Today's News

  • Big O opens in Shelbyville

    Who we are: Big O Tires and Service Center

    Owned by: Greg Kimberlin

    Where: 2231 Shelbyville Road

    What we do: The facility offers full automobile maintenance and service and a wide selection of tires. Automobile service includes work on brakes, shocks, struts, alignments, tires, wheels and all maintenance needs.

  • Starting the holiday season right

    "It's just a wonderful way to start the holiday season," Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said.

    Event coordinator Sharon Nichols said it's estimated that more than 10,000 people came out last year for the Celebration of Lights in downtown Shelbyville, and the city is making room for an even larger celebration on Nov. 8.

    There are already more than 60 tents signed up to offer food, crafts and other fun, with room for more.

  • Victims's family confused

    A shooting that left one man dead last Saturday has thrown his family into a turmoil of grief and confusion.

    David L. Fletcher, 28, of Shelbyville, was shot in what was thought to be an attempted burglary on Brown Avenue. He was accompanied by two men who were charged with burglary in that incident, Timothy Carpenter, 22, of La Grange, and Joshua Fast, 22, of Crestwood. Eric Reynolds, the resident who shot Fletcher, has not been charged in connection with the shooting.

  • New voting machines to be installed by election day

    This presidential election, Shelby County will be on the cutting edge, joining 33 other Kentucky counties in the latest in voting technology.

    The purchase of 33 new voting machines—one for each precinct—will be installed and ready to go by election day. The new E-Scan machines are aptly named, said Susan Curry with the Shelby County Clerk's office.

    “You just fill out the ballot, then feed it into the scanner, and you're done,” she said.

    “It's easy.”

  • Poll vaulting: Getting through the lines on Election Day

    "Vote early and often" is the standard joke on Election Day, but if the turnout Nov. 4 proves to be as large as predicted, voters may find themselves lucky to get through the lines to vote once.

    "We're psyching ourselves up for an 85 percent turnout," County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said. "So if it turns out to be just 75 percent, we will have a good day."

    With he presidential election, hotly contested Senate and Congressional seats, local legislative, city council and school board meetings, a record turnout would not be a surprise.

  • Shelbyville appoints commission members

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty announced Thursday the names of the four Shelbyville appointees to the Human Rights Commission board.

    Terms for the newly rejuvenated commission start Jan. 1, 2009. After randomly drawing to set the staggered terms, the terms were:

    1 yr. term - Gary Walls (Term expires Jan. 1, 2010)

    2 yr. term - Elaine Farris (Term expires Jan. 1, 2011)

    3 yr. term - Randy Brown (Term expires Jan. 1, 2012)

    4 yr. term - Ann Morris (Term expires Jan. 1, 2013)

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  • Young challenges Montell again

    Bill Young, democratic candidate for Kentucky’s house district 58, is once again running against incumbent Brad Montell in the general election on Nov. 4.

    He ran for the same seat in 2006, losing to Montell in what he calls a “very competitive” election.

    Young garnered 5852 votes to Montell's 7002.

  • The race for president

    Nationwide polls show Sen. Barack Obama running at least narrowly ahead of Sen. John McCain in the race for president. But in Shelby County, McCain looks like the man to beat, party officials said.


    "It's unlikely we're going to win Shelby County for Obama," Democrat Party Chairman Nathan Riggs said.


    Republican Party Chair Steve Miller said "McCain is real strong here."


  • Montell concerned about pensions, economy

    Incumbent Brad Montell is once again facing Democratic challenger Bill Young this November.

    Montell is financial advisor and broker at his company, W. Brad Montell Investments.

    “I think the state is facing several major challenges, and obviously there are always challenges in state government, but right now the number one challenge we must address is the state pension systems,” he said.

  • Teens to hold food drive on election day

    Two Shelby County teens are conducting an election day food drive to benefit a county food pantry.

    Jacob Martin, 16, of Waddy, and Thomas Solinger, 17, of Simpsonville, decided to hold the food drive after reading in The Sentinel-News about the food shortage at local pantries, Solinger said.

    “We thought it would be a good way to help people in the community who are in need,” said Solinger, who added that he and Martin are also doing the food drive as a community service project for the Governor's Scholar program.