Today's News

  • EARLIER: Embezzler Craig goes to jail, and Wills may follow her there

    Two of the biggest convicted embezzlers in the history of Shelby County were scheduled to go to court on Monday – one of them left for prison and the other appears headed there, too.

    Kelly Craig, who had pleaded guilty on five counts of stealing more than $10,000, left the new Shelby County Circuit Court Room in handcuffs after the 10-year prison sentence to which she had agreed was handed down stoically by Judge Charles Hickman.

  • Shelbyville's reannex of Rubles' land wouldn’t change zoning position

    The City of Shelbyville has started the process of reannexing the much-discussed Ruble property at the southwest corner of Harrington Mill Road and Freedom’s Way – but that doesn’t mean the controversial zoning status of that property is likely to change.

    The property, owned by Tom and Allen Ruble, which sits just north of the RJ Corman railroad and the Midland Industrial Park, had been annexed by the city in June and subsequently has been the issue of a heated zoning battle between residents in the Harrington Mill Road area and city hall.

  • Shelby County School Board: New state assessments coming forward slowly

    The Shelby County Board of Education got a preview Thursday of the new accountability model that the district is in the process of receiving from the state.

     “This is not everything,” Superintendent James Neihof told the board at its meeting at the central office in Shelbyville. “There is still more to come.”

    There will be several language changes, with K-Prep replacing the familiar KCCT and the new Unbridled Learning moving to the forefront for CATS.

  • Rhyme and reason for the season: 2011 version

    We’re here again with our holiday verse,

    To bring you a cheer or maybe a curse.

    But we hope for a smile from ear to ear,

    Our goal is only a bit of holiday cheer.

    So with only  apologies to Clement Moore,

    Our Night Before In Shelby is your reading chore.


    ‘Twas the night before Christmas,

    And all across the field,

    Holes and folds were numerous,

  • What we think: New judicial center is money well spent

    Shelby Countians awoke this morning to perhaps the most wonderful new public facility in the more than 200 years of our history – the Shelby County Judicial Center.

    We don’t know how residents in the early 1900s reacted to the opening of the Shelby County Courthouse, and we set aside the oooos and aaaaaahs for new schools, because those tend to happen and bring new educational wonders every decade or two.

    But we believe the center on the corner of 4th and Main streets in Shelbyville is a building of which all residents should be proud.

  • We congratulate: All the ways we celebrate the holiday season

    Some have labeled us as Sentinel-News Scrooges for suggesting that the Celebration of Lights in Shelbyville is scheduled too early and infringes on Thanksgiving.

    We still believe that it is, but we will set that aside for now to recognize another dead-on Santa certainty:
    Lots of people in Shelby County love to celebrate the holidays.

  • What we think: The Christmas story is our forever lesson

    In our annual pause to celebrate love and giving, we believe it is important that everyone remember the story that changed mankind.

    Luke 2

    1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.

    2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

    3 All went to their own towns to be registered.

  • MY WORD: In defense of Officer Willoughby

    A letter writer supported Shelbyville Police Officer Suzanna Marcum (“About the shooting,” Letters to the editor, Nov. 30). I wish I would have written in earlier to show my support for Officer Frank Willoughby in the incident involving the shooting of teenager Trey F. Williams.

  • MY WORD: Moving Lifebridge is a bittersweet farewell

    On behalf of Lifebridge for Animals, I would like to offer you a bittersweet “farewell.”

    The goal of Lifebridge for Animals has been unique in that we always have been focused on the future. We have worked diligently to move toward a day when there will be no need for animal shelters.

    Through curriculum-based humane education and spay/neuter assistance, that day can come. Sheltering is important, but it is not a solution to the problem of pet overpopulation, cruelty and neglect.

  • Shelby's holiday charities still feeling spirit

    Even in the midst of tough economic times, the giving spirit of Shelby Countians shines this holiday season through its support of local charities.

    So says leaders of several charitable efforts, including Bonnie Roberts, volunteer chairwoman of the local Salvation Army service unit.