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  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Baseball facilities named for Shelby stars

     On Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education voted on new names for two facilities in the district – one old and one new.  There was no debate but a lot of vocal support for recommendations for the Shelby County High School baseball stadium and field.

    Kerry Whitehouse, assistant superintendent of facilities and a member of the 1979 state championship baseball team, presented the recommendations of the Pollett-Bailey Stadium and the Phil Bell Field.

  • Local artist earns KSF blue ribbon

    With the conclusion of the Kentucky State Fair this past weekend, competitors from across the state poured into the fairgrounds Monday morning to collect their entries. And many of those competitors returned to Shelby County with blue ribbons in hand.

    Among the best of Kentucky, Lori Seward of Waddy now has another blue ribbon to hang alongside her artwork.

    “That was exciting,” Seward said of the moment she learned of her win. “I was thrilled.”

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - Tax rate unchanged

    On Thursday, the Shelbyville City Council hosted a public hearing followed by a special called meeting in order to set the tax rate for the 2018 calendar year.

    With no members of the public in attendance, there was no public input on the rate.

    During the meeting that followed the council approved on first reading an ordinance adopting the city’s ad valorem property taxes that again remain flat at 27.2 cents on each $100 of assessed value of all taxable real property and 33.5 cents on each $100 of assessed value of all taxable personal property.

  • Teachers no longer required to earn master’s degree

    Kentucky’s Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) voted last week in favor of a waiver that removes the requirement for teachers to obtain their master’s degree by their tenth year of service.

  • 109 Board reduces tax rate

    The Shelby County 109 Solid Waste Board voted Tuesday to reduce its tax rate by 3 percent.

    The board approved new rate of 2.9 cents per $100 of assessed value, down from 3 cents last year. This continues the trend of reducing the rate, which has decreased from 3.5 cents in in 2015.

    “We received property assessments for the county from the state and because of the growth in our county, we were able to reduce the rate,” said Rusty Newton, board chair.

  • SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: Simpsonville lowers taxes for 5th year

    The Simpsonville City Commission Tuesday approved on first reading lowering the city’s ad valorem tax rate to 9.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

    This is one-tenth of a cent lower than last year’s rate of 9.6 cents per $100 and the fifth straight year the city has lowered taxes. In 2013 Simpsonville’s tax rate was 11 cents per $100.

    “As low as our taxes are, it’s hard to [lower them] more,” said David Eaton, city administrator, before reading the ordinance.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION - Zone change request Old Seven Mile Pike

    The Triple S Planning Commission on Tuesday voted to send a positive recommendation to the Shelby County Fiscal Court for a zone change request on more than 100 acres of property located on Old Seven Mile Pike.

    With several project experts on hand, John Talbott, representing Pulte Group, led the presentation that called for an R-4 rezoning.

  • SCPS continues work on bus routes

     More than three weeks into the new school year, bus route changes remain a concern for some.

    Faced with a shortage of drivers, the district this summer worked to change their bus routes to have less door to door pick ups and more community bus stops.

    The change left many parents up in arms, angry about the long walks and dangerous stops their child suddenly faced.

  • SHELBY COUNTY FISCAL COURT After several bids, salt contract accepted

    It took some time to get to this point, but magistrates on Tuesday finally were able to accept a price for salt they were comfortable with.

    “The third time I guess was a charm,” Shelby County Road Supervisor Craig Myatt said.

    Previous, Myatt brought two reverse auction bids before the court

    But at $119 per ton and $113 per ton, Myatt said those prices were more than double what they paid last year.

  • Shelby County School Board - Board to review teacher retention

     On Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education will convene for its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. at the district’s office, 1155 West Main Street.

    Topping the agenda, board members will hear a report on teacher retention in the district.

    Board members Joanna Freels and Brenda Jackson have requested the information at a few board meetings, noting they are concerned about the number of teachers leaving the district.