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  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: Extra cent for vehicles only tax increase OKd

    Good news for Shelby County’s property owners came Tuesday night when magistrates voted not to raise property tax rates.
    Personal property tax also would remain the same, but magistrates did approve a 1 cent increase for vehicles and watercraft, up to 16 cents per $100 of assessed value.

    The vote was unanimous on the plan that kept real estate taxes at 11 cents and personal property taxes at 10.5 for the 2013 assessment.

  • News Digest, Sept. 6, 2013

    Pipeline officials brief legislative committee

    Officials with the Bluegrass Pipeline project on Thursday briefed members of the state’s Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources & Environment on jobs, new tax revenues and other perceived benefits the pipeline project will bring to Kentucky.

    Officials provided legislators an update on the project’s status and informed of the extensive regulatory guidelines and safety standards associated with building and operating a pipeline.

  • Shelby hunters ready for first shots at deer

    For hunters, it’s a day to rejoice.

    For the deer they’re trying to shoot? Not so much.

    Saturday marks the opening of the archery deer season in Kentucky, a day when thousands of eager hunters wielding bows and wearing camouflage will climb tree stands or hunker down in ground blinds hoping to harvest a “shooter” buck — or at least fill their freezers with quality red meat.

    Either way, it’s one of the most anticipated days each year for sportsmen itching to hit the woods.

  • Simpsonville festival forecast: Some sidewalks could be down

    People who attend the upcoming Simpsonville Fall Festival may find a more comfortable place to stand to watch the annual parade: on some of newly poured downtown sidewalks along U.S. 60.

    That was the hopeful message Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden delivered to the city commission at its meeting Tuesday, saying that several big construction hurdles had been cleared and that if the weather cooperates the sidewalks on the eastern end of the project may be poured if not entirely completed – between Old Veechdale Road and Cardinal Drive.

  • Simpsonville approves sewer connection bid for outlet mall

    More and obvious progress has been made in the construction of the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville, including, most notably, the approval Tuesday by the Simpsonville City Commission of a contract to connect the mall to the city’s sewer system.

    The low bid, recommended by David Derrick of Derrick Engineering, was from Twin States Utilities & Excavation for $285,100 to bore under Interstate 64 and connect to the system being installed by the contractors for Horizon Group Properties’ 374,000-square-foot mall.

  • Two accidents happen one after another in same spot

    Police say they don’t know why two non-injury accidents happened right after one another shortly after noon Tuesday in the same spot on Taylorsville Road.

    Both accidents involved vehicles that were exiting the Jeff Wyler GM dealership. Weather was not a factor, although a driver in the second accident was on the phone, Sheriff’s Deputy Gerald Wooldridge said.

  • Trial cancelled after Watkins fires attorney

    Jurors exchanged expressions ranging from relief to puzzlement Wednesday as they filed out of the Shelby County Circuit Courtroom after being dismissed before their trial even began.

    After the jurors left the room, Circuit Judge Charles Hickman announced that the jury trial for James Anthony Watkins had been cancelled because he had just learned that Watkins had fired his attorney, Dennis Burke of Louisville, the previous evening.

    “Unfortunately, we have to continue this trial date; the defendant fired his attorney last night,” Hickman said.

  • Information session set on Affordable Care Act

    Shelby Countians will have a rare opportunity to gather information and ask questions Thursday when Shelby native Kerri Richardson, communications director for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, will address a group of retired teachers Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Stratton Center about the Affordable Care Act, a meeting the group is making open to anyone who wants to attend.

  • 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.