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  • 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?

  • Election 2012: Candidate forum: Shelbyville City Council

    Candidates in attendance: Norris Beckley (D), Stephen Cohn (R), Donna Eaton (D-i), Frank Page (R-i), Nathan Riggs (D), Shane Suttor (D-i), Jon Swindler (R-i), Mike Zoeller (D-i).

    Absent because of medical issues: Bob Andriot (R), Alan Matthews (D-i).

    D: Democrat; R-Republican; i-Incumbent


    Candidates each had two minutes to respond to questions, and those running for Shelbyville City Council went first, headed up alphabetically by Norris Beckley.

  • Girl who escaped from custody in Shelby found in Lexington

    A 16-year-old girl who jumped from a moving vehicle in Shelby County has been found in Lexingtin, police say.

    Kentucky State Police said that on Oct. 19, Cheyenne Vires escaped from custody as she was being transported to a female juvenile facility in Morehead by officials from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Protection Permanency Agency.

  • Candidates meet at forum tonight

    Are you trying to decide how to vote in the crowded field for Shelbyville City Council or perhaps in the contentious race for seats on the Shelby County School Board?

    You can learn more about those races and those candidates tonight when an election year tradition returns to the campaign trail.

    Thee Shelby County Organized for Preservation and Enhancement and The Sentinel-News conduct their 2012 Candidate Forum at 6:30 p.m. at Stratton Center in Shelbyville, continuing a partnership that SCOPE and The Sentinel-News began in 1988.

  • Shelby woman arrested for child abuse

    Kentucky State Police Detectives have charged a Shelby County woman with child abuse of her 1-month-old son.

    Hermelinda Ramos-Perez, 29, was arrested Oct. 15 and taken to the Shelby County Detention Center, charged with second-degree assault, after a week-long investigation that began Oct. 8 when the child was brought into Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville with injuries to his head and face, said KSP spokesperson Ron Turley.