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Today's News

  • Schools to consider expanding summers

    After a successful summer school expansion that focused on literacy in first- and third-grade students last year, Shelby County Superintendent James Neihof will ask the Shelby County Board of Education to help fund an even bigger undertaking at Thursday's 7 p.m. meeting at Southside Elementary.

  • Green movement to start at its home

    The City of Shelbyville's Public Works Department is looking to turn its property into a showplace and teaching tool for a cleaner environment.

    Jennifer Herrell, the public works director and city engineer, received a $24,000 grant that will help fund the project to turn the location at 787 Kentucky Street into a sustainable and green campus for the city.

    When it's finished, the project will show several different ways to help deal with storm water runoff, as part of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System program (MS4) she heads for the city.

  • Shelby Energy elects Trimble woman to board

    Shelby Energy Cooperative has announced the selection of a new board member for District III, which covers parts of Carroll and Oldham counties.

    Diana Arnold will assume the position that was left vacant when Joe Butler resigned from the board last July.

    A Shelby County group has taken Shelby Energy to task over the past year, citing several member issues with the company and lack of transparency from the cooperative's board.

  • EARLIER: City gives first OK to new sidewalk plan

    The Shelbyville City Council took the first step in toughening up its sidewalk ordinance.

    The council approved the first reading of an ordinance amendment that will allow property owners to go before the Code Enforcement Board if they wish to argue whether or not the sidewalk adjacent to or abutting their property needs to be fixed.

    The city’s current ordinance states that any property owner with a sidewalk along their property is responsible for the upkeep of that sidewalk.

  • ‘Chesty’ Puller Part II: Honored service in WWII and Korea

    Lewis Burwell Puller, at 5 feet 8 inches and 144 pounds, was a little below average size of his time, but he stood out among his contemporaries because of his barrel chest.

    Even so, I still have difficulty referring to him by his nickname, “Chesty,” because when I first met him in 1937, he was called “Lewie,” although not by us second lieutenants, who were careful to address him quite formally as “Captain Puller!”

  • MY WORD: Annapolis appointment fulfills dream

    From the halls of Shelby County High School...to the shores of who knows where.

    That is what Brandon Thompson is humming these days as the 2011 graduate has been accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy, fulfilling his dream of becoming a Marine.

    That dream started when, as a child, he watched military movies and documentary films about war with his grandfather.

    That dream became even more clear when retired Maj. Art Edinger showed a film about the Naval Academy to the Junior Marine Corps ROTC at SCHS when Brandon was a freshman.

  • MY WORD: A life lesson about integration from 1956

    Many years ago, when I was 25 years old and working as a writer for the Henderson Gleaner and Journal, there was an outbreak of strife just before Labor Day in September of 1956.
    At first, the troubles began at Sturgis, a small town in Union County, which we considered as part of our circulation area, the tri-counties of Henderson, Union and Webster in western Kentucky. From our small staff, the first reporter who went over to Sturgis was a young man, Karl Christ, who then was serving mainly as our sports editor. We all did double-duty frequently in those days.

  • What we think: Balancing the budget needs no amendment

    We think it’s a really good idea that our government operates each year with a balanced budget. And we couldn’t agree more with our leaders who suggest that.

    But, those points made, the requirement to balance the federal budget is not, as some lawmakers are suggesting, a Constitutional issue.

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was in Frankfort recently touting the idea of going through the laborious and – yes – costly process of amending the U.S. Constitution, perhaps requiring a constitutional convention, to impel lawmakers to do their jobs.

  • We congratulate: Shelby County Fiscal Court for passing its contribution to the City Center

    We were very pleased last week to see that Shelby County Fiscal Court had approved its piece of the financial pie needed to study the plan for the downtown City Center.

    We had been pushing for months for magistrates to contribute the remaining $12,500 – the other partners, the City of Shelbyville, the Shelby County School Board and the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, did so months ago – and we are relieved that this is completed.

  • We journalists may not be worth much, but we love what we do

    I was standing in a convenience store last week, next to a new and neat stack of The Sentinel-News that I had just delivered because the guy contracted to do so was sick.

    (Hey, nobody wants the paper to get out more than I do, so you do what needs to be done. To understand that, read on.)

    And while I was there, a guy walked up and took a paper off the top, for which I thanked him.