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Today's News

  • Simpsonville City Commission: Sewer rates won’t change

    The Simpsonville City Commission Tuesday again cited good, positive growth as the reason they were able to slow costs for residents.

    The commission voted unanimously to halt an automatic 2.5 percent annual increase to the sewer rates.

    “About three years ago you passed a sewer ordinance that states that the rates go up two-point-five percent each year,” City Administrator David Eaton told the commission. ‘The only way to stop that is for the commission to vote not to accept it.

  • Distillery will locate on north side of Guist Creek Lake

    Diageo, a global company with the distinction of being a world leader in distilled sprits, does not have a tasting room planned for its proposed facility on Benson Pike, but that could change if the county were to go wet, company officials say.

    "In the plans as they stand now, there is no visitor's center, but there is space for one should they decide to build one down the line," said Diageo spokesperson Kristen Crofoot.

  • SCPS accuses employee of theft

    Shelby County Public Schools has turned over information to the Kentucky State Police and the Commonwealth Attorney’s office to investigate fraud and embezzlement of school district funds.

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof expressed his belief that investigators have gathered enough information to charge district Payroll Manager Benita Anglin, a 15-year employee with Shelby County Public Schools, with payroll fraud.

    He declined to note the amount taken or the method used to cover up the transactions while the investigation continues.

  • “He was just such an icon in the county”

    Harold Tingle’s funeral is today, but people all around the county have been paying their respects to him since he passed away Friday morning.

    From the lowering of the flag at the courthouse, to the ceremony by the Shelbyville FOP at Shannon’s Funeral Home last night at his visitation, to an honor guard from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at Grove Hill, the community of Shelby County has shown how much they thought of him.

  • Former sheriff dies at 77

    Law enforcement community mourns passing of Harold Tingle

    The flag that was lowered to half-mast at the Shelby County Courthouse Friday was not the only honor accorded to former Sheriff Harold Tingle who died that morning from complications from a recent injury.

    The truest honor was the legacy he left behind, said Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong.

    “I look around me and I see a little bit of him everywhere,” he said. “He has left his stamp on this community, and the stamp will stay.”

  • Global distillers to locate in Shelby

    Diageo, the No. 1 spirits producer in the world, announced Thursday its intention to invest an estimated $115 million over three years to build a 1.8 million proof gallon distillery, capable of 750,000 9-liter cases, and six barrel storage warehouses in Shelby County.

    The company sent out a press release that corresponded closely with the release from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority announcing the preliminary approval of $4 million in tax incentives.

  • Shelby companies move along in state economic boosts

    In addition to Thursday announcement of Diageo’s intention of locating a distillery in Shelby County, three other Shelby County company’s that have already received at least preliminary state economic approval moved along in that process at the meeting of the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority in Frankfort.

    Creative Packaging, located in Midland Industrial Park, which had been approved for incentives some time ago, asked for and was granted a one-year extension to put it plans in place; 18 other companies around the state did the same.

  • Shelby Count School Board: Budget exceeds $63 million

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday approved a balanced budget of more than $63 million, according to Greg Murphy, the district director of finance.

    “As we stated in January [when the draft budget was approved], the budget includes sufficient funding to meet our debt service requirements, which is one of two things that is required by the board,” he said. “One is to meet the debt obligation, and the other is to meet your salary obligations, and the budget does that.”

  • Little library grows from big love of reading

    Micca Watts-Gordon chuckled when asked if her 3-year-old son Eli could read yet.
    “Well, he thinks he can,” she said.

    The tyke’s love of reading is no doubt a reflection of his mother’s own love of books, a passion that inspired her to start her very own “Little Free Library” on Bridlewood Avenue in Shelbyville.

  • Shelby County School Board: Changes ahead for pilot teacher assessment program

    A pilot assessment program for teachers that launched this school year in Shelby County will take a new direction next year.

    Educators spoke favorably about the upcoming changes in next year’s program when they addressed the Shelby County School Board Thursday about the Certified Evaluation Plan.

    “The certified evaluation plan is quite different for next year, we have a new professional growth and effectiveness system that we’re going to be implementing,” said Cindy French, director of elementary schools.