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Today's News

  • Cyclists ride out the storms

    WADDY – Andrew Boyd pumped his fist and let out a yell as he crossed the finish line Sunday afternoon in Waddy.

    Boyd was celebrating his victory in the men’s Category 3 road race portion of the first Shelby County Omnium.

    His enthusiasm was also a statement on the weekend cycling event. Although rain did wreak havoc with the scheduled 3-race Omnium – canceling Saturday morning’s criterium – most of the riders seemed to happily weather the storms. 

    “It was awesome,” Boyd said.

  • NEIHOF: Goal-setting efforts paying off

    This BIG Goal was introduced to staff and students three years ago, a lofty goal with high expectations, intense monitoring, and consistent engagement.

    The focus never wavered. The hard work got harder. The efforts were never-ending.

    “Not all of my students are on grade level but by golly way more than the majority are,” is what Pam Pickens from Painted Stone Elementary said on the last day of school, June 4. “Setting that bar so high made us aim high, and it worked.”

  • MY WORD: For the ink-stained, this is wretched

    I was first paid for my writing when I was 13 years old. The Shelby Newsadvertised for "correspondents" to cover activities at the eight local junior high schools. Because the major activities were sports-related, a phone call and my immediate hiring became an introduction to the world of print journalism.

    It was the best call I ever made, not only because I would be paid the princely sum of 10 cents for every column inch of information I contributed, but it set me off on a career path that continues a half-century to this day.

  • Datebook: June 25, 2012

    Public meetings
    Shelby County High School’s SBDM meeting 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
    The Housing Authority of Shelbyville Board of Commissioners meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Housing Authority Administrative/Community Building.
    Board of Adjustments and Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Stratton Center.
    Shelby County Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the central office on Main Street in Shelbyville.

  • U.S. 60, bypass to be closed for big move

    ‘Super load’ move to require temporary route closures
    275,500-pound machine headed to plant at Harrodsburg

    Movement of an overweight/overdimensional “super load” of equipment from a dock in Louisville to a plant outside Harrodsburg will require temporary closure of some traffic routes in Shelby County starting tonight.

  • Looking Back: June 15, 2012

    Information was gathered from previous years of The Shelby Sentinel, The Shelby News andThe Sentinel-News. You can reach the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com.

  • Former Collins teacher gets probation on sex charges

    A former Collins High School special needs teacher received probation Monday after pleading guilty in May to having sex with students.

    Shannon Hirchert, 43, received a 7-year sentence, but Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman probated her sentence for a period of 5 years.

    He also ordered her to register as a sex offender and prohibited her from being around minors. She is prohibited from teaching school anywhere in the United States.

    Hirchert had pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter.

  • This bird is cuckoo for caterpillars

    Growing up on farms in Shelby and Spencer counties was an educational adventure within itself, and I highly recommend that as a way to raise your children, if at all possible.

    Recent studies are showing that the average child spends at least 50 hours a week watching TV or playing computer games, time that could be more wisely spent enjoying and learning about the many wonders of the surrounding natural world.

  • This bird’s name is well-deserved

    This is one of my favorite birds, and the major reason because it is well known in the bird world as the "King of Song."

    It is the very best of the mockers and can duplicate the songs of at least 30 different bird species in rapid succession. Each phrase of the songs can be repeated two to six times, but it is usually three times.

    Add to this a variety of sounds from whistles to barks, and you may even hear the tinkling sound of a piano or the sound of a squeaky hinge.

  • New law tightens up auto insurance

    A new state law that went into effect last week makes it mandatory for drivers to keep their auto insurance up to date – and be able to prove it.

    The Department of Insurance in Frankfort now are requiring insurance companies to report policies that have been terminated by drivers.

    State officials say that notices will be sent to owners of vehicles for which continuous coverage is not verified, and those owners will be given 30 days to establish coverage or to present proof of coverage.