Today's News

  • 2009 Spring Fashion Show
  • Students observe Government Day

    Last week, local students from the Young Leaders Institute 2008-2009 observed Government Day by visiting state and local government officials.

    The students asked officials about their roles in government, as well as about the community and issues specific to their lives.

    To get a feel for politics, students participated in role-playing exercises as members of the House of Representatives, passing a piece of proposed legislation, and also as magistrates for Shelby County Fiscal Court.

  • Pearl Harbor still memorable

    On a peaceful Sunday morning nearly 67 years ago, 35 servicemen were having a leisurely breakfast at Hickman Airfield at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

    Before they knew what had happened, the mess hall took a direct attack from Japanese fighter planes.

    All were killed.

    But that was only the beginning – for both of the attack and of its ramifications for history.

  • My Word: A broken and deadly system

     By Stephen Bartlett, Brian Rich, Attica Scott

    Several months after the death of a Salvadoran immigrant housecleaner Ana Romero in custody in the Franklin County jail, we feel the need to be clear about who we hold to be responsible for this tragic death.

  • Holiday Inn closed, may reopen soon

    A spokesperson for the new owner of the Holiday Inn Express in Shelbyville said his company expects to clear up a tax problem that forced the state to shut down that hotel this week.

    The Kentucky Department of Revenue had closed the hotel Tuesday because JMG LLC of Modesto, Calif.,  its former owner, owed the state $58,388.83 in unpaid taxes. A permanent injunction was obtained through Franklin Circuit Court, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office worked with state officials to enforce that order.

  • Holiday Inn reopens

    An official of the company that owns the Holiday Inn Express in Shelbyville says the hotel will reopen this afternoon.

    Scott Nadel, regional vice president for marketing for AMC Hotels, said all issues with the tax bill had been resolved.

    “We will be open by 5 p.m. tomorrow [today],” Nadel said. “We will be up and running. All the matters with the state have been resolved.”

  • Free showing of Twilight at library Thursday night

    The Shelby County Public Library will have a free showing of the hit movie Twilight on Thursday at 5 p.m.

    The movie, which just came out in DVD form last Friday, was a huge hit at the box office when it came out last year.

    Sherry Bogard, with children's services at the library, said she is glad to be able to offer the free showing to the public because she feels the film is suitable for young viewers, even though the movie's theme centers around a vampire romance.

    "Everybody I know loved the books and the movie," she said.

  • Looking Back: March 27, 2009

    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.

  • Penny shines as Rockets fall

    After a full regular season, the district tournament and two rounds of the 8th Region Tournament, Shelby County's basketball season came down to fewer than five ticks on the clock Tuesday night.

    After a missed free throw — something that had proven to be a trend for the Rockets all evening — Anderson County controlled  the rebound and got the ball to its best player, C.J. Penny.

  • What we think: New school idea has our attention

     Another week has delivered another interesting new discussion about how the Shelby County School Board will structure the new campus it is building west of Shelbyville.

    This is not bad news, mind you. In fact, we suggested three weeks ago that the board members needed to take more time to review the plan it had adopted. There were problematic factors and vacillating forecasts that needed another evaluation.