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  • Public hearing on Shelby County parks grants

    The long-range plans for parks in Shelby County – and pursuing the grants that encourage that growth – will be the focus of a meeting of several public agencies.

    This public meeting, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Family Activities Center at Clear Creek Park, will be conducted by the Shelby County Parks and Recreation Board and will include members of Shelby County Fiscal Court and Shelbyville City Council.

    At issue is the grants that the parks board is pursuing for two large projects:

  • NEWS DIGEST: Feb. 5, 2014

    Beshear rolls out

    his tax-reform plan

    Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday unveiled his legislative plan to modernize Kentucky’s tax code by strengthening the state’s ability to create jobs, expand existing industry and ensure a healthier workforce and economy.

    The “Kentucky Competes” tax reform plan creates a 21st century tax code to match Kentucky’s 21st century economy, thereby creating additional revenue as the economy grows, according to a news release from Beshear's office.

  • At least 340 remain without power in Shelby County

    As of 8 a.m. Thursday Shelby Energy was reporting that 340 customers in Shelby County remain without power.

    Late Wednesday night, an emergency shelter has been set up at Simpsonville Fire Station No. 2 on Anderson Lane to accommodate these residents.

    Owen Electric Cooperative sent in four crews to help Shelby Energy's workers. The cooperative has 820 total outages among the counties serves.

    Power outages were going in an out because ice-laden branches continued to crack and fall onto power lines.

  • No mail delivery of newspaper today

    A delivery problem involving the printing plant that produces The Sentinel-News has delayed distribution of Friday’s newspaper.

    The papers did not arrive in time for the post office to get them into mail routes, and they were not available in single-copy outlets until late morning.

    All subscribers should receive their copies in the mail on Saturday.

    All content from Friday’s newspaper is available for free on www.SentinelNews.com.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Public hearing up next for trash, recycling plan

    The Shelbyville City Council decided during a workshop Wednesday to move forward with a mandatory trash and recycling ordinance.

    After combing through every line of the ordinance the council accepted a few comments from the four members of the public that showed for the meeting – and the consensus from that group was,– why mandatory? – the council said it would schedule a public hearing as the next step in adopting the ordinance.

  • Tres Chic: A story of community support in Shelby County

    What could be better than enjoying an upscale evening of hors d' oeuvres, cocktails, live music, door prizes and a silent auction? Maybe it’s knowing that you’re enjoying an evening out while also supporting local families and the Kosair Children’s Hospital Foundation.

  • WINTER 2014: Costs of freezing weather burns up wallets

    There’s one thing that hasn’t been frozen the by the near-Arctic temperatures that settled into Shelby County this winter: the cost of dealing with the weather.

    From ruptured water pipes to trying to make the roads safer and passable, estimates on the cost of this winter are substantial. Principal among that is the cost of overtime pay for work crews, with the county road department spending more on overtime in one month than it has in two years total.

  • Groundhogs cast shadows in Shelby, too

    After suffering through more than one “polar vortex” it’s a safe bet that Shelby Countians are hoping that Punxsutawney Phil and his fellow groundhogs don’t see their shadows on Sunday.

    According to folklore, if it’s cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day – Feb. 2, or Groundhog Day – then spring will come early. Or, if it’s sunny, the groundhog sees his shadow and returns to his burrow – resulting in six more weeks of winter.

  • NEWS DIGEST: Jan. 31, 2014

    Shelby’s unemployment dips to 6 percent in December

    Shelby County’s unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in December, which was among the 10 lowest rates in the state, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    Unemployment rates fell in 98 Kentucky counties between December 2012 and December 2013, while 14 county rates increased and eight stayed the same.

  • Restaurant tax meeting in Simpsonville now Thursday

    EDITOR's NOTE: Because of weather forecasts, this meeting was rescheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Simpsonville City Hall.


    The city of Simpsonville on Thursday could become the first governmental body in Shelby County to adopt a restaurant tax.

    The city commission will consider on second reading an ordinance that would add 3 percent to the bills at all places that serve food in the city, including restaurants and lunch counters.