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Today's News

  • 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.

  • What's in your pocket -- weapons or poetry?

    Here we are in the thick of April. We don't know if we should break out the warm weather clothes or cover up the flowers in front of the house. That's April. Unpredictable. Snow? Heat? Wind? It could all happen within the same week.

    April is full of notable days. April Fool's Day to start. No one has told me my shoe is untied since junior high. Well, maybe high school. And it gets better. April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. April 7, No Housework Day. Just one day for this? It ought to be at least a month-long observance!

  • The colors of spring

    Take a quick look around at the colors of early spring. They are ephemeral at best.

    Even if the cold weather and anticipated freeze of the last couple of days don't do the dirty week, spring blossoms do not have a long shelf life. The pink and purple saucer magnolia blossoms in Grove Hill Cemetery were already littering the ground late last week. The earliest of the daffodil blossoms are already gone. Some of the rest are getting raggedy.

  • 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.

  • Community datebook

    Support groups

    April 17 -- Parents of Children with Learning Differences and Attention Difficulties meets at 7 p.m. at the Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky, 2210 Goldsmith Ln., #118, Louisville. For additional information call the LDA office at 502-473-1256.

    April 24 -- Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder meets 7-8:30 p.m. at the Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky, 2210 Goldsmith Lane, #118, Louisville. For additional information, call the LDA office at 502-473-1256.

    Public can attend

  • 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.

  • Rockets whip Gallatin 10-0 in five innings

    Nolan Mills put the Rockets on his back in the field, and Shelby County came up with some big hits to forget a three-game slide with a 10-0 five-inning win over Gallatin County Monday.

    Mills threw a perfect game through the run-rule-shortened contest, something head coach Bart Roettger said is a major feat.

  • 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."