http://www.sentinelnews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en DUIs, injury accidents down http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/duis-injury-accidents-down <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftpcrime3traffic_us60crash.jpg" alt="Shelby County Sheriff&#039;s detective Jason Rice does reconstruction at an accident on U.S. 60 in September where two people were injured." title="Shelby County Sheriff&#039;s detective Jason Rice does reconstruction at an accident on U.S. 60 in September where two people were injured." align="left" hspace="6" width="131" height="85" /><p> Last year&rsquo;s highway statistics showed a marked improvement from past years in terms of safety, with fewer drivers arrested for driving while intoxicated and nearly a quarter fewer injury accidents.</p> <p> And that decrease in injury accidents even came with an increase in overall accidents, although by a small margin. Fatalities did increase by one in 2014, up to 6, but that number included several unusual accidents, and none involving two vehicles.</p> School tax rate expected to remain unchanged http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/school-tax-rate-expected-remain-unchanged <p> The Shelby County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the district&rsquo;s offices, 1155 Main Street, to discuss the tax rate for fiscal year 2016.</p> <p> The board has already shared their aspiration at two former meetings to not increase the rate.</p> <p> Superintendent James Neihof said Thursday during the regularly scheduled board meeting that he is recommending the local tax rate not change and shared the rationale on his suggestion.</p> SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL: City advancing toward brewery additions http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/shelbyville-city-council-city-advancing-toward-brewery-additions <p> The Shelbyville City Council will hold a discussion Thursday at 6:30 at City Hall, 315 Washington Street, concerning a recommendation by the Triple S Planning Commission to include breweries, brew pubs, micro breweries and micro distilleries to the city&rsquo;s zoning regulations.</p> <p> &ldquo;I think it would be a good economic boost for our community especially for the downtown,&rdquo; Mayor Tom Hardesty said in July.</p> County tax reading is Thursday http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/county-tax-reading-thursday <p> The Shelby County Fiscal Court will set the county tax rate Thursday at a special called meeting for that purpose.</p> <p> At the Aug. 18 meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger explained the procedure.</p> <p> &ldquo;We are going to do the tax hearing on Sept. 3 at 8:30 [a.m.], followed by a special meeting to set the tax rate the same day,&rdquo; he said.</p> SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: Concerns loom regarding graduation requirements http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/shelby-county-school-board-concerns-loom-regarding-graduation-requirements <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic2boarded090215.jpg" alt="The Shelby County Board of Education recognized the Governor&amp;#039;s Scholars during Thursday&amp;#039;s board meeting. The recipeints were (not in order): Kaitlyn Goode, Ryan Noel Goodlet, Janette Hynes, Hannah Mattingly, Sarah Myres, Evan Ruff, Ruth Sangster, Raley Suter, Ruth White, Harrison Barton Baldwin, Bryan Brown, Lindsey Hill, Eric Lewis, Makayla Marr, Jeron Russell and Abby Wills." title="The Shelby County Board of Education recognized the Governor&amp;#039;s Scholars during Thursday&amp;#039;s board meeting. The recipeints were (not in order): Kaitlyn Goode, Ryan Noel Goodlet, Janette Hynes, Hannah Mattingly, Sarah Myres, Evan Ruff, Ruth Sangster, Raley Suter, Ruth White, Harrison Barton Baldwin, Bryan Brown, Lindsey Hill, Eric Lewis, Makayla Marr, Jeron Russell and Abby Wills." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Shelby County Board of Education heard the concern of a Shelby County High School student&rsquo;s father, John Masters, during their public comments portion of their meeting Thursday regarding the district&rsquo;s new standards for college and career readiness for the 2015-16 school year.</p> <p> &ldquo;They have to pass the ACT (American College Testing) test for college and career readiness, that&rsquo;s a requirement from KDE [the Kentucky Department of Education]. My concern is the ACT test was not designed for that purpose.&rdquo;</p> Drug use on the rise http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/drug-use-rise <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftpcrimepart2_drugs.jpg" alt="These drugs and other items were seized during drug raids last year in the city of Shelbyville." title="These drugs and other items were seized during drug raids last year in the city of Shelbyville." align="left" hspace="6" width="132" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> Assessment identifies community needs http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/assessment-identifies-community-needs <p> An organization that has been awarding grants to charitable and other organizations for 25 years has taken steps to zero in more precisely on which ones need money the most.</p> <p> At a public gathering on Wednesday, those findings will be disclosed by representatives of the two agencies that are leaders in local grant giving, the Shelby County Community Foundation and Metro United Way.</p> Bill could prolong summer break http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/bill-could-prolong-summer-break <p> As the doors to schools reopen, gates to theme parks across the nation generally close.&nbsp; Summer break is discouraging for some kids but it can be a major financial burden for many businesses that depend on the revenue of summer vacationers and the employment of students.</p> <p> A bill headed to the senate looks to rectify that by extending summer break.</p> <p> Katie Fussenegger, executive director of the Shelby County Tourism &amp; Visitors Bureau, said she sees a decline in tourism once schools reopen.</p>