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  • SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: Tax rate remains flat in part to help cover pension costs

    Simpsonville City Commissioners Tuesday approved on first reading maintaining the same tax rate the city instituted last year.

    The commission will have a second reading on the rate at its next meeting on Sept. 3. The meeting is moved one day because of Labor Day on Sept. 2.

    If approved, the city’s ad valorem tax rate will remain at 9.5 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate.

    Mayor Cary Vowels said they decided to keep the same rate after pension costs increased dramatically last year.

  • CBD oil helps hunters find deer

    CBD oil is used in many products, most claiming medicinal qualities, but a special type of CBD oil is being sold right here in Shelbyville and around the country.

    Allen Bullman, owner of Bourbon City General Store in Shelbyville, partnered with two men from Mt. Washington to create and sell a compound that attracts deer, a plus for hunters this time of year.

    Kentucky’s hunting season begins Sept. 7 and runs through Dec. 28.

    The trio of men invested in and now own High Tines CBD, a new venture.

  • Car on I-64 hit by a gunshot

    A man on a motorcycle fired one gunshot at a motorist on Interstate 64 Wednesday afternoon.

    Hunter Taylor was driving a black Toyota Celica along I-64 west around 1 p.m. when a motorcycle came up behind his car.

    “The [sedan] was trying to get the motorcycle off his rear end,” said Officer Garry Kulman, Simpsonville Police Department. “The driver of the Toyota slammed on his brakes.”

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Mini veterans housing approved

     The Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission approved a final plat for Awake Ministries dividing a property into six parts for veterans’ housing.

    The housing will be used primarily as living space for veterans who are in a transitional space between programs.

    “This is what we call the Veteran’s Mini House community. We have purchased land over on Bradshaw Street,” said Carlen Pippin, a member of the Veterans’ Rural Outreach.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Mini veterans housing approved

     The Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission approved a final plat for Awake Ministries dividing a property into six parts for veterans’ housing.

    The housing will be used primarily as living space for veterans who are in a transitional space between programs.

    “This is what we call the Veteran’s Mini House community. We have purchased land over on Bradshaw Street,” said Carlen Pippin, a member of the Veterans’ Rural Outreach.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: Tax rate to remain flat for another year

     Shelby County Fiscal Court approved the tax rates for the upcoming fiscal year, and the rates remained static once again.

    The court set the rates at the same level they were the previous year, marking another year Shelby County has gone without a tax increase.

    “There is no increase in the tax rate again,” Judge-Executive Dan Ison said. “This is the third year in a row the tax rate has either been reduced or remained the same.”

    The court set the tax rate at:

  • Jeptha hires new food and beverage director

    Jeptha Creed’s newest employee hopes to bring the local distillery to a new level – and he’s already made his start.

    Jonathan Exum has taken a position as Jeptha Creed’s new food and beverage director. He hopes to use his restaurant experience to streamline the dining experience at the distillery and to build a more creative menu.

  • Shelbyville lowers real estate tax rate

    The tax rate in Shelbyville is going down for the first time since 2016.

    The Shelbyville City Council Thursday agreed to lower the real property tax rate to 27 cents per $100 of assessed value. The personal property rate remains the same at 33.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

    The tax rate had remained flat at 27.2 cents per $100 since 2016 when it dropped from 27.5.

    Taxes are due Nov. 30 and bills will be mailed to property owners. Property owners will pay additional fees if bills aren’t paid by that date.

  • Unique features of Shelby schools

    Despite its late opening, all eyes will be on the shiny exterior and new interior features at Marnel C. Moorman K-8 School later this year – as it was with Southside Elementary, Northside Preschool and Collins High School before that.

    But what’s new isn’t always what’s best.

    Every school in Shelby County has unique features, courses and more that make it stand out from the others.

    Here’s a look at a few things going on at other schools throughout the district that have teachers, administrators and students excited. 

  • Keep kids safe - what parents need to know about phone apps

    Social media apps have made it easier than ever to communicate, but knowing what digital content children are creating or accessing is an important safeguard to protect young users in an ever-changing digital landscape.

    Monitoring what apps kids download and sites frequented; what content is created, posted or viewed; and to whom young people interact with are concerns that parents can confront if diligent.