of the body and of the soul.

    Billy Chandler of Shelbyille and James Wright, Jr. of Pleasureville will be among 43 war veterans to participate in Honor Flight Kentucky 2016.

  • EKU team Flugtag team features several Shelby connections

    The force will undoubtedly be with a team of Eastern Kentucky University aviation students – with several members from Shelby County – when they launch their homemade aircraft Saturday in Louisville at Waterfront Park.

    Dressed as Star Wars characters, Princess Leia – Rebecca Schmid – will pilot the craft – the Millennium Falcon – accompanied by Michael Walach, Eric Logan, Sam Clearly, Andrew Clark and Joe Marthaler, as they compete in the Red Bull Flugtag.

  • Heroin still a nightmare on drug scene


  • A magical moment

    Local magician David Garrard enjoyed the experience of a lifetime in April when he earned his moment in the Vegas spotlight, performing before the famous magician-comedian duo Penn & Teller.

    Garrard’s act will air at 8 p.m. Wednesday on the show Penn & Teller Fool Us on The CW network.

  • A healthy passion

    Local fitness and nutrition fanatic Kami Waits says she is “super excited” to announce the opening of her first fitness studio which will open in Shelbyville later this fall.

    “It's coming along nicely and we hope to be open October first,” she said.

    The small site at 1042 Washington Street will be coined 40:29 Fitness Studio, named for a fitting Biblical verse, Isaiah 40:29,He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

  • Assaults, thefts down