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Today's News

  • School menus - March 24-28

    Monday

    Cheese pizza or ham sandwich, mustard/salad dressing/mayo, green beans, Sun chips, pickle spear, oranges, applesauce or fruit cocktain, milk

    B = Sausage biscuit w/jelly or oatmeal

    Tuesday

    Hamburger/cheeseburer or pretzel w/cheese, French fries, ketchup/mustard salad, dress-ing/mayo, lettuce/tomato, pickle/onion, oranges, apple-sauce or fruit cocktain, milk

    B = Sausage pancake bites or breakfast bun

    Wednesday

  • Experience the key for Lady Rockets - Girls look to regain control of 8th Region, return to state

    The Lady Rocket softball team lost three very valuable seniors from last year's squad, but they return a bevy of talented players looking to advance past last year's 8th Region semifinals appearance.

    "We're very positive, very optimistic and very excited to get started," SCHS head coach Kelly Cable said. "We want to see if we're as good as we think we're going to be."

    The Lady Rockets new mantra this season "Another year older, and another year more experienced," shows at nearly every position.

    Pitching

  • Simpsonville gets 130, wants 10 more

    The city of Simpsonville is growing by leaps and bounds - in land if not in people.

    At its Wednesday meeting, the commission voted 5-0 to annex 130 acres of land south of the city and across I-64. The annexation had been requested by AKDB, LLC, which is owned by John (Papa John) Schnatter.

  • Black and White: The west side of the new judicial center shows the continuation of vertical windows.

    Judicial center design '99 percent' complete

    A new judicial center, which has been in the talking and planning stages for more than five years, is getting ever closer to reality. The Project Development Board Wednesday looked at a rendering the architectural firm designing the building called "99 percent complete."

    "It is in the last stages of design," said architect Dennis Arthur, with CMW firm, which is designing the building. "Of course, with a building like this it's never really done until it's built."

  • A New Shelby County

    After two months of watching the legislative process take place in Frankfort, I have become rather envious of my law-making counterparts.

    While we sit around here and complain about how things should be better, the men and women in the state legislature are actually able to do something about it. Well, that is, in theory at least.

  • Chamber to hold 'Showcase' March 29

    "Tee It Up!" is the theme of this year's Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Showcase.

    "The tie in is to the Ryder Cup this year that everybody is talking about," said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelley Goodwin. The Ryder Cup will be held in Louisville.

    This year's showcase, the 6th annual, will be held Saturday, March 29 at Shelby County High School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The chamber has signed up 62 businesses, service organizations and government agencies that will have booths with information and freebies for visitors.

  • Rockets loaded, ready for another run - Team looks to get back to state tourney

    The Shelby County baseball team made an improbable run to the state tournament last year, finishing as state runners-up. This year the Rockets look to get one win further.

    First-year head coach Bart Roettger said he believes the 2008 Rockets can make that run.

  • Agrees with editorial

    The editorial on CATS testing (in the March 12 Sentinel-News) is 100 percent on tract. My grandson is a early out senior from Shelby Co. He tells the same story. Teachers can't teach anything but the test.

    I talked for some time last night to Allen Stewart, one of the best

    teachers Shelby County ever had, retired before he wanted to because

    after CATS he could not teach as he knew he should.

    The CATS scores may be going up but from what I understand ACT test

    scores are going down. If we are graduating kids from high school

  • Wiley named head of tech school

    A little over 25 years ago, Susan Wiley was taking classes at the Shelby County Area Technology Center in order to prepare for her future career in business. Wiley credits her education there for putting her on a successful career path and for helping her to land her new job as the school's new principal.

    Wiley, who will take her position as head of the technical school in two weeks, said she is excited about her new position and the possibility it affords in influencing students' education.

  • Pain at the pump - Local gas expected to hit $4 by summer

    Ricky Grigsby expects gas prices to hit $4 per gallon by this summer. He said he has no other choice but to sell his truck and get a smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicle.

    Grigsby said, other than driving to work, he tries to drive as little as possible - the price at the pump is just too much.

    "We don't travel as much as we used to," he said. "And I don't know what this will mean for summer vacation plans."