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  • 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.

  • Deadlines extended in Breeden murder

    TAYLORSVILLE – The Mount Eden woman serving time for killing a Shelbyville man in 1998 will have to wait a little longer to hear if she is granted a new trial.

    Susan Jean King, 52, of the 2000 block of Van Buren Road, was indicted on murder charges in regard to Kyle “Deanie” Breeden’s death in April 2007.

    Two months after the initial indictment, a grand jury also charged King with tampering with physical evidence.

  • Bruner to head back to court in October

    Mark Bruner, charged with the Nov. 5, 2011 beating of Denisse Escareno, appeared in Shelby Circuit Court on Monday and was given a new court of Oct. 19 for a status conference.

    Bruner, 38, of Taylorsville was arrested 10 days after Escareno, 24, was found by passersby brutally beaten, stabbed and barely alive, on the side of Mount Eden Road about 2 miles south of Interstate 64.

  • Shelby County property tax rate unchanged

    For what has been a continuing trend, Shelby Countians will not be looking at increased property tax rates again this year.

    At their regular meeting Tuesday morning, magistrates approved the 2012-13 county property tax rates of 11 cents per $100 of assessed value for real property, 10.5 cents for personal property, 15 cents for watercraft and 15 cents for motor vehicles.

    County Attorney Hart Megibben said when the rate stays the same, the procedure to set the new rate is not as prolonged.

  • McConnell blasts ‘Obamacare’ at hospital visit

    U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell visited Jewish Hospital Shelbyville on Monday, where he gave a brief discourse on health-care reform to hospital staff and volunteers.

  • News Briefs: Aug. 22, 2012

    District 4 election cause for confusion


    The special election spurred by U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis’ resignation in July as the representative from Congressional District 4 is causing other problems because the ballot deadlines for that election are different from those for the general election.

    Gov. Steve Beshear has set the special election to fill the vacancy for Geoff Davis’ 4th Congressional District seat on the same day as the general election on Nov. 6, the Kentucky Enquirerreported.

  • EARLIER: Zoning commission OKs zone change, plan for Simpsonville outlet mall

    A proposed outlet mall for Simpsonville moved significantly closer to reality Tuesday when the Triple S Planning Commission recommended a zoning change request and the preliminary plan presented by Horizon Group Properties.

    A small crowd of perhaps 15 watched as the commissioners voted, 5-1, to accept both motions, with commissioner Larry Stewart voting against each of them.

  • Shelbyville sets Hi-Point bonds to be 21% lower

    The bond rate for homeowners in the Hi-Point Subdivision – an issue of great consternation, public outcry and extra meetings last fall – passed quietly through the Shelbyville City Council on Thursday.

    Council members passed unanimously – with Shane Suttor absent – on second reading the annual ordinance levying the Clear Creek Subdivision Improvement Bonds assessment of $1,639.61 per property owner in Phase I of Hi-Point.

  • News briefs: Aug. 17, 2012

    Kentucky’s jobless rate

    increased slightly in July

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate in July 2012 rose to 8.3 percent from a revised 8.2 percent in June 2012, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.