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Today's News

  • Council repents 'sin tax'

    The Shelbyville City Council came to a consensus last Thursday night that they would move to rescind the five percent tax on local alcohol sales.

    After a workshop on Feb. 14 concerning the tax, five of the six council members said they were in favor of getting rid of the tax and giving the close to $50,000 that the tax has earned back to the businesses that sold the alcohol.

    During the workshop, Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty told council members the city took in twice as much in alcohol taxes as it had anticipated.

  • Community datebook

    Support groups

    Feb. 21 -- Parents of Children with Learning Differences and Attention Difficulties meets at 7 p.m. at the Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky, 2210 Goldsmith Ln., #118, Louisville. For additional information call the LDA office at 502-473-1256.

    Feb. 25 -- An ALS (Lou Gherig's Disease) support group meets 6 p.m. at Cardinal Hill Rehab Center on Bluegrass Parkway (Bluegrass Industrial Park, I-64 and Hurstbourne Lane) in Louisville. For more information, call 800-406-7702.

    Public can attend

  • County reviews weather warnings

    Why did the tornado sirens go off after the tornado had already passed through some areas of the county?

    Why didn't the Bagdad and Cropper areas hear anything on TV weather reports about the tornado in their area until after it had already hit?

    Magistrates raised questions such as these about the way tornado sirens are activated at its regular Tuesday morning meeting.

  • Free throws sink Lady Rockets

    The Shelby County girls' basketball team let a chance to beat No. 4-ranked Butler slip through their hands Monday.

    "We had them. If we hit our free throws we have a shot to beat one of the best teams in the state," SCHS head coach Sally Zimmerman said after the game. "I thought we played well enough to win, we just didn't hit our free throws."

    The Lady Rockets (18-8)had several chances to make up ground on the Bearettes (24-3), but 10 of 23 shooting from the free throw line led to a 59-51 Butler win.

  • District tournament will be a tight fit

    The 30th district tournament will be Feb. 25 through March 1 at Spencer County High School. And although there will be just one game each night, fans could have trouble watching their teams play.

    Spencer County changed the format to one game a night because of the size of the gym. Two games a night would tax the capacity of 1,100.

    Doors will open for the first round games at 6 p.m. with tickets being sold at the door and fans are encouraged to arrive early. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold as the school holds 100 tickets for people with passes.

  • USDA recalls beef at local schools

    Workers for the Shelby County public school system collected close to 130 cases of ground beef from areas schools on Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture deemed the meat "unfit for human food."

    The beef that was recalled locally was part of a nationwide recall of meat that was processed at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company in Chino, California. In total, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a recall of close to 37 million pounds of beef on Sunday.

  • 'Hoodie bandit' indicted

    A Shelby County Grand Jury has indicted a local man accused of robbing retail outlets in both Shelby and Jefferson counties at gunpoint during the month of December.

    Kenneth Wayne Chandler, 25, of Shelbyville, was arrested Jan. 4 at his Hill N Dale home following an investigation involving Louisville Metro Police, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Shelbyville Police.

  • House bill aimed at illegal immigrants

    A bill before the General Assembly would toughen penalties for illegal immigrants who use false IDs to obtain employment, require local law enforcement to enforce customs and immigration laws and force at least some employers to verify citizenship before hiring.

  • Chairman named for World Games 2010

    Shelbyville's John Long has been selected as chair of the World Games 2010 Foundation's Board of Directors.

    "I am looking forward to being a very active chairman," Long said in a press release. "The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games provide an unprecedented opportunity to showcase both Kentucky and U.S. horse sport, and I know that by working together, we can be sure these Games leave a lasting legacy for many stakeholders."

    Long replaces Tandy Patrick, who will remain an active board member.

  • Wednesday morning fire

    Shortly before noon Wednesday, firefighters battled a blaze at a home located at 5856 Fisherville Road. No one was injured in the blaze. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear. For more on this story, read Friday's Sentinel-News.