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  • New interim EMS director named

    An interim EMS director has been named following the retirement of the longtime director Jeff Ivers.

    At Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison appointed Jerrett Barnes, a captain with EMS, to fill the position until a new director can be hired.

    “It’s a big task to take on, but I’m going to make it work,” said Barnes.

    Ison said he is glad to have Barnes in place until the position is filled, and that Barnes has applied for the position himself.

  • Simpsonville Police asking for help with burglary ID

    A recent burglary in Rolling Ridge Subdivision has residents worried, and had Police Chief Chip Minnis at Monday’s city commission meeting to address any concerns after the incident ahas caused quite a stir on social media.

    “Everybody got on the chat line and started burning it up,” Minnis said.

    Abbe Henkel was the lone resident on hand at the meeting to discuss her concerns.

    “I came here tonight because I thought all my neighbors were going to be here to talk about the goings on in Rolling Ridge,” she said.

  • Raises proposed for Simpsonville officials

    A pay increase could be in the wings for Simpsonville City officials next year.

    At its regular meeting Monday night, the commission passed a first reading for an ordinance that would give commissioners a 14 percent pay increase and a 25 percent increase for the mayor.

    That sounds like a lot until you consider that those offices have not had a raise for the past eight years, said Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton, in addition to the fact that the pay is low in the first place, he said.

  • Healthy outlooks

    Becoming more health conscious, while not a new concept, is not just a growing fad among employees; it’s becoming more and more important to employers, as well.

    That’s because a healthy employee is more valuable to a company than one prone to illness, which can result in lower productivity.

  • New faces in old places

    The City of Shelbyville has some new people in place and will lose others, as outlined at Thursday night’s meeting of the Shelbyville City Council.

    Shelbyville Police Chief Istvan Kovacs told Mayor Tom Hardesty that he had hired two new police officers that were to be sworn in the following day.

    Brian Colebank and Kevin Bevil took the oath of office Friday, complete with solemnly swearing that they have not fought a duel with a deadly weapon, an archaic part of the oath that dates back centuries.

  • Healthy eating habits

     With store shelves lined with candy shaped hearts and gifts for our loved ones, the American Heart Association says February is the ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts.

    And the best way to a person’s heart is through the stomach, of course.

    Combined with an active lifestyle, healthy eating is key to a healthy heart. 

  • Shelby County Public Schools - Proposed bills and their impact on school funding

     Several bills are in the works that could impact the state’s public education funding.

    Last month, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin presented his budget proposal for the next two years.

    His proposal included fully funding state pensions alongside cuts to state agencies and the removal of various programs.

    While these cuts have been a major concern for public school districts across the commonwealth, several bills have been introduced to the house that could put money back into those districts’ pockets.

  • SCHS’ Bentley named Teacher of the Year

     After nearly three decades in the classroom, Eva Bentley said Thursday night’s honor was the pinnacle of her career.

    “It was a good feeling to be appreciated,” Bentley said of the honor of being named Shelby County Public School’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year. “I was pretty surprised.”

    In a video dedication Margo Whisman, principal at Shelby County High School, shared why her teacher was highly deserving of the honor.

  • Ag Commissioner Quarles visits Shelby

     As guest of honor, Kentucky Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles dropped by the Shelby County Farm Bureau Board Meeting Monday and gave members an update on some pending bills that could impact their future productivity.

    The hot button issue on the table related to Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) for truck drivers.

  • SCPS on 2-hour delay for Monday, Feb. 5

    Due to inclement weather, Shelby County Public Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay for Monday, Feb. 5.