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Elections

  • Election 2012:Soil board’s mission is to help farmers

    When you go to the polls on Nov. 6 and see seven names seeking four spots on something called the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Shelby County, you might be wondering exactly what you are electing these people to do.

    Of all the agencies and taxing districts in the county – such as fire districts, solid waste, the library – why would you have to vote on people who seem to be in charge of dirt?

  • Candidates meet at forum Monday

    An election year tradition returns to the campaign trail on Monday night when the Shelby County Organized for Preservation and Enhancement and The Sentinel-News conduct their 2012 Candidate Forum.

    The questioning of candidates in key races will be at 6:30 p.m. at Stratton Center in Shelbyville, continuing a partnership that SCOPE and The Sentinel-News began in 1988.

  • Burry withdraws from Shelbyville City Council race

    Bob Burry said Friday that he is removing his name from the race for Shelbyville City Council because of illnesses in his family.

    Burry, a Republican who was attempting his second run for city council, said it just wasn’t fair to the city or the other candidates to stay in the race.

    “I can’t emotionally do this [run for the council],” he said. “I don’t want to draw votes that would go to someone else. It wouldn’t be fair to the voters or the other candidates.”

  • Election2012: Shelby County School Board: Kurt Smith

    Kurt Smith is taking his first shot at public office as a candidate for the Shelby County Board of Education, District 5, and he said his biggest goal is retention.

  • Election2012: Shelby County School Board: Brenda Jackson

    With 24 years served on the Shelby County Board of Education, Brenda Jackson certainly has more experience than anyone associated with the board, but she said she still sees more and more room for growth in the district’s abilities and expectations.

  • Amendment would guarantee you can always hunt and fish

    If voters are still be deciding between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney or which of the 10 Shelbyville City Council candidates to choose on Nov. 6, they might also be surprised to see a constitutional amendment on the ballot.

    And the amendment might strike them as odd, as well.

    It seems the proposed Personal Right To Hunt and Fish amendment was quietly passed through the state House and Senate, right to the ballot for voters to decide.

    “There was really no debate at all, that I recall,” said Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville).

  • Election 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Stephen Cohn

    Stephen Cohn said he has three reasons for entering into the political arena for the first time: his wife and two children.

    “I am running for Shelbyville City Council because I care about the future of our city for my children and all the residents that call Shelbyville home,” said Cohn, one of five Republicans among 11 candidates vying for six council seats. “I would like to see my children grow up in a safe, secure and thriving city that can provide a great place to live, work and play.

  • Election 2012: Shelby County School Board: Prime subjects: Finances vs. performance

    As voters enter the polls on Nov. 6 for the District 2 and District 5 Shelby County Board of Education races their choices will come down to two main issues: taxes and student achievement.

    Incumbents Sam Hinkle (District 2) and Brenda Jackson (District 5) have responded to claims of board over-spending and alleged unnecessary tax increases, but both have focused more on increasing student achievement as their main goals.

  • Election 2012: Shelby County School Board: Sam Hinkle

    Running for his fourth term on the Shelby County Board of Education, Sam Hinkle has a focus on one thing: achievement.

    Hinkle, who for 12 years has served District 2, said “Academic achievement for all students” is the biggest issue facing the board.

    He points to three programs as the board’s biggest achievements in his time — all-day kindergarten, the accelerated academies at both high schools and summer school for those needing extra help in reading — and all three are focused on achievement.

  • Election 2012: Soil Conservation Board

    There are seven candidates vying for four positions on the Natural Resources Conservation Service Board in Shelby County, commonly referred to as the soil and water conservation board.

    These positions are seldom brought to a vote, as board members are elected on alternating 2-year cycles. This year there are four vacancies, and in 2014, there will be three.

    Incumbents this year are Tom Flowers, Scott Stalker and Joe Trumbo.

     

    Betty Curtsinger