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  • No further jail time for Rodriquez

    A man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing his adoptive sister won’t be spending any more time behind bars for the offense.

    At a sentencing for Jose A. Rodriguez on Feb. 17 on charges of first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old, Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman sentenced Rodriquez to 5 years in prison, with the sentenced to be probated for 5 years.

    Rodriquez could have received from 5 to 10 years in prison for the offense, a Class C felony, but his sentence length had been recommended by prosecutors.

  • Official: JHS is not closing

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville will not be closing, CEO Michael Collins said in a written statement late Thursday afternoon.

    KentuckyOne is mired in system-wide cost-cutting measures that have resulted in layoffs across its 30 institutions, but Collins ended any speculation that those cuts would include closing its facility in Shelbyville.

  • Shelby man again ordered for competency hearing

    LA GRANGE – A Shelbyville man charged with engaging in organized crime with seven others in Oldham County continues to await a competency hearing before his case can move forward.

    La Grange Police originally arrested Casey Endicott, 18, in October on gang and drug charges, including conspiracy to commit murder.

    In December, seven other individuals, including Endicott’s brother and Shelbyville native Thomas Wenz, were indicted on several charges, although the most serious ones were dropped.

  • NEWS DIGEST: Feb. 28, 2014

    About 1,400 lose power because of fire, accident

    Two separate incidents Wednesday knocked out power on opposite ends of Shelby County, causing nearly 1,400 customers to Shelby Energy Cooperative to lose power.

    In Bagdad, some 1,100 customers were affected when a transformer caught fire around 5 p.m., and that was an hour after about 300 more along Aiken Road in northwest Shelby County lost power when a car struck a utility pole.

  • Shelby vision therapy dog celebrates birthday

    Meet Skeffington, an English Golden Doodle, the newest staff-in-training at Bowersox Vision Center. He has been with the practice for most of this year and today will celebrate his first birthday.

    Passing his 1-year mark means big things for Skeffington. He will be able to register as a vision therapy dog and sit for his WAGS certification (Wonderful Animals Giving Support).

  • Peggy Tschauner: Aug. 14, 1959 – Feb. 25, 2014

    Peggy Tschauner was more than just the co-chair for Shelby County Relay for Life – she was an inspiration to the community and especially to her family and friends.

    “She fought the hard fight; there are a lot of tears being shed right now,” said Sonia Roach, a close friend of Tschauner’s as well as her co-chair with Relay.

    Tschauner, 54, passed away Tuesday morning from ovarian cancer.

    She had been diagnosed with the disease in February 2010, but that didn’t let that get her down, said her husband, Scott.

  • Standoff ends in Shelby man’s death

    In the cold, dark pre-dawn hours Wednesday in a south Shelbyville neighborhood, the sound of gunshots split the night when a man barricaded in his home for hours finally opened fire at police.

    Del Aukerman was killed after the 7-hour standoff with police at his home at 139 Gray Hill Court that began when officers tried to serve him with a warrant on misdemeanor charges.

    When police approached the house to gain entrance shortly before 2 a.m., Aukerman opened fire, and police fired back, killing Aukerman in his home.

  • KentuckyOne layoffs hit JHS

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville went through a round of layoffs on Monday, sources familiar with the hospital told The Sentinel-News, but company officials declined to specify the impact parent company KentuckyOne Health’s systemwide staff reductions would have on its campus here.

    Sources were able to confirm that several different departments were affected by the layoffs, but exact numbers and positions were unspecified.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Distillery zoning being explored

    The city of Shelbyville is taking this idea of having a distillery to heart.

    City Attorney Steve Gregory noted at Thursday’s city council meeting that he and Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty have been working with Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke and Commission Chair George Best on a potential zoning amendment that would expand the possibilities for distilleries within the city limits.

  • Shelby County School Board: New buildings to get full attention at meeting

    The Shelby County Board of Education will check the progress of the district’s two newest additions when it convenes at 7 p.m. Thursday at East Middle School, 600 Rocket Lane, for its regular meeting.

    The board will hear an update from architects K. Norman Berry and Associates on both the finishing touches at the Northside Early Childhood Center and on the progress at the new Southside Elementary School.