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Today's News

  • Small business bills would give state an economic boost

    Conversations about economic development frequently focus on landing the so-called big fish - reflecting the desire of the state and many of its communities to attract that one employer whose workforce numbers will provide a huge and almost immediate economic boost.

    Such goals are an important part of Kentucky's overall economic development strategy. But it is equally important to provide the strong support and incentives for the small businesses that are the mainstay of our economy.

  • Student lands internship with Google

    Before he entered kindergarten, Kenny Franks was learning his way around a computer. And before long, he was troubleshooting on the PC for his parents and teachers at school.

    His early start in the world of technology helped put him on a path to receive multiple technology accolades during his grade school and high school years and recently helped him land an internship with Internet giant Google.

  • 1983: Pat Tinsley gets crack at welding after 12 years

    If anyone has an old photo that they would like to run with this column bring it and the information into The Sentinel-News office or e-mail it to the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com. We are also looking for mystery photos. If you have a picture you can't identify, send it in and we'll ask our readers for help.

    10 years ago, 1998

  • School menus - Feb. 25-29

    Monday -- Corn dog or pretzel w/cheese sauce, ketchup/mustard, hash brown stick, green beans, banana, pineapple or peaches, milk

    B = Pizza strip or cinnamon pancakes

    Tuesday -- Turkey combo/cheese sub or BBQ pork rib on bun, salad dressing/mustard, lettuce/ tomato, macaroni & cheese, pickle spears, banana, pineapple or peaches (Heritage has Little Caesar's)

    B = Chicken and biscuit breakfast buns

    Wednesday -- Tacos or chicken fajitas, lettuce/tomato, sour cream/salsa, cheese sauce, taco sauce, corn, banana, pineapple or peaches, milk

  • Fire destroys Fisherville Road home

    Shortly before noon Wednesday, firefighters battled a blaze at a home located at 5856 Fisherville Road.

    Simpsonville Fire Chief Walter Jones said the call came in at about 11:19 a.m. that a structure fire was in progress.

    Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting from the upper floor of the two-story home.

    The home is owned by Kurt Swigert, Jones said.

    Swigert was not living in the home at the time of the blaze but Jones said several Hispanic residents who do work for him had been staying in the house. They were not injured.

  • Will Kentuckians get to vote on casinos?

    When Gov. Steve Beshear presented his plan to the General Assembly last week, he told legislators he wants to put the question to voters on the November 2008 ballot.

    "I trust the people in this state to make the right decision," he said.

    But getting the question on the ballot by this fall is not as simple as it sounds.

    To allow casino gambling, three-fifths of both the House and the Senate in the Kentucky General Assembly would have to approve a constitutional amendment. The legislature is already half-way through this year's session.

  • Casinos: A crapshoot?

    If Joy Bolton, of Shelbyville, has her way, women will lead the crusade against expanded gambling in the state just as mothers led the battle to toughen the nation's drunk driving laws.

    "We see ourselves like the women who founded MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)," Bolton said. "They were tired of their children being killed on the highways. We are tired of families being disrupted by problem gambling. The social costs of expanded gambling are not worth it. It is government sanctioning behavior that is detrimental for the sake of additional revenue."

  • WAGE rallies against gaming

    Women Against Gambling Expansion (WAGE) held a rally in the State Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, Feb. 19 to express the opposition of women across Kentucky to expanded gambling. Our fight is against those who want to take advantage of people in Kentucky, enticing them with the lure of easy money. Our fight begins by telling the truth and calling this a fight against expanded gambling, not gaming. Games are things like checkers or a good basketball contest. Gambling involves money with more losers than winners.

  • Learn to earn: State report connects income/education levels

    Sixth place out of 120 ain't bad.

    According to Kentucky's 2008-10 County Profiles, only nine of the 120 counties in Kentucky have a median household income greater than the national average. Shelby County ranks sixth in Kentucky.

  • Promotion key to Recycling Center's growth

    Word of mouth has been the best advertisement when it comes to getting Shelby County residents to recycle.

    Shelby County Solid Waste Coordinator Russell Thomas credits promoting the Recycling Center's mission to the public for much of the increase in the county's 2007 recycling totals.

    "Getting the word out is important," Thomas said. "I think our efforts -- and it is a team effort -- in getting out in community and spreading the word has helped tremendously."