Today's News

  • What we need is some independence from excesisive fireworks

    It was around 11:30 on Monday night when I was roused from my most peaceful slumber by incoming fire that must have sounded like the cacophony that careens through the ears of foxhole dwellers. The booms were loud and persistent, the echoes long-lasting. Diving under the covers did no good.
    In fact, the blasts were so thunderous I wanted to record them and play them for my Marine son to ask him if this is what it was like during his recent tour in Afghanistan.
    I’ve never been to war, but it sounded like the music.

  • What we think: Investigation is appropriate step

    Sheriff Mike Armstrong’s reticence about the details of the shooting of a family’s pet dog by one of his deputies continues to trouble us, but we are willing to be patient with Mr. Armstrong’s office for a few more days.

    That’s because we think it’s a good idea that Mr. Armstrong launched an internal investigation about why Deputy Brian Miller used deadly force as his first option when confronted by a Labrador in the backyard of a house he was checking for break-in.

  • We congratulate: Mr. Hudson’s choice by United Way

    The choice of Bobby Hudson to head Shelby County’s United Way campaign is a terrific one for those who want to raise money to help community service organizations in Shelby County.

    Mr. Hudson, the popular and capable CEO of the Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation, certainly knows his way around our boardrooms, corporate offices and public leadership ladder.

    With decades spent in banking, business development and luring new companies and jobs to the county, Mr. Hudson is known by almost everyone who makes decisions on any level.

  • Looking Back: July 1, 2011

    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.


  • 60th anniversary: Gallrein

    Bill and Dolores Gallrein of Shelbyville have been married for 60 years. The couple were married July 7, 1951.

    They will celebrate Saturday with friends and family.

    Bill Gillrein Jr., Michelle Block, both of Shelbyville, Laura Nelson of Brandenburg, and Gayle Butterman of Palm Coast, Fla., and eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

  • DAR 1812

  • Pflughaupts honored
  • Minnis now chief in Simpsonville

    With several members of his family and a former boss lining the front row of the Simpsonville City Hall commission room Friday morning, Albert “Chip” Minnis Jr. was sworn in as the city’s new police chief.

    Minnis, 50, a lifelong resident of Simpsonville, was approved June 15 by the Simpsonville City Commission as the new police chief, succeeding Scott Chappell, who asked to step down.

    Minnis becomes the first African-American to head a department of any kind in the history of the city.

  • United Way distributions down nearly 6 percent

    Nearly a quarter of a million dollars will be coming into 11 Shelby County organizations from Metro United Way funding this year, which is nearly 6 percent less than last year, officials say.

    The biggest chunk of the $248,695 allocated for Shelby County will be going to the Dorman Preschool Center, which will be receiving $57,809.

    Some, such as the Shelby Center for Disability Services, will be getting multiple contributions, including $37,875 for its sheltered employment program and $5,315 for community habilitation.

  • News briefs: July 1, 2011

    Smithfield Road to be
    closed for 3 days

    The continuing repairs to railroad crossings in Shelby County by RJ Corman Corp. will include Smithfield Road (KY 53) in Shelbyville.
    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office announced that repairs to the crossing between Seminole and Cherokee drives would require the road to be closed to through traffic from 9 a.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Friday.
    Motorists are advised to follow detour signs via U.S. 60 and KY 55 (Freedom’s Way).