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Today's News

  • Shelby County Public Schools: First glance at budget for 2012-13: Grim

    The Shelby County Board of Education received some grim news with the first look at its 2012-13 budget.

    The draft budget, which is a state-mandated review of projected receipts and expenses, was presented at Thursday's meeting and with it came an appeal from Superintendent James Neihof that the board members talk to the county’s leaders in Frankfort about continuing cut costs in education.

    In his report, Neihof said the state needs to get back to the funding level it provided in 2008.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2012: Reinforcing a legacy

    Celebrations in Shelby County this long weekend recapped how Martin Luther King Jr. led the country during a difficult time of progress. But those same celebrations served as a prompt to those in attendance that King's work is far from finished.

    "Ultimately his message was one of change in America," said DeVone Holt, who spoke at the first Whitney M. Young Job Corps Educational event and basketball tournament. "He wanted to change how white America looked at black America and how black America looked at white America.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Annexation ordinance not ready for review

    The Shelbyville City Council will have another short agenda this week, but it could be altered.

    As of Tuesday afternoon, the council had just one item to take up, the correction of a clerical mistake on the ordinance that increased the pay scale of the fire fighters.

    "It's just something about the hours that firefighters work, because they work different hours than normal jobs," Mayor Tom Hardesty said.

    The amendment to the ordinance, he said, doesn't change the pay scale for anyone.

  • VAN STOCKUM: Horses played a big role in WWI

    Recently I have read favorable reviews of a current movie production War Horse, directed by Stephen Spielberg. It has been described as an inspirational movie about World War I and the role played by horses. In my early years this war was just called the “World War” or the “Great War.” A sequel was not anticipated, because it was “The War to End all Wars!’

  • EMS moves closer to cool new home

    Emergency Services Director Todd Early gave Shelby County Fiscal Court an update Tuesday on progress in EMS’s move into its new headquarters.

    The county last year purchased for $650,000 from Schwan Food Service a 5.5-acre facility at 101 Old 7 Mile Pike, and EMS will relocate this year from the building it has outgrown on Hospital Drive in Shelbyville.

    “The conveyor system has been removed, and the electric doors have been replaced; now we just need to remove the cooler,” he said.

  • Shelby County's uniform policy similar to others in region

    When you see a county employee at work, you likely will be seeing clothing that you bought and maybe even cleaned with your tax dollars.

    That’s because Shelby County spends $52,750 annually to buy work clothes for its employees, ranging from T-shirts and lightweight jackets to a complete uniform for deputies and jailers.

    That doesn’t make Shelby unique. All other neighboring counties surveyed by The Sentinel-Newshave programs to provide clothing and sometimes laundry services for their employees, too.

  • Whitman takes over as director of EMA

    Shelby County has a new emergency management agency director, but it’s not a new face: Long-time Deputy Director Paul Whitman, who has been serving as interim director since the retirement of Charlie Frazee in October, takes over.
    Whitman was sworn in by Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger at Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court at the Stratton Center.

    Whitman was appointed deputy emergency director in 2003, just a year after fiscal court established the local EMA with Frazee at the helm.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports Jan. 18, 2012

    DUI

    David Shouse, 47, of 2181 Waddy Road was arrested Dec. 14 on Hickory Ridge Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs under aggravating circumstances, third offense, operating on suspended or revoked operator’s license and failure of owner to maintain required insurance, first offense.

    Steven S. Finkelstein, 49, of 1503 Bellingham Court in Louisville was arrested Dec. 18 on I-64 and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense.

  • Hot wheels

    No one was injured when this SUV caught on fire in the parking lot at Auto Zone on Taylorsville Road on Tuesday. An electrical problem under the dash caused the blaze.

  • Galbraith made a great first impression

    Random ravings while wondering why Richie Farmer had more laptops in one year than our entire newspaper staff has had this decade….

     

    Gatewood Galbraith today probably is entering the great governor’s race in the sky, bringing his folksy charm and unusual but not ill-formed ideas to that great debate.

    Whether you thought Galbraith a lion or a loon, you have to admit he brought some luminance to Kentucky’s political world, which typically has all the color of a corpse.