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Today's News

  • United Way celebrates goal-topping effort

    Metro United Way volunteers gathered Thursday, Jan. 24, at Bluegrass Bowling, to celebrate the success of the current contribution campaign. The total for the Shelby County Metro United Way contributions, $300,517, exceeded the county goal by more than $11,000.

    Metro United Way of Louisville president, Joe Tolan, congratulated Shelby County efforts. Joshua Kroll, Development Manager for Shelby, Oldham and Bullitt counties, also commended volunteers for their successful fundraising campaign.

  • Simpsonville F. D. gets Homeland Security grant

    Recently, Simpsonville Fire Chief Walter Jones had 30 sets of his firefighters' gear sent off and tested.

    "They told us we had one good coat," Jones said.

    A federal grant of just over $77,000 announced by Congressman Ron Lewis's office last week should fix that. The department will use $48,000 of the grant for new coats and pants that firefighters call turnout gear. A complete set, including helmet and boots, costs about $2,000 each.

    The department will spend the rest of the money on hand-held radio equipment.

  • Letters to Antarctica

    Two classes at Clear Creek Elementary have been corresponding with a pen pal who lives in one of the coldest places on earth.

    Students in Jackie Pridemore's and Kellie Hornback's class have been writing emails back and forth with Kevin Cole, a local carpenter who is currently working in Antarctica.

    Cole, who arrived in the South Pole late last October, provides support for scientists in the South Pole by building and remodeling facilities, and providing logistics, information technology and communications.

  • Schools project low revenue gains

    The Shelby County Board of Education reviewed a draft budget last Thursday night that projects only modest gains in revenue for the district and a decrease in expenses.

    According to the draft, lower interest rates and a decline in reimbursements from last year's expenses are expected to result in limited overall growth in local revenue.

    Dr. Bob Arvin, the district financial consultant, said cuts to the federal interest rates have hurt the district's income. He said further cuts to the rate could increase the loss.

  • Community datebook

    Support groups

    Feb. 4 -- Bridges Center at Rural Communities Hospice, (for adults grieving the death of a loved one) will meet 6-7:30 p.m. To pre-register for classes or for more information about support groups, call (502) 456-5451 or 1-888-345-8197.

    Public can attend

    Jan. 31 -- Board of Adjustments and Appeals meets at 7 p.m. at the Stratton Center.

    Feb. 2 -- The Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring a short walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Family Activity Center. Participants will receive a free pass to the Family Activity Center.

  • Group says 'no' to Oldham County airport

    There's a new anti-airport voice in the crowd, and it's a loud one.

    The citizens group, called, No Oldham Airport (NOA), already has a website and held its first organizational meeting Jan. 10. So far, group organizer Jim Pearson said more than 600 Oldham County residents have shown support for the groups' stance against the idea of putting an airport in the area.

    A handful of Shelby County residents who live off Ky. 53 near the Oldham County line have already said they don't want to see it happen either.

  • Man indicted for arson

    A local man was indicted last week on charges he intentionally set a fire at an apartment building on Second Street when he knew people were inside the building.

    Juli Chavez Villalobos, of Shelbyville, was indicted Jan. 23 on one count of first-degree arson as well as operating a motor vehicle without an operator's license and operating a vehicle under the influence.

    The indictment stems from a Dec. 1 fire at 525 Second Street that police believe was intentionally set.

  • 1983: Defense led Shelby to win over Henry, 68-49

    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 --

  • I-64 wreck injures 3

    Traffic on eastbound I-64 at the Simpsonville exit was shut down for an hour Wednesday afternoon and three women were taken to the University of Louisville Hospital after a car in the I-64 westbound lane crossed the median and struck their Chevy Tahoe.

    Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said the driver of the Ford 500 that crossed the median said a commercial box truck in the lane next to him collided with his car, causing him to go off the road and cross the median.

    Officers estimate the distance between the eastbound and westbound lanes is between 50 and 75 feet.

  • Deputy gets DUI award

    Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Edward Whitworth arrested 86 drunk or otherwise impaired drivers last year.

    The state Department of Transportation Safety gave Whitworth an award for his vigilance and also and award to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office which arrested a total of 271 drivers on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the same time period.

    Gene Witt, chief deputy for the department, said Whitworth, 31, is not only a dedicated officer but a multi-talented one as well because he is one of two paramedics on staff.