Today's News

  • MY WORD: It’s time for the Ten Commandments display to come down

    Nine years ago, as a newcomer to the state of Kentucky and a new resident of Shelbyville, I went to the Shelby County Courthouse to get a Kentucky driver’s license. On the wall of that office was a large standalone framed display of the Ten Commandments.

    To understand my reaction to seeing this, one must take the view of 1) a person who is non-religious and 2) a person who had at that time a budding awareness of issues of separation of church and state.

  • NEIHOF: Graduation still is about recognition

    Seniors at both high schools are in the final stretch before receiving their diplomas. Excitement is high this year, too, because of some changes that will honor more students – at home.

    Both commencement exercises will take place in the individual school gyms with overflow seating with a live broadcast in the school theaters. This arrangement is made possible because of the reduced number in the graduating class because of the two high schools.

    The celebrations can now occur at home, rather than at the Frankfort convention center.

  • MY WORD: Graduation should honor competitive students

    The recent letters to The Sentinel-Newsconcerning seating of honor students at Collins High School commencement reminds me of the same controversy two years ago at SCHS. At that time we were parents of an honor student whose seating was to be based on class rank.

    We had expected this, as this was the tradition at the high school when our older daughter graduated in 2005.  The message this sent was simple: There is competition in the academic world, it is important, and excellence will be recognized.

  • What we think: Sit-down needed for graduation debate

    As you have been reading on these pages these past few weeks, there is an obvious and increasingly vocal disconnect between the parents and supporters of students in our county high schools and the administrators with the school district. We dare say there’s even a disconnect with the school board itself.

    There has lingered in their district for a couple of years now a debate – sometimes raging hotter than others – about how high-achieving students should be honored at commencement.

  • We congratulate: Horse's hero is our hero

    It’s always refreshing to encounter a true hero. It’s even better when the person is unassuming and doing an act of human kindness and care rather than for camera time and, even worse, money.

    But that’s what we have in Rodney Kidd, a police officer in Simpsonville.

  • News Briefs: April 20, 2011

    Shelby’s unemployment dropped to 9.1% in 2010

    Shelby County’s unemployment dropped to 9.1 percent in 2010, which was tied for the 10th lowest rate in the state, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    Shelby’s rate was well below the 9.7 percent recorded in 2009 and was among the 76 counties that posted lower unemployment. Thirty-eight counties had higher rates, and six were exactly the same.

  • WICHE: Get ready to celebrate Arbor Day on April 29

    This Friday is Good Friday and Earth Day, so we should all be in a good frame of mind to do our part to improve the world.

    Next Friday we can put it to good use and plant out some trees in celebration of Arbor Day.  Surely we can top the first Arbor Day in 1872 when it was estimated that 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska alone. 

  • Wedding: Rutledge

    Suzanne Casper Scott and Gregory Lee Rutledge were married on March 7, 2011, in the bride's hometown, Lexington. The couple share three children, Mathew Gregory Rutledge, Melinda Ann Claypool and Eleanor Anna Rose Scott. The couple and children reside in Shelbyville.

  • On campus: Georgetown

  • April events: Collins High School

    April 29 - Army Jr. ROTC awards 5-7 p.m. auditorium

    April 30 - Army Jr. ROTC military ball 5-11:30 p.m.