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  • Getting down to Motown

    SCHS Black Achievers celebrated fashion, music and dance at the 4th Annual Fashion Extravaganza Saturday night in the school's theater. They showed their style by dancing, singing and modeling to the hits of The Supremes and Stevie Wonder, among others - with the theme of "Motown Revue."

    Karen Henderson, SCHS counselor and club sponsor, said SCHS Black Achievers is loosely based on Louisville's YMCA Black Achievers. It is open to all high school students and promotes academic success.

  • Spelling Bee

    After six intense rounds of spelling words that would take many a dictionary or spell check to get right, a fifth grader from Wright Elementary school was named the district spelling bee champion on Monday night.

    Amy Dotson won the bee by correctly spelling the word "pretzel."

    After seven of the participants had been eliminated for misspelling words such as anchovy, cadenza and manicure, Dotson went head-to-head against Shannon Harover, an eight-grader from East Middle in the final round.

  • Driver slams into Sav-A-Lot

    At least six people were injured Monday when a Mustang GT drove through the Sav-A-Lot grocery store in the Village Plaza shopping center on Midland Trail.

    Police believe a seizure may have caused the driver to lose control. Witnesses said the driver struck several vehicles and mowed down a row of mail boxes before slamming into the block wall of the Sav-A-Lot at an accelerated speed. For more on this story, read Wednesday's Sentinel-News.

  • Student lands internship with Google

    Before he entered kindergarten, Kenny Franks was learning his way around a computer. And before long, he was troubleshooting on the PC for his parents and teachers at school.

    His early start in the world of technology helped put him on a path to receive multiple technology accolades during his grade school and high school years and recently helped him land an internship with Internet giant Google.

  • Fire destroys Fisherville Road home

    Shortly before noon Wednesday, firefighters battled a blaze at a home located at 5856 Fisherville Road.

    Simpsonville Fire Chief Walter Jones said the call came in at about 11:19 a.m. that a structure fire was in progress.

    Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting from the upper floor of the two-story home.

    The home is owned by Kurt Swigert, Jones said.

    Swigert was not living in the home at the time of the blaze but Jones said several Hispanic residents who do work for him had been staying in the house. They were not injured.

  • Will Kentuckians get to vote on casinos?

    When Gov. Steve Beshear presented his plan to the General Assembly last week, he told legislators he wants to put the question to voters on the November 2008 ballot.

    "I trust the people in this state to make the right decision," he said.

    But getting the question on the ballot by this fall is not as simple as it sounds.

    To allow casino gambling, three-fifths of both the House and the Senate in the Kentucky General Assembly would have to approve a constitutional amendment. The legislature is already half-way through this year's session.

  • Casinos: A crapshoot?

    If Joy Bolton, of Shelbyville, has her way, women will lead the crusade against expanded gambling in the state just as mothers led the battle to toughen the nation's drunk driving laws.

    "We see ourselves like the women who founded MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)," Bolton said. "They were tired of their children being killed on the highways. We are tired of families being disrupted by problem gambling. The social costs of expanded gambling are not worth it. It is government sanctioning behavior that is detrimental for the sake of additional revenue."

  • Promotion key to Recycling Center's growth

    Word of mouth has been the best advertisement when it comes to getting Shelby County residents to recycle.

    Shelby County Solid Waste Coordinator Russell Thomas credits promoting the Recycling Center's mission to the public for much of the increase in the county's 2007 recycling totals.

    "Getting the word out is important," Thomas said. "I think our efforts -- and it is a team effort -- in getting out in community and spreading the word has helped tremendously."

  • Simpsonville law would speed up nuisance enforcement

    The Simpsonville City Commission Wednesday passed an ordinance that would speed up the city's ability to deal with environmental nuisances.

    The ordinance amends a 1986 measure that required a letter to a homeowner followed by a certified letter before the city could take action to require a property to be mowed or cleaned up. The new rule allows the city to take action after it has informed the property owner by certified letter or by a personal visit.

    City public works director Brian Romine said the new rule would make his job easier.

  • Family court will stay put for time being

    Family Court Judge John David Myles will have to wait for the new judicial center to be built before he gets to move his office.

    The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) had been in negotiations with New Mount Zion Church to lease the Mulberry Building at 7th and Main streets to renovate that building into office space and a courtroom. But renovating the space would be cost-prohibitive given that the court will be moving into the new judicial center when it is built.