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  • Horse show co-manager arrested for DUI

    Edward “Hoppy” Bennett, co-manager for the Shelbyville Horse Show was charged with DUI on the show’s closing night.

    A report by Shelbyville Police says that Saturday Bennett was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, first offense and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle.

    The report states that the arrest occurred at 8:12 p.m., which was shortly after the horse show began at 7 p.m.

  • Simpsonville City Commission: Tax rate is set to drop… again

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed a first reading Monday to set its property tax rate, and proposed – for the third year in a row - that the rate be lowered, a move that drew praise from city officials.

    The commission proposed a rate of 9.8 cents per one hundred dollars of valuation, down from the current rate of 10.

    The commission did the same in 2015, lowering the rate from 10.6 to 10, and also in 2014, when it lowered the rate from 11.

  • Saying goodbye to an icon

    With the shine of new tablets and computers glowing in the hallways of the district’s newest schools, those that have lived in Shelby County longer than school aged children will no doubt be a bit nostalgic this year as the last of the county’s old community schools won’t be reopening with today’s first day of school.

  • GARNETT ‘NEWT’ NEWTON: SEPT. 4, 1930 TO AUG. 5, 2016

    It would seem the entire Bagdad community was in attendance Monday at Bagdad Baptist Church to pay final respects to a man so revered in the town, he was recognized as the unofficial mayor. No election was ever necessary.

  • Shelby teen crowned Miss Kentucky Junior Teen

    Adorning a crown, sash and glowing smile, Shelby County teen Breanna Gipson is proud of her title as Miss Kentucky Junior Teen but she’s not satisfied.

    With her eyes now set on a national title, Gipson is doing all she can to raise the $2,000 needed to fund her bid to the national competition in Orlando.

    “The money will go toward my entry fees, hotel fees and traveling,” Gipson explained.

  • Shelbyville Horse Show is a win for all

    Despite a fickle forecast, the Shelbyville Horse Show stayed fairly dry and hot for the 27th annual show last week.  With nearly 300 competitors in 51 classes, the competition was as heated as the air.

    In addition to a packed barn of competitors, the stands and Horsemen’s Tent were also filled with spectators and guests looking for a fun night out.

    Shelby County Tourism Commission Executive Director Katie Fussenegger said the four-day event seemed to be less crowded than usual but things went as smooth as ever.

  • Teaching outside the box

    With an education system driven by a technology-focused world, it’s a breath of fresh air to know that schools haven’t stepped too far away from their roots.

    Beyond the school walls laden with power outlets for charging phones and tablets, there’s an entire world to be explored and many teachers in Shelby County are embracing this boundless classroom.

  • BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING – From tacky to techy

    Teachers made out their lists and parents have checked them twice as they gear up for the second busiest shopping season of the year: back to school.

    Store shelves have been filled with classroom necessities like composition notebooks and No. 2 pencils but what really gets kids excited about back to school shopping are those trendy new items adorned with designs that just scream their names.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Governor’s Scholars to be recognized

    The Shelby County Board of Education will recognize students that earned Governor’s Scholar distinction with a dinner and reception prior to the board meeting on Thursday.  The board will honor the scholars during the meeting at 7 p.m., as well.  Both the ceremony and dinner will be held at the Blair Center, 728 Ginkgo Drive.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL Tax rate to be considered

    The Shelbyville City Council will hear the first reading on the 2016 ad valorem tax rate Thursday when it convenes at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 315 Washington Street.  Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said Tuesday afternoon he was not certain what the recommendation would be yet.

    “We are still trying to get a few figures from the PVA office,” he said. “We don’t have an idea of what to recommend yet.”