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Today's News

  • Looking Back: April 15, 2011

    Information was gathered from previous years of The Shelby Sentinel, The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News. You can reach the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com.

     

  • Touched Twice touches down for 2nd clinic here

    For the second year in a row, a free clinic being offered by a national ministry is coming to Shelbyville.

    On Saturday, Touched Twice Ministries will conduct a clinic at First Baptist Church on Midland Trail and will offer everything from vision care to blood-pressure screening to skin care advice.

    Last year’s clinic, also held at First Baptist, included 500 local and area volunteers from 78 churches, mostly local, of all denominations throughout Kentucky who served 485 people and 203 families, and organizers expect more on Saturday.

  • Last-minute tax tips
    • What does the term “adjusted gross income” mean? Adjusted gross income represents the amount of money you earned during a calendar year. It is the amount used to calculate income on your tax forms and is used to calculate your tax bill. This number doesn’t include personal exemptions or itemized deductions.
  • Triple S to hear preview on plan for 7th Street

    Shelbyville, Shelby County and the Triple S Planning Commission may soon be working up new regulations for the 7th Street Corridor.

    City Solutions Center has a finished plan ready for the commission, and Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke will give a short presentation about those ideas at Tuesday's meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center.

    City Solutions Center, a joint project between the University of Louisville and the Kentucky League of Cities and NewCities Institute, accepted the job free of charge and started work on the corridor last year.

  • Late filers are taxing the system

    Hundreds of thousands of people routinely wait until April 15 to file their taxes. And with three more days tacked on to the tax calendar this year, you can expect even longer lines at your local accountant’s office up until Monday.

    Toss in the fact that the IRS wasn’t accepting itemized returns until Feb. 14, and it’s caused quite a backup.

    Bettie Hager, at Hager Tax Service, 1008 Main Street, said this year has been even worse than most.

  • Sometimes no refund can be good news

    The average tax refund jumped 10 percent this year to $3,036, and while it might be nice to get that lump sum it might also be nice to have an extra $250 per month.

    “If you have the discipline to save that money and do something with it, it’s much better to get it back over the course of the year,” said Bettie Hager, with Hager Tax Services.

    Getting that big tax return is similar to giving the federal government an interest free loan.

    Pat Gorbandt, with H&R Block, however said each person is different.

  • Census 2010: Redistricting is coming up

    The U.S. Census Bureau released the national redistricting data Thursday morning, and voting districts around the county should brace for a change.

    States are mandated to redistrict after a census, and work will start soon, although you won't see it at the polls until 2012.

    Shelby County, with a population of 42,074, currently resides in two of the state's largest legislative districts.

  • SOUDER: The unfortunate combination of 2 sure things: Death and taxes

    In the 2008 election cycle, there was a phrase one candidate used that was then repeated over and over. The phrase was “putting lipstick on a pig” – meaning, of course, to try to make something that is ugly sound (or look) better.

    Nowhere is that phrase more appropriate than in the discussion over the government shutdown that was averted, literally at the 11th hour last Friday evening.

  • Top economic recruiters visiting Shelby next week

    Some of the top economic development officials from around Kentucky are going to get a worm’s-eye view of Shelby County this week.

    Approximately 100 members of the Kentucky Association of Economic Development will descend on Shelbyville and Simpsonville starting Wednesday for their 2011 spring conference, staying through Friday to learn more about opportunities to advance economic development trends and efforts to help grow Kentucky.

  • Business Briefcase: April 15, 2011

    Toyota plant in Georgetown
    planning significant hiring

    Despite concerns about cutbacks because of problems related to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, of Georgetown, the automaker’s largest manufacturing facility in North plans is continuing to hire new employees.
    “We are hiring for our variable work force,” plant spokesman Rick Hesterberg told The News-Graphic of Georgetown on Wednesday.