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  • Women, Hispanics farmers can pursue discrimination

    The USDA’s first meeting to help women and Hispanic farmers file a claim of alleged discrimination on loans was Monday in Simpsonville.

    The lightly attended session was the first of two in the state, with the second on Tuesday at the Graves County Library in Mayfield.

    The USDA is offering the more streamlined claims process for helping women and Hispanic farmers who believe they were discriminated against while applying for a USDA loan between 1981 and 2000. The claims process opened on Sept. 24 and will continue through March 25, 2013.

  • Shelby County School Board: Newest MAP test scores will evaluate summer program

    The Shelby County Board of Education will hear a report on the district’s first round of MAP testing during its regular meeting on Thursday.

    The session will be at 7 p.m. in the district’s offices at 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville.

    The Measures of Academic Progress tests are given three times each year – once each in the fall, winter and spring ­­– to gauge progress. The fall tests can be used to judge a student’s progress from one year to the next and set the baseline for growth in the same school year.

  • Ash borers endangering historic trees

    The Shelbyville City Council heard during its meeting Thursday a report that the Emerald Ash Borer again is active in Shelby Council.

    Fred Rogers, newly appointed to head up the Shelbyville Historic District Commission, told the council that in meeting with people and getting acclimated with some of the issues of the county he has heard concerns about the future of some ash trees that have been in the county for quite a while being threatened by insects.

  • Ash borers endangering historic trees

    The Shelbyville City Council heard during its meeting Thursday a report that the Emerald Ash Borer again is active in Shelby Council.

    Fred Rogers, newly appointed to head up the Shelbyville Historic District Commission, told the council that in meeting with people and getting acclimated with some of the issues of the county he has heard concerns about the future of some ash trees that have been in the county for quite a while being threatened by insects.

  • Shelby County school board candidates establish their positions

    Candidates in head-to-head races for two contests seats on the Shelby County School Board stated firmly their concerns about the board’s practices and their commitments to education in Shelby County on Monday night, during the 2012 SCOPE/Sentinel-NewsCandidate Forum at Stratton Center.

    But clearly there were challenges from newcomers Karen Sams in District 2 and Kurt Smith in District 5 that the board has not been getting desired results from students while expanding costs and raising taxes.

  • Cropper meth lab leads to 2 arrests

    Two Pleasureville men have been arrested in Cropper and charged with manufacturing methamphetamines in a lab one of them had created the pervious night.

    Ray B. Shuck and Leonard R. Holcomb, both 32, were arrested Friday morning and charged with manufacturing methamphetamines at 62 Pleasureville Road in Cropper.

    They were also charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • News briefs: Oct. 24, 2012

    No driver’s license

    service on Thursday

    Installation of software and cameras for Kentucky’s new driver’s license will require a 1-day suspension of license-issuing activity in the Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk’s office on Thursday.

  • Shelbyville, Simpsonville candidates explain their views

    About 75 people gathered at the Stratton Center on Monday night to hear candidates for three offices answer questions about their platforms.

    Reggie Van Stockum, president of Scope (Shelby County Organization for Preservation and Enhancement, Inc.), the entity that co-hosted the event with , introduced candidates for Shelbyville City Council, Simpsonville City Commission and the Shelby County Board of Education, who were questioned by Sentinel-NewsEditor Steve Doyle.

  • Election: Candidate Forum: Simpsonville City Commission

    Simpsonville City Commission

    Candidates present: Michael Hesse.

    Candidates absent: Sharon Cummins (i), Scott McDowell (i), Cary Vowels (i), Vicky Wise (i).

    i: incumbent.

    1 question with response, then 2 minutes for a statement

     

    Scott McDowell could not attend because he was working in Florida, and Vicky Wise had cited a previous commitment. Sharon Cummins and Cary vowels had indicated they would attend.

  • Election 2012: Candidate Forum: Board of Education

    Candidates: District 2, Sam Hinkle (i), Karen Sams; District 5, Brenda Jackson (i), Kurt Smith.

    i: incumbent.

    Each candidate received two questions, with his or her opponent allowed to rebut. There was one question for all four.

    Sam Hinkle has been very outspoken about focusing on quality educational standards, and asked him if he thought the school system was doing all it could in that regard, and if not, why not?