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  • Unique honor for unique field

    Frank Randall Childers, Jr., of Simpsonville, has received a rare and exalted honor in his field.

    Childers was recently awarded Diplomate status with the American Board of Forensic Examiners, an honor bestowed by the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute.

    And his area of expertise is just as uncommon as the achievement.

    “Most people think of CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) when they think of forensics,” Childers said.

  • Providing educational choices for parents

    With plans in place to open a Montessori program, Corpus Christi Academy is now looking to reach children at a younger, more critical developmental stage.

    “It’s about preparing them in those early years, coming in [to kindergarten] with a desire to learn,” Corpus Christi principal Leslie Genuis, said. “This would be a great preparation for them.”

    Developed more than a century ago by Italian physician and teacher Maria Montessori, the program is geared on the philosophy that education should mirror human development.

  • Cold temps mean hot sales for retailers

    “We have sold a ton of snow shovels, sleds, salt, if it has anything to do with snow, then we’re probably out of it,” said Joe Jennings, owner of Chism’s Hardware, Wednesday.

    His manager, Linda Smith, agreed as she pet the store’s cat, Gilly, who purred warmly.

    “But we’ve got some more coming in [Thursday],” she said.

    She added that she’s sure they’ll go quickly, as most people procrastinate when it comes to stocking up on snow removal items.

  • Bike shop hits the road

    After seven successful years, Shelbyville’s only bicycle shop, Main Street Bikes, is hitting the road, but the journey will not be far.

    Choosing to remain in Shelby County, Tom Waggener, the shop owner, said he is relocating to Simpsonville while concurrently opening a second location in Frankfort.

    Waggener said the change is long overdue. 

  • Tedious tobacco training necessary

    There may not be much new information for tobacco farmers to absorb this year, but what has changed is that they have to attend a workshop if they expect to sell their tobacco, officials say.
    And they’re going to have to keep taking the class every year.

    “The word that they're trying to get out, is even if they got trained last year, they have to go to an updated training,” said Bob Pearce, a tobacco production specialist at the University of Kentucky who teaches GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) training classes.

  • Shelby close to becoming home to new hemp fields

    Industrial hemp is set to spread like a weed across the commonwealth this year, after more than 325 farmers have applied to host pilot projects, and it could even sprout up in Shelby County.

    The substance was legalized for test production in the state last year after decades of being considered illegal because of its relationship and similarities to marijuana. However, after a number of pilot programs began growing hemp for research purposes in 2014, the state will issue more licenses this year.

  • Shelby Veterinary Clinic to relocate

    A new, state of the art facility is in the works for a local veterinary practice, with plans to open in late spring.

    The Shelby Veterinary Clinic will soon relocate to property located on Freedom’s Way in the new Heritage Park.

    The clinic at its current location on Shelbyville Road near the intersection of U.S. 60, was established in 1970. Two of the three vets that work at the clinic, Rocky Oliver and Melissa Mitchell, are the current owners.

  • Sentinel-News staff earns 4 KPA 1st place awards

    The staff of The Sentinel-News on Jan. 23 was awarded four first-place awards during the annual Kentucky Press Association event in Louisville.

    The staff was awarded the top prize in Best Editorial Page and Best Editorial, staff writer Ashley Wilkins earned first place for best General News Photo and Editor Todd Martin earned first place for best Front Page Design.

    The judges had high praise for the paper’s Editorial content.

  • Outlet expanding, adding new buildings

    It’s only been six months since the ribbon cutting, but patrons of The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass could be shopping at several more new stores next holiday season,

    Officials with the shopping center have confirmed that plans for an expansion are underway at the 365,000-square-foot retail center off Exit 28 in Simpsonville.

    Gina Slechta, Vice President of Marketing for Horizon Group Properties said the expansion is planned for the grassy section in the parking area on the north side of the center near Nike and between the center and I-64.

  • County becoming an industrial hotspot

    Shelby County’s industrial growth in 2014 has been well documented, but now the rest of the state can take notice.

    The county ranked third in the state with $140 million in new industrial developments announced in 2014 and $69 million in dollars committed to expanding existing industrial developments.

    Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation President Bobby Hudson said these major investments are a blessing to the community.