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Today's News

  • Arachnophobia is no laughing matter

    I hate spiders.

    I realize that people use the word 'hate' when they don't really mean it.

    However, I use the word emphatically in this instance.

    I know that spiders have their niche in the global ecosystem and they probably look good to each other.

    But in addition to being totally obnoxious, scary and disgusting, they are UGLY!

  • Riley wins youth oratorical contest

    Kyra Riley won the girls' youth oratorical contest sponsored by the Shelby County Optimist Club, held April 22 at the Stratton Center. This is a copy of her winning speech.

    Why me? Why not? I believe this is a question everyone asks in life's journey. It usually is asked when we come face to face with challenges. If we are positive, then we realize that we need to go through difficulties to get somewhere higher. When my Administrator first mentioned this topic, I pondered on it, like my fellow orators. I wanted to establish its meaning and make a personal connection with the theme.

  • SCHS well represented on softball All-star teams

    Jessica Williams was picked to play for the West Senior All-stars over the weekend. Williams played in all three of the team's games -- one each against the West juniors, East juniors and East seniors -- and helped lead the team to a 3-0 record.

    In the first game Saturday, Williams was 1-2 with a two-run double and a run scored in the West Seniors' 6-0 win over the East Juniors. In Saturday's second game, a West Seniors' 8-3 win over the West Juniors, Williams was 1-1 with a single and a stolen base.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments

    Jorge Salazar of Eastwood, Ky. and Octavio Salazar of Simpsonville, were indicted on trafficking in marijuana complicity (Class C felony) and tampering with physical evidence complicity (Class D felony).

    Steven Murphy of Waddy was indicted for six counts of assault III (Class D felony).

    Ivan Farmer of La Grange, Ky. was charged by Shelby Circuit Court with unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities (Class D felony).

  • Simpsonville to say no to sex in the city

    Adult entertainment shops will likely soon be banned near the interstate in Simpsonville.

    During a public hearing Tuesday, Triple S Planning and Zoning commissioners listened to comments from opponents of adult entertainment stores being allowed to set up shop near the Simpsonville exit off of I-64 and were sympathetic to their cause.

    Triple S called the hearing to discuss changes to Simpsonville's zoning regulations.

  • An act of disrespect

    As I was reading the article in the June 4 edition of the Sentinel-News on the graduation ceremony of the class of 2008, the few sentences on the impromptu prayer led by one of the students caught my eye. This student said she did this because "we need God and we need prayer."

  • Ranch a haven for troubled kids, horses

    Gracie, Jake and Abraham may only sound like names given to horses, but at one local ranch these names represent joy and healing in the lives of children.

    Children are able to play and socialize with the horses, play games on the ranch's perimeters and eventually learn to ride the horses.

    At the ranch children are paired with rescued horses of varying breeds, many from neglected and abusive backgrounds, and almost all of the ranch's horses have been donated. Each new horse is given a new name, symbolizing a fresh start at life.

  • New Business: Hinkle's Glass and Windows

    Kevin Hinkle wouldn't walk over broken glass for his customers, but he will do just about anything else, he says.

    "Pretty much anything that involves glass, I can do," he said.

    Glass is his business, and he opened his own shop, Hinkle's Glass and Windows, on June 1 at 201 8th St.

    Hinkle, who lives in Shelbyville with his wife, Kelly, said he has more than 15 years experience in the glass business, acquired from working with his father-in-law, Bennie Dunn, of Lexington.

  • Wiley makes cut at Women's Public Links

    With a two-day score of 160, Candice Wiley was right on the cusp of making the cut at the Women's Public Links Tournament Tuesday.

    In fact, she was so close that she and seven other golfers were forced to play a play-off hole. The top seven of the eight would make the cut.

    "I knew it would be close when I finished my round," she said. "I kept sitting there hitting (refresh) on the computer to see the scores. Finally, I said 'Mom, we have to go back to the golf course.' When we got there they were still playing, and I was bouncing back and forth between in and out."

  • School officials concerned over grad rates

    Out of the 177 school districts in the state, Shelby County ranked near the bottom of the barrel for graduation rates for the 2006-07 school year.

    According to data released by the Kentucky Department of Education, Shelby County's graduation rates lagged behind the rest of the state by close to 3 percent. The district's graduation rate of 80.99 percent gave them the 29th worst rating in the state.