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Today's News

  • Shelby County's tax bill is flat -- again

    Those county real estate tax forms hitting mailboxes may look awful familiar.

    Most of the 2011 real estate tax rates look just like last year's rates, as many government agencies are tightening belts to get by with the same income or only moving to the compensating rate.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court is one of those agencies that are trimming its budget as opposed to raising taxes. Magistrates voted last month to keep the county tax rate at .11, or 11 cents per $100 of assessed real property.

  • Leadership Shelby class launches aid for Dorman

    On Saturday, the Dorman Center and Leadership Shelby are hoping to start an annual tradition at Daniel Field.

    The Leadership Shelby class of 2011 is sponsoring the first Dorman Center Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the community field on Washington Street, and this unique event will send all proceeds to Dorman Center.

  • Awakened by the call of the wild

    I was jostled from a questionable sleep about 3 a.m. Tuesday by the sort of cruel cacophony that makes you spring from your bed to see what was that clatter.

    I first sprinted to the kids’ room, thinking one had called out. I found those visions of sugarplums must have been dancing, because they didn’t even twitch when I opened their doors.

    But when I was returning to my bedroom, I heard the noise again, clear and loud, blaring through a third-story window opened for the cool autumn air.

  • What we think: Triple S acted according to plan

    There was no close vote or public hemming and hawing in the most recent big decision made by the Triple S Planning Commission: Commissioners voted unanimously to deny the City of Shelbyville’s request to rezone 73 acres on the corner of Harrington Mill Road and Freedom’s Way from agriculture to light industrial.

  • We congratulate: Readiness rates of our students

    We feel a little like a student in a statistics class because of the avalanche of data about the performance and progress of Shelby County’s Public School students that has covered our heads this past week.

    To be able to digest the reports from the state’s about-to-be-dead KCCT tests, the federal governments’ trying-to-be-dead No Child Left Behind and the new buzzword of development – college and career readiness – is overwhelming to just about anyone who doesn’t get paid to spend full days evaluating what the numbers say.

  • MY WORD: Brown may not have been convicted

    In The Sentinel-News(“Shouldn’t we all be outraged,” Sept. 28) the Tonya Brown case called into question whether the commonwealth is doing an adequate job protecting its citizens in pursuing justice on behalf of victims of crimes. This letter is to inform the citizens of the 53rd Judicial District what happened in the Tonya Brown case and why certain decisions were made.

  • MY WORD: Brown may not have been convicted

    In The Sentinel-News “Shouldn’t we all be outraged,” Sept. 28) the Tonya Brown case called into question whether the commonwealth is doing an adequate job protecting its citizens in pursuing justice on behalf of victims of crimes. This letter is to inform the citizens of the 53rd Judicial District what happened in the Tonya Brown case and why certain decisions were made.

  • Les Bailey shares story of his life

    Les Bailey just back from a Mediterranean Cruise, had to run around attending to chores he’d neglected during his vacation, he said

    His son, Gary, describes him as “pretty amazing,”

    Karen Walters, his daughter, who accompanied him on the cruise, calls him “my inspiration.”

    He is known around his neighborhood as the unofficial “mayor of Scott Station.”

  • Ex-prosecutor Ballard suspended for handling of several key cases

    Shelbyville attorney Fielding Ballard III has been suspended from practicing law for a period of four months as punishment for cases he handled when he was commonwealth attorney in Shelby County.

    His suspension, which went into effect Sept. 22, was based on several charges of misconduct and with mishandling three cases in which he was appointed a special prosecutor by the Attorney General.

  • New hearing Dec. 15 in case of disabled boy

    A new hearing date of Dec. 15  was set last week in Shelby County Family Court to determine custody for a little boy who was placed in a state psychiatric hospital five months ago.

    Dustin Splittgerber, 11, has been at Our Lady of Peace Hospital, awaiting a judge’s decision on whether he will be allowed to go home with his grandparents, Robin and Steve Ritter of Pleasureville.