Local News

  • 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.

  • Fire destroys house in Pleasureville

    Investigators are unsure of the cause of a fire that destroyed a Pleasureville home on Wednesday afternoon.

    No one was injured in the fire and no one was home when it began.

    At 1:21 p.m. 911-Dispatch received a call that smoke was coming from a house at 334 Banta Lane.

    Minutes later when Bagdad Assistant Fire Chief Mike Roberts arrived on the scene, flames were already shooting from the roof of the building.

    Roberts said while the cause of the fire is not known, most of the fire was in the second floor and the rear of the building.

  • Community shower celebrates 10 years

    Over the last 10 years, the annual Shelby County Community baby shower has helped hundreds of local women prepare for motherhood.

    And this year's event promises to be more of the same.

    Sarabeth Farabee, event organizer, said each year the shower helps a host of expecting and new mothers have healthy pregnancies, babies and families.

    Farabee said representatives from 25 community agencies will be on hand during the shower to help provide mothers with information that they will need before and after their baby is born.

  • Three injured in crash

    A local woman and two children were injured Thursday morning when the van the woman was driving overturned on Zaring Mill Road.

    According to Shelby County sheriff's deputy Riley Kennedy, when Elizabeth Moffett lost control of the van, the vehicle dropped off the pavement into a steep dropoff.

    "That caused it to flip, and then it just slid on its side," he said.

  • Ag divisions on Triple S agenda

    The next Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will be held at the Stratton Community Center on April 15.

    On the agenda are:

    * An agricultural plat of 13.8 acres at 191 Mudd Rd.

    * A final plat of 92.3 acres on Shelbyville Road at the Jefferson County line.

    * A final PUD of 14.4 acres at 819 Buckcreek Rd. in Simpsonville.

    * A preliminary PUD with waiver at 819 Buckcreek Rd. in Simpsonville. Proposed use: mini storage.

    * An agricultural division of 56.4 acres at 5119 Bagdad Rd.

    * An agricultural division of 72.7 acres on Cat Ridge Road.