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  • EARLIER: Pipeline company ‘prepared to use eminent domain’

    LAWRENCEBURG – Officials of the company proposing to build the Bluegrass Pipeline through Anderson County – and touching the southeastern corner of Shelby County – confirmed Monday that they think their company already has – and is prepared to use – the power of eminent domain to get their pipeline built.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Council to have tax-rate discussion

    The Shelbyville City Council will assess its annual property- and personal-property-tax rates at 6 p.m. Thursday during its regularly scheduled meeting at city hall, 315 Washington St.

    The council has not raised taxes the past seven years, but Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty wouldn’t confirm the status quo for this year.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Council remains mum on Fairness Ordinance

    When Shelbyville City Council member Mike Zoeller wondered aloud recently about including gay citizens in the city’s resolution to adhere to the Federal Fair Housing Act, he sparked a renewed interest from the Shelby County chapter of the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth to return to the council and offer support for a local Fairness Ordinance that would include sexual orientation and gender identity with the federally protected groups of race, religion and gender.

  • Shelby County crime 2012: Heroin is a new concern

    New laws designed to stymie the illegal sale and consumption of prescription drugs and methamphetamines in Kentucky have developed a deadly and terrifying side effect: Heroin, the opiate of choice for many in the American drug culture of the 1960s and 1970s, has returned to the streets and in 2012 claimed two lives in Shelby County.

    “It was last year that we started seeing more heroin activity here, and we have actually had a couple of fatalities from heroin overdoses in Shelbyville,” Shelbyville Police Chief Danny Goodwin said.

  • Mix-up sends Shelby County pageant runner-up to state fair

    Two little girls will share the title of Little Miss Shelby County Fair, but only one will be permitted to compete at the state level.

    Lucy Woods was crowned with the Little Miss Title at the fair, but at that time, pageant officials did not realize that she was too old to compete for the title. When Woods’ mother, Brenda Woods, tried to register her to compete at the Kentucky State Fair, officials there contacted pageant officials in Shelby County, seeking the name of the runner up.

  • News Digest, Aug. 14, 2013

    Governor’s Scholars to be

    honored by school board

    The Shelby County Board of Education will recognize the county’s Governor’s Scholars at Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

    The board will also return to the practice of rotating one monthly meeting among the district’s school sites. This week’s meeting will be at Shelby County High School, at 1701 Frankfort Road.

  • Plea deal arranged in Waddy man's murder

    BARDSTOWN – A double-murder case in the death of a Shelby County man that was scheduled to begin its third trial this morning ended before it began.

    John T. Hilbert and his attorney accepted a plea deal in front of Nelson Circuit Judge John David Seay on Monday, the day his trial was set to begin.

  • Slowdowns, stops this week on I-64 in Shelby County

    If you were caught in the shutdown of Interstate 64 last week – or maybe you’ve just been mired in a delay caused by a temporary lane closing recently – your chances of catching bad traffic in Shelby County are about to get worse, starting today.

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Friday that there could be frequent traffic delays in the overnight hours this week as construction crews set bridge beams for the KY 55 overpass as part of the ongoing road widening project. That includes delays on KY 55, too.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: Health tax rate to stay the same

    Health department officials say taxpayers won’t be shelling out more in taxes to maintain Shelby County’s facility.

    At its meeting Tuesday night, the Shelby County Fiscal Court accepted the Shelby County Board of Health’s tax rate for the 2013-14 fiscal year of 3.75 cents per $100 of assessed property. That rate has not changed in several years, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said.

    “I can’t remember when it went up, probably about seven or eight years ago,” he said.

  • Weather, trains a hiccup on smooth first day of school

    An uncharacteristically dense fog greeted students and parents Wednesday morning for the first day of classes at Shelby County Public Schools.

    Although the thick soup caused some minor delays, the first day otherwise went off without a hitch.