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Today's News

  • Progress, near misses and catastrophes define 2009

    Presidential inauguration

    The year started with a bang with Barack Obama's historic inauguration as the nation's first African-American president.

    Thirty-nine Shelby Countians journeyed to Washington D.C. to witness the 56th presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.

    The group left Shelbyville amid falling snow and were held up due to a 40-car pile up on the interstate, but that didn't diminish their spirits.

  • What we think: This is our 2010 agenda for Shelby County

    As we promised on Dec. 29, we offer to you today our vision for the most important initiatives facing our county in 2010. Some of these concepts are under way, and others need new and continued care and feeding.

    You can expect that as the year unfolds, we will continue to offer our perspective in how well leaders and citizens are addressing these concepts and embracing their themes.

  • COUNTY CLERK: Sue Carol Perry

    Shelby County Clerk Sue Carol Perry said her love for her hometown, and her concern for her neighbors has prompted her to run for office 32 years ago.

     

    Now she's been in office longer than any of the elected officials today.

    Under the leadership of Sue Carole Perry, the County Clerk's office was the first in the county to be computerized.

  • Shelbyville’s loophole

    Middleton Heights is a network of four small streets tucked conspicuously off West U.S. 60 just west of Shelbyville. Bound by Robin Road and Peachtree Street, it’s fully engulfed by city-maintained developments.

    But here’s the literal loophole:

    MIddleton Heights was never annexed into Shelbyville, allowing homeowners in this unincorporated area to evade city property taxes for nearly 60 years.

    Many maps outlining the city boundaries show Middleton Heights as a gray hole, surrounded by a grid of streets and other development.

  • News Briefs: Dec. 24, 2009

     Unemployment rate

    down from October

    Shelby County’s unemployment dropped slightly in November, down to 9.6 percent, a decrease of .3 from October, the second consecutive decline in Shelby County.

    Like every other county in Kentucky, Shelby has a much higher jobless rate than one year ago, when 6.1 percent of the workforce was without jobs.

  • Looking Back: January 1, 2010

    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.

  • Elizabeth Mandeel works tirelessly to help Shelby's Hispanics

    "Todos somos inmigrantes. We are all immigrants."

    A bumper sticker with this phrase adorns Elizabeth Mandeel's SUV. That phrase illustrates Mandeel's passion - and job - to help the migrant community.

    For countless Hispanics in Shelby County, Mandeel is a teacher, a guardian angel, a lifeline to "surviving in America," as she puts it.

    She's the Hispanic Liaison for Shelby County Public Schools, leading the Migrant Education Program designed for all migrant schoolchildren and anyone under the age of 22 in the community.

  • Rockets defeat Bearcats in final minute

    Boomer Beckley's layup with 44 seconds remaining in the game helped Shelby County defeat Anderson County 32-30 at home Friday night.

    In the remaining time, Bearcat Jacob Russell missed a shot from 3-point range, and teammate Will Ruggles missed from the low post. The rebound from Ruggles' shot ended in a jump-ball tangle with possession going to Anderson with 5.2 seconds remaining.

  • Lady Rockets top Spencer 48-34

    Dee Dee Davis' 3-pointer sparked a 9-0 run for the Lady Rockets to break at tie at 25, and Shelby County went on to defeat visiting Spencer County 48-34 Monday night.

    The Lady Rockets built their second-half lead with a combination of pushing the floor and an effective full-court press. Shelby also made 19 of 25 free throws, taking all but four of those in the second half.

  • Christmas at Claudia’s helps more families than ever

    The economy’s dark shadow vanished when the bright light of Christmas spirit entered Shelby County on Sunday.

    In the weeks leading up to Christmas at Claudia’s, there was concern that the recession would result in too few gifts and not enough food for the families who attend the affair this annual event at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.