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  • Where does your money go?

    Sooner or later, you have to pay your property taxes.

    If you don't, you face penalties and having a lien put against your property.

    But what exactly do you get in return for your money?

    "It's the best bang for your buck when it comes to county property taxes," said County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger. "It's a great value for people who reside in Shelby County."

    This year's county property tax rate is .11 per $100 of assessed value. That means that if you're home is assessed as having a value of $100,000, you pay the county $110.00.

  • Deputy jailer charged with giving drugs to inmate

    A female deputy jailer has been arrested on charges she provided marijuana and prescription drugs as well as other contraband to an inmate at the Shelby County Detention Center.

    Teresa A. Goodlett, 44, was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of first-degree promoting contraband, a felony, and four counts of second-degree promoting contraband, a misdemeanor.

    According to a Shelby County Sheriff's report, Goodlett admitted she provided marijuana and 12 prescription muscle relaxers to Shelby County Detention Center inmate Kent Skaggs.

  • Several treated for suspected food poisoning

    At least eight people were treated for suspected food poisoning Friday after consuming salad at a church luncheon, according to health officials and patient reports.

    "We did have three people come to the hospital with symptoms that were similar to that of food-related illness," said Jewish Hospital-Shelbyville spokesperson Holly Husband.

    Later lab tests from JHS showed negative screenings for the top four food poisoning agents in patients treated there, Husband said.

  • Clean sweep: Tons of trash cleared as part of city effort

    Jay Cunningham and Bill Moore dug through piles of old tires, twisted tree limbs and half-empty cans of paint behind the city's Public Works Department Monday.

    The maintenance workers wrestled with a couch that had been sitting on a ratty-looking teddy bear. Its button-eyes were missing and grease stains tainted what had once been a plush, furry coat.

  • Veterans remembered

    They fought in the Battle of Okinawa. They liberated captives from Nazi death camps. They played part in the defeat of one of the greatest evil empires this world has ever known. And every year there are fewer of these heroes in Shelby County still alive to retell their stories.

    In an effort to preserve a first-hand account of what it was like to live and serve in war, the Shelby County Historical society archives the oral history of our hometown heroes.

  • Simpsonville seeks to annex interchange

    The Simpsonville City Commission Tuesday took first reading on an ordinance that would annex into the city 42 acres at the interchange with I-64 and Buckcreek Road.

    Nearly all of the land is owned by the state and includes the interstate itself, its median and the land within the cloverleafs. But just under 7 acres is owned by Redline Properties, which will seek to re-zone the land to allow for commercial development, according to the company's general manager, Mike Ford.

  • After the election

    To the victor belong the spoils. Shelby's top Republican officials are hoping Beshear's victory Tuesday does not spoil the county's hopes for a good spot at the table waiting for handouts from state government.

    "Gov. Fletcher was very good to Shelby County, I'll say that," state Sen. Gary Tapp said. "But I'll do my best to work with him {Gov.-elect Beshear} to take care of Shelby County and the whole Senate district."

  • Local fund gives out 60K

    The Shelby County Community Foundation gave out $60,000 to five local organizations on Monday night. The funds will support local causes ranging from equipment for emergency rescue workers to supporting advocates for abused and neglected children.

    Local elected officials, community leaders and grant recipients gathered at the Citizens Union Bank main branch in Shelbyville on Monday night for an awards celebration where grant recipients were recognized.

  • Religious display still up in county courthouse

    Although putting Ten Commandants on display in the state capitol did not help out-going Gov. Ernie Fletcher win the election, his actions have reheated an old debate across the state, and brought attention to a local display of the ancient covenant that stands in the Shelby County courthouse.

  • Volunteer advocates child safety

    It's hard to imagine anything more devastating than losing a child.

    That's why Tammy Morrison, a mother of two, decided to volunteer her time to promote child safety issues.

    Morrison, a Finchville resident, is a board member of The Child Connection (TCC), a non-profit agency founded in 1992 that provides public awareness for child safety, as well as services for missing and exploited children and search and recovery.