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  • Miller named Republican chair

    The Shelby County Republican Party came under new leadership recently when a local caucus elected a man who has been a Republican for only eight years as their chair.

    Steve Miller said after a week and a half as the party's chairman he is enjoying the job and the opportunity to serve Shelby County.

    Miller, 58, won the county caucus on March 15 and replaces Charles Bates as head of the party.

    He said his major focus as chair will be working to keep good candidates in office and having a good relationship with the local representatives.

  • Woman killed in I-64 wreck

    A Simpsonville woman was killed Sunday morning after she hit another car head-on while traveling in the wrong direction on I-64.

    According to a sheriff's deputy's report, Helen Hulett, 83, was traveling east in the westbound lane of I-64 near the Simpsonville exit at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Her 1996 Ford Contour struck head-on a 2000 Buick driven by William Martin, 59, of Franklin, Ind. between mile markers 29 and 30. Hulett sustained multiple injuries, according to the report, and was flown by Life Net to University of Louisville Hospital. She died there about five hours later.

  • Earth Day '08

    There was farm equipment operating on Red Orchard Farm again Monday morning. But the workers were setting not tobacco but 5,000 native Kentucky trees.

    "We put them out in rows to make them easier to maintain," said Ben Lyle, with the Kentucky Division of Forestry. The division is partnering with Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation to plant the seedlings.

  • Train derails near Waddy

    A Norfolk Southern train that derailed early Sunday morning may turn out to be a blessing for local farmers.

  • Health scare closes Claudia Sanders

    After 28 people reported becoming ill from food they ate at Claudia Sanders Dinner House on Easter Sunday, the county health department has asked the restaurant to close until they receive back tests that identify the organism responsible for causing the illnesses.

    North Central Public Health Director Renee Blair said the department is working with the restaurant to determine what has caused the illnesses.

    "We don't have any definitive results yet," she said. "We have gone out and quarantined all the food in the refrigerator that was left over from Sunday."

  • Board criticizes then approves school plan

    After much discussion, the Shelby County Board of Education approved the design for the building that will become the district's second high school at its March 20 meeting.

    Despite several of the board members leveling heavy criticism against the plan, the design was approved by a vote of four to one. Board members took issue with the design because of the position of the building and the number of entrances and exits that the campus will initially have.

  • Taking another shot at liquor tax

    Shelbyville City Council started fresh Thursday, March 20, when they had a first reading of a new ordinance that repeals the alcohol sales regulatory license fee.

    Two weeks ago when the council met there were two drafts awaiting them, both repealing the tax. The difference between the two was that one ordinance called for the refunding of any amounts that had been collected by the fee, and the other did not.

    At that time, the council approved the ordinance that did not require the money to be refunded, deciding to discuss what will be done with the funds at a later date.

  • Victim wants harassment taken seriously

    She said it happened for the first time when she was a freshman at Shelby County High School.

    The now 18-year-old female who agreed to speak to The Sentinel-News on the condition she not be identified, is one of two young women who came forward in the recent case against former teacher Scott Stumbo, with allegations that he harassed her by making sexually inappropriate comments to her.

    In addition, one of the girls alleged Stumbo handed her a typed, unsigned note, which contained sexually suggestive language, according to school officials in September 2006.

  • Hope for the hopeless - Local humanitarian to help children in Nicaragua

    Maggie Bishop expects this summer to be the most difficult and yet rewarding of her life.

    Bishop, a 2006 graduate of Shelby County High School, will spend the summer in Nicaragua working with a program that reaches out to underprivileged street children.

    The program that she will be working with, Los Quinchos Street Outreach, is designed to get children off the street and to teach them how to live a better life.

    Currently the program serves more than 200 children.

  • Shelby to hold 'cleanup week'

    After next week the streets of Shelby County will likely be cleaner and freer from litter and debris, thanks to the planned efforts of a coalition of environmentally concerned citizens.

    The local cleanup effort is part of a statewide initiative called "Commonwealth Clean Up Week." The event is designed to make the highways and hedges of Kentucky more beautiful and environmentally sustainable.