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  • News Briefs: March 17, 2010

    Simpsonville cancels meeting

    The Simpsonville Commission canceled its regularly scheduled meeting for this morning, citing no issues that needed immediate attention. The commission next will meet April 6 at city hall.

     

    Shelby youth in state spelling bee

  • County gets ready for storm season

    Shelby County may not quite have Chicago's reputation of being a "Windy City," but when asked what the biggest severe weather hazard is here, local officials named wind as a major problem.

    "We've had quite a bit of damage from windstorms, especially the last few years," Emergency Management Agency Director Charlie Frazee said.

  • Triple S grants fourth 1-year extension to Copperfield Place

    The Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission made quick work of a short agenda at Tuesday’s monthly meeting.

    The Commission approved an extension on the Copperfield Place land behind Jefferson Community College with frontage on Benson Pike.

    The 18.59-acre, 51-lot subdivision was approved in 2005, but the owner, Donald Hamilton, Inc., has not moved on the property since then.

    Citing the continued down turn in the economy, the commission was asked for a year-extension for fourth time.

  • Tower horses didn't run away

    In case you were wondering, those horses on the water tower at Weissinger Hills were not put in the barn for the winter.

    No, the mural being painted on that water tower didn’t quite meet original expectations, so it’s being redone.

  • 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