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  • SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: City to lower tax rate four 4th straight year

    For the fourth-year in a row, Simpsonville residents will have a lower tax rate.

    At its meeting Monday night, the Simpsonville City Commission approved a tax rate that is 2 tenths lower than the current rate.

    The new rate of .096 cents per $100 of assessed value replaces the current rate of .098.

    “This is the fourth-straight year we’ve lowered them,” said Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton.

  • Preschool or nurturing at home

    A child’s brain is like a dry sponge, ready to absorb.  Put any lesson in front of a preschooler and they will soak it up.

    Not taking advantage of this period in their life would be a tragic waste.  But even worse, it may cause them to start kindergarten behind their peers.

    Clear Creek Elementary Principal Kim Willhoite said her biggest piece of advice to parents of preschool-aged children is to put their child in some sort of structured preschool program.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board to review new leadership plan

    On Thursday the Shelby County Board of Education will review the plan that is set to replace the retired Strategic Leadership Plan.

    Dubbed A Profile of a Graduate, the plan lays the foundation of what characteristics community members feel a graduate of SCPS should embody.

  • Painting a new skyline

     It’s inevitable, what goes up, must come down.

  • District unveils Profile of a Graduate

    Four years ago Shelby County Public Schools rolled out its measurement of success called the Strategic Leadership Plan.  The 4-year plan measured the district’s work toward achieving goals in five areas: Globally Effective Students, 21st Century Professionals, Healthy and Responsible Students, Leadership Innovation and 21st Century Support Systems.

    During its implementation, much of the district’s work was centered on the SLP.

    So with that plan wrapping up, the district got to work in November comprising a new system.

  • Shelbyville kicks off ideal horse show

    A brief downpour passed through town just hours before the 28th Shelbyville Horse Show kicked off Wednesday night, leaving behind ominous cloud coverage and an uncertain forecast for the rest of the evening.

    But despite the foreshadowing, an almost perfect scene set the stage at the Shelby County Fairgrounds and the weather remained ideal through the evening.

    But the fear of what could have been may have kept many at home on opening night, which usually draws a hefty crowd due to the reception with free food.

  • An emotional return

    “I’m a very emotional mom this morning,” said Ginny Sullivan as she dropped off her daughter Karsyn for her first day of elementary school at Painted Stone. 

    As many parents know, the first day of school is always a difficult one, no matter the age.  For children, it’s a day of a new start: new class, new teacher, new friends, new experiences.

  • Retirement rush

    It’s no secret that Kentucky has one of the worst funded pension systems in the nation, but it’s the unknown that has employees of the commonwealth so concerned.  And those concerns have many seeking retirement options a bit sooner than they may have planned.

  • Stump gets 20 years for rape of a child

    A jury trial for Jessie Allen Stump of 110 Ada Ave. in Shelbyville, charged with rape and incest against children, culminated with a 20-year sentence in Shelby Circuit Court Tuesday.

    Stump, 64, was indicted in July 2012 on two counts each of first-degree rape and incest of two female children to whom he is related. He was serving as their sitter.

    It had been slow going for getting the case to trial, as it had been postponed several times over the past five years for various reasons, but once proceedings got underway Monday, things moved swiftly.

  • County could lower taxes

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison told magistrates Tuesday during a special called meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court that he would like to again lower property taxes.

    “I am presenting to them [the legislative committee] a proposal to reduce the property tax,” he said.

    Last August, magistrates approved a new rate of 10.9 cents per hundred dollars of assessed valuation, compared to the previous rate of 11.