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  • County to get new zoning map

    For the first time in 14 years, the county will soon have a new zoning map, which was presented to the Shelby County Fiscal Court Tuesday.

    Ryan Libke, executive director of Triple S Planning Commission, gave magistrates a copy of the new map, which is on the agenda for approval at a future fiscal court meeting.

    If the county approves the new map, it will be the first official Shelby County Zoning map adopted since 1994.

    Libke said that all county zone changes made since that time will be indicated on the new map.

  • Simpsonville clerk elected president of state association

    Simpsonville City Clerk Debbie Batliner was sworn in as president of the Kentucky Municipal Clerks Association (KMCA) in a ceremony in Louisville Wednesday.

    Batliner will serve as president of the 321-member organization for the next two years. KMCA represents city clerks from most of the state's cities. The organization offers networking and educational programs to help city clerks keep up with the latest technology and reporting rules from Frankfort. Batliner succeeds Sandy Doane, Eminence city clerk.

  • Shelbyville man arrested for incest

    A Shelbyville man was arrested Friday, April 11, and charged with four counts of incest.

    Roy I. Cissell, 54, of Shelbyville, was arrested by Kentucky State Police after being indicted by the Shelby County Grand Jury.

    The arrest took place after a year-long investigation by KSP, according to KSP detective Kevin Calhoon, who said that the investigation is continuing and that more charges could be forthcoming.

    Calhoon added that the victim, whose sex or age he could not reveal, was a juvenile at the time the offense occurred, "years ago," and is still a juvenile.

  • Driver wrecks after falling asleep at wheel

    A Henry County woman was injured Tuesday afternoon when she crashed her vehicle, crossing into oncoming traffic and flipping her car upside down.

    Carolyn S. Beverly, 54, of Wallace Road in Lockport, Ky., lost control of her Chevy Tracker after falling asleep at the wheel, according to Shelby County Deputy Sheriff Riley Kennedy.

    "She was headed west but after she flipped the car, she ended up facing east, upside down," he said, pointing to the smashed Tracker which rested against a guardrail on Frankfort Road.

    Kennedy said Beverly was lucky.

  • Health fairs on tap

    Two local organizations are hoping to promote healthy lifestyles within the community at two upcoming wellness events.

    The third annual Woman's Wellness Fair will take place April 22 at Claudia Sanders. The fair, which is sponsored by Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, is coordinated by the hospital's ladies auxiliary.

  • Simpsonville police to get Tasers

    The Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services recently awarded the City of Simpsonville a $3,000 grant that the city will use to buy Tasers for its police force.

    The city will also update the police policies and procedures manual to better protect the public, Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden said in a press release.

    "We are committed to upgrading our police department in order to offer the best protection to our citizens," Eden said. "This grant along with our recent addition of a fourth officer is a positive step in providing those services."

  • Local students get ready for the statewide assessment

    Even though Sally Zaring's first grade class isn't going to take the statewide student assessment next week, her students are doing their part to encourage their fellow schoolmates to do their best on the test.

    Zaring's class spent about a half an hour on Tuesday afternoon writing notes and cards to fifth graders at Painted Stone who will be taking the Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT) from April 21 to May 2.

    Zaring said the students know how important the tests are for the school. The notes are good souses of encouragement for them, she said.

  • Recognizing a credit card scam

    It's no secret that credit card companies can be annoyingly persistent on the phone. Josie Mack said her 86-year-old mother Frances Beckley was being called at least once a week by the same caller. Each time the woman on the other end said she could lower the interest rate on Beckley's credit card then relentlessly tried to verify her card information.

    The red flag was the fact that Beckley doesn't own a credit card.

  • Lexington woman charged with murder of infant

    A Lexington woman is being held in the Shelby County Detention Center charged with murder in connection with the death of her infant.

    Tonya Nicole Brown, 25, was arrested on Thursday in Lexington after her newborn baby was found in a dumpster at Fairway Crossing near Exit 35 on Interstate 64 in Shelbyville.

  • Chef dishes it out

    Johnny Lewis is only 21 years old, but he is already well on his way to wowing the culinary world.

    Lewis began his career the day after graduating from the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan three years ago, going to work for the American Gill on Staten Island. A few months later, he landed a job as a line cook at the prestigious Tavern on the Green in Central Park in New York City, where he achieved the status of sous-chef within a year and a half.