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Today's News

  • Officials look to 2009

    Much of the nation and the state are struggling with the problems caused by a down economy, but the elected leaders of Shelby County are excited about what the 2009 may bring.

    City and county officials alike are both looking forward to two huge projects this coming year: the completion of the bypass and to work beginning on the new judicial center.

    Shelby County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger said that he, along with everyone else, is looking forward to these two projects.

  • What to do with the Christmas tree?

    Christmas has come and gone. Wrapping paper has been bagged and thrown out; gifts have been put away in drawers or hidden in the attic; and new puppies are being spoiled and house-trained.

    What remains is the annual question: What does one do with the real Christmas tree drying in the living room?

    Artificial trees are conveniently taken apart and packed away, but real trees, preferred by many for their beauty, aroma and sentimental value, must be removed.

    Shelby County residents have limited options for what to do with "real" Christmas trees.

  • District Court Report Dec. 29, 2008

      District court The following cases were heard by Judge Linda Armstrong:

    Raul R. Bernal, reckless driving, no operator's/moped license and first-offense failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security -- plead guilty -- 10-day sentence and $793 fine and costs.

    Randall R. Collier Jr., operating on suspended/revoked operator's license -- plead guilty -- sixty-day sentence.

  • People find Christmas in tough economic times

    Stories of economic turmoil have dominated the news in recent months, but as Shelby County embarked through the holiday season, financial tribulations could not prevent good will toward men.

    The Shelby County Optimist Club sponsored the Annual Community Christmas Dinner at the Multi-purpose Community Action Agency on Christmas day, and Jean Glore, president of the club, said they helped feed around 500 people, counting those who attended and those who had food delivered to them.

  • Out With the Old, In With the New

    Welcoming another New Year means different things to different people.  Some are just glad to put the month-long season of gluttony behind them and still fit into their wardrobe (the clothes, not the furniture).

    Although I do agree with the wise-guy who said, “People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.” 

  • Minnis retires from Public Works

    One of Shelbyville's longest-working and most-loved city employees signed his timecard for the last time on New Year's Eve.

    After 20 years on the job, Al Minnis closed out 2008 by retiring from his post as Superintendent of Shelbyville Public Works.

    Minnis, 76, said he had hoped to put in a few more years on the job. However, with the drastic changes looming for the pension plans of state employees, he said decided to "play it safe" and "get out while the getting was good."

  • Looking Back: Dec. 31, 2008

    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.  

    If anyone has an old photo that they would like to run with this column bring it and the information into The Sentinel-News office or e-mail it to the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com. We are also looking for mystery photos. If you have a picture you can't identify, send it in and we'll ask our readers for help.

  • Plan ahead while dreaming of spring

     

      Plant and seed catalogs will be jamming the mailbox any day now.  I always feel like January ushers in a clean slate for the garden: optimism abounds among the fresh ideas and new goals; and promises never to repeat a crop-busting mistake are sharp in my memory.

    Sometimes the slate stays clean; sometimes it doesn’t.  Either way the next couple of months can be used to plan and prepare for the next growing season.

  • New construction, old court cases yet to unfold

    There may be a new year beginning on Thursday, but a change in calendar will have no effect on some of 2008's biggest stories - they just won't go away.

    In fact, two of them - the Shelbyville Bypass and he new judicial center - will carry on for months.

    Some of you may wonder if James Duckett's murderer ever will be caught. Nearly two months have passed now, and there's no suspect in sight.

    And other high-profile criminal and legal cases are yet to be decided.

  • What we think: These should be our goals for 2009

    January 1 is a day for agenda-setting, if only because the calendar says so.

    Our leaders from Washington to Frankfort to Shelbyville will be putting into motion their ideas for the coming year.

    They will project how best to deal with the staggering difficulties from our economic picture, the need for better healthcare for all and myriad other problems.

    Privately, the kings of industry will be developing plans to restore and grow their businesses.