Local News

  • Shelby County Public Schools will operate on a two-hour delay Monday, March 17

    Due to inclement weather, Shelby County Public Schools will operate on a two-hour delay for Monday, March 17.

    After temperatures near 70 on Saturday, a cold front moved into the area and dropped up to about one inch of ice and snow in parts of the county.

  • Police investigating possible shooting in Haven Hill area

    Police are not confirming a rumor of a shooting in the vicinity of Hardee’s restaurant on Midland Trail Tuesday night, but EMS officials say someone was taken to Jewish Hosptial Shelbyville that same night with what they believe was a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound.

    Shelby County Assistant EMS Director Jeff Ivers said that his crew transported a man to the hospital Tuesday night sometime before midnight with some type of injury to his hand; one he thought was a gunshot wound.

  • Touched Twice Clinic coming up Saturday

    Touched Twice Clinic organizers are thanking people for being an angel to shepherd its all-volunteer clinic coming up on Saturday at First Baptist Church.

    Simply put, the free clinic had a shortfall of volunteer “shepherds,” people who play a crucial part in the clinic by taking visitors around the church to take advantage of the many services. But then help started rolling in, said clinic coordinator, Judy Phillips. She said it takes about 500 volunteers to hold the event, and this year they are just a few shy of that number.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: More lots being created Near outlet mall site

    The continued development of the south side of Simpsonville will dominate the next Triple S Planning Commission meeting.

    The commissioners will hear for a second time a proposal from Bob Evans Restaurant for a development plan for a new store at 1187 Buck Creek Road on an outlot of the new 374,000-square-foot outlet mall development, located at the corner of Buck Creek and Veechdale roads south of Interstate 64.

  • Dueling e-cigarette bills have Shelby connections

    Two new bills introduced in the General Assembly have taken aim at the electronic cigarette industry.

    Both Senate Bill 109 and House Bill 309 prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and have bipartisan support, but the two go about the process in very different ways.

    The main difference is how the product could or would be taxed.

    While a 6 percent sales tax is inevitable, HB 309 would allow the products to be taxed at a higher rate, like cigarettes.

  • News Briefs: March 14, 2014

    Sentinel-News drops TV listings

    Effective next Friday, March 21, we will be discontinuing the TV schedule page. The increasing cost of the service combined with the availability of so many other TV schedule products on cable, satellite and the Internet led to the decision.

    “We apologize to our customers who still are using our printed guide,” Publisher Kerry Johnson said. “We will still have the TV schedule available on our web site at www.SentinelNews.com, under the Features section.

  • ELECTION 2014: Shelby County Fiscal Court: Butler to run for magistrate

    After two terms on the Shelby County Board of Education, Doug Butler has decided to move on and enter the political ring as a candidate for the District 7 seat on Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    Longtime magistrate Mike Whitehouse has decided not to run for re-election, and the seat has garnered a lot of attention with three other candidates also entering the race.

    Butler, a Republican who has served eight years on the school board, said this is his first time running for political office. While elected, school board positions are non-partisan.

  • I-64 construction to take 5 more months

    Officials confirmed this week that the Interstate 64 widening project scheduled to be finished this spring has been pushed back to August.

    The main reason for the delay isn’t solely due to an unusually harsh winter, but instead a request from the state for additional work. The change order to add the new work that moves the completion date to August has not been completed and approved, yet.

  • Judge Armstrong says goodbye

    After 16 years on the bench, Shelby District Judge Linda Armstrong will preside for the last time today.

    At her retirement reception Wednesday, Armstrong glanced around at the room overflowing with friends and colleagues, and reflected on her retirement.

    “I have mixed feelings,” she said. “I am really ready to spend more time with my family, but I will miss it,” she said, taking in both the people and her courtroom beyond.

  • NEWS DIGEST: March 12, 2014

    Today’s weather could include snow flurries

    An approaching low-pressure system moved along the Ohio River late Tuesday night and bring thunderstorms, cooler temperatures and even the possibility of that 4-letter s-word: snow.

    The National Weather Service said the best chance for thunder looks to be north of the parkways. The strong storms could produce winds gusts of 30 to 40 mph as well as small hail.