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Today's News

  • Reynolds takes the helm at Awake Ministries

    When two of Shelby's longtime charitable organizations, the Serenity Center and the Open Door of Hope men's shelter, merged into a single organization in February, they envisioned a move that better suited those in need and provided more services.

    Now, with a new leader at the helm, that vision has an even sharper focus, as Awake Ministries continues the mission of both.

  • SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: Property tax goes down

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed a second reading to set the city’s annual tax rate, following a three-year trend of lowering the tax rate.

    At its meeting Tuesday night, the commission approved a rate that is 2 tenths of a cents lower than the current rate. The new rate of .096 cents per $100 of assessed value replaces the current rate of .098.

    Mayor Steve Eden expressed satisfaction with being able to set a decreased rate again this year.

  • The journey of a book

    Shelbyville’s Ronald “Reggie” Van Stockum, Jr. has an impressive list of skillsets to share with the community: lawyer, teacher, biologist, actor and musician.  But as an author, Van Stockum is expanding his reach well beyond our region.

    Most recently his written work has touched those across Kentucky and beyond through a book called, The Wondrous Journey of Food.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Preliminary tax talk

    No tax rate action has been taken as of yet, but on Thursday Susan Barkley, the district’s director of finance, presented the certified property assessment report for the 2017-2018 school year and said she had good news.

    “After receiving the certified assessment information, I’m happy to say that the amounts included in the tentative budget were within two percent of what we are now calculating based on the certified assessments,” she said, noting that gave the district an increase of about $478,000 of what was included in the tentative budget.

  • SHELBY COUNTY FISCAL COURT: Magistrates vote to lower tax

    For the second year in a row, county residents will see a drop in property tax rates.

    At Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates voted to lower the tax rate from 10.9 to 10.7 percent per hundred dollars of assessed valuation for the coming fiscal year.

    The county’s finance committee had met to discuss the issue two weeks ago upon the recommendation by Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison who said he would like to continue the trend of lower taxes for county residents.

  • Christ Community Church opens second location

    A local church Sunday launched its second location with the opening of a new church in the heart of Shelbyville.

    Blake Lawyer, pastor of Christ Community Church in Governors Square said that he and the entire congregation was excited to open the new location at 1900 Midland Trail, across from Hardees restaurant.

    Bobby Carnes, pastor, will lead the service, which begins at 10 a.m.

    “Bobby is the Midland pastor – he leads the launch team planting the church,” said Lawyer.

  • Shooting the moon

    Local photographic historian Jim Cleveland has spent much of his life gathering, studying and sharing the history behind countless images snapped through the region. 

    An active member of the Shelby County Historical Society, Cleveland recently gave a talk at the Shelby County Public Library about the 1869 eclipse that was well observed and photographed in Shelbyville.

    And now, nearly a century and a half after that phenomenon, Cleveland is hoping to make his own photographic history on Aug. 21 by capturing the solar eclipse.

  • Total eclipse of the heartland

    Generally when the atmosphere grows cold and dark, it sets the scene for an ominous and unpleasant occasion. However, in just ten days, many will stop in awe to witness a once-in-a-lifetime astrological phenomenon that will do just that.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION - Gribbins farm back on agenda

    When the Triple S Planning Commission convenes for its regular monthly meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center, commissioners will consider an agricultural plat for the Gribbins Farm on Steve Wood Road. 

  • Growing the gables

    Located along the flowing business traffic on Main Street sits a building flushed with potential, but like many years before, The Shoppes at Blue Gables often passes our peripheral, rarely catching our gaze.

    Renovations, new landscaping and paint jobs have certainly turned the once haggard apartment complex into a rejuvenated open market with artisans and small storefronts, but as the stores fill to near capacity, there is still one portion of the city’s dream that is unfulfilled lacking: the public’s attention.