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Today's News

  • Shelby to celebrate Labor Day

    As summer nears its end, the first Monday of September marks Labor Day - a day when we celebrate the achievements of American workers.

    Leading the celebration in Shelbyville is Shelbyville-Shelby County branch of NAACP with its annual pageant and parade.

  • Internet boosts homes sales

    Realtors used to dread the thought of a mouse running around a house that they were trying to sell.

    But that was before the age of the Internet - when a mouse only referred to a rodent.

    Now, as more and more houses are being viewed, toured and purchased through the web, local Realtors are doing everything they can to get potential homebuyers to use their mouse to scroll, point, and click their way into buying a home.

    Local Realtors said with a slow market, high gas prices, and the summer heat, the Internet has become a vital part of their marketing strategy.

  • A new-fangled way to cut tobacco

    Ray Tucker was cutting tobacco on his farm Tuesday morning. But rather than stooping, swinging, lifting and spearing, he was driving a machine that was doing the backbreaking work for him.

    Tucker is experimenting with a mechanical tobacco harvester manufactured by the Kirpy Company of France that cuts the plant, notches it and lays it on a wagon gentle as a baby. Rather than a field full of workers swinging tomahawks and spearing plants on sticks, cutting with the Kirpy requires one to drive the tractor and another worker to pull a wagon alongside.

  • Don't trash roads

    I am a resident of Shelby County and realize what a privilege it is to be able to enjoy the beauty of our county. I want to express my disappointment in people that show their ignorance and laziness in how they treat the beauty of the county.

    I don't know who the people are, but it's obvious they are ignorant and don't know the importance of keeping the environment clean for the present and future generations. Dumping and littering items on our land and waterways will have long-term consequences.

  • Leadership Kentucky visit

    Just a note to thank the Sentinel-News for their great support and coverage of the first ever visit of Leadership Kentucky to Shelbyville.

  • City real estate taxes stay even; Personal tax rates drop

    At its August 21 meeting, the Shelbyville City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance levying ad valorem property tax rates for the calendar year of 2008.

    The tax rate proposed this year is 27.5 cents per $100.00 assessed real property. The rate is the same as last year, and is expected to produce about $1.9 million in revenue. Last year it produced just over $1.8 million.

    The tax rate on personal property within the city will be reduced from 46.8 cents on each $100.00 of assessed value last year, to 43.1 cents this year.

  • School board to consider tax increase

    Shelby County property owners could see an increase in taxes next year.

    The Shelby County Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the proposed tax increases this Thursday night in order to receive public comment on the .5 percent increase on real property and .2 percent increase on personal property.

    Superintendent James Neihof said the increases are in line with past tax increases, state law, and are consistent with the "cost of living" increases that the district has experienced.

  • Local Democrat attends DNC

    One of the youngest delegates at this week's Democratic National Convention got hooked on politics while sitting in a government class at Shelby County High School.

    Arshiya Saiyed, who graduated from SCHS in 2006, said her path to representing Kentucky at the DNC began when her teacher, Phillip Bell, made politics come alive in class.

    "Through his classes and having lively debates with classmates, I learned the importance of political involvement," she said.

  • Items needed for Backpack Project

    The sight of canned goods stacked in piles has become increasingly common at local medical offices in recent weeks.

    Local heath care providers are collecting food for needy children in the community.

    Diana Shoemaker, who has organized the food drive, said all of the food will be donated to help support the Shelby County Backpack Project. She said local medical offices, hospitals, and doctors have rallied around Backpack Projects' concern for providing food for needy children in the area.

  • Community datebook

    Support groups

    Aug. 28 -- Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder meets 7-8:30 p.m. at the Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky, 2210 Goldsmith Lane, #118, Louisville. For additional information, call the LDA office at 502-473-1256.

    Public can attend

    Aug. 27 -- Shelby County High School's SBDM meeting 3:30 p.m.

    Aug. 27 - The Housing Authority of Shelbyville Board of Commissioners meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Housing Authority Administrative/Community Building.