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Today's News

  • Free soybean meal to go to farmers

    It's not too often that folks can get something free with no strings attached, but next week, local farmers will be treated to just that.

    Soybean meal -- 50 tons of it -- was spilled during a Norfolk Southern train derailment near Waddy in March. That accident happened at about 3 a.m. on a Sunday morning, when nine cars jumped the track and overturned. Four of them were hopper cars loaded with the meal. Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger elected to have the meal taken into storage for farmers rather than have it taken to a landfill for disposal.

  • Foreclosures: 'Needlessly on the rise'

    Yolanda Bradford knows painfully too well the look on homeowners' faces when they are facing foreclosure.

    Bradford, a non-profit financial consultant, said people who come into her office with a stack of late mortgage payments often don't have any hope of saving their home.

    "They think there is no way to save their home, so many just walk away and let their house fall into foreclosure," she said.

    Bradford has seen the number of homeowners who walk away without first pursuing all of their options steadily increase in Shelby County.

  • 1968: J.L. Coots and son Jack hit the top with Guernseys

    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

  • Jackson to help review CATS test

    A member of the Shelby County Board of Education has been appointed to a task force that will scrutinize the state's testing system.

    Brenda Jackson, the current school board chairperson, is one of 22 state education, legislative, and civic leaders who have been charged with the task of reviewing the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) and giving recommendations for improvements.

  • Scenes from the 2008 Shelby County Fair

  • Pension reforms on tap for special session

    Sen. Gary Tapp and Rep. Brad Montell have received the call from the governor to head back to Frankfort in order to pull a patch job on the state's failing pension plan.

    With the fiscal year winding down, the legislature will have to move fast.

    Gov. Steve Beshear issued the call for a special session at a press conference yesterday afternoon. The only item on the session's agenda is addressing the $26.6 billion shortfall in the state's pension fund.

    The legislature will go into session Monday, June 23.

  • SCHS grad writes symphony

    Move over, Mr. Holland. Berry Sharp may be creating his own opus.

    Sharp, who graduated from Shelby County High School last month, composed a six-part symphony called "Atlantis." "Atlas," the third movement of the symphony, was performed by the Shelby County High School concert band and orchestra at the annual band concert in May.

    "Atlas" was written and composed with the aid of a music notation program called Finale. Sharp said he wrote the piece in one weekend when his "epiphany moments" came together.

  • School start times to remain

    Despite costing the school district an added $168,000 in transportation costs, the two-tiered start times for local public schools will be back for a second round next year.

    Last year, the Shelby County School Board decided to stagger the times that elementary, middle, and high schools start in order to increase the district's options for transporting students to school. Currently elementary schools start at 7:40 a.m., the high school starts at 8:40 a.m. and the middle schools start at 8:55 a.m. Previously all schools started at the same time.

  • Accident victims still hospitalized

    Two people who were seriously injured in an accident in which one person was killed last Tuesday are still hospitalized.

    Beatrice Centers of Taylorsville and Sarah Wilson of Simpsonville are still hospitalized at the University of Louisville, where they were taken after being involved in a traffic accident at the I-64 overpass in Shelbyville.

    Centers is still in serious condition at the hospital's Coronary Care Unit.

    Wilson, whose husband Joseph was killed in the crash, was airlifted to the hospital by helicopter. She also remains in serious condition.

  • Community datebook

    Support groups

    June 19 -- Parents of Children with Learning Differences and Attention Difficulties meets at 7 p.m. at the Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky, 2210 Goldsmith Ln., #118, Louisville. For additional information call the LDA office at 502-473-1256.

    June 23 -- An ALS (Lou Gherig's Disease) support group meets 6 p.m. at Cardinal Hill Rehab Center on Bluegrass Parkway (Bluegrass Industrial Park, I-64 and Hurstbourne Lane) in Louisville. For more information, call 800-406-7702.

    Public can attend