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Today's News

  • Mike Casey: 'A true friend for life'

    I probably wasn't Mike Casey's oldest friend or his closest, but I am proud to say that if he were here, he'd put me in the top five on each list. 

    Casey will never be asked that question because he left us in the late afternoon of Thursday, April 9, 2009.  We all have many acquaintances in the different phases of our lives, but we're very fortunate if we have true friends.  And I considered Mike Casey a true friend for life.

  • Traveling preacher 'shares the Gospel' on horseback

    The Rev. Ken Downey has come a long way, and he has a long way to go.

    Downey, 69, is on a cross-country trip commemorating the early circuit-riding preachers who went from town to town sharing the Gospel and preaching in homes and churches. Downey's vehicle is a single horsepower mode of transportation, a 14-year-old quarter horse named Pilgrim.

  • Farmers hear about changes with master settlement

    With millions of dollars coming from the Master Settlement Agreement since 2001, local farmers have built hay storage facilities, bought better bulls, fenced cattle away from streams, added egg processing machinery, or built greenhouses.

  • Fugitive indicted for murder

    A local man police have been seeking for two months in the death of a local teenager has been indicted for murder.

    Salomon Caballero Gomez, 22, was indicted Wednesday by the Shelby County Grand Jury in the death of Joel Diego Mena, 17.

    Gomez is accused in the shooting death of Mena, who was shot in the street at the intersection of 9th and College streets on Feb. 18.

    Mena was transported to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, where he was pronounced dead.

  • Shelby man arrested for burning child

    A Shelbyville man has been arrested for assaulting his girlfriend's young daughter, police said.

    Kentucky State Police arrested Juan Carlos Queriapa, 25, of Seven Mile Road, after they said he held the four-year-old's foot to a hot cooking stove.

    The girl's injuries were so severe, she had to be hospitalized.

    Queriapa is charged with first degree assault. He is lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center on a $75,000 bond.

  • Into the Hall they go

    Shelby County sports legends Mike Casey and Elmore Just took their posthumous places among the state’s sports elite Wednesday night.

    In a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Casey and Just were inducted into the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, an honor that came too late for either to attend.

    Casey, Shelby County’s former Mr. Basketball and a star at the University of Kentucky, died April 9 after a long battle with heart disease. Just, a golf innovator, passed away in 2001 from a heart attack.

  • Mike Casey: Talent, accomplishment and grace

    I, along with thousands of other Kentuckians, was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Kentucky basketball legend Mike Casey.

    I first heard about Mike Casey when we were both 16 years old and playing in the Kentucky State Men’s Fast Pitch Softball Tournament. I played for Falmouth Farm Supply, and Mike played for the Shelbyville Jets. He was a little taller than I (his 6’4” to my 6’1”), but we both played shortstop and batted left-handed.

  • Shelby woman is first white to be Miss KSU

    Life was returning to normal Tuesday for Shelby County graduate Elisabeth Martin, after being crowned Miss Kentucky State University last week in Frankfort. She juggled a final exam with an important luncheon, all while fielding phone calls from the media. 

    She'll likely gather more media attention when she competes for the title of Miss Historically Black College or University later this year. She will appear with other like pageant winners in Ebony and Jet -- national publications that typically feature black celebrities and politicians.

  • We congratulate: Mine That Bird and his handlers

    If you had anything – even a 50-cent party bet – on Mind That Bird in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, you merit our most humble congratulations.

    Yes, we know some of you did. You had to pick the name, the odds or simply the open spot on someone’s board and go for the long shot. And we hope you cashed a check greater than the colt’s $9,500 purchase price.

  • 205 fired school employees could be rehired quickly

    About 205 non-tenured educators who received pink slips with their paychecks Friday could be rehired, Shelby County Schools Superintendent James Neihof told The Sentinel-News on Tuesday.  

    There are more than 212 anticipated openings in the district that have been posted on the Kentucky Department of Education's Human Resources Web site, school officials reported, and interviewing for those positions will likely begin after May 15. 

    "Many principals will move forward with the hiring process very quickly," Neihof said.