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Today's News

  • 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."

  • Round one goes to Shelby County

    Fueled by good ball movement and solid rebounding, the Rockets never fell behind Thursday as they blasted past the Lincoln County Patriots, 70-58, and into the second round of the 2008 National City/KHSAA state championship tournament at Rupp Arena.

    Against the bigger Rockets, the Patriots kept the ball outside where they shot 28 three-pointers. But the Rockets expected that game plan and held the Patriots to only nine connections from behind the arch, and most misses were rebounded by the Rockets.

  • Triple S approves digital zoning maps

    Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing Tuesday on the subject of new zoning maps and approved the motion to suggest to the Shelby County, Shelbyville, and Simpsonville governing bodies that the new Geographic Information System zoning maps replace their current official zoning maps.

    Ryan Libke, executive director of Triple S, explained that the new maps would be easier to both comprehend and work with than the old maps.

  • Court rejects water board nominee

    A usually routine appointment to a water board brought complaints of politics-as-usual at Tuesday's fiscal court meeting, rejection by the court, and a 'scolding' by county Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger.

    Rothenburger nominated Process Machinery President David Miles to a four-year term on the West Shelby Water District Board. He would replace Bob McDowell, of Simpsonville, who has sat on the board for 17 years. McDowell's term recently expired.