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  • New voting machines on hold till next year

    Shelby County Clerk Sue Carol Perry has $148,500 to buy new voting machines but the money's not burning a hole in her pocket yet.

    Because Congress could still decide to alter the type of electronic voting machines currently used in Kentucky and other states, Perry said it would be best to wait until next year to purchases any new voting machines.

    If approved by Congress, the Holt bill would require voting jurisdictions to use opti-scan voting machines equipped with printers rather than touch screen electronic machines to ensure votes from each machine are verifiable.

  • A different storm: Wintry mix ices roads

    Last week it was tornadoes. This week it's snow and ice.

    A fierce, steady snow started falling at about 5 p.m. Monday, a bit earlier than weather reports predicted and just in time for rush hour.

    Traffic moved slow and steady on I-64 throughout the night but the number of weather-related accidents grew to the point where Shelbyville Police Major Danny Goodwin said his officers had so many calls at once they were forced to hand out the state forms you fill out yourself if it wasn't an injury accident and the vehicles were moveable.

  • Working to better Shelbyville

    Shane Suttor has filed for a second term on Shelbyville City Council.

    Suttor said several important issues were addressed in his first term serving the city - issues that will continue to need to be watched.

    "We sought to keep property taxes low," he said. According to Suttor, keeping taxes low depends on the progressive growth of the city.

    "I still feel that smart growth, development, is a big issue," he said. "We need to maintain services and grow a proper way."

  • Weather service confirms two tornadoes in Shelby

    The National Weather Service over the weekend confirmed two tornadoes briefly touched down in Shelby County during the Feb. 5-6 storm.

    One tornado touched down near Ky. 55 and Clear Creek Road and continued northeast for 6 miles. Another tornado briefly touched down about 2 miles southeast of Waddy near Kings Highway and traveled about a quarter of a mile.

    For more details, read Wednesday's Sentinel-News.

  • Home of 35 years is gone

    Wiping her tears with a tissue, Lillie Carriss looked around what had been her and husband B.F.'s house for the past 35 years.

    The storm that moved through Shelby County late Tuesday night tore the roof from the top of their house and demolished their barn.

    The outside sky is now visible where the ceilings once were in both the bathroom and foyer that leads to the basement.

  • Weathering the wind: Officials still assessing damage from Tuesday storm

    Early Wednesday morning, Walter Pinkerton, his wife and six kids were awakened by violent winds that shook their house and pealed off sections of the roof and ceiling. As rainwater rushed through exposed portions of the house, Pinkerton gathered his family on the first floor.

    The next morning as a rescue worker walked through Pinkerton's house and surveyed the damage, he remarked that the family was lucky to be alive.

    "It was not luck," Pinkerton responded. "It was God's protection."

  • Simpsonville passes sewer ordinances

    The Simpsonville City Commission Tuesday passed three ordinances affecting the city's operation of its sewers and sewer board. The city commission also took first reading on a measure that would speed up enforcement of environmental nuisance rules.

    Under a new ordinance, developers or builders would have to pay the city up front for engineering work on sewer lines extended to new subdivisions or developments. In the past the city has had trouble collecting from developers after its engineers have signed off on a project, Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton said.

  • Dorman gets mortgage-lifter gift

    Thanks to a generous donation from The Kings Daughters and Sons Foundation of Kentucky, the Dorman Preschool Center can tear up mortgage papers on its Dorman North facility.

  • Grigsby family looking toward life after hotel room

    There is one bed and two chairs in the room. It's crowded. The curtains are closed, keeping the cold morning light outside.

    Mother nature has done enough.

    Another lamp is switched on and the family comes into better view. Four adults and three children sit on the bed. For a few more days this is their home. Best Western Shelbyville Lodge.

    This is just one of several local families that have suffered losses as a result of recent storms.

  • Intersection blues: Bypass may relieve some, but not all headaches

    With traffic congestion and accidents on the rise through Shelbyville on U.S. 60, state and local officials are looking toward to the completion of the bypass to help relieve traffic problems on that busy stretch of road.

    Andrea Clifford, public information officer for district 5 of the Kentucky Department of Transportation, said the bypass will significantly reduce congestion through town - particularly during the morning and afternoon rush hours.