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Today's News

  • Trunk damage can girdle trees

    The farm looks like a storm hit recently, but it’s really just my husband’s new deer deterrent technique.  It seems to be working.

    In the past we have forgone the Irish Spring soap, human hair and coyote urine for more reliable barriers.  Tomato cages, tobacco stakes, wire, spiral plastic trunk wrap, and, yes, an occasional arrangement of lawn chairs have created distance between rutting and browsing deer. 

  • Dads, dogs and the unbending law of the universe

    “Don’t forget to change your oil.”  My dad gave me this pearl of wisdom more than once, often adding “You can drive your car without gas all you want, but don’t try to drive it without oil” to make sure I understood the importance of maintaining the car.

  • Remembering Mr. Basketball: Terry Davis

    When the banners are unveiled and the applause dies down, Terry Davis will again be remembered as Kentucky’s 1968 Mr. Basketball.

    “It’s nice to be remembered 41 years later,” he said. “Mr. Basketball gives you an identifying mark in this state. I don’t know how many times since then that I’ve been introduced as 1968’s Mr. Basketball.”

  • Looking Back: Jan. 16, 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.

  • Coleman to receive posthumous

    The late Rev. Louis Coleman will be honored on Thursday as the 2009 recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Citizenship Award.

    The annual award ceremony will be hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission at 4 p.m. at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort.

    The award is given to an individual within the Commonwealth of Kentucky who embodies the spirit and energy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • SCHS changes cell phone policy

    Shelby County High School has changed its student cell-phone policy in order to tackle a growing problem of cellular usage during class.

    Though the policy change stops short of completely banning cellular devices, it does absolutely prohibit their usage during the school day.

  • 8 teachers pass National Boards

    Students aren’t the only ones who are glad when they pass a test.

    Last Thursday night the Shelby County School Board celebrated with eight local teachers who passed the National Board Certified Teachers exam this year.

    The exam, which is administered by the National Board Professional Teaching Standards, is a benchmark for excellence in education.

    Superintendent James Neihof said the teachers in the district who have passed the national board exam are “among some of the best we have.”

  • Local swimmer wins gold

    A swimmer from Shelby County had the ultimate thrill for her sport last week: She stood on a pedestal and heard the strains of the Star Spangled Banner after winning two gold medals at an international competition.

    Danielle Wilkerson of Fisherville brought home gold in the 25-meter backstroke and in the 25-meter freestyle at the Down Syndrome World Swimming Championship, a biennial competition in Albufeira, Spain, where athletes from 24 countries competed.

  • Road department gets ready for bad weather

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger announced that crews from the Shelby County Road Department will be out in force on Monday,  pre-treating the county roadways with de-icing material in preparation of the Canadian Clipper System that is due to arrive in the Ohio Valley on Tuesday.

    With the possibility of the frigid cold temperatures and mild-to-moderate snow accumulations, Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry will get a jump start in anticipation of the potentially hazardous weather conditions.

  • EARLIER: Duckett's family using Facebook to solve his murder

     

    From the day Brittney Claycomb came to our office and tearfully told us the story of her uncle Jim Duckett and the terrible tragedy that had befallen him, my heart has gone out to Duckett's family.

    Claycomb painfully painted a loving picture of a beloved man cut down in a heinous and frustrating crime right in the heart of Shelby County. She asked for privacy and sensitivity, and we understood.

    By her accounts - and those of others who knew him - Duckett was a random, senseless victim just at the point in his life where he was getting some traction.