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  • School board to toast district NBCT faculty

    Stephanie Harris' fourth grade students at Heritage Elementary probably do not fully understand the significance of their teacher being recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher. For them, they have always known she is great.

    Harris, who is one of seven teachers in the district to have recently received the national distinction, said the knowledge that she received during the process of preparing for the exams has benefited her as an educator.

  • Montell announces for term 4

    Saying he will stick to the basics of fewer taxes, less government and responsible spending, state Rep. Brad Montell announced he will run for a fourth term in the state House of Representatives Monday.

    "My commitment is to reduce the tax burden, have less government regulation and exercise responsible spending in Frankfort," Montell said. "I believe my voting record supports these positions and now more than ever, we must hold government responsible for how it spends our tax dollars."

    Montell, a Republican, represents Shelby and Spencer counties.

  • Safe Schools: District evaluates student safety

    With the number of juvenile arrests on the rise in the county in recent years, district teachers and administrators are daily engaged in a battle to keep local schools safe. And while experts say there are still areas of concern, the district is increasingly safe for students, according to a state safety report.

    Jon Akers, executive director of the Kentucky Center for School Safety, said that according to a report released last month, Shelby County is doing better than most schools at making school safe for students.

  • General Assembly session: Money matters again

    Money - or the lack thereof - will be the primary focus of the next session of the state's General Assembly, said both representatives from Shelby County.

    "It always is," state Sen. Gary Tapp said.

    The session gets underway Tuesday and will wrap up April 15. This is the 60-day session. The legislature meets for 30 days in odd numbered years.

  • Media empire Landmark to dissolve company

    Landmark Communications, Inc., parent company of the Sentinel-News, Landmark Web Press and more than six other area community newspapers, revealed late Wednesday it would sell the company. Landmark also operates the Weather Channel, nine daily newspapers and numerous publications in at least 15 states.

  • Mulberry Building could house Family Court

    So far, there's been a lot of talk but not much action.

    Negotiations are ongoing for Family Court to be moved to the Mulberry Building located at Main and 7th streets.

    State officials said Thursday that a firm timeline has been established for the project that would allow for the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to lease the Mulberry building and provide for renovations to the space to make it appropriate for a courtroom setting.

  • 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.