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  • 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.

  • EARLIER: Schools cut many staffers

    Non-tenured employees of Shelby County schools received pink slips in their paychecks on Friday.

    School officials said that it is not unusual for employees with limited, 1-year contracts received such notices, which are required by law to be sent out by May 15, but this year all employees without tenure in the school system received non-renewal letters.

    An employee only can have tenure with five years or more time on the job.

  • 'Noise' on magistrate's mind

    Magistrate Allen Ruble's house sits some 200 feet off the road, yet sometimes in the summer he and his family are still jarred by the sound of blaring stereos or unmuffled mufflers.

    “There's been times, especially in the summers, it shakes the windows,” Ruble said. “A lot of other people have been complaining about it to me too.”

  • Child abuse prevention month is focus of awareness campaign

    How many times do you hear the phrase "children are our future?" Those words appear in all types of speeches, advertisements and even popular songs.

    But the reality is that though many people hold that idea to be a noble concept, child abuse still exists.

    April has been designated National Child Abuse Prevention Month, in the hopes that raising awareness about child abuse and neglect will encourage people to take time in their busy days to find ways to think about the idea in a more personal way.

  • Four principal positions open at once

    In addition to the two slots for principals already open at Shelby County schools, two more administrators have announced they are leaving, bringing the total to four.

    The search is continuing for principals to head up the new Martha Layne Collins Secondary Center as well as Shelby County High School.

    Duanne Puckett, community relations coordinator of Shelby County Public Schools, said she could not elaborate on who is being considered for those positions because personnel issues are confidential.

  • Shelby unemployment nearly doubles in past year

    Nearly twice as many laborers in the Shelby County workforce were looking for work in March 2009 as there were in March 2008.

    Unemployment rates have jumped in all 120 Kentucky counties in that yearlong time frame.

    Data recently released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, shows that there are 213,885 unemployed statewide,

  • Injured construction workers recovering

    Two men who fell through the roof of a business under construction Tuesday are recovering.

    Ray Fulcher, who suffered from a broken femur and possible hip complications, is in fair condition at the University of Louisville, where he was transported after the accident.

    Bruce Werner Jr. is also doing well, having received only minor scrapes and bruises and a cut on his face, said Denny Williams, district manager of Tradesmen International.

    Another man was also on the roof when it fell, but he was not hospitalized, Williams said.