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Today's News

  • Election outlook

    With Election Day less than two weeks away, the polls indicate the races for numerous seats are going to come down to the wire.

    Shelby County Democratic Party Chair Fielding Ballard said he believes the elections on the local level will be close.

    “I think the political wind is blowing in a little different direction than it has in the past, but I think it’s going to be a fairly tighter race between the parties,” he said. “That’s what I’m seeing right now.”

  • Simpsonville issues focus on growth, development

    Although only two of the six candidates in the race for Simpsonville City Commission showed up at the SCOPE/Sentinel-News forum, they covered a lot of ground with their responses to issues in the community.

    Incumbents Michael Hess and Kellan Garland spoke on growth, infrastructure needs, city projects and more.

  • A helping hand

    Two Shelby County men are still reflecting upon a week they spent in Alaska last month – not on vacation, but as part of a volunteer effort to build a church there.

    This was the third time that Bob Walters and Bob Perkins have participated in a project with Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to people around the world.

    The experience was much more than just helping to construct a building and parsonage for the Moravian Church in Togiak, Alaska, they both agreed.

  • Red Ribbon Week spotlights drug free youth

    This is Red Ribbon Week, a time set aside to promote drug free youth, and Shelby County organizations are encouraging the public for support.

    Businesses can provide red ribbons to employees and customers to take a drug free pledge, or participants can take the pledge by visiting redribbon.org and said said Saylor Aylmer, director of Shelby Prevention, an agency that works to keep youth drug and alcohol free.

    “You can even share it on social media,” he added.

  • Candidates explore issues at forum

    Candidates running for office offered a variety of ideas and opinions on local issues at a forum Monday night at the Stratton Center before a crowd of about 75 people.

    The annual SCOPE/The Sentinel-News forum invited all candidates running for the Simpsonville City Commission, Shelbyville City Council and for the 58th District House seat, in the general election in November to the event.

  • Pathway to progress

    Shelbyville City Hall will be the scene of a public meeting Thursday night to explore options for a bicycle and pedestrian master plan for Shelby County.

  • Playing it safe

    Last week, the playground at Clear Creek Park served as a training ground to train those who keep playgrounds safe, said Shelby County Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Pickens.

    “We held a three day Playground Safety Course called Certified Playground Safety Inspector, or CPSI for short, which is provided the National Park and Recreation Association,” he said. “It is a nationally recognized safety course and is the only accredited training course in the country.

  • Creque sets UofL points record

    It has been a season of record-shattering performances for the University of Louisville football team, and former Collins kicker Blanton Creque has earned his place in the record books.

    The Shelbyville-native handled the kicking duties for the Cardinals in the 54-13 win over North Carolina State University on Saturday, and set a UofL record for most points scored by a kicker, with 18.

    The former Collins athlete says he did not know he had set a record until after the game.

  • Bearcats upend Rockets in region tourney

    In the opening round of the 8th Region Volleyball Tournament on Monday night, Shelby County had its season ended by Walton-Verona in a back-and-forth affair.

    “That was the most fun, greatest game I’ve seen them play all year,” SCHS coach Kristen Kapp said. “I mean, they fought the entire time. They wanted it, and I told them in the locker room that it’s not the fairy tale ending unfortunately, but they shouldn’t be upset with themselves.”

  • Rockets clinch district title with win over Collins

    The Shelby County High School football team wrapped up its second straight district title with its second straight win over rival Collins High School Friday.