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Today's News

  • EARLIER: Memorial service for Shelby County teen kept private

    The spirit of Jackleen Lane, a teenage girl who died tragically last week, lives on in the memory of her friends and loved ones who attended a memorial remembrance service for her on Wednesday.

    Elizabeth Pulliam, director of Shelby Prevention, an organization that focuses on striving to keep kids off drugs and alcohol, held the service Wednesday for Lane, 15, of Bagdad, at the Shelby County Extension Office on Frankfort Road in order to help Lane’s friends deal with their grief and to provide counseling if they should wish it.

  • EARLIER: Many questions remain in Shelby girl's drowning death

    Significant questions remain in the days after a 15-year-old girl was found drowned in an industrial area along Clear Creek in Shelbyville.

    How did Jackleen Nicole Lane, 15, of Bagdad, whose body was spotted floating Monday morning by a Norfolk Southern Railroad conductor, end up in such a lonely, secluded place after a family member said she was headed to the Shelby County Fair?

    What led to her drowning – apparently a few days earlier, based on autopsy results –  without any sign of an injury that might have incapacitated her?

  • EARLIER: Shelby teen found drowned in Clear Creek

    A teenager who was last seen planning a night of fun at the Shelby County Fair was found facedown in a creek Monday morning by a railroad employee.

    Family members of Jackleen Lane, 15, of Bagdad told WAVE-Ch. 3 that when the teen told her brother, Josh Lane, of her plans to attend the fair on Saturday night that was the last conversation anyone had with her.

  • Spending Your Tax Dollars: 2 health agencies under single leader

    Shelby’s public health taxing district sends about three-fourths of its tax revenue to another the regional health agency in which it participates, with both entities being managed by the same person.

    Renee Blair, has been executive director of the Shelby County Health Department and the North Central District Health Districtfor 25 years, is not a member of the county’s health taxing district board, but she serves in that same dual capacity in three other counties within the district’s jurisdiction.

  • Spending Your Tax Dollars: Shelby County Health District

    What is Shelby County Health District’s area of control?

  • Spending Your Tax Dollars: Tourism, KIPDA don’t get your money

    The Kentucky Auditor’s Office is trying to redefine the thousands of special taxing districts that litter the commonwealth’s counties.

    In July, legislation that was designed to make the districts more transparent and open to the public went into effect. The goal was to shine a light on the billions being spent by these entities that are largely filled by appointed personnel who don’t need approval to get tax or spend.

  • Spending Your Tax Dollars: A huge investment in dirt and water

    In the past 5 years – and for many years before that – more than $1 million of your tax dollars have been left lying in the dirt or submerged under water.

    But, if you listen to federal officials, the Soil Conservation District, the county’s oldest special taxing district, stands out in longevity and in importance.

  • Spending Your Tax Dollars: Soil Conservation Board

    What is the soil conservation district’s area of control?

  • Calvary Cemetery: A family business that carries on

    For nearly 100 years, Calvary Cemetery just north of the railroad tracks on 7th Street in Shelbyville, has been the final resting place of more than 1,000 African-Americans.

    Dozens of notable African-American residents are buried in the cemetery, including T.S. Baxter, Shelbyville’s first black city council member.

    George W. Saffell Jr. originally started the cemetery, which is now an incorporated business, after his first wife, Daisy Saffell, died in 1918.

  • Spending Your Tax Dollars: Extension board has low taxes, high impact

    In all 50 states, and almost every county in each of those 50 states, there is a cooperative extension service, aimed at educating and assisting counties in the areas of agriculture, home, family, the environment and more.

    And Shelby County is no different. With research, oversight, and some funding provided by the University of Kentucky, the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office provides a variety of services, information and educational programs to county citizens for little to no charge.