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  • The Inauguration: ‘I was there’

    Like most Americans, I watched President Barack Obama take the oath of office via TV screen.

    But instead of sitting on a sofa or standing around with co-workers in the break room, I stood shivering, shoulder to shoulder with a throng of total strangers just seven blocks away from where Obama placed his hand on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible and became the first African-American President of the United States of America.

  • EARLIER: How can we keep our kids safe?

    There are currently 42 registered child sex offenders living in Shelby County.

    Their victims range in age from 2 to 18 and their crimes from sodomy to incest.

    Local officials said many more offenders never were identified, and, sadly, many offenses could have been prevented.

    In the last two weeks, two local men have been charged with separate cases of child sexual abuse. Along with making headlines across the state, the allegations have reawakened a concern for protecting children in the community.

  • Tucker named Triple S Chairman

    There was a familiar face with a new role on the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday.

    Gil Tucker, formerly vice chairman, led the meeting as the new chairman of the commission.

    The commission voted Tucker to take over that position in light of George Best's departure to take a seat on the Shelbyville City Council. Ed Rudolph has taken over as vice chairman, and Jake Smith remains treasurer.

  • Programs help to keep Shelby clean

    Kathy Ranard's main concern is keeping Shelby County from becoming too trashy.

    She has her work cut out for her, but she is trying to stay ahead of the game with her Litter Abatement Program.

    Ranard, the Clean Community coordinator, says that getting local people and organizations to “Adopt a Road” is also helping, as is using inmate labor to help offset the cost of cleaning up trash from roadways.

  • EARLIER: Waddy man indicted for sexually abusing child

     

    A Shelby County man has been indicted on charges he sexually abused a 6-year-old child at his home.

    Anthony Watkins, 37, of Waddy is charged with four counts of first-degree sexual abuse for encounters with girl he admitted took place between July and November of last year.

    First degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony, punishable by a sentence of 5-10 years in prison.

  • New dish guidelines adopted by Shelbyville

    Taking the recommendation of the Triple S Planning Commission, the Shelbyville City Council approved Thursday the final reading of a text amendment to its satellite dish guidelines.

    The regulation breaks satellite dishes into two categories: dishes greater than one meter in diameter and dishes smaller than one meter in diameter.

    For dishes greater than one meter in diameter, there are several updates.

  • County approves zone changes, budget amendments

    County approves zone changes, budget amendments

     

    By Lisa King/Sentinel-News staff writer

     

    At its semimonthly meeting Tuesday morning, the Shelby County Fiscal Court approved two zoning change requests, as well as some budget amendments and some other items of county business.

  • Car and ambulance collide on Taylorsville Road

    An ambulance en route to the hospital with a patient collided with a car Monday afternoon on Taylorsville Road.

    The accident occurred on Taylorsville Road just north of the interstate entrance/exit ramps when an ambulance traveling to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville with a patient collided with a car.

    According to Sheriff's deputy Riley Kennedy, the car pulled out in front of the ambulance at the intersection of Tayorsville and Old Brunerstown roads.

    “I guess they just didn't see it,” he said.

  • Some advice, Mr. President

     

    If President Barack Obama tries to follow all of the advice of local leaders, he will indeed be a busy man -- and perhaps a miracle worker.

    When asked what advice they would give Obama, local leaders said he needs to stimulate the economy but not increase the budget deficit and not raise taxes. He needs to keep us safe and take the war to terrorists. He needs to review federal education legislation and help local schools, businesses and farmers, they said. And be his own man, unswayed by the extreme elements within his party.

  • County gets weather radios with grant

    Staff photo by Lisa King