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  • $2.1 million USDA loan to fund water plan for Shelby

    A federal loan will allow North Shelby Water Company to build infrastructure that will provide an increased amount of water for the community.

    USDA Rural Development State Director Tom Fern announced last week that North Shelby had received a $2.1 million loan that will be used to install a 12-inch water transmission main, a booster pump station and other items.

    “USDA is proud to work in partnership with North Shelby Water Company on this much needed improvement project,” Fern said in a release announcing the loan.

  • Shelby vets want new home

    Some of the two dozen active members of the Shelbyville VFW think they would benefit from having a new building.

    Others think that being able to move from Post 1179’s small headquarters on the 600 block of Main Street is just a pipe dream.

    But not Charles Turner and Barry Campbell.

    Turner, a retired Shelby County dairy farmer and Korean War veteran who served in the Navy, is trying to get the other members more motivated in that direction, but he isn’t having much luck.

  • Shelby County, Shelbyville to meet about trash plans

    The curbside trash/recycling movement will take another step forward on Wednesday when Shelbyville and Shelby County officials meet again to discuss the possibility of joint legislation.

    Because of a conflict at Stratton Center, the meeting has been moved to the Tulip Room at Shelbyville City Hall, starting at 6:30 p.m.

  • Final Four: Shelby fans red and ready

    University of Louisville fans around the county proudly have been displaying their flags, shirts and hats this week as the Cardinals’ men’s squad prepares for a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Basketball Tournament Final Four in Atlanta and the women’s team also gets ready for the Final Four in New Orleans.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: Jail expects growth next year

    Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits said Tuesday night that he expects the detention center’s population to increase by about 11 percent in 2013-14 and that new revenue will cover that additional expense.

    Waits told Shelby County Fiscal Court that he is projecting about 300 inmates on the average for the next fiscal year, up from 270 this year, and will need slightly more than $3.81 million to operate the facility, an increase of $182,779 – about 5 percent – from 2012-13. Magistrates approved that budget on first reading.

  • 2 Shelby companies get state tax breaks

    Two Shelby County businesses were among several statewide for which the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority board recently approved tax incentives.
    Katayama America of Shelbyville and F.B. Purnell Sausage of Simpsonville are among those companies making or considering new investments.

    The way that state tax incentives help companies is by permitting them to keep a portion of the occupational taxes withheld from employee paychecks to use to improve the business or to create jobs, provided they abide by the terms set down by the state.

  • News Digest: April 5, 2013

    Clerk’s office signed up 1,300 for donations last year

    The Shelby County Circuit Clerk’s office has registered more than 1,300 organ donors in the next year and is pushing to expand that during Donate Life Month in April.

  • New Simpsonville budget gets final OK

    The Simpsonville city budget for 2013-14 is a fait accompli.

    In a short, spring-break-affected meeting Tuesday night, city commissioners gave their unanimous approval to the second reading of an ordinance that establishes that budget.

    City Administrator David Eaton was absent from the meeting, but Finance Commissioner Cary Vowels read into the record the terms of the budget, which did not change from the first reading.

    That budget, which goes into effect on July 1, calls for:

  • News Digest: April 3, 2013

    Mobile system reduces

    backlog of warrants

    A backlog of warrants for arrests has dropped dramatically during the past three years thanks to an electronic warrant program started in 2009, state officials say.

  • NCAA Final 4: Big games, big opportunities

    One might assume that the president of a university’s alumni association would earn some perks along with the job. Maybe free tickets, access to coaches and staff or maybe even the occasional courtside seat.

    But Reggie Van Stockum, a Shelby County resident, said that couldn’t be further from the truth.