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Today's News

  • Local man pleads guilty to bank robbery

    A Shelbyville man has pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing seven banks throughout Kentucky.

    Kenneth Chandler, 47, was indicted in March by the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Kentucky for taking by force -- using a semi-automatic pistol -- a large amount of cash from Central Bank in Lexington, as well as Citizens Union Bank in Shelby County.

    The indictment said Chandler was accused of taking $11,817 from Central Bank and $22,796 from Citizens Union Bank.

  • Council keeps property tax steady - Personal property rate drops

    The Ad Valorem property taxes for the 2008 calendar year have been levied after the Shelbyville City Council approved a second reading.

    At its August 21 meeting, the council approved the first reading of the ordinance proposing a tax rate of 27.5 cents per $100.00 assessed real property this year. The rate is the same as last year, when it produced $1,855,368. This year it's expected to produce more than $1.9 million.

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

  • Most schools pass CATS test - Secondary schools lag behind again

    More than half of the schools in the district met their academic goals for the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) assessment last year.

    According to data released to the public this morning by the Kentucky Department of Education, five out of the nine local public schools passed the biggest test of the year and are on track to have every student score proficiently on the test by 2014.

    In a press release, Superintendent James Neihof commended district staff and students.

  • Reasons to celebrate

    There were several reasons to celebrate Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy.

    For one, the day marked the Catholic Church's celebration of the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    So it was only fitting that the school chose the day to celebrate its tenth year of operation.

    "The school was named in Her honor," said principal Phyllis Sower.

  • Shelby does the wild thing

    This year's Taste of Shelby safari theme inspired its participants, some of whom arrived at the fundraiser dressed accordingly.

    The event was held Monday night at Claudia Sanders Dinner House and featured entertainment by the River City Drum Corps Band and Dancers.

    Shelley Goodwin, executive director of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, said that although ticket receipts have not yet been tallied, she feels the event was very successful.

    "We were very pleased with the attendance, even though we don't have an official tally yet," she said.

  • Community datebook

    Public can attend

    Sept. 11 -- Shelby County Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 403 Washington St.

    Sept. 15 -- Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. at 1059 Washington St.

    Sept. 16 -- Triple S. Planning and Zoning meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St.

    Sept. 17 -- Fiscal court meets at 10 a.m. at the Stratton Center.

    Sept. 18 -- Shelbyville City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 315 Washington St.

    Community meetings

  • Local woman indicted of $2.6 million theft charge

    A Shelbyville woman is accused in the theft of more than $2.6 million from her former boss, a local attorney.

    Jody Wills was indicted last Wednesday on nine counts of theft by deception over $300 (bad checks) as well as theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $300, according to the indictment.

    Shelby County Commonwealth's Attorney Laura Donnell said the second charge was brought because Wills used escrow money belonging to her employer, attorney Mark Dean, to buy a house without his permission.

  • SCHS runners pace Shelby Invitational

    The Shelby County boys' and girls' cross country teams were near the top individually and with team scores in Saturday's Shelby County Invitational.

    On the boys' side, Stacey Eden led the Rockets with a second place finish behind Male's Steve Mize. On the girls' side, Shelby's Caterina Karas was third, just seconds behind Maggie Mattingly of John Hardin and Maria Frigo of St. Henry.

    Rockets

    The Rockets were running without two of the top runners, and still trying to settle on their top seven.

  • Shelby girls hammer Bullitt East, 8-1

    The Shelby County girls' soccer team won its third straight game, moving to 3-3 on the season with an 8-1 whipping of Bullitt East Tuesday.

    Ariel Vaughn had a hat trick in the first half, and Anna Whitlow scored two goals as the Lady Rockets raced out to a 5-1 lead in the first 40 minutes.

    The second half was much of the same as Shelby County went on to tally three more goals, two from Elizabeth Plante and one from Alex Patterson.

  • County to vote on Sunday alcohol sales again

    The issue of Sunday alcohol sales is back on the table again after a dry run in May.

    The ordinance, which would allow liquor to be sold by the glass in county establishments that derive most of their sales from food, was introduced for first reading at the meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court Tuesday night.

    The last time the ordinance was brought before the fiscal court, it did not pass its second reading, with magistrates being split 3-3 on the issue.