Today's News

  • March 11, 2009: Heart problems continue for Casey

     Mike Casey says he is feeling OK – even managing some smiles and chuckles -- and fighting the good fight against his longtime heart problems.

    Casey, Shelby County’s legendary former basketball star, is being treated at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where doctors are hoping sometime soon to replace his infection-ravaged heart,

    “I’m high on the list for a heart transplant,” he said by phone on Friday. “But I’m not at the top of the list.”

  • EARLIER: UAW officials refute claims by Martinrea

    United Auto Workers officials at Martinrea Heavy Stamping disputed a report Wednesday that they had rejected a final offer from the company to restructure their existing contract.

    In a statement, General Manager Shawn Aldesberger said, "Martinrea regrets that the union has chosen to walk away from the table and not present the last proposals to the employees of Martinrea Heavy Stampings."

    But Wednesday morning union committee members said that wasn't the case at all.

  • EARLIER: School board approves plan for 2 8-12 schools

    The Shelby Count School Board gave its formal approval Thursday night of an  organizational plan for its new secondary school being built west of Shelbyville.

    This plan, first introduced the board at its last meeting, calls for the new secondary center to serve as a second high school, with grades 8 through 12 being housed at both the newly named Martha Layne Collins High School and Shelby County High School.

    East and West Middle Schools will have grades 6 and 7. This would go into affect for the 2010-11 school year.

  • Turmoil at Martinrea continues to grow

    Last week, the situation at Martinrea took a turn for the worse, at least for employee morale.

    Several members of the United Auto Workers who work at Martinrea Heavy Stamping contacted The Sentinel-News and expressed extreme agitation with plant officials. The employees, who were granted anonymity because they feared for their jobs, said that they were being bullied by plant officials.

  • Noble Metals to close

    It's a headline that has printed often in recent months: yet another local industry is closing because of the downturn of the economy in general and the auto industry in particular, 

    Noble Metals informed the City of Shelbyville last week that it soon would be closing permanently, putting 79 non-union workers out of a job.

    The company employs 46 hourly workers in its Direct Labor Production, 22 hourly positions in indirect labor production, and 11 salaried administrative positions.

  • Crime Stoppers ask for info on car break-ins


    Four cars were broken into in Fairway Crossing along Abingdon Circle and Ashborne Lane in Shelbyville on April 4.

    The break-ins happened between 11:30 p.m. on April 4 and 7 a.m. on April 5.

    Property was taken from the cars and one victim found property that had been in the vehicle scattered on the ground outside the car.

  • We’ve lost an extraordinary guy with extraordinary talent

    When I was a kid, the hayloft of our big dairy barn became a recreation center for kids from miles around. Day and night for almost any month of the year, boys would flock there to play basketball on the half court of hardwood I had meticulously kept cleared of that pesky hay.

    We even called the place the Cow Palace, but not because it resembled that famed arena in San Francisco.

  • Band of brothers - and sisters

    Platoon 2 of the Shelbyville Fire Department will tell you -- being a firefighter is not always flashy, and the work can be tedious. But it’s the satisfaction that comes from doing something you care about side-by-side with people you care about that makes it all worthwhile.

    “It’s something I always wanted to do,” firefighter Jon Blank said. “After 10 years I still wake up ready to go to work. You get real close to your family here. There are a lot of good people here.”

  • Want to avoid an auto break-in? Keep your car locked

    Although law-enforcement officials report crime is down in general, car break-ins continue to proliferate all around the city and county.

    You don't have to study criminal justice to have noticed that in the last year The Sentinel-News has published three major articles about such break-ns. And they continue.

    Two Crime Stopper reports about car break-ins were published Wednesday, highlighting crimes from Fairway Crossing, Abingdon Circle and Morning Glory.

  • A colonoscopy may have saved his life

    Chances are, most people know someone who has died of colon cancer.

    This disease, formally known as colorectal cancer, is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, and that's a key reason why March was designated National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month by President Clinton in 2000.

    Even though he didn't relish the idea of undergoing a colonoscopy, Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong decided he didn't want to take a chance of becoming a statistic.