http://www.sentinelnews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Officials to vote on reducing solid waste tax http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/officials-vote-reducing-solid-waste-tax <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftp109board_0.jpg" alt="The 109 Board is reducing the amount of tax that residents will be charged for solid waste disposal." title="The 109 Board is reducing the amount of tax that residents will be charged for solid waste disposal." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> When the 109 Board &ndash; the entity in charge of solid waste disposal for the county &ndash;meets on Tuesday, it will make a decision on whether to reduce its tax, officials say.</p> <p> Rusty Newton, chair of the 109 Board, said he is confident the proposal will pass, thus reducing the current .034 cents per $100 of property valuation to .030. At the same time, the board is expected to increase the price being charged for people to dispose of trash, from 3 cents to 3.5 cents per pound, he said.</p> Denhardt’s murder still captures imagination http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/denhardt%E2%80%99s-murder-still-captures-imagination <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftpdenhardtreenactment081817.jpg" alt="Stanton Garr (from left), Mike Tracy and Ann DAngelo pose on the steps of the old Shelby County Courtouse. The three have committed to help, along with many others, in the September and October reenactment of the murder of Brig. Gen. Henry Denhardt and the subsequent trial of the Garr Brothers." title="Stanton Garr (from left), Mike Tracy and Ann DAngelo pose on the steps of the old Shelby County Courtouse. The three have committed to help, along with many others, in the September and October reenactment of the murder of Brig. Gen. Henry Denhardt and the subsequent trial of the Garr Brothers." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Good guys don&rsquo;t always wear white hats, but they always defend the honor of a beautiful woman. Such was the opinion of Shelby County citizens September 20, 1937 when the brothers of Oldham County murder victim Verna Garr Taylor shot and killed her alleged murderer, Brig. Gen. Henry Denhardt, on the streets of Shelbyville.</p> SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - Tax rate stays flat http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/shelbyville-city-council-tax-rate-stays-flat <p> The Shelbyville City Council closed out its public hearing with no members of the general public in attendance to speak regarding the proposed ad valorem tax rate Tuesday afternoon.&nbsp; The council then voted unanimously in favor of maintaining the tax rate at 27.2 cents on each $100 of assessed value of all taxable real property and 33.5 cents on each $100 of assessed value of all taxable personal property.</p> Snagging safe sun spectacles http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/snagging-safe-sun-spectacles <p> The long anticipated eclipse is just three days away.&nbsp; However, with NASA approved spectacles becoming as scarce as the top Christmas toy, chances are if you don&rsquo;t already have a pair, the main event could pass right before your closed eyes.</p> Reynolds takes the helm at Awake Ministries http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/reynolds-takes-helm-awake-ministries <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftpawake_sign.jpg" alt="Jeff Reynolds is the new director of Awake Ministries, with administrative offices located at Washington and 7th streets." title="Jeff Reynolds is the new director of Awake Ministries, with administrative offices located at Washington and 7th streets." align="left" hspace="6" width="94" height="85" /><p> When two of Shelby&#39;s longtime charitable organizations, the Serenity Center and the Open Door of Hope men&#39;s shelter, merged into a single organization in February, they envisioned a move that better suited those in need and provided more services.</p> <p> Now, with a new leader at the helm, that vision has an even sharper focus, as Awake Ministries continues the mission of both.</p> SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: Property tax goes down http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/simpsonville-city-commission-property-tax-goes-down <p> The Simpsonville City Commission passed a second reading to set the city&rsquo;s annual tax rate, following a three-year trend of lowering the tax rate.</p> <p> At its meeting Tuesday night, the commission approved a rate that is 2 tenths of a cents lower than the current rate. The new rate of .096 cents per $100 of assessed value replaces the current rate of .098.</p> <p> Mayor Steve Eden expressed satisfaction with being able to set a decreased rate again this year.</p> The journey of a book http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/journey-book <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/wondrous_food_cov.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="52" height="85" /><p> Shelbyville&rsquo;s Ronald &ldquo;Reggie&rdquo; Van Stockum, Jr. has an impressive list of skillsets to share with the community: lawyer, teacher, biologist, actor and musician.&nbsp; But as an author, Van Stockum is expanding his reach well beyond our region.</p> <p> Most recently his written work has touched those across Kentucky and beyond through a book called, The Wondrous Journey of Food.</p> SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Preliminary tax talk http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/shelby-county-school-board-preliminary-tax-talk <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/govscholars.jpg" alt="The Shelby County Board of Education honored the district&amp;#039;s Governor&amp;#039;s Scholars on Thursday. The scholar participants include: Hannah Cleary, Rachel Everage, Matthew Munsterman, Caroline Burkhardt, Grant Early, Meredith Gaither, Kimberlee Hebdon, Alicia Reeder, Johnna Warkentine, Katharina Warkentine, Lindsay Creque, Renee Stohlmann, Benjamin Betts, Noah Gartland and Hanako Boucher." title="The Shelby County Board of Education honored the district&amp;#039;s Governor&amp;#039;s Scholars on Thursday. The scholar participants include: Hannah Cleary, Rachel Everage, Matthew Munsterman, Caroline Burkhardt, Grant Early, Meredith Gaither, Kimberlee Hebdon, Alicia Reeder, Johnna Warkentine, Katharina Warkentine, Lindsay Creque, Renee Stohlmann, Benjamin Betts, Noah Gartland and Hanako Boucher." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> No tax rate action has been taken as of yet, but on Thursday Susan Barkley, the district&rsquo;s director of finance, presented the certified property assessment report for the 2017-2018 school year and said she had good news.</p> <p> &ldquo;After receiving the certified assessment information, I&rsquo;m happy to say that the amounts included in the tentative budget were within two percent of what we are now calculating based on the certified assessments,&rdquo; she said, noting that gave the district an increase of about $478,000 of what was included in the tentative budget.</p>