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  • School officials in holding mode on snow day relief

    Shelby County School officials say they are waiting to see what would happen with legislation proposed as a “snow day relief” bill for school districts.

    “We’re just in a wait and see mode about what the final thing will say, because it’s already changed two or three times from what they said it would be,” said Dave Weedman, director of student services for Shelby County Public Schools.

  • Shelby inmate remains in critical condition

    An Anderson County man remains in critical condition at the University of Louisville Hospital after being involved in a fight with another inmate at the Shelby County Detention Center Tuesday morning.

    Jonathan Monroe, 24, who was incarcerated on drug charges, is still in the hospital’s intensive care unit with critical injuries after an argument over song lyrics led to a physical altercation in the middle of the night, police said.

  • Students hospitalized when bus overturns

    The scene was horrific, a school bus lying overturned in a field, windshield crushed, the back emergency exit door hanging open and cries and screams from terrified students being loaded into waiting ambulances.

    George Blakeman, director of transportation for Shelby County School, paused as he looked at the bus and the deep trench the vehicle had gouged in the turf of the field on Aiken Road.

    “It’s just a miracle, but we don’t think anyone is badly hurt,” he said.

  • Van overturns, but no injuries

    No one was injured Tuesday in a crash at noon at Freedom’s Way and Midland Industrial Road.

    Shelbyville Police Sgt. Garry Kuhlman said he did not yet know the details of what caused the two-vehicle collision, or how a van driven by Joseph Robinson of Eminence ended up overturned on its side. He was not injured, nor was the other driver, Kara Capps, also of Eminence. Shelby County EMS crews responded, but did not transport either driver.

  • 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.