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  • EARLIER: Shelby Countians coming to the aid of Alabama’s tornado victims

    Shelby Countians are surging forward to help those ravaged by the deadly tornadoes that plowed across Alabama last week.

    Hundreds are dead, hundreds more are missing, hundreds are injured and thousands are homeless from storms that cut giant swatches nearly 300 miles long from eastern Mississippi to northwestern Georgia.

    Survivors in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Huntsville, Cullman and many smaller towns are devastated by the loss of life, the disintegration of homes and the desperate straits they find themselves facing.

  • EARLIER: Collins seniors seek change in seating plan

    An escalating public debate about how honor graduates will be seated for commencements at Shelby County’s high schools has drawn a formal protest from one group of seniors.

    In a letter sent to Shelby County Public Schools and the school board on April 18 and received by The Sentinel-Newson Friday, the senior class at Collins High School has requested that students continue to have the opportunity to showcase their successes.

  • Flood warning for Shelby County

    Overnight rain has pushed water levels high and placed Shelby County in a flood warning today.

    Most major creeks and drainage canals are overflowing as rain continues to fall.

    Showers are scheduled to dissipate later today, but not before they dump more rain into those rising waters. As much as an inch is forecast.

    Beware that low-lying roadways that flood frequently -- such as along Scott Station Road, Hebron Road, Antioch Road, Anderson Lane, Fox Run, Pickett's Dam Road -- could be under water.

  • Shelby native Burnett finishes 8th at Rolex

    Shelby County native Hannah Sue Burnett used a strong cross country score to race up the standings at the Rolex Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park over the weekend.

    Burnett placed fifth in cross country, posting a blazing time of 10 minutes and 57 seconds with no faults.

    That pushed Burnett into the fifth position overall going into Sunday's stadium jumping event where she finished the event inside the top 10, at eighth overall.

  • Oldham, Franklin among Kentucky counties declared disasters

    FRANKFORT – In the wake of severe weather and damaging floods throughout the state, particularly in Western Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday requested a major disaster declaration from President Barack Obama.
    Beshear is requesting individual assistance, disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling, public assistance, hazard mitigation and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

  • Diabetes victims tell their stories at special forum

    Sharon Potts is one of six siblings. Five of those siblings have diabetes.
    “I’ve had it for 15 years,” she said. “I hate taking medications and I’ve been insulin dependent for five years.”

    Smithfield’s Judy Bender said coping with the disease is still confusing after two years of dealing with it.

    Dallas Milliner sympathized and singled out Cook’s pharmacist George McDonald for helping him learn about diabetes. “I had a hard time finding information,” he said.

  • EARLIER: Tornado tragedy touches families

    The horror of the tornadoes that ravaged the south Wednesday unfolded for all of us on TV screens, in news reports, on video posted on the Web and from narrated live reports streamed from various locations.

    Even as we in Shelby County were enduring threats and sirens to alert us of possible storms of our own, we watched perhaps the worst such catastrophe in history blow across the hills and plains of Mississippi, Alabama, into Georgia and beyond.

  • News Briefs: April 29, 2011

    KIPDA seeks candidates
    for Medicare aid program

    The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) has announced open enrollment for a community outreach program covering qualified Medicare beneficiaries under the “Extra Help with Prescription Drug Costs.”
    The program, covering subsidies for Medicare Part D, is administered by the Social Security Administration using new 2011 Federal higher income levels.

  • Shelby's Earth Day celebration to dedicate new center

    Where can you find eagles, scorpions, elk and even a Madagascar hissing cockroach all in the same place?
    Well, it’s not Noah’s Ark, although some would say the water level is just about right.
    Rather, it’s the Earth Day Celebration at Red Orchard Park on Saturday.
    Although Earth Day was officially recognized last Friday, Shelby County Parks and Recreation is holding its festivities this week,  and Director Clay Cottongim said it promises to be the best since the observance began four years ago.

  • Shelby County farms have fewer horses in the fields

    As is the case with most horse breeds, fewer and fewer Saddlebreds are being produced on a national scale than even a few years ago. But many farm owners in Shelby County have kept the breeding wheels turning so they can be ready when the market eventually rebounds.

    Annual registrations of Saddlebreds, which reached an estimated low of 1,930 in 2010, have declined 33.6 percent since 2000, according to data supplied by the American Saddlebred Registry.