Local News

  • Election 2011: Williams, Farmer plant themselves in Shelby

    The governor's race finally took a step into Shelby County on Monday

    Although all three Republican candidates have been campaigning for months – Democrat incumbent Steve Beshear is running unopposed and therefore doesn't have a primary election – Shelby County seems to have been largely ignored from the campaign trail even with the Primary Election less than two weeks away.

  • For some students, the day of the attack on bin Laden created a tool for learning about government.






    Where were you when John F. Kennedy was shot? When the Challenger exploded? On Sept. 11, 2001? When you heard the news Osama bin Laden had been found and killed by a U.S. Navy Seals team?

    That's the historical context Collins teacher Phil Bell was trying to stress to his AP Government class on Monday.

    Bell, who often works current events into his lesson plans, spent the entire period on bin Laden and the news Monday.

  • City council to get look at ’11-’12 budget

    The Shelbyville City Council will undergo the first reading of its 2011-2012 budget at Thursday's regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

    The council will hear a budget report from Mayor Tom Hardesty before voting.

    Hardesty said the public can expect another tight, balanced budget from city hall.

    "Unless something goes haywire, we plan on having a balanced budget," he said.

  • What does bin Laden’s death really mean?

    Under cover of darkness they came, with the wind in their faces, flying as low as 50 feet from the earth to avoid detection.

    Nearing their destination, every member of the special forces Navy SEALS team preparing to spring from four Black Hawk helicopters and one CH-47 Chinook knew what was at stake.

    Simpsonville resident Walter Herd wasn’t present with the team that hunted down and killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on Sunday, but he knows what they were going through.

    He should. He has been there.

  • EARLIER: Ethington Auto faces more than 100 counts

    The owners of Ethington Auto Sales in Shelbyville have been charged with 106 counts of illegal business practices for how they have handled the transfer and titling of vehicles.

  • News Briefs: May 4, 2011

    3 students chosen as

    first historical interns

    Olivia Sherrod, Katelyn Harden and Austin Dupre have been selected by the educational committee of the Shelby County Historical Society to serve as interns.

    They are the first chosen for this program, which was approved by the Shelby County School Board in February.

    Their tenures, which will include course work and field work, begins in August, meeting during the sixth and seventh periods at the Shelby County Welcome/Heritage Center on Main Street.

  • EARLIER: Shelby Countians coming to the aid of Alabama’s tornado victims

    Shelby Countians are surging forward to help those ravaged by the deadly tornadoes that plowed across Alabama last week.

    Hundreds are dead, hundreds more are missing, hundreds are injured and thousands are homeless from storms that cut giant swatches nearly 300 miles long from eastern Mississippi to northwestern Georgia.

    Survivors in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Huntsville, Cullman and many smaller towns are devastated by the loss of life, the disintegration of homes and the desperate straits they find themselves facing.

  • EARLIER: Collins seniors seek change in seating plan

    An escalating public debate about how honor graduates will be seated for commencements at Shelby County’s high schools has drawn a formal protest from one group of seniors.

    In a letter sent to Shelby County Public Schools and the school board on April 18 and received by The Sentinel-Newson Friday, the senior class at Collins High School has requested that students continue to have the opportunity to showcase their successes.

  • Flood warning for Shelby County

    Overnight rain has pushed water levels high and placed Shelby County in a flood warning today.

    Most major creeks and drainage canals are overflowing as rain continues to fall.

    Showers are scheduled to dissipate later today, but not before they dump more rain into those rising waters. As much as an inch is forecast.

    Beware that low-lying roadways that flood frequently -- such as along Scott Station Road, Hebron Road, Antioch Road, Anderson Lane, Fox Run, Pickett's Dam Road -- could be under water.

  • Shelby native Burnett finishes 8th at Rolex

    Shelby County native Hannah Sue Burnett used a strong cross country score to race up the standings at the Rolex Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park over the weekend.

    Burnett placed fifth in cross country, posting a blazing time of 10 minutes and 57 seconds with no faults.

    That pushed Burnett into the fifth position overall going into Sunday's stadium jumping event where she finished the event inside the top 10, at eighth overall.