Today's News

  • 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.

  • Shelby native Burnett finishes 8th at Rolex

    Shelby County native Hannah Sue Burnett used a strong cross country score to race up the standings at the Rolex Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park over the weekend.

    Burnett placed fifth in cross country, posting a blazing time of 10 minutes and 57 seconds with no faults.

    That pushed Burnett into the fifth position overall going into Sunday's stadium jumping event where she finished the event inside the top 10, at eighth overall.

  • Ag Report: April 29, 2011

    Kentucky celebrates

    its large beef industry
    Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer says the beef industry is very important to Kentucky.

    “Kentucky’s beef industry gives us all a reason to celebrate throughout the year,” Farmer said. “Beef is an important part of a healthy, well-balanced diet. The beef industry also is a major driver of Kentucky’s economy.

  • Oldham, Franklin among Kentucky counties declared disasters

    FRANKFORT – In the wake of severe weather and damaging floods throughout the state, particularly in Western Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday requested a major disaster declaration from President Barack Obama.
    Beshear is requesting individual assistance, disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling, public assistance, hazard mitigation and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

  • Diabetes victims tell their stories at special forum

    Sharon Potts is one of six siblings. Five of those siblings have diabetes.
    “I’ve had it for 15 years,” she said. “I hate taking medications and I’ve been insulin dependent for five years.”

    Smithfield’s Judy Bender said coping with the disease is still confusing after two years of dealing with it.

    Dallas Milliner sympathized and singled out Cook’s pharmacist George McDonald for helping him learn about diabetes. “I had a hard time finding information,” he said.

  • Real Estate Deeds: April 29, 2011



    Fannie Mae to Joseph G. Abel, Lot 168 Midland Estates Sec. IV, $96,333

    Jacinta Newsome and Jacinta Cool to Bradley R. and Brittany L. Embry, Lot 8, Longview Estates, $160,000

    Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Robert Jerad Fox, Lot No. 72, Meadowbrook Sec. 1, $87,000