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Today's News

  • Community datebook

    Support groups

    Jan. 24 -- Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder meets 7-8:30 p.m. at the Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky, 2210 Goldsmith Lane, #118, Louisville. For additional information, call the LDA office at 502-473-1256.

    Jan. 28 -- An ALS (Lou Gherig's Disease) support group meets 6 p.m. at Cardinal Hill Rehab Center on Bluegrass Parkway (Bluegrass Industrial Park, I-64 and Hurstbourne Lane) in Louisville. For more information, call 800-406-7702.

    Public can attend

    Jan. 23 -- Shelby County High School's SBDM meeting 3:30 p.m.

  • Triple S selling out

    Recent activity on the part of developers by the Triple S Planning and Zoning Board is a direct slap in the face to every citizen they are supposed to serve. I refer to the regulations regarding buffers and landscaping, adopted only two years ago, which are designed to provide protection to established neighborhoods, shielding them from the unsightly appearance of new developments, as well as to provide shading and green space, lessen the inevitable increases in noise and pollution due to added traffic, and offer at least some beneficial balance against the tide of urban encroachment.

  • Respect the countryside

    A few weeks ago I was the subject of a full page photo essay by your reporter, Nathan McBroom. The positive story was about my fiber business here at Sweethaven Farm which I operate with my husband, Jon. We also raise asparagus commercially. As with most feature stories it dwelt on the relative novelty of turning animal fibers (in our case mohair and wool) into yarn and eventually into wearable products. Understandably there is never enough room to discuss the negative side of farming or any farming enterprise. I thank Mr.

  • 1993: Elvis: Stamps 'shake, rattle and roll' post office

    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

  • Passing the torch; Torrey Smith takes over dad's realty company

    Torrey Smith and his dad, W. A., believe that sometimes you have to step backwards to go forward.

    Starting Jan. 1, Torrey took ownership of the real estate firm W. A. has owned since 1979. At the same time, the company is regaining its independence. The company had been affiliated with the national real estate franchise ERA since 2002. Now it will be simply Torrey Smith Realty Co.

  • Business spotlight

    Who we are: Enhance Small Engine Repair

    Owned by: Dennis Hudspeth

    Where: 1021 Frankfort Road, inside Big-Top tobacco warehouse

    What we do: Offers service and repair to almost all small engine machines - including lawnmowers, blowers, chainsaws and ATVs. The shop also sells rebuilt and new lawn machines.

    We say: "I offer quality repair at low prices," Hudspeth said. He said he has 30 years of experience in working with small engines.

    Hours: Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Tests are just one measure of learning

    For teachers in Shelby County and across the state, the next few months can be pressure-packed as the CATS assessment looms. Students will practice Open Response Questions, fill in multiple choice bubbles, and memorize acronyms in preparation for the stressful week of standardized testing.

    The best thing we can do, however, is to take a deep breath and understand that state testing is just one way of measuring the success of a school. Or at least it should be part of a more balanced approach.

  • Catalpa'green'? Subdivision a model for open space, say developers

    Residents of Catalpagreen will appreciate the planned neighborhood's "environmentally sensitive design" and enjoy other features that will foster a strong sense of community, developers told Triple S Planning commissioners. Commissioners approved preliminary plans for the 239-unit subdivision, just off Ardmore Lane and U.S. 60, Tuesday night.

    Homes in the residential development will mimic classic 1900s-style architecture, according to plans on file with Triple S, and will be centered around common green space areas.

  • Commissioner talks budgets, CATS

    During his visit to Shelby County on Wednesday, Kentucky Education Commissioner, Dr. Jon Draud, spoke about how proposed education budget cuts would affect Shelby County.

    Draud also announced the state will change the date it administers the CATS battery of tests.

    Draud, who visited Shelby County to participate in Leadership Shelby's "Education Day," said he hopes that the budget shortfall the state faces will not result in budget cuts for the department of education.

  • Simpsonville ordinances address sewers

    Sewers were the focus of three ordinances before the Simpsonville City Commission Wednesday.

    The commission took first reading on an ordinance that would require developers to pay up front when they use the city's engineering firm, allow hotels and motels to pay tap on fees as a commercial rather than residential development, and reduce the sewer board from five members to three.

    City Administrator David Eaton said the city has in the past had problems collecting from developers who had engaged the city's engineer for work on sewer line extensions.