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Today's News

  • Joe and Kathy's wild ride

    When Joe and Kathy Ruble plan a trip, they don't.

    The Rubles, a brother and sister who grew up in Simpsonville, met up with the Patriot Guard Riders, a parade of cyclists escorting the remains of three soldiers, when they stopped at the I-64 rest stop near there late last month. The Rubles were supposed to be there just to show support for this solemn  processional.

    But then the Rubles decided to follow the group to a picnic in Winchester.

  • WICHE: New plans for the suburban green?

    Some rather funny polling from Consumer Reports suggests both good and bad tendencies when it comes to America’s lawn-care habits.

    The good news is that 43 percent of the people polled plan to spend more time this year in their outdoor spaces.  Some plan to entertain more at home this summer; others suggest that they are competing with their neighbors to have the prettiest yard on the block. 

  • Season of music and food set to begin

    Hoedown [hoh-doun]: -- noun

    1. a community dancing party typically featuring folk and square dances accompanied by lively hillbilly tunes played on the fiddle.

    You know summer time is approaching when people start dancing and fish start frying in Shelbyville.

    Over at Red Orchard Park, everybody is invited to put on their dancing shoes and attend the Red Orchard Hoedown Barn on Saturday from 8-11 p.m.

  • News Briefs: July 10, 2009

     Guthrie’s ‘help desk’

    in Shelby on July 20

    District 2 Congressman Brett Guthrie’s traveling help desk will visit Shelby County on July 20 at 10 a.m.  The traveling help desk will be at the Stratton Community Center at 215 Washington Street in Shelbyville.

    Field Representative Steve Miller will be available to meet with constituents personally and help with constituent concerns.  No appointments are necessary.  

  • WICHE: Acclimate plants as they move outdoors

    I am particularly anxious to move some of my houseplants outdoors this spring.

    The gardenia that I have had for more than 12 years looks terrible!  It needs the restorative environment of the great outdoors:  more light, warmth, higher relative humidity and rainwater.

    I am not sure whether the cold house during the January ice storm/no electricity episode has had an impact on it or if it was just coincidence that it began to die back shortly thereafter.  In any case, it needs to be pruned up and sent outside to recover.

  • WICHE: Weed control tops checklist of spring garden chores

    There are various odd jobs to address in the garden once spring arrives.  Well-timed chores can help us improve the performance of some plants, control others and eliminate some.

    Weeds are usually foremost on people’s minds as they make their way back to the garden each spring.  There is no magic bullet for weed control, but we can take some common- sense measures to devise an overall management plan.  Diligence plays a role, as do timing and technique. 

  • 12-year-olds beat down Bath

    Fresh off of claiming the district championship over the weekend in Frankfort, the Shelby County 12-year-old Cal Ripken All-Star Team used solid hitting and strong defense to advance out of the first round at the State Tournament In Lexington, beating Bath County, 13-3, after four innings of play.

    Shelby started slow, allowing two runs in the first inning of play but then held Bath County to just one run during the next three innings.

  • Pitching depth key for 11s

    The Shelby County Cal Ripken League 11-Year-Old All-Star team appears to have several advantages over other 11-year-old teams.

    In most Cal Ripken games the older 12-year-olds handle the pitching, but Shelby Coach Scott Corn said he thinks pitching is his team's strength.

  • 10-year-olds roll past Spencer, 12-2

    The Shelby County 10-year-old all-stars came out hot and finished off Spencer County, 12-2, in a four-inning, run-rule-shortened game Wednesday.

    The victory put Shelby into the winners bracket final of the double-elimination district tournament at Clear Creek Park.

    Scott County beat Henry County, 11-7, in the first game.

    After Spencer County scored a run in the top of the first, Shelby came out in the bottom of the inning and took command of the game.

  • My Word: When it comes to global warming, sometimes statistics can lie

     A letter featured in The Sentinel-News (“Problems exist”, June 17) was, itself commenting on the proposed energy plan of President Barack Obama.  I generally do not agree with most of the views of the aforementioned contributor, thus, my grievances are less with that writer than with the newspaper itself.