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  • Health-care reform hits home on Tuesday

    The new national health-care law and the statewide health insurance exchange that is part of it will go into effect beginning Tuesday, the first step in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act that hits full stride in 2014.

    The law is designed to provide health insurance to many Americans who didn’t have access to it, couldn’t afford it or were denied insurance because of their age or status of their health.

  • Bruner pleads guilty to Shelby assault

    Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating in 2011 of a woman left by the side of the road, has pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in connection with that crime and will be facing at a long prison term.

    Bruner, 39, whose jury trial was scheduled to begin Monday, pleaded guilty to that charge on Sept. 16, and Shelby Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman has set a sentencing date for Oct. 23.

  • Spending Your Tax Dollars: Shelby County Health District

    What is Shelby County Health District’s area of control?

  • Spending Your Tax Dollars: 2 health agencies under single leader

    Shelby’s public health taxing district sends about three-fourths of its tax revenue to another the regional health agency in which it participates, with both entities being managed by the same person.

    Renee Blair, has been executive director of the Shelby County Health Department and the North Central District Health Districtfor 25 years, is not a member of the county’s health taxing district board, but she serves in that same dual capacity in three other counties within the district’s jurisdiction.

  • Conway’s RX drug tour stops at SCHS

    Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has made tackling the state’s prescription drug problem one of his main goals while in office.

    On Thursday, that issue brought him to Shelby County High School, where he added those students to the more than 30,000 across the commonwealth to whom he has spoken.

  • State test scores up sharply

    There were several smiling faces throughout Shelby County Public Schools on Wednesday morning when the district received its Unbridled Learning Accountability System report card.

    The district saw its ranking in Kentucky improve by 21 percentile points, up to the 77th percent out of 174 school districts, earning it the classification of Proficient and Progressing.

  • Conway clarifies his position on industrial hemp

    Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, in Shelby County on Thursday to address students, took a few minutes to discuss his opinion, released Wednesday, about whether growing industrial hemp would constitute illegal activity.

    Conway’s statement said that farmers could “expose themselves to potential criminal liability and the possible seizure of property by federal or state law enforcement agencies.”

  • Spending Your Tax Dollars: Tourism, KIPDA don’t get your money

    The Kentucky Auditor’s Office is trying to redefine the thousands of special taxing districts that litter the commonwealth’s counties.

    In July, legislation that was designed to make the districts more transparent and open to the public went into effect. The goal was to shine a light on the billions being spent by these entities that are largely filled by appointed personnel who don’t need approval to get tax or spend.

  • Veechdale turn causing concern

    Some vehicles trying to negotiate their way through the new corridor of Veechdale Road in Simpsonville apparently are having difficulty moving from the old road to the new.

    That’s the word from Shelby County Magistrate Michael Riggs, who wrote in an E-mail to residents, officials and The Sentinel-News that farm equipment and trucks couldn’t negotiate the turn built into the western end of the new road.

  • News Digest, Sept. 27, 2013

    Shelby’s unemployment

    plummets to 6.1 percent 

    Shelby County’s unemployment plummeted to 6.1 percent in August, the third best rate among the state’s 120 counties.

    That rate, as announced by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, was 2.1 points better than July and .9 of a point better than the 7.0 of August 2012.

    That equaled Fayette and Oldham counties and was just behind Woodford County (5.5 percent) and Scott County (5.9).