Local News

  • Simpsonville City Commission OKs 10-year deal for garbage service

    Simpsonville has a new garbage contract with its old vendor.

    City commissioners authorized at their meeting Tuesday night to allow Mayor Steve Eden to sign a 10-year agreement with Republic Services LLC, which is a subsidiary of M & M Sanitation of Lexington, the same company that has served the city for years.

    Commissioners last month had authorized a longer-term agreement so that the city could get better overall rates, and that was important.

  • News briefs: July 6, 2011

    Section of Aiken Road
    to be closed for 2 weeks

    Motorists should be aware of a bridge replacement project that will close a portion of Aiken Road in northwest Shelby County for two weeks beginning Monday.

  • Shelby County sheriff says shooting report coming

    Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said Tuesday that he has finished his investigation of the shooting of a dog by one of his deputies and expects to deliver the information to The Sentinel-News no later than this morning.

  • EARLIER: WAZE: SCPS had oral contract to build 3 schools

    Football fans can expect more long lines of vehicles at Collins High School games this year while the Shelby County Board of Education and WAZE Development continue to battle about a northern extension of Discovery Boulevard.

    Now, the next hearing in the board's lawsuit against WAZE, former owner of the property where Collins was built, won't be held until Aug. 17, the same day the 2011-12 school year begins.

  • Murder suspect leads migration of Anderson's prisoners to Shelby

    A murder suspect wanted in connection with the death of an Anderson County woman is the first inmate to be housed in jail in Shelby County under the terms of the new jail agreement.

    Cram, who was brought back to Kentucky from Arizona where he had fled in January, arrived at the Shelby  County Detention Center last Tuesday.

    Normally, Terrance Cram, 49, would have been taken to the Franklin County Jail, but Shelby County is now housing those inmates.

    Then, on Friday, the transfer of the Anderson County inmates began in small groups.

  • Brothers save man having heart attack

    Two Shelby County families, neighbors who had been total strangers before this Fourth of July weekend, are now bonded for life after they were thrown together by fate in an emotional, life-and-death experience.

    That’s what happened when four brothers just having a small holiday get-together at their parents’ house ended up saving the life of a man they never had met.

  • Information sought on car break-ins

    Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a couple of car break-ins in northern Shelby County last week.

    On Thursday, items were from stolen from two parked vehicles, one of which was unlocked, on streets off Smithfield Road in the early morning hours between 2:30 and 3:29 a.m.

    One car was located on the 2700 block of Brassfield Boulevard and the other was on the 28 block of Brassfield Circle.

    Items stolen included a laptop computer, a Garmin GPS, a Blackberry phone, camera equipment and a credit card.

  • Minnis now chief in Simpsonville

    With several members of his family and a former boss lining the front row of the Simpsonville City Hall commission room Friday morning, Albert “Chip” Minnis Jr. was sworn in as the city’s new police chief.

    Minnis, 50, a lifelong resident of Simpsonville, was approved June 15 by the Simpsonville City Commission as the new police chief, succeeding Scott Chappell, who asked to step down.

    Minnis becomes the first African-American to head a department of any kind in the history of the city.

  • United Way distributions down nearly 6 percent

    Nearly a quarter of a million dollars will be coming into 11 Shelby County organizations from Metro United Way funding this year, which is nearly 6 percent less than last year, officials say.

    The biggest chunk of the $248,695 allocated for Shelby County will be going to the Dorman Preschool Center, which will be receiving $57,809.

    Some, such as the Shelby Center for Disability Services, will be getting multiple contributions, including $37,875 for its sheltered employment program and $5,315 for community habilitation.

  • News briefs: July 1, 2011

    Smithfield Road to be
    closed for 3 days

    The continuing repairs to railroad crossings in Shelby County by RJ Corman Corp. will include Smithfield Road (KY 53) in Shelbyville.
    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office announced that repairs to the crossing between Seminole and Cherokee drives would require the road to be closed to through traffic from 9 a.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Friday.
    Motorists are advised to follow detour signs via U.S. 60 and KY 55 (Freedom’s Way).