Local News

  • County gives annual funds to fire departments

    Two fire departments will be buying new equipment soon, thanks to county funding.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday allotted the Bagdad and Shelbyville Fire Departments $5,000 each as part of the county’s annual allotment to the seven fire districts in Shelby County.

    Shelbyville Fire Chief Willard “Tiger” Tucker said his department would use their money to purchase personal protective equipment.

    “We are going to put it in our volunteer budget to buy some personal protective gear and some radio equipment,” he said.

  • Simpsonville’s budget shows growing surplus

    A couple of short-term projects have helped the City of Simpsonville boost its long-term bank account.

    In the budget for 2011-12 that city commissioners passed on first reading Tuesday night, the city shows a 50 percent increase in the surplus it will carry over from the current budget, a boost by $200,000 up to $600,000.

    That’s perhaps the most noteworthy number on the document, and it exists outside of the $965,400 operating budget, which is up 3.1 percent from 2010-11.

  • Election 2011: Williams, Farmer plant themselves in Shelby

    The governor's race finally took a step into Shelby County on Monday

    Although all three Republican candidates have been campaigning for months – Democrat incumbent Steve Beshear is running unopposed and therefore doesn't have a primary election – Shelby County seems to have been largely ignored from the campaign trail even with the Primary Election less than two weeks away.

  • For some students, the day of the attack on bin Laden created a tool for learning about government.






    Where were you when John F. Kennedy was shot? When the Challenger exploded? On Sept. 11, 2001? When you heard the news Osama bin Laden had been found and killed by a U.S. Navy Seals team?

    That's the historical context Collins teacher Phil Bell was trying to stress to his AP Government class on Monday.

    Bell, who often works current events into his lesson plans, spent the entire period on bin Laden and the news Monday.

  • City council to get look at ’11-’12 budget

    The Shelbyville City Council will undergo the first reading of its 2011-2012 budget at Thursday's regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

    The council will hear a budget report from Mayor Tom Hardesty before voting.

    Hardesty said the public can expect another tight, balanced budget from city hall.

    "Unless something goes haywire, we plan on having a balanced budget," he said.

  • What does bin Laden’s death really mean?

    Under cover of darkness they came, with the wind in their faces, flying as low as 50 feet from the earth to avoid detection.

    Nearing their destination, every member of the special forces Navy SEALS team preparing to spring from four Black Hawk helicopters and one CH-47 Chinook knew what was at stake.

    Simpsonville resident Walter Herd wasn’t present with the team that hunted down and killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on Sunday, but he knows what they were going through.

    He should. He has been there.

  • EARLIER: Ethington Auto faces more than 100 counts

    The owners of Ethington Auto Sales in Shelbyville have been charged with 106 counts of illegal business practices for how they have handled the transfer and titling of vehicles.

  • News Briefs: May 4, 2011

    3 students chosen as

    first historical interns

    Olivia Sherrod, Katelyn Harden and Austin Dupre have been selected by the educational committee of the Shelby County Historical Society to serve as interns.

    They are the first chosen for this program, which was approved by the Shelby County School Board in February.

    Their tenures, which will include course work and field work, begins in August, meeting during the sixth and seventh periods at the Shelby County Welcome/Heritage Center on Main Street.

  • EARLIER: Shelby Countians coming to the aid of Alabama’s tornado victims

    Shelby Countians are surging forward to help those ravaged by the deadly tornadoes that plowed across Alabama last week.

    Hundreds are dead, hundreds more are missing, hundreds are injured and thousands are homeless from storms that cut giant swatches nearly 300 miles long from eastern Mississippi to northwestern Georgia.

    Survivors in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Huntsville, Cullman and many smaller towns are devastated by the loss of life, the disintegration of homes and the desperate straits they find themselves facing.

  • EARLIER: Collins seniors seek change in seating plan

    An escalating public debate about how honor graduates will be seated for commencements at Shelby County’s high schools has drawn a formal protest from one group of seniors.

    In a letter sent to Shelby County Public Schools and the school board on April 18 and received by The Sentinel-Newson Friday, the senior class at Collins High School has requested that students continue to have the opportunity to showcase their successes.