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Today's News

  • A kick in the butt

    What seems like a cruel April Fool’s Day prank for smokers is actually a harsh reality today as the single largest federal tobacco tax increase ever has combined with a state tobacco tax hike to send  prices skyrocketing.

    The federal tax on a pack of cigarettes jumped 62 cents today, and the state tax doubled from 30 cents to 60 cents.

    The result is a 92-cent increase per pack, which translates to cartons of cigarettes costing around $10 more in the Commonwealth.

  • New school, mixed reviews

    The second of two public forums to hear comment on the proposed use of the new secondary school under construction was held Monday night at West Middle School.

    The option under consideration is to change the organizational plan to create two high schools in the district, with both Shelby County High School and the new Martha Layne Collins High School proposed to house Grades 8 and 9 on the second floor and Grades 10 through 12 on the main floor.

  • Universities know where to get their riders trained

    Shelby County may be known as the "Saddlebred Capital of the World," but three visiting Oregon State University students arrived in Shelby on Friday for another breed - quarter horses.

    And they knew just the place to go.

    Rea Quarter Horses on Locust Lane provided three members of OSU's equestrian team with the horses and a place to loosen up for the 2009 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Western Semifinals, which took place Saturday at Morehead State University.

  • Boys tennis team has tough start

    At 0-2 on the season SCHS's boys tennis team has struggled through the early part of the year, but Coach Gerald Buchert said his team will improve.

    “We’re not off to a good start, but we have our top three players back, and they improved with a lot of work over the summer,” he said. “The weather has affected us, like everybody I’m sure, and we haven’t gotten a lot of practice time in. But I think we can get better with more work as the season goes on.”

  • Letter to parents has not been sent

    When students went home on Friday, they took a letter to their parents explaining the school board's proposal to switch the operation of after-school programs to the Franklin County YMCA.

    This letter was drawn up in response to a large crowd of angry parents who showed up at the school board meeting at Heritage Elementary on Thursday night to blast the board for attempting to approve the proposal without informing them first.

    Superintendent James Neihof apologized for the oversight, and the board voted to table the matter until it could be explained to parents.

  • Have you seen my couch?

    This week, Crime Stoppers is asking for help in two different thefts.

    In the first theft, a couch was stolen last weekend from the 300 block of Midland Boulevard.

    In that incident, the thief broke into the apartment through a window and stole a black couch with large pillows.

    In the second theft, someone stole $400 worth of stereo equipment from a pickup truck in the 900 block of Brown Avenue between 8 p.m. on Sunday and 4:45 p.m. on Monday.

  • Letter sent home to parents on Tuesday

    In a school board meeting last Thursday, Superintendent James Niehof promised parents a letter explaining the status of the after-school program.

    As of Monday afternoon numerous parents called the newspaper when their children got home from school to say they had not received the letter.

    In response, Duanne Puckett, community relations coordinator, said that when she was talking about the letter last Friday, she meant that she was working on it.

    "The letter had to be drafted with the YMCA's input," she said.

  • EARLIER: Parents protest after-school change

    A large crowd of upset parents showed up at the school board meeting Thursday night to voice concerns about a proposed change in the school system's after-school day care program.

    Parents were upset that school officials did not let them know about a proposal to turn the school system's program over to Frankfort YMCA personnel before bringing the matter before the board for a vote.

    Parents were angry that they only found out about the proposal when The Sentinel-News published a preview of items that were  on the board's agenda for Thursday's meeting.

  • Nurseryman Ray inducted into hall of fame

    An old business axiom is that the first generation starts the company, the second generation grows the company and the third generation ruins the company.

    Third-generation nurseryman Mike Ray is not living up to that rule. Ray, who took over the Carl Ray Nursery from his grandfather in 1987, has grown the nursery and landscaping business into a multistate operation that offers services from tree planting to tree trimming, to landscaping, maintenance and pest control.

  • Sharks have strong 12-and-under state meet

    The younger Shelby Sharks squad dropped time in more than 70 percent of their swims at the 12-and-under state meet at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatics Center in Louisville over the weekend.

    Sam Ruble stole the show during the meet. Not only did he make the finals in all seven of his events, but also he was less than five hundredths of a second off of the Sharks’ team records in all seven events.

    He placed third in the 50 fly and freestyle, sixth in the 100 back and seventh in the 100 free.