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Today's News

  • What does bin Laden’s death really mean?

    Under cover of darkness they came, with the wind in their faces, flying as low as 50 feet from the earth to avoid detection.

    Nearing their destination, every member of the special forces Navy SEALS team preparing to spring from four Black Hawk helicopters and one CH-47 Chinook knew what was at stake.

    Simpsonville resident Walter Herd wasn’t present with the team that hunted down and killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on Sunday, but he knows what they were going through.

    He should. He has been there.

  • 8 Shelby women in pink for Oaks

    Della Eaves, Joy Goodman and Janet Lea say they are tickled pink about being selected to participate in the Kentucky Oaks Day Survivors Parade at Churchill Downs on Friday – and with good reason.

    Not only is the Oaks one of America’s great horse races and events, but these three women, along with five others from Shelby County, are among 137 women who will promenade to celebrate something vastly greater than even a time-honored tradition like horse racing:

    They are celebrating life.

  • Celebrating Earth Day in Shelby County

    Maybe Mother Nature was in a good mood Saturday because of Shelby County’s Earth Day celebration at Red Orchard Park.

    Whatever the reason, the first day of sunshine in days was a welcome sight, both for visitors and for the dozens of people and organizations that had worked hard to make sure the event was a success, which all agreed that it was.

    Shelby County Parks Director Clay Cottongim said he was pleased with the weather and even more pleased with the turnout.

  • EARLIER: Ethington Auto faces more than 100 counts

    The owners of Ethington Auto Sales in Shelbyville have been charged with 106 counts of illegal business practices for how they have handled the transfer and titling of vehicles.

  • Shelby Industries adds new division

    A Shelbyville company has installed new equipment that will allow it to add new jobs.

    Shelby Industries received its good news in March, and on Monday, Gov. Steve Beshear and other county officials dropped by its plant on McDaniel Road to see company officials unveil the company’s new precision CNC machining division at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

     “This equipment will allow us to make parts in-house that before we had to get from outside the United States, so this is very significant,” said Wayne Allen, vice president of Shelby Industries.

  • News Briefs: May 4, 2011

    3 students chosen as

    first historical interns

    Olivia Sherrod, Katelyn Harden and Austin Dupre have been selected by the educational committee of the Shelby County Historical Society to serve as interns.

    They are the first chosen for this program, which was approved by the Shelby County School Board in February.

    Their tenures, which will include course work and field work, begins in August, meeting during the sixth and seventh periods at the Shelby County Welcome/Heritage Center on Main Street.

  • EARLIER: Shelby Countians coming to the aid of Alabama’s tornado victims

    Shelby Countians are surging forward to help those ravaged by the deadly tornadoes that plowed across Alabama last week.

    Hundreds are dead, hundreds more are missing, hundreds are injured and thousands are homeless from storms that cut giant swatches nearly 300 miles long from eastern Mississippi to northwestern Georgia.

    Survivors in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Huntsville, Cullman and many smaller towns are devastated by the loss of life, the disintegration of homes and the desperate straits they find themselves facing.

  • MY WORD: Collins High School seniors to administrators: Continue graduation seating policy

    his open letter of April 18 from the 2011 senior class of Collins High School to the administration at Collins High School was provided to The Sentinel-Newsby Elizabeth Sames:
     
    On behalf of the 2011 Senior Class of Martha Layne Collins High School, we would like to formally object not only to the decision to eliminate class ranking from the seating of graduation, but also the fact that our classmates including valedictorian, salutatorian, and class officers will not be able to speak to their peers as we come together this final day.

  • EARLIER: Collins seniors seek change in seating plan

    An escalating public debate about how honor graduates will be seated for commencements at Shelby County’s high schools has drawn a formal protest from one group of seniors.

    In a letter sent to Shelby County Public Schools and the school board on April 18 and received by The Sentinel-Newson Friday, the senior class at Collins High School has requested that students continue to have the opportunity to showcase their successes.

  • Flood warning for Shelby County

    Overnight rain has pushed water levels high and placed Shelby County in a flood warning today.

    Most major creeks and drainage canals are overflowing as rain continues to fall.

    Showers are scheduled to dissipate later today, but not before they dump more rain into those rising waters. As much as an inch is forecast.

    Beware that low-lying roadways that flood frequently -- such as along Scott Station Road, Hebron Road, Antioch Road, Anderson Lane, Fox Run, Pickett's Dam Road -- could be under water.