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Today's News

  • What we think: CATS may go but need remains

    The General Assembly’s passage last week of a bill that would eliminate the CATS test merits further consideration before being signed into law.

    In fact this step, and its effects on the well being of our students, deserves, well, more study.

    There is little doubt that the CATS test – as with most education achievement tests – is flawed. Parents complain that it puts too much pressure on students to perform on one test. Educators complain that it forces them to teach to a test rather than a base of knowledge.

  • Our hero needs some help to pull out this one

    A woman was concerned about the health of  someone she had known for many years, so she called her minister.

    “Do we have Mike Casey on our prayer list?” she asked.

    The minister said, no, he was not on the list before slowly adding, “I have to apologize for asking this, but who is Mike Casey?”

    The woman, after pausing to consider what would be a long explanation, simply said, “Well, he’s our hero.”

  • Part I: The next big campaign of the war in the Pacific: Guam

     

  • Happy birthday, Barbie!

    "I'm a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world

    Life in plastic, it's fantastic!"

    -- "Barbie Girl" 1997, by Danish-Norwegian pop group, Aqua. 

    Barbie, the shapely fashion doll of toy box fame, turned 50 Monday.

    Always controversial, she is both praised and condemned: Praised for the new grown-up play she has brought to little girls worldwide. Condemned for the unrealistic standards of body image she has imposed on little girls worldwide.

  • Schools using new programs

    At Thursday night's monthly school board meeting, principals of the middle schools, the high school and Cropper gave an accounting of their school's “five main things.”

    They focused on the topics of curriculum alignment, professional learning, structure, enrichment and intervention.

  • Thanks, but what I really wanted wasee

    The Internet is a rich source of random thoughts and miscellaneous wisdom.  Under that heading, I offer the following pearls for your consideration:

    1)    Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.  

  • Loss is a step for next year

    A 35-footer.

    That’s a tough way to loose a game, any game -- not to mention the regional championship -- to your biggest rival.

    Though Tuesday’s 8th Region Championship game between Shelby and Anderson came down to a long-range prayer, it didn’t really come down to one shot.

    The Rockets had chances throughout the game to win but failed to capitalize.

    Take a quick look at the roster, and maybe you can see why.

    No seniors.

  • Crime Stoppers seek info on Subway burglary

    The Shelbyville/Shelby County Crime Stoppers needs information on a break-in at Subway last week.

    According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, last Friday at 2:20 a.m., an unknown white male broke into Subway on Howard Drive and took an undisclosed amount of cash.

    The intruder was captured on video.

  • Here's what to know about severe weather season

    A woman struggling to escape from her car before it sank into a whirling, muddy current.

    A man frantically searching for shelter from a deadly tornado rushing toward him.

    Shouts, screams, the electrifying sight of lightning as it struck the earth in jagged bolts.

  • Looking Back: March 13, 2009

    Information was gathered from previous years of The Shelby Sentinel, The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News. You can reach the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com.