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  • 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.

  • Shelby County School Board: 2013-14 goals will be updated

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday will hear an update on its progress toward the goals it set for the school year.

    During the meeting, which will be at the school’s district offices, 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville, the board members will hear from Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith about the district’s success toward meeting the goals based around the district’s Five Main Things – Curriculum Alignment, Instructional Norms, Professional Learning, Intervention and Enrichment.

    Those goals, set last April, include, among others:

  • Hudson named ‘distinguished citizen’

    Business leader Bobby Hudson said he was honored to receive the 2014 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Lincoln Heritage Council of Boy Scouts.

    The award is in its third year, and the well-attended presentation, held Thursday night at Claudia Sanders Dinner House, included the first two recipients, Ray Leathers and Gary Walls, who presented the award to Hudson.

    “The criteria is citizenship and involvement in the community,” Walls said.

  • Tennessee man pleads guilty in death of Bagdad man

    Austin T. Meredith, 26, of Sevierville, Tenn., pleaded guilty in January in the death of Howard “Red” White of Bagdad.

    Meredith was charged with vehicular manslaughter charges stemming from an accident in July 2012 in Corbin.

    Meredith pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, first-degree wanton endangerment, DUI, no insurance and violation of federal safety regulations for commercial drivers.

    He will be sentenced on March 24 in Laurel County Circuit Court.

  • Martin named editor of The Sentinel-News

    Beginning Monday, The Sentinel-News will have a new editor at the helm.
    Longtime reporter and sports editor Todd Martin will replace Editor Steve Doyle, who is leaving after 5.5 years, to be managing editor of the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C.

    Martin, a native of Kingsport, Tenn., has been with the newspaper for 13 years, the first eight as sports editor and the last four as reporter.

    Martin said he is looking forward to his new position.

  • Republicans celebrate their growth

    The room was packed to capacity, and the food was flowing even faster than the conservation as Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer stepped up to the podium at Saturday’s Lincoln Day Dinner at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

    “The only thing I like better than a good head of cattle is a good roomful of Republicans,” he said.

    Comer’s observation summed up the mood and the tone of the event, the 30th annual fundraiser for the Republican Party in Shelby County.