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Today's News

  • Band of brothers - and sisters

    Platoon 2 of the Shelbyville Fire Department will tell you -- being a firefighter is not always flashy, and the work can be tedious. But it’s the satisfaction that comes from doing something you care about side-by-side with people you care about that makes it all worthwhile.

    “It’s something I always wanted to do,” firefighter Jon Blank said. “After 10 years I still wake up ready to go to work. You get real close to your family here. There are a lot of good people here.”

  • Want to avoid an auto break-in? Keep your car locked

    Although law-enforcement officials report crime is down in general, car break-ins continue to proliferate all around the city and county.

    You don't have to study criminal justice to have noticed that in the last year The Sentinel-News has published three major articles about such break-ns. And they continue.

    Two Crime Stopper reports about car break-ins were published Wednesday, highlighting crimes from Fairway Crossing, Abingdon Circle and Morning Glory.

  • A colonoscopy may have saved his life

    Chances are, most people know someone who has died of colon cancer.

    This disease, formally known as colorectal cancer, is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, and that's a key reason why March was designated National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month by President Clinton in 2000.

    Even though he didn't relish the idea of undergoing a colonoscopy, Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong decided he didn't want to take a chance of becoming a statistic.

  • Q&A: Neihof answers questions about new school plan

    On Thursday night the Shelby County School Board approved a new plan for how it will populate its high schools and middle schools after completion of the Martha Layne Collins Secondary Center being built west of Shelbyville.

    There will be two district-wide high schools for grades 8 through 12 -- Shelby County High School and the new Collins High School -- and East and West Middle Schools will house grades 6 and 7.

    The plan has received widespread reaction from parents and concerns from at least one school-board member -- Sam Hinkle -- who voted against it.

  • Late night leaves Rockets 1-2 in tourney

    A long Friday left Shelby County sluggish Saturday morning during the Wildcat Classic at Franklin-Simpson over the weekend.

    Already a late scheduled start was pushed back even further on Friday. The Rockets (9-6) were supposed to kick-start the tournament at 9 p.m. against Ballard Memorial (5-10), but the game didn’t get under way until 10:45, nearly midnight in Eastern Daylight Time.

  • We give you: The Shelbyville Conference Center?

    Just off I-64 in Brighton Circle, next to the Ramada Inn, Great Escape 8 Theatre and Cattleman's Roadhouse, Shelbyville may soon have its major conference center.

    Shelby County residents Robert and Elise Andrews, owners of Elegance, LLC., presented their plan for such a center Tuesday to County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger, Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty and other community leaders.

  • School board to consider schedule, new school plan

    Two hot topics will go before the Shelby County School Board at its meeting Thursday night.

    The board will hear about changes in the 2009-10 school calendar and the organizational plan for its new secondary center west of Shelbyville.

    The calendar the board will review has been redesigned with a later start date for students and fewer days overall. The changes were made prompted by needs expressed by parents and staff, as well as to cut expenses in response to recent budget cuts by the state, school officials say.

  • City makes 2 new appointments, creates new position

    Last month the Shelbyville City Council increased the number of appointees who serve on the Code Enforcement Board from three to five, and the number of members on the Historic District Commission from five to seven.

    On Thursday the council made one new appointment to each.

    Gene Wright was appointed to the Historic District Commission, and Lisa Hood was named to the Code Enforcement Board -- both for 3-year terms.

  • Dennen named executive director of Kentucky Heritage Council

    It’s permanent. After serving as interim executive director of the Kentucky Heritage Council for the last eight months, Shelbyville resident Mark Dennen officially was appointed to the post by Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday.

    “Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Heritage Council and is well respected for his work,” Marcheta Sparrow, secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said in a release. “Preservation in Kentucky will be in good hands with Mark as executive director.”

  • A day to celebrate dishonesty is no kidding matter

     Does it seem strange to you that we devote one day a year to bring attention to the art of lying?

    We try to hold ourselves and each other accountable for honesty and fairness for 364 or 365 days a year, but on April 1 we make a sport of playing pranks, misleading our neighbors and trying to render our friends and families as, well, fools.