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Today's News

  • Man charged with not watching children

    A Shelbyville man was arrested last week for letting his young children wander unattended.

    Broderick Wilson, 25, is charged with first-degree criminal abuse, a Class C felony which carries a penalty of 5-10 years in prison.

    The police report states that on April 10, a 4-year-old girl in Wilson's care walked from the 1800th to the 1700th block of Oakwood Drive-to her grandmother's house-wearing a night gown, and arrived, "all wet."

  • Fiscal Court sends storm debris headed to the chopping block

    There’s a huge pile of debris left over from the winter ice storm, and Shelby County Fiscal Court is going to get rid of it.

    Magistrates agreed Tuesday to pay for grinding the debris into chips at the request of Road Department Supervisor Carl Henry.

    "There's a pile of brush and debris 10,000 cubic yards wide at the road department; that's bigger than this building," Henry told magistrates.

    He said he knows that's how much brush there is because he has been keeping track of it.

  • What we think: Talks at Martinrea are getting tiresome

    Is it just us, or does all this posturing, finger-pointing and name-calling at Martinrea Heavy Stamping seem to be both inappropriate and tiresome?

    The United Auto Workers and company management continue their spat about a new contract, and sometimes it seems that the games they are playing are more the stuff of the Disney Channel than CNBC.

    Let’s be clear about one thing: We’re not taking sides on whether contract offers have been adequate or the process fair. We don’t know enough details about either to make such a value judgment.

  • March 11, 2009: Heart problems continue for Casey

     Mike Casey says he is feeling OK – even managing some smiles and chuckles -- and fighting the good fight against his longtime heart problems.

    Casey, Shelby County’s legendary former basketball star, is being treated at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where doctors are hoping sometime soon to replace his infection-ravaged heart,

    “I’m high on the list for a heart transplant,” he said by phone on Friday. “But I’m not at the top of the list.”

  • EARLIER: UAW officials refute claims by Martinrea

    United Auto Workers officials at Martinrea Heavy Stamping disputed a report Wednesday that they had rejected a final offer from the company to restructure their existing contract.

    In a statement, General Manager Shawn Aldesberger said, "Martinrea regrets that the union has chosen to walk away from the table and not present the last proposals to the employees of Martinrea Heavy Stampings."

    But Wednesday morning union committee members said that wasn't the case at all.

  • EARLIER: School board approves plan for 2 8-12 schools

    The Shelby Count School Board gave its formal approval Thursday night of an  organizational plan for its new secondary school being built west of Shelbyville.

    This plan, first introduced the board at its last meeting, calls for the new secondary center to serve as a second high school, with grades 8 through 12 being housed at both the newly named Martha Layne Collins High School and Shelby County High School.

    East and West Middle Schools will have grades 6 and 7. This would go into affect for the 2010-11 school year.

  • Turmoil at Martinrea continues to grow

    Last week, the situation at Martinrea took a turn for the worse, at least for employee morale.

    Several members of the United Auto Workers who work at Martinrea Heavy Stamping contacted The Sentinel-News and expressed extreme agitation with plant officials. The employees, who were granted anonymity because they feared for their jobs, said that they were being bullied by plant officials.

  • Noble Metals to close

    It's a headline that has printed often in recent months: yet another local industry is closing because of the downturn of the economy in general and the auto industry in particular, 

    Noble Metals informed the City of Shelbyville last week that it soon would be closing permanently, putting 79 non-union workers out of a job.

    The company employs 46 hourly workers in its Direct Labor Production, 22 hourly positions in indirect labor production, and 11 salaried administrative positions.

  • Crime Stoppers ask for info on car break-ins

       

    Four cars were broken into in Fairway Crossing along Abingdon Circle and Ashborne Lane in Shelbyville on April 4.

    The break-ins happened between 11:30 p.m. on April 4 and 7 a.m. on April 5.

    Property was taken from the cars and one victim found property that had been in the vehicle scattered on the ground outside the car.

  • We’ve lost an extraordinary guy with extraordinary talent

    When I was a kid, the hayloft of our big dairy barn became a recreation center for kids from miles around. Day and night for almost any month of the year, boys would flock there to play basketball on the half court of hardwood I had meticulously kept cleared of that pesky hay.

    We even called the place the Cow Palace, but not because it resembled that famed arena in San Francisco.