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  • Simpsonville police officer arrested for burglary

    Two months after the Simpsonville Police Department was burglarized, and robbed of thousands of dollars, plus guns and drugs, one of the department’s own has been arrested and charged in connection with the crime.

    Simpsonville Police officer Terry Putnam, 54, was arrested in connection with the break-in at about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, said Kentucky State Police spokesperson Bernis Napier.

    Although Napier would not elaborate on the specific circumstances surrounding the arrest, he did say that Putnam was on duty when he was taken into custody.

  • Heroin rampant in Shelby

    Shelby County ended 2015 on a tragic note, with three heroin overdoses in the same day, on Dec. 30.

    While one victim pulled through, two others, a 25-year-old man and a woman in her mid-30s, died.

    The latter was found dead in the bathroom at Walmart.

    Shelby County Emergency Medical Services Director Jeff Ivers said the body was discovered at about 9 p.m.

    “I think it was the cleaning person or an other employee – they found her in a stall,” he said. “The sheriff’s department is investigating it.”

  • Old Stone Inn still waiting liquor license approval

    The Old Stone Inn is still waiting to have its state liquor license renewed, and state Alcohol and Beverage Control officials have not indicted there is a problem with that process.

    Holly Mullins, public information officer with the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic and Beverage Control, said in an E-mail Monday that the restaurant’s application is still pending.

    Officials at the Inn applied for the license renew before Christmas.

  • Bouncing back

    As the country began tumbling into an economic crisis nearly a decade ago, Shelby County was a booming business community.  Gas and unemployment rates were down, home values were up and industries were growing. 

    But like the rest of the state and country, Shelby County was sucked into the draining economy’s whirlpool in 2008 and has been fighting its way back to its former flourishing status ever since.

    And recent information divulges that significant headway has been made and some signs indicate we may return stronger than ever.

  • Shelby native selected to Kentucky Board of Education

    Shelby County native Susan Edington, has been selected to serve on the Kentucky Board of Education. 

    Former Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Edington to represent the First Supreme District. 

    Edington said she’s elated for the opportunity to have a voice for the 21 school districts in Western Kentucky that her appointment will encompass.

    She said her experience in the field of education gives her good footing for the role.

  • Happy, safe New Year’s Eve

    Ringing in the New Year could be hazardous to your health, and your wallet, if you’re not careful, especially when traveling.

    If your plans include attending any type of celebration, then you’re probably going to be around alcohol.

    Police urge people to remember that if they are going to drink alcohol, not to drive.

    “Don’t drink and drive, don’t do drugs and don’t text – that’s the top three right there,” said Shelbyville Police spokesperson Kelly Cable.

  • In loving memorial

    Shelby lost many prominent citizens this year, from a longtime funeral director to a well-known horse trainer and his wife, to two beloved youth coaches.

  • Ag commissioner to start with Blank slate

    Shelbyville native Angela Blank has been selected to serve as the Director of Public Relations for Commissioner of Agriculture-elect Ryan Quarles.

    She will take up her new position when Quarles is sworn into office next month.

    With more than 12 years of experience in public relations, governmental affairs, program management, policy development and event planning, Blank’s experience and education made her an ideal candidate for the role, Quarles said in a prepared statement.

  • Topping off the year

    As we flip our calendars to 2016, we make promises to ourselves that this year is going to be better than the previous.  We say we are going to get in shape, eat healthier, quit smoking, help others, spend more time with family, etc.

    Yes, looking forward, we see an opportunity for a fresh start. But as we look back, it’s apparent that some things never change.

    Much like the year before it, 2015 brought us 12 months of break-ins, car accidents, fires, embezzlement schemes, and other unfortunate news events.

  • Shelby saturated by storm

    Storms that killed at least eight people throughout the south thankfully left Shelby County only with a little flooding.

    The rising water caused a few problems, including one water rescue, but the county was able to escape major damage.

    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said his crews rescued a man from his vehicle on Old Eminence Pike by the Spring Oaks subdivision on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

    The man had tried to drive through a pool of standing water on the road when his car became trapped, said Cowherd.