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  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Preliminary tax talk

    No tax rate action has been taken as of yet, but on Thursday Susan Barkley, the district’s director of finance, presented the certified property assessment report for the 2017-2018 school year and said she had good news.

    “After receiving the certified assessment information, I’m happy to say that the amounts included in the tentative budget were within two percent of what we are now calculating based on the certified assessments,” she said, noting that gave the district an increase of about $478,000 of what was included in the tentative budget.

  • SHELBY COUNTY FISCAL COURT: Magistrates vote to lower tax

    For the second year in a row, county residents will see a drop in property tax rates.

    At Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates voted to lower the tax rate from 10.9 to 10.7 percent per hundred dollars of assessed valuation for the coming fiscal year.

    The county’s finance committee had met to discuss the issue two weeks ago upon the recommendation by Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison who said he would like to continue the trend of lower taxes for county residents.

  • Christ Community Church opens second location


    This Sunday, a local church will be launching its second location with the opening of a new church in the heart of Shelbyville.

    Blake Lawyer, pastor of Christ Community Church in Governors Square said that he and the entire congregation is exciting about the opening of the new location at 1900 Midland Trail, across from Hardees restaurant.

    Bobby Carnes, pastor, will lead the service, which begins at 10 a.m..

  • Drone launch in Shelby to aid economic development

    Tuesday was perfect lazy summer day for listening to the drone of insects out in the countryside, but on a large tract of land off Isaac Shelby Drive and near the Norfolk Sothern Railroad it was the drone making the noise.

    Officials with the railroad gathered there in late morning with economic development officials, along with members of a select engineering firm to launch three drones, two large ones and one smaller in size.

    The goal?

  • Documentary being filmed today in Shelby

    A local film company is working on a documentary today about a woman acclaimed for singing the national anthem at prominent events in all 50 states.

    The documentary chronicles the two-year journey of Long Island native Janine Stange on her quest to be the first person in history to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” in all 50 states, said Jefferson Moore, co-owner of Kelly’s Film Works along with his wife, Kelly.

  • Growing the gables

    Located along the flowing business traffic on Main Street sits a building flushed with potential, but like many years before, The Shoppes at Blue Gables often passes our peripheral, rarely catching our gaze.

    Renovations, new landscaping and paint jobs have certainly turned the once haggard apartment complex into a rejuvenated open market with artisans and small storefronts, but as the stores fill to near capacity, there is still one portion of the city’s dream that is unfulfilled lacking: the public’s attention. 

  • Shooting the moon

    Local photographic historian Jim Cleveland has spent much of his life gathering, studying and sharing the history behind countless images snapped through the region. 

    An active member of the Shelby County Historical Society, Cleveland recently gave a talk at the Shelby County Public Library about the 1869 eclipse that was well observed and photographed in Shelbyville.

    And now, nearly a century and a half after that phenomenon, Cleveland is hoping to make his own photographic history on Aug. 21 by capturing the solar eclipse.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION - Gribbins farm back on agenda

    When the Triple S Planning Commission convenes for its regular monthly meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center, commissioners will consider an agricultural plat for the Gribbins Farm on Steve Wood Road. 

  • Total eclipse of the heartland

    Generally when the atmosphere grows cold and dark, it sets the scene for an ominous and unpleasant occasion. However, in just ten days, many will stop in awe to witness a once-in-a-lifetime astrological phenomenon that will do just that.

  • Dignity and poise

    It's time again for the annual Distinguished Young Woman competition, but this year, officials, say, all the participants will be from Shelby County only.

    The six young women from Shelby County can earn thousands of dollars in college scholarships at the upcoming program Saturday at Shelby County High School.

    The winner will represent Shelby County at a state competition in January.