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Today's News

  • Schools battling the bulge

    In hopes of slimming down a growing trend of childhood obesity, state and local health officials are trying to direct students away from junk food and inactivity and toward exercise and healthy eating choices.

    Traci Earley, district health coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools, said poor eating habits and lack of exercise among local students has led to an increased number of students with Type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure - health risks typically found only in middle-aged adults.

    Earley said childhood obesity is a growing problem around the state and nation.

  • Not just buildings

    I read with great interest the article "Kentucky School Boards A Century of Local Leadership", which appeared in the Wednesday, January 16, 2008, edition of the Sentinel-News. I found it surprising to learn that our school boards have been in existence for 100 years. However, I found the comments from some of our board members even more surprising.

  • Thanks for donations

    Thank you to all who made donations to the "Santa Shop" at Norton Kosair's Children's Hospital, held December 14, 2007. A special thanks to Peggy Tschauner at Shelby-Fit for Life and members there who went over and beyond expectations.

  • Packed with care: Project extends food services

    What started as a program to ensure that low-income students at a local elementary school have adequate food has developed into a countywide effort for underprivileged children.

    Since last spring, members of the Shelby County Backpack Project have been collecting, packaging and delivering weekend meals for needy children in the school district.

    Christy Meredith, who dreamed up the project, said what started as a program at Southside Elementary has now grown into a service to all six county elementary schools.

  • Snow days... snow daze

    As I write this column, two of my kids are home enjoying their first snow day of the school year. Snow days are the stuff of dreams and memories. Sort of. This is my vision of an ideal snow day:

    Hop out of beds, 8 a.m. Make beds and start a load of laundry in the washer. Fix healthy muffins for breakfast. Use transfat-free margarine for muffins. Feed and water the dogs.

    Clean up kitchen and put laundry in the dryer, 9 a.m. Visit cheerfully with grandparents over the phone. Sing grandmother a Happy Birthday greeting while on the phone.

  • Abandoned farm house holds stolen 'treasures'

    An abandoned Shelby County farmhouse doubled as a storage shed for goods stolen from an Eminence flea market, Eminence Police Maj. Kevin Kemper said Wednesday.

    Police recovered more than $7,500 in rare coins and other property from the empty house near Simpsonville. There, two Eminence men allegedly hid items they looted from Treasures Flea Market on S. Main Street, Kemper said.

  • SCHS junior gets No. 1 rank in USTA division

    SCHS junior tennis player Kayla Pilcher just wanted to improve for her team. When she found out about playing in United States Tennis Association matches she thought she'd give it a shot so she could get better.

    As it turns out Pilcher is making a name for herself.

    Pilcher reached the No. 1 ranking in the 2007 Girls' 18 Novice singles division for the Kentucky Region in the Southern Division of the USTA.

  • Triple S hears landscaping/buffer concerns

    There was more agreement than disagreement at Tuesday's public workshop on changes Triple S Planning and Zoning is considering to the county's landscape and buffering rules.

    "I think we're all pretty much on the same page here," said Al Andrews, who spoke on behalf of the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation.

  • School menus - Jan. 28-Feb. 1

    Monday -- Sloppy Joes on bun or ham and cheese sandwich, salad dressing/ mayo/mustard, baked potato, broccoli w/cheese, apple, mandarin oranges or pears, milk

    B = Cinnamon French toast or uncrustable

    Tuesday -- Cheese or pepperoni pizza or cheese and crackers, corn, broccoli Normandy, apple, mandarin oranges or pears, milk

    B = Ham and biscuit or grilled cheese

    Wednesday -- Turkey or pork chop, mashed potatoes, green beans, brown gravy, roll w/margarine, apple, mandarin oranges or pears, milk. Wright has Domino's pizza

  • Business rolls in for local company

    A local manufacturing company has recently changed its name and relocated in order to keep up with the amount of business that is rolling in.

    Scott Dixon, co-owner of Bluegrass Roller Service, said the company needed to double its manufacturing space in order to keep up with customer demands.

    Formerly Meisner Roller Co., the company outgrew its facility on Pearce Industrial Road and moved to a 20,000 foot facility on Brook Industrial Road last October - at which time the company also changed its name.