Local News

  • Shelby prepares for swine flu

    As the new swine flu pandemic makes its way across the world, Shelby County is preparing for the worst.

    By Monday the swine flu had infected nearly 2,000 people and claimed more than 150 lives in Mexico alone, the country of this particular virus’s origin.

    By comparison the U.S. has only been affected on a minor level.

  • Southside students get life skills early

    Southside Elementary students got a crash course on the basics of economics in a workshop held Tuesday at the school.

    The workshop was held by Citi Foundation, in conjunction with the Kentucky Council of Economic Education.

    Betty Sue Johnson with the council said that KCEE is the only statewide organization that invests in economic educators.

    "In teaching economics and personal finance, we empower Kentucky's youth with knowledge about the everyday business of life," she said.

  • Shelby charities lagging state

    A new report on the status of Kentucky’s nonprofit sector shows just how much agencies in Shelby County are struggling.

    The data, compiled by the University of Kentucky through 2006, shows Shelby County ranks 81st among 120 counties in non-profit distributions, with $5,963,908, and the county is one of 40 that actually have more expenses than assets ($5,289,022).

    The report is based on organizations that claim federal tax-exempt status through 501c(3) status. This includes hospital chains, colleges and universities and other large foundations.

  • Triple S approves new Kroger plans

    Triple S Planning and Zoning approved a development plan for a new Kroger Marketplace grocery store to be placed in Hi-Point Shopping Center at Boone Station Rd. and Willamsburg Rd. in Shelbyville. The building will be around 123,000 sq. ft. -- 30,000 sq. ft. larger than the similar store in Middletown -- and will include both a drive-thru pharmacy and a gas station.

    The commission also approved an amended development plan to add 9,214 sq feet on to the current Humana Data Facility on Citizens Boulevard in Simpsonville.

  • Recycling center moves to blunt price drop

    Those old bales of cardboard, empty wine bottles, milk jugs and tuna fish cans just don’t bring what they used to.

  • Fiscal Court sends storm debris headed to the chopping block

    There’s a huge pile of debris left over from the winter ice storm, and Shelby County Fiscal Court is going to get rid of it.

    Magistrates agreed Tuesday to pay for grinding the debris into chips at the request of Road Department Supervisor Carl Henry.

    "There's a pile of brush and debris 10,000 cubic yards wide at the road department; that's bigger than this building," Henry told magistrates.

    He said he knows that's how much brush there is because he has been keeping track of it.

  • March 11, 2009: Heart problems continue for Casey

     Mike Casey says he is feeling OK – even managing some smiles and chuckles -- and fighting the good fight against his longtime heart problems.

    Casey, Shelby County’s legendary former basketball star, is being treated at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where doctors are hoping sometime soon to replace his infection-ravaged heart,

    “I’m high on the list for a heart transplant,” he said by phone on Friday. “But I’m not at the top of the list.”

  • EARLIER: UAW officials refute claims by Martinrea

    United Auto Workers officials at Martinrea Heavy Stamping disputed a report Wednesday that they had rejected a final offer from the company to restructure their existing contract.

    In a statement, General Manager Shawn Aldesberger said, "Martinrea regrets that the union has chosen to walk away from the table and not present the last proposals to the employees of Martinrea Heavy Stampings."

    But Wednesday morning union committee members said that wasn't the case at all.

  • EARLIER: School board approves plan for 2 8-12 schools

    The Shelby Count School Board gave its formal approval Thursday night of an  organizational plan for its new secondary school being built west of Shelbyville.

    This plan, first introduced the board at its last meeting, calls for the new secondary center to serve as a second high school, with grades 8 through 12 being housed at both the newly named Martha Layne Collins High School and Shelby County High School.

    East and West Middle Schools will have grades 6 and 7. This would go into affect for the 2010-11 school year.

  • Turmoil at Martinrea continues to grow

    Last week, the situation at Martinrea took a turn for the worse, at least for employee morale.

    Several members of the United Auto Workers who work at Martinrea Heavy Stamping contacted The Sentinel-News and expressed extreme agitation with plant officials. The employees, who were granted anonymity because they feared for their jobs, said that they were being bullied by plant officials.