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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Goody baskets for the horses

    Favorite Friesan Fire may have missed out on the big purse in Saturday's Kentucky Derby -- but the horse didn't go home empty-hoofed. 

    The 3-year-old Thoroughbred, and each horse who raced in this year's Kentucky Derby and Oaks, received a consolation prize basket of shampoos, medical supplies, grooming products and treats from Metzger's Country Store in Simpsonville.

  • Mike Casey 1948-2009

    Mike Casey was eulogized Tuesday in a place where he spent a lot of productive hours: under the northern basket in the gymnasium at Shelby County High School, where in 1966 he led the Rockets to their first state basketball championship.

  • EARLIER: Schools cut many staffers

    Non-tenured employees of Shelby County schools received pink slips in their paychecks on Friday.

    School officials said that it is not unusual for employees with limited, 1-year contracts received such notices, which are required by law to be sent out by May 15, but this year all employees without tenure in the school system received non-renewal letters.

    An employee only can have tenure with five years or more time on the job.

  • 'Noise' on magistrate's mind

    Magistrate Allen Ruble's house sits some 200 feet off the road, yet sometimes in the summer he and his family are still jarred by the sound of blaring stereos or unmuffled mufflers.

    “There's been times, especially in the summers, it shakes the windows,” Ruble said. “A lot of other people have been complaining about it to me too.”

  • Simpsonville FD saves barn

    Because of the quick response time qetting to a fire, Simpsonville firefighters were able to save a barn on Scott Station Road, Fire Chief Walter Jones said.

    “We did a very good job getting there in a timely manner, and were able to confine the fire to an 8 X 8 foot corner of the barn,” he said. “Timing was everything on saving this barn.”

    The fire was called in at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at the residence of Ralph Peed at 1205 Scott Station Road, Jones said.