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  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION - Hotel in the works for Simpsonville

    A hotel in Simpsonville that has been on the radar for several years now appears to have plans and is gaining steam.

    During its June meeting, the Triple S Planning Commission approved a request to divide a tract of land off Aristocrat Court behind the Pilot Station near Interstate 64 for the purpose of building a hotel.

    Developers are wasting no time with those plans as Tuesday’s Triple S agenda includes a development plan for Hampton Inn on the property.

  • The Lifeguard life

    Abby Siever has been a part of the aquatic’s program at the Clear Creek Park since 2011 and says she couldn’t imagine a more fitting job.

    “I wanted a job where I could dress casual everyday,” she said.  “It’s a very laid back job, but it’s kind of cool because you can be an average everyday superhero.”

    Siever began her role at the pool six years ago and recently took over as the lifeguard aquatics director.

  • FCCLA dominates at nationals

    Nashville didn’t know what hit it last week as three Collins High School teams brought home medals from the FCCLA National Leadership Conference.

    Collins Family, Career and Community Leaders of America head advisor Leslie Hulsey took two teams and Erica Roberts led the culinary team.

    All three teams ended the five-day conference on a positive note, with the two FCCLA teams earning gold medals and the culinary team silver.

    Hulsey said she couldn’t be more proud of her teams.

  • HRC continues fairness discussion

    The Shelby County Human Rights Commission picked up right where it left off from last month’s meeting, continuing the discussion on a proposed Fairness Ordinance.

    Last month, commissioner Ronald Ford went over some of the high points of proposed changes, which would amend and expand the previous discrimination ordinance to provide protection based on sexual orientation or gender identity, covering the LGBTQ community.

  • SHELBY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION - Board to hear transportation report

    When the Shelby County Board of Education convenes for its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday the board will hear a transportation information report from Mike Clark, the district’s director of student services. 

    SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the report will provide a breakdown of the number of drivers the district has and their training, as well as their safety record.  The report will also provide details regarding the number of routes, shuttles and busses for each school, the bus fleet, fuel usage and mileage.

  • Paul talks healthcare reform

    The hot button topic for the roundtable with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul: Healthcare.

    Around 30 people turned out for Monday’s discussion at Shelby County Farm Bureau.

    After short opening remarks, Paul let attendees introduce themselves and discuss their experience with health insurance.

    One of the discussants said their family pays $40,000-50,000 per year for health insurance.

    “That’s crazy,” Paul replied.

  • New laws now in effect

    Several new laws went into effect in Kentucky last week, addressing everything from literacy and education, to energy sources and the opioid epidemic.

    Most new laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly's 2017 regular session went into effect on June 29, according to the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission.

  • Fatal accident claims 1, Leaves questions about driver

    A Lawrenceburg woman was killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Mount Eden Road.
    Kentucky State Police Spokesperson Bernice Napier said that Connie Kinder, 65, was killed in the accident that injured three others.

    But a Franklin County woman says the wreck might have been avoidable.

  • County renews interlocal 911 agreement

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court approved a new 911 Board Interlocal Agreement at its meeting Wednesday night, which had been moved due to the July 4th holiday.

    In the past, said Shelby County Judge Dan Ison, the agreement had been updated every five years, but had had not updated for six years, he said.

    Most of the changes reflect changes in board personnel, said Shelby County Deputy Judge-Executive Janet Cuthrell, who has replaced former Shelby County Judge-Executive Rusty Newton as the county’s board representative.

  • Dog flu on the rise

    Reports of canine flu are on the rise this year with confirmed cases in Illinois, Texas, Florida, Georgia and Kentucky.

    According to veterinary hospital BluePearl, University of Florida veterinary officials recently confirmed more than a dozen cases of the disease, all stemming from dogs who were at recent dog shows in Deland, Fla., or Perry Ga., or who were exposed to dogs present at those shows.

    Dr. Kathy Taylor with the East Shelbyville Animal Clinic agreed and noted cases are hitting as close to home as Louisville.