Local News

  • Shelby County School Board: Vote is official, tax rate is flat

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday took an action that it hasn’t taken in years, voting unanimously to keep the district’s personal property and real estate taxes at 71.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

    By maintaining the same rate as last year, the district officials estimate that general fund will take a revenue decrease of more than $740,000, but Superintendent James Neihof said the district could withstand that this year.

  • Neihof wants to reshape school district’s vision

    Shelby County Public Schools is preparing to change the face of learning in the county.

    By February, Superintendent James Neihof said he hopes to have a recommendation in place to alter the vision of the school district and the board for the next five years.

    In a report during Thursday’s school board meeting, Neihof announced his plans for a Strategic Leadership Committee. The committee will be comprised of about 40 teachers, 15 administrators, 10 parents, six students and two board members.

  • Hemp could be on horizon

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said he is optimistic that the state will be issuing licenses for industrial hemp by the end of the year.

    Comer issued a statement on Friday in which he said that he believes the U.S. Justice Department’s ruling to reverse its policy and honor state laws regarding regulated marijuana sales also includes the production of industrial hemp.

  • Sentinel-News wins 7 awards in LCNI contest

    The Sentinel-News won seven awards – including two first places – among semiweeklies in the annual judging of newspapers owned by Landmark Community Newspapers Incorporated, which is based in Shelbyville.

    Staff Writer Todd Martin led the way, winning two first-place awards and a third-place citation, winning for Best News or Feature Story Series and, along with Editor Steve Doyle in Best Ongoing/Extended Coverage. Staff writer Lisa King took third in that same category. Martin also took third in Best Page Design – A1.

  • News Digest, Sept. 4, 2013

    Shelbyville City Council

    to move on land purchase

    The Shelbyville City Council is expected to agree on a land purchase deal during Thursday’s regular meeting at 6:30 p.m., which is at city hall, 315 Washington Street.

    Mayor Tom Hardesty said he does expect the council to take action after a closed session, allowable under Kentucky Revised Statutes, to discuss the acquisition.

  • Wendy's reopens after bomb threat

    Wendy’s Restaurant on Taylorsville Road was shut down for about an hour just before 8 Tuesday night after employees received a bomb threat in a telephone call, police said.

    Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Fred Rothenburger led in the evacuation of the building, which was shut down while deputies conducted a search for an explosive device and members of the Shelby County Fire Department stood by.

    Employees were given the all clear to re-enter the building and reopen the restaurant at 8:50 p.m.

  • Spending Your Tax Dollars: The Library Board of Trustees

    What is the board’s area of control?

    The board maintains the oversight of the library operations and approves expenditures. Everyday operations and hiring and firing is left up to the control of Director Pam Federspiel.


    How was it created?

  • Spending Your Tax Dollars: Shelby County Public Library expansion to be paid in cash

    The Shelby County Public Library is beginning work on another expansion – this one likely costing in excess of $1 million – and its board is planning to do so without raising taxes or going into debt.

    The library board, a 5-person group that has managed the facility since it was built 110 years ago, is talking to architects and lining up funds from its cash reserves to build what its members say is required space to meet growing demand.

  • Labor Day: Hot stuff this weekend

    Hotdogs, picnics, hot weather, cold drinks and good times with friends – all of those are parts of most people’s Labor Day celebrations, and in Shelby County, Waddy and downtown Shelbyville will be the happening places on Monday.

    And as hot as those spots are, the entire county is going to be hot as well this weekend – though it may cool in time for Monday’s fun.

  • Annunciation video to be shown Sunday

    Sunday is a big day for the Church of the Annunciation, which will release a video documenting the story of the stained-glass windows project and how the project has enhanced parishioners’ journey of faith.

    Archbishop Joseph Kurtz will be on hand at a special mass at 9 a.m., followed by a viewing of the video and brunch in the Annunciation Activities Center across the parking lot from the church. 

    Kurtz contributed commentary to the documentary produced by Reed Yadon, with the assistance of Bill Smith and associates of Adtech Productions.