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  • Why schools needs increased funding

    As Gov. Steve Beshear delivered his State of the Commonwealth address last week, the ears of those involved in education across the state perked up.

    But educators are left wondering which is correct: What they’re hearing publicly about a push for expanded funding is correct, or what they’re hearing privately that more funding is unlikely.

  • Some say ‘wet’ status could benefit county

    With a public meeting coming up Tuesday on the possibility of amending zoning regulations that would make it easier for distilleries to locate in Shelby County, the issue of whether Shelby should be a “wet” county may be on the horizon.

  • Shelby County School Board: Accreditation firm to review district

    The Shelby County School Board approved a board meeting schedule Thursday night for the remainder of 2014 that keeps the customary second-and-fourth-Thursday frequency except for
    two additional meetings this month to allow the board to make presentations to an accreditation team.

    These meetings with AdvancED Accreditation, a national firm employed by the school district to earn accreditation, will be at 10: 30 a.m. Jan. 27 and at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29.

    Superintendent James Neihof previewed for the board the presentation he will provide at those reviews.

  • NEWS DIGEST: Jan. 15, 2014

    Courtneys are runners-up among young farm families

    Shelby County’s Shane and Mary Courtney emerged as runner-up in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer & Rancher “Achievement Award competition, which recognizes young farmers and ranchers from across the country who have excelled in their farming or ranching operations and exhibited superior leadership abilities.

  • Shelbyville to give final consideration for zone change

    When the Shelbyville City Council convenes Thursday to hear second reading on a proposed zoning change, it will hear from those involved with the process.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty agreed at the council’s meeting on Jan. 2 to ask those involved with the request to change three lots near the Midland Industrial Park to commercial properties to come before the council and discuss those plans.

  • Henry County man hospitalized after bypass crash

    Shelby County firefighters extricated a Henry County man from his pickup truck after it flipped in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning on the Shelbyville Bypass.

    Charles R. Stalker, 26, of Eminence, remains in stable condition at the University of Louisville Medical Center, where he was transported by Shelby County EMS after the accident on Freedom’s Way near La Grange Road.

    Assistant Shelby County Fire Chief Jeff Ivers said Stalker was taken to UofL after he flipped his Toyota pickup truck on the bypass.

  • Sub-zero temperatures may zap heating funds

    Emergency heating officials are worried about how the recent cold spell with sub-zero temperatures could impact the number of people they will able to help this year with “crisis” funding.

    “I’m sure there’ll be a lot of people in with really high bills, we’re expected to be flooded with people on the thirteenth,” said Kim Embry-Hill, executive director of the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency.

  • Burst water main snarls traffic into Shelbyville

    A water main break on Midland Trail across from the Shelby County Fairgrounds late Tuesday left traffic snarled for almost 18 hours as water gushed from the ground and down the hill toward Beechwood Ave.

    Shelbyville Water Company Manager Tom Doyle said the change in water temperature likely caused the pipe to start leaking at the connection, but a second leak that sprung later was because of an old section of pipe.

  • Restaurant tax could be intoduced soon in Simpsonville

    SIMPSONVILLE – Shelby County may be moving quickly towards its first restaurant tax.

    Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton on Tuesday night distributed to members of the city commission a proposed ordinance that would adopt the 3 percent tax on meals at the city’s eateries.

    The concept, first proposed late last year by Katie Fussenegger, executive director of the ShelbyCountyKY Tourism and Visitors Bureau, is set by state statute, allowing for that maximum rate on any business that serves food.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: Amended magisterial map passes first reading

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court approved on Tuesday a long-awaited first reading of an amended ordinance relating to the reapportionment of magisterial voting districts.

    Those districts had to be redrawn after new magisterial district boundaries were put in place in 2012, a process that occurs every 10 years and which took place after the 2010 census. The ordinance had been adopted in early 2012 but had to be amended before the process of redefining voting precincts could begin.