Today's News

  • What we think: These should be our goals for 2009

    January 1 is a day for agenda-setting, if only because the calendar says so.

    Our leaders from Washington to Frankfort to Shelbyville will be putting into motion their ideas for the coming year.

    They will project how best to deal with the staggering difficulties from our economic picture, the need for better healthcare for all and myriad other problems.

    Privately, the kings of industry will be developing plans to restore and grow their businesses.

  • Looking back at 2008

    Revelers on this New Year's Eve may be tempted to sing "Hit the road, Jack," instead of "Auld Lang Syne" as they usher in 2009. For many - those who lost jobs or those who watched their 401(k)s shrink - 2008 was a trying year.

    The economy was the big newsmaker in 2008, and for much of the year, that news wasn't good. The election, of course, was the other big story in 2008, and, depending upon your perspective, the election news was good or bad - or maybe mixed.

  • She did it!

    Last weekend a local seventh-grader became the first person in a wheelchair to trek to floor of the Grand Canyon.

    Skylar Cannon made her historic journey with the help of a specialized wheelchair, a faithful support team, and her desire to overcome any obstacle in her way.

    The Grand Canyon is the latest challenge that this 50-pound, 13-year-old has beaten, but it likely will not be the last.

  • EARLIER: Adoptions on the rise

    Last Thursday morning the sterile, barren walls of the Shelby County courthouse lobby echoed with the sounds of celebration as adoptive parents and the children who would soon be theirs waited for their adoptions to be made final.


    Seven children from four different countries were officially made part of local families that day. Two local couples became parents for the first time and one set of grandparents got their first grandbaby.


  • Downtown study under way for Simpsonville

    Simpsonville has taken its first step toward creating a real downtown area, according to City Manager David Eaton.

    “The idea is for Simpsonville to eventually have a downtown district,” he said. “It's an extremely long-term vision; it could take 20 years or more, but it is very exciting.”

  • Looking Back: Dec. 26, 2008

    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.

  • We congratulate: Those who give to those who need


    During the holidays, it’s always wonderful to see our citizens and organizations coming together to help those who have fallen on hard times.

    Yes, it happens every year, but also the demand seems to keep growing and expanding.

    Civic clubs and individuals find their causes – whether they provide winter coats, toys, meals or simply comfort – and they handle as many people as possible.

  • Board approves Transition Committee

    The next two years are going to be a time of transition for the Shelby County Public School System. At the top of the list of change agents is the opening of a $40 million dollar education facility that will alter where many local students go to school.

    To help with the transition, the Shelby County School Board recently approved the formation of a Transition Planning Committee which is designed to help the district successfully open the school by fall 2010.

  • Charity Christmas dinner feeds nearly 2,000

    A cold, bitter wind found its way under coats and scarves Sunday night, but inside Claudia Sanders Dinner House, laughter, mountains of food, and the spirit of goodwill warmed the hearts of those who enjoyed a sumptuous Christmas feast.

    For the fifth year in a row, Christmas @ Claudia's provided the underprivileged of Shelbyville with a good holiday meal and toys for the children, all presided over by Santa himself.

    The jolly old elf smiled every time a tiny tot crawled onto his lap and tugged at his beard.

  • Workers lose jobs, not hope

    In the last month, more than 300 local workers either lost their jobs or were notified they would soon be laid off - just in time for Christmas.

    While the holidays might be less than cheery for these workers, some are hoping next year will bring more to be merry about.  

    After Terry Gaines was laid off from Martinrea Heavy Stamping this year, she knew this would be the last year that a factory job paid for her Christmas.