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Today's News

  • WICHE: Seed starting indoors with a heated mat

    My Christmas present this year was a great little seed-starting kit equipped with a tray, greenhouse top and heated mat. The heated mat is the special treat.

    In the past the seed tray would sit in the not-so-convenient spot in front of the refrigerator, where the heat escapes at the bottom. I am very excited about this new source of heat; I have had entire trays of peppers fail because the soil wasn’t warm enough!

  • Weekday graduation a possibility

    After the Shelby County School Board voted last week to extend the school calendar because of snow days, the conversation hasn’t stopped.

    The Sentinel-News' Facebook page has been abuzz with the topic, with mostly parents complaining about the late ending-date and the late graduation date, tentatively scheduled for June 12.

    To try to please a growing number, SCHS Principal Eddie Oakley said he has decided to look at the last day of school -- a Tuesday -- as a possible graduation date.

  • County says yes to bond for church

    Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday morning to issue bonds that allow a local church to refinance a multimillion-dollar project, the first time the county ever has taken such action.

    No member of the public or any magistrate questioned the concept of allowing Shelby Christian Church to refinance its $4.5 million debt on a multipurpose community auditorium and fellowship hall it built in 2004 at a much lower interest rate.

  • Car hit by semi-truck

    Tragedy was nearly averted when a trailer truck struck a car  that was stopped  in the left lane of Interstate 64 with the engine running, police said.

    The incident happened on March 6 as officers were working an accident on I-64 eastbound at the 36-mile marker just after 5:30 a.m. At that time, a truck driver stopped and told Shelbyville Police Officer Bruce Gentry that a car was stopped on the interstate nearby.

  • A Smart move

    How do you make classroom work more fun?

    It's an age-old question that teachers have been asking since one-room schoolhouses.

    But maybe the revolution has finally occurred.

    When asked if a class exercise was more fun than a birthday celebration about to happen, a group of kindergartners at Simpsonville Elementary answered with an emphatic, "Yeah!"

    Although kindergartners can often get caught in a pattern of answers, this time it didn't seem like they were stretching the truth.

  • County hears sidewalk update

    The sidewalks of Shelby County were a main topic of discussion at Tuesday's Fiscal Court meeting, and neither magistrates nor the audience sidestepped some of the hot issues surrounding the situation.

    "We've been fortunate to get grants to help us with these projects, because sidewalks not only add an important aesthetic quality to our community, but they are also essential for public safety," Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said.

  • Annual audits show county finances in order

    The county's finances are in good shape, according to annual audits released by the state auditor's office.

    You may have seen ads published recently in The Sentinel-News stating that several departments in Shelby County have passed their annual audits, and that fulfills the state’s role in ensuring the public’s money is being handled properly.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports: March 17, 2010

    Driving Under the Influence

     

    Daryll M. Craft, 33, of 48 Madie Lane in Shelbyville was arrested  March 14 at 20 Fairway Crossing and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants under aggravating circumstances, first offense.

  • Looking Back: March 12

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

  • What we think: Enforcing high standards serves community best

    We like the fact that Triple S Planning & Zoning is flexing a bit of muscle in trying to remove junky cars and substandard images of Shelby County from the gaze of our citizens and visitors.

    We like that the commission is not only setting and communicating standards but also is enforcing them consistently and stringently. That’s what we expect of this commission – to preserve the best parts of our county – and enforcing the codes is equally as important as setting them.