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  • Sharing inauguration history

    Simpsonville Elementary students and many of their parents packed into the school’s dimly lit gym Tuesday to watch history unfold.

    There were spatters of applause throughout the inauguration ceremony, but none greater than when Barack Obama was pronounced the 44th President of the United States.

  • ‘Simpsonville Slaughter’ memorial ceremony set for Sunday

    A ceremony will be held Sunday to remember the "Simpsonville Slaughter" of 1865, when a group from the Colored Calvary were brutally slain near the spot just west of Simpsonville, where the Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center now stands.

  • Road employees earn new certifications

    Shelby County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger announced recently that seven county road department employees have been recognized by the University of Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet upon their completion of the Roads Scholar and Master Scholar Training Program.

    This voluntary training series provides local and state government employees with information on properly maintaining local streets and roads.

  • The Inauguration: ‘I was there’

    Like most Americans, I watched President Barack Obama take the oath of office via TV screen.

    But instead of sitting on a sofa or standing around with co-workers in the break room, I stood shivering, shoulder to shoulder with a throng of total strangers just seven blocks away from where Obama placed his hand on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible and became the first African-American President of the United States of America.

  • EARLIER: How can we keep our kids safe?

    There are currently 42 registered child sex offenders living in Shelby County.

    Their victims range in age from 2 to 18 and their crimes from sodomy to incest.

    Local officials said many more offenders never were identified, and, sadly, many offenses could have been prevented.

    In the last two weeks, two local men have been charged with separate cases of child sexual abuse. Along with making headlines across the state, the allegations have reawakened a concern for protecting children in the community.

  • Tucker named Triple S Chairman

    There was a familiar face with a new role on the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday.

    Gil Tucker, formerly vice chairman, led the meeting as the new chairman of the commission.

    The commission voted Tucker to take over that position in light of George Best's departure to take a seat on the Shelbyville City Council. Ed Rudolph has taken over as vice chairman, and Jake Smith remains treasurer.

  • Programs help to keep Shelby clean

    Kathy Ranard's main concern is keeping Shelby County from becoming too trashy.

    She has her work cut out for her, but she is trying to stay ahead of the game with her Litter Abatement Program.

    Ranard, the Clean Community coordinator, says that getting local people and organizations to “Adopt a Road” is also helping, as is using inmate labor to help offset the cost of cleaning up trash from roadways.

  • EARLIER: Waddy man indicted for sexually abusing child


    A Shelby County man has been indicted on charges he sexually abused a 6-year-old child at his home.

    Anthony Watkins, 37, of Waddy is charged with four counts of first-degree sexual abuse for encounters with girl he admitted took place between July and November of last year.

    First degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony, punishable by a sentence of 5-10 years in prison.

  • New dish guidelines adopted by Shelbyville

    Taking the recommendation of the Triple S Planning Commission, the Shelbyville City Council approved Thursday the final reading of a text amendment to its satellite dish guidelines.

    The regulation breaks satellite dishes into two categories: dishes greater than one meter in diameter and dishes smaller than one meter in diameter.

    For dishes greater than one meter in diameter, there are several updates.

  • County approves zone changes, budget amendments

    County approves zone changes, budget amendments


    By Lisa King/Sentinel-News staff writer


    At its semimonthly meeting Tuesday morning, the Shelby County Fiscal Court approved two zoning change requests, as well as some budget amendments and some other items of county business.