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Today's News

  • Officers to focus on health to serve, protect

     The function of any community’s public safety agency is to protect the members of that community.

    But first and foremost, those officers must care for themselves.

    “The stress of the job is killer.  The amount of the hours that we work is killer. The fact that we don’t get lunch breaks is a killer,” said Nick Fiscante, an officer with the Shelbyville Police Department who also owns a gym in Louisville. “You have to be able to save yourself before you can save anybody else.”

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION - Development plan process gets streamlined

     Developers in Shelby County will encounter a more streamlined process now, as the Triple S Planning Commission cut out some red tape this week.

    During Tuesday’s regular meeting, commissioners voted in favor of changing the development plan approval, eradicating the need for complying plans to be reviewed by commissioners.

  • Collins Culinary team earns region title

     The Shelby County High School Culinary Arts Team has once again snagged the FCCLA regional title and will advance to state next month.

    Their win marks the third year as Region 6 title holders and their teacher and coach Erica Roberts is hoping for a second state win in a row.

    Comprised of all first year team members, the team of juniors Isaac Holland and Skyler McClusky along with senior Bianca Saucedo, has worked hard to get to this point, Roberts said.

  • Commissioners get salary increases

    Tuesday night’s meeting of the Simpsonville City Commission yielded two items.

    The commission’s only agenda item was in the form of a second reading of an ordinance for a pay increase for city officials, which will go into effect in January 2019.

    The approved ordinance will provide commissioners a 14 percent pay increase, $50, per month and a 25 percent increase, $200, per month for the mayor.

  • County to require constables to have $1m bond

    In a dramatic move by the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates lent unanimous approval to require constables to take out a bond of $1 million each before taking office.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison said he suggested the increase, from a $10,000 to a $1 million bond because he believes that anytime a person without police training is allow to carry a gun, there is a great potential for trouble.

  • County accepts sheriff’s fees

     

  • Officers more involved at schools

     Parents encountered a bit of a delay Friday picking up students at West Middle School where a student was taken into police custody after a behavioral incident in a classroom.  While the matter was handled quickly and involved no threat to the general student body, parents were instantly on high alert at the sight of emergency vehicles blocking the car rider lane.  And in light of recent school-related tragedies, that response was justified.

    But that is a reaction the district is looking to eradicate in Shelby County.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board to review civics exam

     Board members will hear a report on the new civics exam requirements and hear an overview on the why behind the new exam when they meet Thursday for their regularly scheduled meeting.

    Shelby County Public Schools Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the exam is part of a new state requirement.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - Jelsma named ambassador of Shelbyville

    On Thursday, the Shelbyville City Council convened with just a few items on their agenda, including appointing Jacob Gurney to the Historic District Commission.  Gurney will fill out the unexpired term of Sherry Jelsma, with a term to expire June 30, 2020.

    However, prior to the appointment, Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty recognized Jelsma with an Ambassador Award for the city.

  • Dogs bite workers at shelter, humane society

    In two separates incidents, workers were bitten by a dog in January, both at the humane society and the animal shelter, which the society now operates.

    One involved a volunteer at the Shelby County Humane Society and the other, an employee at the former Shelby County Animal Shelter, now known as the Shelby County Animal Care Services.

    The volunteer, Brenda Popp, was bitten Jan. 12, and Jill Wintergerst, an employee at the other facility, was bitten the week before.