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  • A digital safety measure

    As police forces across the country have come under fire for officers using extreme and sometimes deadly force when reportedly acting in self-defense, departments and the public are looking to gather more information to help keep both officers and suspects’ safe.

    And many forces are turning to body cams, small digital recording devices that can help keep an extra set of eyes on incidents involving officers, to provide safety measures for both the public and the police.

  • Let freedom run

    Booze and barbeque are often associated with Independence Day festivities.  But officials with the Shelby County Parks system are looking to change the mentality by providing families an opportunity to celebrate the day in a healthy way.

    “It’s a 5K race that we’re putting on and it’s in conjunction with our Shake the Lake firework event,” Shelby County Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Pickens said.

    By offering the event, Pickens said they hope to provide families a healthy way to celebrate Independence Day together.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – McDonald’s planned for Simpsonville

    While gossip concerning Simpsonville’s future development has stalled recently, it seems there is finally some merit to the McDonald’s rumor.

    On Tuesday, the Triple S Planning Commission will hear development plans for a McDonald’s restaurant planned for 1101 Buck Creek Road on the outskirts of the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, the lot formerly occupied by a BP station.

    The restaurant will sit adjacent to two other newly established restaurants: Culvers and Bob Evans.

  • SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: Stop light at Todds Point to be installed this month

     As major construction begins to wind down in the center of Simpsonville, residents can expect to see small projects begin throughout town, city officials announced during Thursday’s regular commission meeting.

    One of the first projects residents will see is the addition of a new stoplight at the intersection of Todds Point Road and U.S. 60 by the end of the month.

    Long considered a dangerous intersection, the city has worked with state officials to get the light, the first in downtown Simpsonville.

  • Shelby pharmacies won’t carry heroine OD drug

     An issue that has plagued much of the state and Shelby County is seeing some light as lawmakers in Kentucky have passed a law allowing people easier access to Naloxone.

    Naloxone, the generic for Narcan, is a drug to treat users of opiates, such as morphine, oxycodone and heroin, for an overdose. Naloxone blocks the opiate receptors in the patient’s brain, keeping them from reaching the Central Nervous System, and helps to restore breathing in the patient.

  • Shelby pharmacies won’t carry heroine OD drug

     An issue that has plagued much of the state and Shelby County is seeing some light as lawmakers in Kentucky have passed a law allowing people easier access to Naloxone.

    Naloxone, the generic for Narcan, is a drug to treat users of opiates, such as morphine, oxycodone and heroin, for an overdose. Naloxone blocks the opiate receptors in the patient’s brain, keeping them from reaching the Central Nervous System, and helps to restore breathing in the patient.

  • County says animals at shelter not mistreated

    After a dramatic march from 2nd Street into the Shelby County Fiscal Court last week with an agenda of its own, the situation between animal activists and county officials remains tense.

    “We are considering everything status quo; nothing’s changed,” said Vicki Moore, head of the Shelby County Animal Coalition.

    The group of about 150, many with dogs on leashes, had chosen Charlie Metzger, owner of Metzger’s Country Store, to present a letter to magistrates, detailing a desire to improve conditions at the animal shelter.

  • Shelby native to leave governor’s office

    The governor’s office will not lose its Shelby County connection with the departure of its current communications director, Kerri Richardson.

    When Richardson, a Shelby County native, moves on to a new position as vice-president of C2 Strategic Communications in Louisville at the end of this month, a former Shelby County resident will take her place.

    Gov. Steve Beshear has named Terry Sebastian, his current deputy communications director since 2011, to move into Richardson’s spot.

  • Blue Gables renovations: slow but on track

    It may not be obvious from the outside, but enhancements are being made internally at the old Blue Gables Motel, though the progress is a bit slower than anticipated.

    The renovation project, which began last summer, is headed by the Shelbyville Preservation Group and will turn a once prominent hotel back into a main street gem, with remodeled rental spaces for local shops and artisans.

    SPG member Kerry Magan said the renovations have been delayed a bit, but they still expect some units will be ready to be leased by this fall.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Current budget gets bumped

    The Shelbyville City Council convened briefly Thursday night and their concise meeting included an ordinance to amend the budget for 2014-15. 

    Mayor Tom Hardesty explained that amending the budget at the close of each fiscal year is necessary.

    “You budget but you never hit it right on the nose every time, so you have to come back and amend it at the end of the year,” he said.

    Office Administrator Judy Smith shared the amendments and offered clarification on the numbers.