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Today's News

  • Moving experience

    The excitement in Shelby County mounted steadily on Monday as the countdown to the solar eclipse reached a crescendo at 1 p.m.

    People could be seen just about everywhere outdoors, getting ready to witness the once-in-a lifetime event.

    They stood on street corners, sprawled on blankets on lawns, arranged comfortable chairs in the shade of a tree or even peered out from windows and doorways.

    Some business, such as Roll Forming, held solar eclipse parties featuring sun-themed snacks such as Mars and Milky Way candy bars.

  • Tax rate will get 2nd reading

    The Shelbyville City Council will once again have a light agenda at its meeting Thursday night, but will wrap up two important items of business relating to taxes and an annexation.

    The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Shelbyville City Hall at 315 Washington St.

    The city’s tax rate is up for a second reading, after having undergone a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to give citizens the chance to voice their opinion on the tax, which is expected to stay flat.

  • A grade in the shade

     For a brief moment Monday, the sun didn’t shine so bright over our old Kentucky home.  But even in the shade, Shelby County students found an opportunity to blossom and grow.

    Across the district students filed out of their classrooms, protective eye wear and thinking caps in tote, ready to witness and learn from a rare planetary occurrence.

    As the planet aligned just right, placing the moon between the Bluegrass State and the sun, an ominous light surrounded students gazing up in wonder.

  • Awaiting retirement

    Over the last two decades, Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits has seen just about everything, and now he’s ready for someone else to step into the role.

    “It’s a bittersweet moment,” said Waits, glancing around at the faces in the room during the Aug. 7 meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court where he announced his retirement. “It took a lot of thinking in doing this, but it’s the right thing for me.”

  • Boone statue nearly ready

     It’s been nearly six years since Joe Ruble shared his aspiration of erecting a statue in honor of Shelby County’s founder, Squire Boone.

    Over that time, with a team of supporters, Ruble has worked diligently to see that dream come to fruition.

    The day he’s so long awaited is finally on the horizon.

    Engineer Kerry Magan, who is serving as project manager for the statue, said the Squire Boone Society is looking to set the dedication ceremony around the middle of October.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board members ready for Q&A

     Shelby County Public Schools announced earlier this month its work toward a new leadership plan, the Profile of a Graduate.

    To advance this work, board members made it their personal project to gain feedback from the community through outreach forums.

    On Thursday, board members will discuss their plans for those forums when they convene for the board’s regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. at the district’s central office, 1155 West Main Street.

  • Officials to vote on reducing solid waste tax

    When the 109 Board – the entity in charge of solid waste disposal for the county –meets on Tuesday, it will make a decision on whether to reduce its tax, officials say.

    Rusty Newton, chair of the 109 Board, said he is confident the proposal will pass, thus reducing the current .034 cents per $100 of property valuation to .030. At the same time, the board is expected to increase the price being charged for people to dispose of trash, from 3 cents to 3.5 cents per pound, he said.

  • Denhardt’s murder still captures imagination

    Good guys don’t always wear white hats, but they always defend the honor of a beautiful woman. Such was the opinion of Shelby County citizens September 20, 1937 when the brothers of Oldham County murder victim Verna Garr Taylor shot and killed her alleged murderer, Brig. Gen. Henry Denhardt, on the streets of Shelbyville.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - Tax rate stays flat

    The Shelbyville City Council closed out its public hearing with no members of the general public in attendance to speak regarding the proposed ad valorem tax rate Tuesday afternoon.  The council then voted unanimously in favor of maintaining the tax rate at 27.2 cents on each $100 of assessed value of all taxable real property and 33.5 cents on each $100 of assessed value of all taxable personal property.

  • Snagging safe sun spectacles

    The long anticipated eclipse is just three days away.  However, with NASA approved spectacles becoming as scarce as the top Christmas toy, chances are if you don’t already have a pair, the main event could pass right before your closed eyes.