Today's News

  • 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.

  • Looking back at 2008

    Revelers on this New Year's Eve may be tempted to sing "Hit the road, Jack," instead of "Auld Lang Syne" as they usher in 2009. For many - those who lost jobs or those who watched their 401(k)s shrink - 2008 was a trying year.

    The economy was the big newsmaker in 2008, and for much of the year, that news wasn't good. The election, of course, was the other big story in 2008, and, depending upon your perspective, the election news was good or bad - or maybe mixed.

  • She did it!

    Last weekend a local seventh-grader became the first person in a wheelchair to trek to floor of the Grand Canyon.

    Skylar Cannon made her historic journey with the help of a specialized wheelchair, a faithful support team, and her desire to overcome any obstacle in her way.

    The Grand Canyon is the latest challenge that this 50-pound, 13-year-old has beaten, but it likely will not be the last.

  • EARLIER: Adoptions on the rise

    Last Thursday morning the sterile, barren walls of the Shelby County courthouse lobby echoed with the sounds of celebration as adoptive parents and the children who would soon be theirs waited for their adoptions to be made final.


    Seven children from four different countries were officially made part of local families that day. Two local couples became parents for the first time and one set of grandparents got their first grandbaby.


  • Downtown study under way for Simpsonville

    Simpsonville has taken its first step toward creating a real downtown area, according to City Manager David Eaton.

    “The idea is for Simpsonville to eventually have a downtown district,” he said. “It's an extremely long-term vision; it could take 20 years or more, but it is very exciting.”