Local News

  • 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).

  • Tegrant to bring 51 jobs to Shelby

    It’s official: Tegrant Diversified Brands is opening a plant and bringing 51 full-time jobs to Shelby County.

    The company, a subsidiary of Sunoco that makes foam-based and safety products for the automotive industry, received up to $900,000 in tax incentives from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority to help with its $12 million investment in a facility in the Hi Point Industrial Park.

    Those plans, first reported in June, were confirmed in a press release from Gov. Steve Beshear’s office.

  • EARLIER: Shelbyville City Council: Garbage, recycling talk returning

    A big item emerged from a small meeting Thursday night of the Shelbyville City Council.

    “[City Attorney] Steve Gregory is working up an initial draft of an ordinance for curbside garbage and recycling that we should be able to bring to you [the council members] soon,” Mayor Tom Hardesty said. “This will be something we can work for public forums and meetings going forward.”

    After meeting with a council subcommittee, Gregory said he has gotten started but that there isn’t much he can share on the ordinance.

  • Farm day sends visitors all over Shelby County

    The county’s first shot at a Good Neighbors Farm Tour got a little rain water and chilly temps on Saturday and then sprouted into a big time event for sponsors the Shelby County Extension Office and Metzger’s Country Store and several local farms.

    “The day could not have been better,” said Corrine Belton, the county’s extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. “It was a little wet in the morning, but it turned out to be a beautiful day.”

  • Shelby County School Board: Board to take last look at 2013-14 budget

    The Shelby County Board of Education will put together the final budget for the 2013-14 school year during Thursday’s regular board meeting at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville.

    After voting in August to maintain the personal property and real estate tax rate at 71.5 cents per $100 of assessed value, the board will look to approve the final numbers in its working budget.

    By maintaining the same rate as last year, district officials estimate that general fund will be reduced by nearly $741,000.

  • Lifelong Shelby man struggles with care, bills

    Byron Dale, once a fully functioning adult and now a quadriplegic, said he is hoping that a fundraiser coming up Saturday night will help him to maintain his independence and allow him to continue to live without being too dependent on family members.

    “It would be a blessing for my parents and sister that they would not have to worry about me and who is taking care of me,” Dale said. “I want to avoid, as much as possible, having to rely on family for day to day necessities, like hygiene and medications.”

  • Spending Your Tax Dollars: Soil Conservation Board

    What is the soil conservation district’s area of control?