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  • EARLIER: Gary Bancroft snarls at dead woman's family

    LAWRENCEBURG – The man charged with slicing his girlfriend’s throat and stuffing her body into a trash bag snarled at her family members when he entered Anderson Circuit Court on Tuesday morning.

    He snarled at them again when he left the courtroom, causing two female family members in attendance to burst into tears, and several of the dead woman’s male family members to snarl right back.

  • News briefs: March 18, 2011

    Shelby’s unemployment rate
    ranked 8th in state for January

    Shelby County recorded one of the 10 lowest jobless rates in Kentucky during January 2011, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
    Shelby’s rate was 9.7 percent, ranking it eighth in the latest figures and was better than January 2010 (10.2 percent) though up from December  (8.5).

  • Sentinel-News implements subscriptions for Web site

    Online readers of The Sentinel-Newshave seen many changes to its  Web site during the past few months, but the biggest will start today.

    That’s when www.SentinelNews.com will join a growing national trend being set by The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Wall Street Journaland dozens of other newspapers by implementing a subscriber-based pay system to view most content.

  • Triples S OKs plat for Equestrian Lakes North

    The Triple S Planning Commission moved quickly through a very short agenda Tuesday.

    The meeting, which was moved to Shelbyville City Hall while the Stratton Center undergoes renovations, covered just three topics, and no comments were made from the audience.

    Equestrian Lakes North, which is located on Clark Station Road, will begin its 13-lot Phase 1 after receiving approval for a preliminary plat that increased the number of lots from 32 to 36.

  • Shelby County planting a new future on the farm

    This is National Agriculture Week, a time for assessing and appreciating our nation’s farms and the crops they produce for us.

    But as you look around Shelby County, you’ll find that those crops are coming under heavy rotation, that our farms aren’t what they used to be.

    Those bucolic images of dairy cows roaming the pastures and tobacco growing tall and green in fields and hanging in rustic barns are evolving into a future of new livelihoods that might surprise you a bit.

  • Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits makes a pitch for Anderson’s inmates

    LAWRENCEBURG – Shelby County’s jailer is wasting little time in trying to capitalize on the unresolved feud between the Anderson and Franklin County jailers.

    Shelby Jailer Bobby Waits pitched his jail’s availability to Anderson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday night, saying he would welcome inmates from Anderson — and the roughly $600,000 in revenue they would pour into his jail’s budget — with open arms.

    “I think we can work together,” Waits said. “I wanted you to meet me and get to know me.”

  • Bus, car collide, sending drivers to hospital

    Both drivers were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after a car struck a bus loaded with 47 children headed home from school on Mount Eden Road in Shelbyville.

    Both the bus driver, David Kendall of Shelbyville, and the driver of the car that hit the bus, Georgia Perry, 79, of Southville, were taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville with unknown injuries, though they were not thought to be life-threatening, Shelby County Deputy Sheriff Fred Rothenburger said.

  • Simpsonville closer to building sidewalks

    That federal transportation grant the city of Simpsonville won last year for its city sidewalk project along U.S. 60 appears to be moving into a faster lane toward construction.
    Commissioners approved at their meeting Wednesday morning a resolution for Mayor Steve Eden to sign the paperwork required to receive the $320,000 from the stimulus program.

  • Schools doing OK vs. board’s goals

    Shelby County Public Schools showed overall good performance against the goals the school board set for its 2010-11 school year, but there also are some areas in which aggressive goals weren’t met.

    That was the assessment the board heard at its meeting Thursday night during a review of the goals, which center on the district’s 5 Main Things of Curriculum Alignment, Instructional Norms, Professional Learning Communities, Intervention and Enrichment.

  • School board OKs new summer plan

    The Shelby County School Board voted unanimously at Thursday’s meeting to fund an expanded summer school program.

    The district will now add intensive 1-month literacy programs in fifth, seventh and ninth grades to the programs installed last year for first and third grades.

    The district is working to build a curriculum based on the Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM), which administrators used for the younger grades in last year’s first revamped summer program.