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Today's News

  • Health department tax stays flat

    Taxpayers won’t be shelling out more in taxes to maintain Shelby County’s facility this year, as the county has elected to maintain the same tax rate.

    At its meeting Tuesday night, the Shelby County Fiscal Court accepted the Shelby County Board of Health’s tax rate for the 2017-18 fiscal year of 3.75 cents per $100 of assessed property. That rate has not changed since 2004, when it increased from 2.8 cents.

  • Bill moves special elections to regular election cycle

    A bill that merges special elections with primary or general elections has been passed, and local election officials say it has been a long time coming.

    “The county clerks have tried to get that bill passed for years, and we never could get it passed,” said Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry of House Bill 319.

  • New owner reopens donut shop

    After a brief closure at Donut Express on Midland Trail, new owners Morice Smith and his girlfriend, Shannon Chavez, want the community to know the shop is back open and the donuts are already rolling out of the oven.

  • Charter schools pass, leave questions

    The lengthy debate regarding a charter school bill in Kentucky has been put to bed.  Gov. Matt Bevin signed the bill into law last week and no appeal came as the session wrapped.

    Many urge that charter schools give parents additional educational opportunities for their students to be better served, while others argue the new law will take money from underfunded traditional public schools.

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof said it’s too early to say what the new law will mean for Shelby County, or even the state.

  • Shelby 3rd fastest growing county in Kentucky

    New estimates released last week by the Census Bureau show Shelby County one of the fastest growing counties in the state.

    The Kentucky Data Center at the University of Louisville’s annual report on population growth for all 120 counties places counties in four categories: largest numeric gain, largest percentage gain, largest numeric loss and largest population loss.

  • Lyles receives WHAS/ExCEL award

    Standing before a crowded gymnasium of students and peers cheering her on, Heritage Elementary third-grade teacher Julia Lyles was all smiles Wednesday morning as she grasped her golden apple award in one hand and gently patted her tiny baby bump with the other.

    While preparing for motherhood may be an exciting endeavor for the soon-to-be mom, 2016-17 will also be forever engraved in her life as the year she was honored as Shelby County’s Teacher of the Year.

  • Remembering the past

    Whether you're a history buff, a civil rights activist, or just enjoy a good human interest story, James Miller's new book, Integrated, should capture your interest from the first page to the last.

    Miller, who grew up in Simpsonville, tells the story not only of the Lincoln Institute, which now the site of the Whitney Young Job Corps Center, but also of the racial climate in Shelby County during the turbulent times of the pre-Civil Rights era.

  • Simpsonville looking to acquire property

    Simpsonville City officials are in the process of trying to acquire a small piece of property next to Wiche Park for city use.

    At a special called meeting Wednesday night, the Simpsonville City Commission voted unanimously to authorize Mayor Steve Eden to initiate the process of eminent domain should negotiations to purchase the property be unsuccessful.

  • Odyssey teams earn place in world finals

    Sitting around a table of pins gathered from competitors around the world, two West Middle School Odyssey of the Mind Teams share their anticipation Wednesday afternoon for their upcoming trip to the world finals.

    Each year the main event takes place in a different state within the United States, with teams flying in from around the globe.

    Teams include students from China, South Korea, Mexico, Poland, Sweden, Japan, Italy, Brazil and Canada, among others.  Walther said Odyssey is really picking up steam in China, with nearly a million participants.

  • Local author is book award recipient

    John David Myles has been named the winner of the Samuel W. Thomas Louisville History Book Award for a book he published last year on Shelby’s historic structures.

    Myles was honored at a ceremony Sunday by the Louisville Historical League for excellence in his book The Historic Architecture of Shelby County, Kentucky: 1792-1915.

    The award is named in memory of long-time Louisville historian Sam Thomas, and encompasses books about metro-area history-oriented books published in 2016.