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Today's News

  • Election 2104, State Senate: McCurdy ready to challenge for 20th District

    Gary “Tony” McCurdy says he’s tired of Kentucky’s lawmakers looking at the small picture and wants to see a more proactive approach.

    That led him to run against Ben Chandler in the 6th District U.S. Congress race in 2008.

    “There wasn’t a Republican running against him, and I knew he could be beaten,” he said. “So I decided to run.”

    Although he lost by 3 percent to Jon Larson in the primary, McCurdy, a conservative Republican, did get the itch to serve.

  • Shelby County School Board: Change will help Southside lead 21st Century classrooms

    As the school district puts the finishing touches on the new Northside Early Childhood Center, it made a bold new change at the new Southside Elementary School, which is scheduled to open in the 2014-15 school year.

  • No injuries in I-64 crash

    No one was hurt in a single-vehicle crash on I-64 Monday, police said.

    Shelbyville Police said the accident happened at 4:30 p.m. when the driver of a Ford pickup truck lost control of the vehicle on the icy roadway, and flipped the truck, which landed on its top in the slow lane.

    The driver, who name is not yet available, was traveling eastbound on I-64 at mile marker 34 when the accident happened. Traffic was only backed up for a short time, and police opened the left lane of the roadway at 5 p.m.

  • Family of 7 left with ‘clothes on their backs’

    Seven members of a family in Simpsonville were left homeless after a fire destroyed their home early Friday morning.

    Simpsonville Fire Chief Ronnie Sowder said the resident’s name is Danyel Keating. Seven people – two adults and five children – were home and escaped uninjured. Their frame home was left in rubble.

    Sowder said the call came in at 1 a.m. of a structure fire at 2233 Antioch Road.

    He said the Red Cross is helping the family, who lost everything they owned.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court to hear trash proposal

    The idea of a curbside garbage collection for county residents will be discussed tonight at the meeting of Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    The county’s Legislative Committee, headed by Magistrate Tony Carriss of Mount Eden, will discuss a proposal they have been developing that includes garbage collection and recycling, Carriss said.

    “The committee is going to explain what direction we’d like to go,” he said. “It will be a discussion more than anything.”

  • Official: JHS is not closing

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville will not be closing, CEO Michael Collins said in a written statement late Thursday afternoon.

    KentuckyOne is mired in system-wide cost-cutting measures that have resulted in layoffs across its 30 institutions, but Collins ended any speculation that those cuts would include closing its facility in Shelbyville.

  • KentuckyOne layoffs hit JHS

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville went through a round of layoffs on Monday, sources familiar with the hospital told The Sentinel-News, but company officials declined to specify the impact parent company KentuckyOne Health’s systemwide staff reductions would have on its campus here.

    Sources were able to confirm that several different departments were affected by the layoffs, but exact numbers and positions were unspecified.

  • Standoff ends in Shelby man’s death

    In the cold, dark pre-dawn hours Wednesday in a south Shelbyville neighborhood, the sound of gunshots split the night when a man barricaded in his home for hours finally opened fire at police.

    Del Aukerman was killed after the 7-hour standoff with police at his home at 139 Gray Hill Court that began when officers tried to serve him with a warrant on misdemeanor charges.

    When police approached the house to gain entrance shortly before 2 a.m., Aukerman opened fire, and police fired back, killing Aukerman in his home.

  • Aukerman: ‘A good guy’ but ‘kinda quirky’

    As police surrounded his house Tuesday evening, Del Aukerman turned to social media to talk to his friends.

    “I saw that he put on Facebook that his house was surrounded, and we talked [online through Facebook] until about eleven [o’clock],” Lee Miller said. “He seemed fine – calm and cool. He said he wasn’t going to fire unless the police tried to do something to him.”

    But well after Miller logged off, Aukerman did begin shooting.

  • Shelby man again ordered for competency hearing

    LA GRANGE – A Shelbyville man charged with engaging in organized crime with seven others in Oldham County continues to await a competency hearing before his case can move forward.

    La Grange Police originally arrested Casey Endicott, 18, in October on gang and drug charges, including conspiracy to commit murder.

    In December, seven other individuals, including Endicott’s brother and Shelbyville native Thomas Wenz, were indicted on several charges, although the most serious ones were dropped.