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  • Montell looking out for student-athletes

    If the Rockets or Lady Rockets advance to the Sweet 16, hopefully they’ll have one fewer thing to worry about  - attendance.

    Several State Tournaments have competitions during weekdays to assure all the games are played and that the competitors have time to finish. When student-athletes attend these games that the school and state sponsor, they are counted absent at school. The absence is excused, but it is also counted against a student’s perfect attendance.

    State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) introduced House Bill 22, to try and right that wrong.

  • Weekday graduation a possibility

    After the Shelby County School Board voted last week to extend the school calendar because of snow days, the conversation hasn’t stopped.

    The Sentinel-News' Facebook page has been abuzz with the topic, with mostly parents complaining about the late ending-date and the late graduation date, tentatively scheduled for June 12.

    To try to please a growing number, SCHS Principal Eddie Oakley said he has decided to look at the last day of school -- a Tuesday -- as a possible graduation date.

  • County says yes to bond for church

    Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday morning to issue bonds that allow a local church to refinance a multimillion-dollar project, the first time the county ever has taken such action.

    No member of the public or any magistrate questioned the concept of allowing Shelby Christian Church to refinance its $4.5 million debt on a multipurpose community auditorium and fellowship hall it built in 2004 at a much lower interest rate.

  • County hears sidewalk update

    The sidewalks of Shelby County were a main topic of discussion at Tuesday's Fiscal Court meeting, and neither magistrates nor the audience sidestepped some of the hot issues surrounding the situation.

    "We've been fortunate to get grants to help us with these projects, because sidewalks not only add an important aesthetic quality to our community, but they are also essential for public safety," Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said.

  • Annual audits show county finances in order

    The county's finances are in good shape, according to annual audits released by the state auditor's office.

    You may have seen ads published recently in The Sentinel-News stating that several departments in Shelby County have passed their annual audits, and that fulfills the state’s role in ensuring the public’s money is being handled properly.

  • News Briefs: March 12, 2010

     Shelby student advances in geography bee

  • Former employee sues parks board

    After spending almost 15 years as an employee for Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation, Danny "Kac" Newton is suing the board that oversees parks about the way he was fired in October.

    Newton, who was Assistant Parks Director and Athletic Director before being demoted and suspended in September, filed a suit Feb. 1 in Shelby County Circuit Court claiming that the Shelby County Parks Board terminated him because of his age and did so in conjunction with illegal, closed-session meetings.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville buys a house

    The City of Simpsonville is a new homeowner.

    In a specially called session Friday afternoon, the Simpsonville City Commission approved unanimously the purchase of a home at 107 Old Veechdale Road, which is directly across the street from city hall.

    The property, a rental house owned by EKS LLC, a company owned by Keith Stratton of REMAX/Performance Realty, came on the market last week, and commissioners eagerly agreed to buy it for $140,000.

  • Jewish hospital employees lose jobs

    The impact of the nation’s economic recovery was felt keenly in Shelbyville on Thursday when eight employees at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville lost their jobs as part of a significant reduction by the hospital chain.

    Michael Collins, president and CEO of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, said the eight positions are among 500 positions that will be eliminated throughout the Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's HealthCare system, which includes the local hospital and three in Louisville.

  • Waddy teen pleads not guilty

    A teenager from Waddy pleaded not guilty Monday to charges stemming from an auto accident that killed her best friend.

    Jeana Searcy, 19, appeared in Shelby Circuit Court, charged with reckless homicide in the death of Samantha Mathus-Cooper.