Local News

  • News briefs: Aug. 29, 2012

    Judicial center to close

    for furlough on Tuesday

    Courthouses – including the Shelby County Judicial Center – will be closed Tuesday, and all court services will be unavailable as the Kentucky Judicial Branch shuts down for the second of three furlough days in 2012. The court system also will be closed on Monday to observe the Labor Day holiday.

  • Shelbyville's property taxes won’t be rising

    If you own property in the city of Shelbyville, your tax rates for real and personal property most likely won’t rise again this year.

    The city council in a special called meeting Thursday passed on first reading an ordinance that would hold firm with those tax rates this fall.

    The property tax would remain at 27.5 cents per $100 of assessed value, and the personal property tax will be 37.8 cents.

    The council will consider a second reading and likely approval of the ordinance at its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 6.

  • News briefs: Aug. 24, 2012

    Shelby’s unemployment

    remains flat at 6.8 percent,

    Shelby County’s unemployment rate remained at 6.8 percent in July, which tied for the sixth-best rate in the state.

    Although Shelby’s rate was the same as it had been in June and slightly higher than in May, it was significantly better than the 9.6 percent of July 2011.

  • Shelby County schools answer surprising growth by hiring more teachers

    Because of enrollment much greater than predicted, Shelby County Public Schools is adding new teachers.

    The biggest need has come at the elementary level, where Painted Stone, Heritage and Wright each have added one full-time teacher. The schools’ Site-based Decision Making Councils have the charge of deciding where that teacher is most needed.

    Adding those teachers also has required that the schools reorganize some classes.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Commissioners clear way for Old Mill expansion

    After approving the zone change request and preliminary development plan for the Horizon Group Properties’ outlet mall during Tuesday’s meeting, the Stratton Center mostly cleared out, but the Triple S Planning Commission still had a fairly lengthy agenda to address.

  • Lots of winners from Shelby at the state fair

    Shelby Countians love showing livestock, and that dedication has shone through in a big way this year at the Kentucky State Fair, where blue ribbons flew their way thick and fast.

    For one teen who came away with numerous highly placed victories, including her first grand champion, having her dairy cow win a blue ribbon was like having her own child in the limelight, her grandfather said.

    "That's her baby," said Glenn Sageser of Shelbyville of Morgan Thompson, who took home the majority of the top awards in the judging of short-horn dairy cattle.

  • Memorial fund created for Mount Eden man who died in accident

    TAYLORSVILLE -- A memorial fund has been established to assist the family of Jason Thompson, a Mount Eden resident who was killed Aug. 14 in a 3-vehicle accident on KY 55 in Spencer County.

    Thompson, 35, had his two children – 10-year-old Brooke Thompson and 8-year-old Jacob Thompson – in the car at the time of the accident, and both children sustained multiple injuries. They are Taylorsville Elementary School students.

  • EARLIER: Long-time Shelby County drug store sold to CVS

    On Sept. 21 a 108-year-old institution will open its doors for business – but it won’t be the same.

    CVS Pharmacy will take over the venerable Smith-McKenney drug store in Shelbyville’s Village Plaza Shopping Center, and the store’s Simpsonville location will close its doors, ending a business tradition that began in downtown Shelbyville before there were cars on the streets.

  • EARLIER: Different mall, same response: ‘Horrible idea’

    About 50 concerned citizens turned out Thursday for the community meeting about a second proposed outlet mall on the south side of Simpsonville.

    And although the turnout wasn’t quite a large as a similar meeting held by a different group earlier this summer, the sentiment was the same – these citizens don’t want the mall.

    They didn't like it even if the development comes with the name Simpsonville Outlet Mall.

  • Shelby County School Board: Neihof will ask board for 2.8 percent tax increase

    The property tax rate will be the primary subject during Thursday’s Shelby County Board of Education meeting.

    During its meeting earlier this month, Superintendent James Neihof presented the board with several key concepts that he said he would like to fund or keep funding, all of which would require new revenue streams for the district.

    Now, when the board convenes tomorrow night at 7 at Collins High School, members will decide which programs, if any, for which they would like to find funding and if that funding will come from a tax increase.