Today's News

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Sonoco granted tax incentive

    The Shelbyville City Council Thursday passed a resolution with few questions granting an inducement to Sonoco Protective Solutions, formerly Tegrant Diversified Brands.  Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said he city agreed to the tax incentive in 2013 to attract the industry to the area and is pursuant to the Kentucky Business Investment Act.

  • Tax deadline drawing near

    Those putting off filing their tax returns have a little more time to breath this year.

    “The filing date for all but two states is April 18,” said Missy Ayres, manager at H&R Block in Shelbyville. “Washington D.C. actually has a holiday and the IRS is going to be closed Friday, so they [filers] have until midnight Monday night – it has to be postmarked by midnight.”

    Ayres said people should get their taxes filed as quickly as possible if they have not already done so.

  • A perfect Main Street

    Shelbyville’s local preservation and enhancement organization, Shelby Main Street, was recognized this week for an exceptional feat.

    Of the 44 communities that earned accreditation for 2016 by both Kentucky Main Street and the National Main Street Center for achieving standards set by the programs, Shelbyville achieved a perfect score.  Shelbyville joins Danville as the only two communities to ever attain such.

  • Budget sees 19 percent increase

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed a second reading Thursday night on the 2016-17 budget, which shows a 19 percent increase from the 2015-16 budget.

    This year’s budget calls for a balanced spending plan of $1,494,000, compared to $1,205,500 in 2015. At the first reading of the budget on March 16, Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton explained the increase in expected revenue for this year.

  • Pena accepted into Gatton Academy

    Alex Martin Pena, a sophomore at Collins High School, has been selected to join the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University.

    The academy is Kentucky’s first residential high school for gifted and talented junior and seniors, offering students a chance to experience college campus life with no cost for housing, tuition or meals while pursuing their interests in advanced science, technology, engineering and mathematical careers.

  • Picturing of Big Picture

    Shelby County Public Schools is ready to make a big change.  District superintendent James Neihof said in the coming weeks he will ask the board for a recommendation for their support to bring a Big Picture Academy to Shelby County, the first school of its kind in the state.

    The format involves students attending school three days a week and working at an internship the other two.

    In March, John Leeper, director of college and career readiness and innovation for the district, presented to the board an introduction on what the program may entail.

  • Massie chats with public

    About 30 people packed Harvest Coffee and CaféTuesday afternoon to hear U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie’s (R-Vanceburg) views of issues in government as a part of his Coffee with a Congressman tour, which he had stops in several other areas in the 4th Congressional District.

    Massie, who entered Congress in November 2012 after serving as Lewis County Judge-Executive, talked about the national debt, foreign spending and social security.

  • County hires new youth coordinator

    Beginning today, a youth services coordinator will be in place to help steer young people away from becoming involved in drugs.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court voted to create the position in January, and have now hired a Shelby County native who will have an office in a small building behind the Stratton Center.

    Mitchell Tinsley is a 1989 graduate of Shelby County High School and has an extensive background in working with troubled youth.

  • County jail budget sees slight increase

    Magistrates accepted the 2016-17 budget for the Shelby County Detention Center Tuesday night during the Shelby County Fiscal Court meeting.

    The proposed budget of $4,189,000 is less than 5 percent more than last year’s budget of $4 million, said Jailer Bobby Waits.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Tegrant tax break up for approval


    The Shelbyville City Council will consider a resolution Thursday during their regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 at city hall, 315 Washington Street, that would grant a tax incentive to Tegrant Diversified Brands, Incorporated pursuant to the Kentucky Business Investment Act (KRS. Chapter 154.320).

    Mayor Tom Hardesty said per the resolution the city agrees to reduce the 1.5 percent local occupational tax to .5 percent for ten years.