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  • EARLIER: Bell has been treated for AIDs

     A Shelbyville minister jailed on charges of  sodomizing and sexually abusing a juvenile has AIDS, family sources said.

    James H. Bell, 47, pastor of Refuge Temple Church of God in Christ, was arrested and charged with third-degree sodomy, second-degree sexual abuse and first-degree wanton endangerment after confessing to police that he had unprotected deviant sex with a 15-year-old while knowing that he was infected with the HIV virus.

  • Fiscal court revises ordinances, makes new appointment

    Shelby County Fiscal Court attended to a variety of housekeeping items at its meeting on Tuesday night, including revisions to several ordinances.

    Magistrates approved a first reading of an ordinance declaring a moratorium on zoning map amendments in part of unincorporated Shelby County.

    They also voted in favor of a first reading for an ordinance repealing an existing ordinance concerning solid waste, favoring a revised document.

  • Be careful about what, where, when you burn

    With all the loose wood and other debris lying around, the Shelby County Fire and Emergency Services Association urges the community to know and follow the open burn laws.

    No opening burning is allowed within the city limits of Shelbyville, but the remainder of the county has no such restrictions. The state does have restrictions that would apply to various situations.

    Paul Whitman, assistant director of Shelby County Emergency Management Agency, said the best thing people can do is to be informed before burning anything.

  • EARLIER: Ice, limbs, and potholes, oh my!

    From ice to fallen limbs to potholes - a wild winter's impact keeps commuting citizens stressed and those responsible for tending to them plenty busy.

    Through the winter months salt is put down on roads to melt ice and keep the roads clear for travel. But as the ice turns to liquid, it flows into cracks, eventually refreezing and putting significant stress on the pavement. As the ice thaws again, the leftover water washes away loose pieces of the road, leaving behind enlarged splits and potholes.

  • Men arraigned on charges of molestation

    Two men charged in two different cases of sexual abuse involving a minor child have been arraigned.

    Anthony Watkins, 37, of Waddy was arraigned Wednesday in Shelby Circuit Court, and James  Bell, 47, of Shelbyville was arraigned last week.

  • County expands options for disposal of storm debris

    By Lisa King/Sentinel-News staff writer

    Shelby County residents who have been looking for a more convenient way to dispose of debris from the ice and wind storms now have a new option: the County Road Department.

  • Bank responds to accusation of negligence

    Commonwealth Bank has denied any wrongdoing in a suit that alleges the bank was guilty of negligence and fraudulent actions,.

    Attorney Mark D. Dean of Shelbyville sued the bank, charging it should have noticed that his secretary was embezzling millions of dollars from him.

    In a lawsuit filed in January in Shelby County Circuit Court, Dean accused the bank of violating a Kentucky Uniform Commercial Code as well as aiding and abetting fraud and illegal activity and breach of duty of ordinary care.

  • EARLIER: Local lawyer sues bank

    An attorney from Shelbyville has filed suit against a bank for not noticing that his secretary was embezzling millions of dollars from him.

    Mark D. Dean accuses Commonwealth Bank of violation of a Kentucky Uniform Commercial Code, as well as aiding and abetting fraud and illegal activity and breach of duty of ordinary care.

  • Sunday alcohol vote set for Tuesday night

    The matter of Sunday alcohol sales in Shelby County is on the table for the first time this year.

    The issue, set for review at Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, was brought before magistrates four times in 2008, the last time in September. That was the only time that the matter made it to a second reading, but it died because of  a 4-4 tie.

    Tuesday night, for the first time, the vote could turn out differently.

  • County officials hear from FEMA

    County officials hear from FEMA Process for reimbursement from ice storm will take time   By Lisa King/Sentinel-News staff writer  

    Shelby County officials are a step closer to being reimbursed for damages from the Ice Storm of 2009 after a visit from FEMA representatives on Tuesday.