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  • What would you like to see happen in Shelby County in 2008

    Tina Ethington,

    Emergency room director, Jewish Hospital Shelbyville

    "I would like people to recognize the services they have here {at JHS}. They used to see this as a Bandaid station -- that was the mentality when I grew up.

    "But you get better care here than at the large hospitals. Our doctors and nurses stay more current on everything. There's no comparison to the personal attention you get here. This is where they live and they come here wanting to take care of the people in the community."

    Jessica Penix

  • Tip leads to arrest of alleged forger

    Tip leads to arrest of alleged forger

    A Crime Stoppers tip helped Shelbyville police locate Jeanette Mitchell Wednesday who was wanted in a traveler's check forgery case. Mitchell was arrested Dec. 19 and charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument.

    Crime Stoppers had reported in November, a woman believed to be Mitchell had cashed two counterfeit American Express Travelers checks at the Convenient Food Mart on Main Street.

    Mitchell was described as a white female about 39 years of age and approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds.

  • Looking back -- the top 10 stories for 2007

    Editor's note:

    For better or worse, 2007 is history.

    As we always do, the staff of The Sentinel-News sat down at the end of 2007 and sorted through the headlines to determine the top 10 stories for the year. Some stories - the selection of the site for the new judicial center - were obvious choices. Others needed some hemming and hawing before they made the cut.

  • Miller to head Health and Family Services Cabinet

    Janie Miller was just getting a taste of life in the private sector when she was called back to public service.

    Miller, 52, of Shelbyville, who has more than 31 years in various public administrative jobs, had just started work for Data Systems Inc. in Frankfort when she got the call from Gov. Steve Beshear to head up one of the largest departments in state government. Starting today, Miller takes over as secretary of the Health and Family Services Cabinet.

    "I'm honored to be considered and chosen," Miller said.

  • Deportations up, ICE activity down

    A record-number of illegal immigrants were deported from here this year, despite reported drops in some immigration enforcement activity during the last quarter.

    At least 204 people have been deported from Shelbyville/Shelby County since March, according to a report released last week by Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty. About 31 other undocumented immigrants are being held on federal detainers at the Shelby County Regional Detention Center, where they await transfer to a facility in Grayson County, Ky.

  • The Lunch Club

    In 1937, when gas was 18 cents a gallon, a poor farming family of seven nightly gathered at a house on Fields Lane for a meal, laughter and conversation.

    Now, 70 years later - although they have married and their parents and one of the siblings have passed away - the family continues the mealtime tradition they started in that five-bedroom farmhouse at local restaurants throughout Shelby County.

  • 4-H celebrates successful year

    Shelby County 4-H celebrated another successful year on Dec. 4 at the annual 4-H Achievement night.

    Jennifer Hormell served as host for the evening. Each club and project group updated everyone on their activities and accomplishments for 2007. Each member in attendance was recognized. We also recognized our outstanding seniors, "I Dare You" award winners and the Matt Edwards Outstanding 4-H Citizen award recipient.

  • Ready to roll - Road departments ready for bad weather

    When the weather is bad, clearing ice and snow from the roads is a job of critical importance.

    Veteran road department employees know the routine.

    They follow the weather forecasts and get the trucks and snowplows ready to roll.

    This year, thanks to the purchase of a new salt brine mixer, county roads will have an added weapon in their winter weather arsenal -- all the brine they can use.

    Salt brine is typically applied to the roadways before a snow storm arrives because it prevents snow from bonding to the road. That makes it easier to remove the snow.

  • Armed robber strikes again

    Police and sheriff's deputies reported a white male wearing a hoodie and partial face mask hit at least three local businesses over the pre-holiday weekend.

    Sunday night, Pizza Hut was robbed at gunpoint, according to Shelbyville police.

    Saturday, an armed robber hit Arby's on Taylorsville Road and then a Mexican grocery store in Simpsonville, according to a sheriff's report.

    According to both reports, the suspect showed clerks he had a handgun and asked for cash in all of the weekend robberies.

  • Meals on Wheels: delivering food and friendship

    A cluster of women scrambled in the kitchen of the Multi-Purpose Community Action Center on Washington Street last week. They bumped elbows as they packed warm, foil-wrapped meals in vinyl thermal packs. Volunteers Jackie McClain and Marjorie Gash gave the packs a quick inspection, before Wanda Adams, site manager of the Shelbyville center, gave a final thumbs-up.