Today's News

  • 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.

  • Woman killed on Eminence Pike

    A Henry County woman died shortly after an automobile accident that occurred as she headed into Shelbyville Saturday morning, according to Jason Rice, a detective with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

    Karen Montgomery, 32, was traveling south on Ky. 55,  Eminence Pike just before 6:30 a.m. when her car was struck by a car traveling north.

  • Darryl Hicks: Mature beyond his years

    Just looking at Darryl Hicks, he appears to be just like any other player on the Shelby County High School basketball team.

    You see loads of potential in his long, 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame that appears to have room to grow.

    What you don't see is that Hicks has to ride the bus to practice everyday, and he doesn't clown around with his teammates in the hall between classes.

    That’s because he is 14 years old and an eighth grader at West Middle School.

    But he also is the first player off the bench for the Rockets.