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Today's News

  • Former Judge-Executive Bobby Stratton dies

    Long-time Shelby County Judge-Executive Bobby Stratton died Saturday at Baptist Hospital Northeast Hospice Unit in LaGrange. Stratton was 86.

    A businessman and owner of Stratton Sporting Goods for 25 years, he was the county's judge-executive from 1981-2002. As judge-executive, Stratton presided over the building of the current jail, the buying of the courthouse annex and the building of the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency and the Stratton Center, which was named for him. He extended water lines in the county and saw most of the county's roads get paved.

  • Fair share of fun

    This year's county fair promises to be not only as full of fun as usual, but also better-organized, said fair board president Randy Tennill.

    "This year the fair will last a few more days, which will give us a few more days to work with," he said.

  • Missing woman's family offers reward

    The family of Maxine Ethington, who has been missing for two and a half weeks, is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to her immediate recovery.

    Shelby County sheriff's deputy Jim Insco, who spoke at a press conference called by the Ethington family on Friday, said that time has become a very important factor for the missing 87-year-old woman with dementia.

  • Community datebook

    Support groups

    June 19 -- Parents of Children with Learning Differences and Attention Difficulties meets at 7 p.m. at the Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky, 2210 Goldsmith Ln., #118, Louisville. For additional information call the LDA office at 502-473-1256.

    Public can attend

    June 12 -- Shelby County Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 403 Washington St.

    June 16 -- Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. at 1059 Washington St.

    June 17 -- Fiscal court meets at 10 a.m. at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St.

  • The Bible, freedom, and the public square

    One of my favorite things to read in this newspaper is the letters to the editor on the opinion page. Just in case you didn't know, the letters to the right of this column are written by local folks who do not necessarily represent the views of the Sentinel-News.

  • 1983: Logan, the canine cop, must make tracks out of town

    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

  • Local golfer to play in Women's Publinx

    Shelby County golfer Candice Wiley missed out on qualifying for one big tournament this summer, but she picked up on another one.

    Wiley tried to qualify for the Women's U.S. Open, but missed out. However, Wiley did qualify for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links (Publinx) Tournament to be held June 16-21 at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wis.

    The qualifying tournament was held a couple of weeks ago at South Grove Golf Course in Indianapolis. In the single-round qualifying tournament Wiley shot a 74, good for second place and one of two qualifying spots in the Publinx.

  • Dystonia event Saturday

    Having a rare disease is scary. Having doctors not know how to treat you can be terrifying.

    Just ask Jennifer Heil. Before she was being properly diagnosed with Dystonia, Heil went to see four doctors and lived through months of pain.

    Dystonia, which is a neurological disorder that is characterized by repetitive muscle contractions, can cause the twisting and jerking movement of the body.

    Heil said the disease causes all of the muscles in her face, neck, back and stomach to constrict.

  • An opportunity for fairness

    On May 27, fiscal court had the opportunity to put all businesses in Shelby County on the same playing field. The issue before them was an ordinance that would allow nine businesses in the county (but outside the city limits of Shelbyville) that are licensed to sell alcohol by the drink to serve their customers on Sundays. There are 72 businesses with the same license, but those inside the city limits are allowed to serve on Sundays. The city council approved an ordinance allowing them to do so, because of economic reasons.

  • Goal: Removing the barriers to education

    In his first official act as superintendent, James Neihof got to hand out diplomas to over 300 seniors at the graduation ceremony last Friday night.

    Neihof, who took office on Monday, said seeing all of the Shelby County High School students receive a certificate for 12 years of successful education reminded him of why he wanted to be superintendent of Shelby County Public Schools.

    "This is why we do what we do," he said. "To see those kids succeed in school and be prepared to excel in whatever they go on to next."