Today's News

  • Bringing back the prairie

    Nearly all of the prairie settlers found on their way across North America is now gone. But if efforts at Red Orchard Park pan out, visitors can get an idea what those early settlers may have seen when the crossed the country in their covered wagons. And they may hear the increasingly rare call of the bobwhite quail to boot.

    On Tuesday, Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks workers planted 15 acres in Red Orchard Park to a mix of grasses that mimic those found in the short grass prairies of bygone days. Kentucky originally had hundreds of thousands of acres of prairie lands.

  • Sprucing up the woods

    Long-neglected Wyatt's Woods is looking more presentable, thanks to members of Simpsonville Baptist Church.

    The group, which consisted of an adult and a youth Sunday school class, spent much of the day Saturday sprucing up the nine-acre nature preserve behind Simpsonville Elementary School.

    The cleanup is part of a church program called, "40 Days of Community," in which Sunday school classes do community service projects with the goal of doing something for the betterment of the community.

  • Rockets hammer Eminence to advance to title game

    SCHS head coach Bart Roettger was looking for a couple different things as the Rockets faced Eminence in the first round of the 30th District Baseball Tournament at Spencer County Monday.

    "I told the guys what I wanted was them to come out with that business-like approach, I wanted them to expect to win, and take care of business. And I wanted us to have some fun."

    The Rockets seemed to approach the game exactly like Roettger wanted, jumping out early and hanging 31-0 five-inning whipping on Eminence.

  • 1968: Judge Coleman Wright named Outstanding Judge

    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.

    10 years ago, 1998

  • Wiihabilitation: virtual therapy

    Physical therapy usually isn't the most enjoyable part of a senior's day.

    As old age causes the body to become weaker and prone to aches, the prospect of physical exercise can be less than appealing.

    But this does not always have to be the case

    Jackie Waits, activities director at the Masonic Home of Shelbyville, said when seniors are given the proper motivation, it is amazing to see what they can do.

    About a month ago, Waits started using a Wii video game system as an option for physical activities for residents.

  • Union up for vote at local foundry

    After nearly two years of negotiations, the Ohio Valley Aluminum Company and the United Steel Workers have reached a tentative agreement that is set to be voted on by the workers at the local foundry. However, before the contract is put to a vote, the workers will first have to decide if they want to keep or break their relationship with the union.

  • Rockets look to be favorites in district tourney

    The Shelby County High School baseball team is currently riding a three-game losing streak, but that doesn't mean the Rockets won't be the top dogs in the 30th District Tournament.

    Shelby County lost nine straight last season heading into the postseason, but went on to win the district and region tournaments before finishing the year as state runners-up.

  • Girls district tourney a two-team race

    The 30th District Softball Tournament is shaping up much like it has in the past several years, with a spotlight on the title game that will likely pit the Lady Rockets against Anderson County.

    The two teams were by far the top teams in the district, and likely the top two teams in the region. While Anderson and Shelby split four games during the regular season, the Lady Rockets won the one that mattered most, the district seeding game on April 22 at SCHS.

  • Say cheese and walk a straight line

    When the Shelbyville City Council created the alcohol tax, it did so with the intentions of using the funds to improve the police department's ability to deal with alcohol-related problems in the city.

  • Dropping in

    The excitement is mounting among skateboarders who are eagerly anticipating Saturday's opening of the new Shelby County Skate Park.

    Dee Maynard, a volunteer who spearheaded the project to get a skatepark in the county, said much of the credit goes to the eight young people who helped raise the money for park.