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Local News

  • Simpsonville sets budget for next year

    The 2009-2010 fiscal year budget for the city of Simpsonville projects relatively flat growth in income and expenses, but a carryover of $450,000 from the current fiscal year makes the bottom line numbers rosier.

    The city commission unanimously passed Tuesday a budget that projects revenues of just more than $1.3 million in 2009-2010 an increase of just less than 2 percent from 2008-09.

  • Paramedics use masks to help ward off swine flu

    Local paramedics have joined the ranks of those in the medical profession who have began wearing protective masks when dealing with possible swine flu exposure.

    Todd Early, assistant EMS director, said the N-95 masks filter out small particles of contagion, which could carry harmful germs and viruses.

    "It's good for about two hours," he said.

    He added that the masks may be purchased by the public at medical supply companies and drugstores, but that he considers them "overkill" to be worn by everyone.

  • Dunbar assistant to be SCHS principal

    Eddie Oakley, an assistant principal at Dunbar High School in Lexington has been named the new principal at Shelby County High School, the school system announced Thursday.

    Shelby County’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council chose Oakley this week. He will take over on July 1 from Michael Rowe, who had been serving as interim principal.

  • County roads clear, state road cleanup slow going

    In the last year Shelby County has been hit by nasty wind and ice storms that left limbs and debris all over its roads.

    Now after months of labor the Shelby County Roads Department has finished clearing its roads.

    “We finished last week, a week and a half ago,” Shelby County Road Department Supervisor Carl Henry said. “We got over every single county road.”

  • Inmate commits suicide in jail

    A Pleasureville man incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center committed suicide Tuesday afternoon, jail officials say.

    Larry Begley, 56, was discovered by another inmate at about 3:30 p.m., Jailer Bobby Waits said.

    "The inmates became concerned because he had been in the shower for a long time, and when they went to check on him, that's when they found him," he said.

  • Jail inmate commits suicide

    A Pleasureville man incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center committed suicide Tuesday afternoon, jail officials say.

    Larry Begley, 56, was discovered by another inmate at about 3:30 p.m., Jailer Bobby Waits said.

    "The inmates became concerned because he had been in the shower for a long time, and when they went to check on him, that's when they found him," he said.

  • Simpsons-files have new treat at Simpsonville

    If you’re a fan of The Simpsons, that long-running television cartoon, you might want to mail your letters and buy your stamps at the Simpsonville Post Office.

    That’s because for the next month, a letter you mail through that post office will carry a special Simpsons cancellation, and you also can buy stamps bearing the likenesses of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie.

  • Shelby woman is first white to be Miss KSU

    Life was returning to normal Tuesday for Shelby County graduate Elisabeth Martin, after being crowned Miss Kentucky State University last week in Frankfort. She juggled a final exam with an important luncheon, all while fielding phone calls from the media. 

    She'll likely gather more media attention when she competes for the title of Miss Historically Black College or University later this year. She will appear with other like pageant winners in Ebony and Jet -- national publications that typically feature black celebrities and politicians.

  • 205 fired school employees could be rehired quickly

    About 205 non-tenured educators who received pink slips with their paychecks Friday could be rehired, Shelby County Schools Superintendent James Neihof told The Sentinel-News on Tuesday.  

    There are more than 212 anticipated openings in the district that have been posted on the Kentucky Department of Education's Human Resources Web site, school officials reported, and interviewing for those positions will likely begin after May 15. 

    "Many principals will move forward with the hiring process very quickly," Neihof said.

  • Goody baskets for the horses

    Favorite Friesan Fire may have missed out on the big purse in Saturday's Kentucky Derby -- but the horse didn't go home empty-hoofed. 

    The 3-year-old Thoroughbred, and each horse who raced in this year's Kentucky Derby and Oaks, received a consolation prize basket of shampoos, medical supplies, grooming products and treats from Metzger's Country Store in Simpsonville.