Today's News

  • Magistrates promise to explore smoking ban

    Magistrates committed Tuesday to explore the issue of a smoking ban in Shelby County but set no timetable to do so.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court held a workshop at Stratton Center to hear discussion on an issue being pushed by a group called Make Shelbyville Restaurants Smoke Free.

  • School closing a quick call Thursday morning

    Many families awoke to quite a surprise Thursday morning when Shelby County Public Schools were canceled.

    With most of the worst snow and weather to the south and east of the county, there seemed little chance that Shelby County's kids would miss another day in the classroom.

    Shelby County Director of Student Accounting and Support Services Gary Kidwell said the decision had to be made quickly as the weather started to turn worse very early Thursday morning.

  • WICHE: Early April treatment for emerald ash borer

    The emerald ash borer was first identified in southeast Michigan in the summer of 2002. By 2009 it hit really close to home.

    The first two confirmed Kentucky sightings where in Jessamine and Shelby counties. In Indiana the heaviest concentration of infestation is in the Northeast of the state; the rest of the state is considered intermittingly infested. 

  • EARLIER: Wills: $720,000 = 9 months

    Jody Wills, the woman who admitted to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer, is in the Shelby County Detention Center today, serving a 9-month sentence for those crimes.

    Senior Judge Steve Mershon on Friday discarded the plea bargain that Wills accepted in December, ignored demands from prosecutors for a long sentence and accepted Wills’ teary plea for leniency.

  • Lust, lies, larceny: The Jody Wills Story

    In 1998, attorney Mark Dean opened a law office in Shelbyville, and Jody Wills, 23, the new mother of an infant son, left her job as a teller at Citizens Union Bank to be his office manager.

    She immediately won Dean’s trust, admiration and his affection. For seven years she was his aide de camp, bookkeeper and – ultimately – his lover.

  • Farm Bureau delegation heads to D.C.

    John Wills of Shelby County Farm Bureau will be one of approximately 200 KFB members who will be in Washington next week to meet with the state’s elected leaders. Farm Bureau’s annual Congressional tour is Monday through Thursday and includes individual question-and-answer sessions with Republican senators Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning and others. “We will meet with Congressman [Brett] Guthrie [R-Bowling Green] then both senators for group Q&A sessions, and other FB members will meet with their congressman,” Wills said via E-mail.

  • Looking Back: February 26, 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.

  • Two Rockets set to continue football careers at Georgetown

  • Rockets knock Eminence from district tournament

    The Rockets advanced to the 30th District Championship game with a solid 72-40 win against visiting Eminence Tuesday.

    Shelby County built a 42-13 halftime lead, turning Warrior turnovers into 25 points and shooting 50 percent from the field.

    Rocket Donovan Johnson posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Four more Rockets were in double figures: Darryl Hicks (13), Eric Standafer (12), Boomer Beckley (11) and Cache Tomlinson (11). Dre Banta led the Warriors with 14 points.

  • Mitch Bailey: a coach, teacher, friend

    Mitchell Bailey, a coach of champions and an inspirational teacher of thousands, died Thursday morning of complications following stomach surgery. He was 82. Bailey was an assistant coach on Shelby County High Schools’ state championship basketball team in 1966 and its state baseball championship team in 1979, and he took the 1966 baseball team to the state finals, too. But it was the legions of students who sat in his U.S. history class at SCHS over whom Bailey perhaps had the most influence in his career.