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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Rockets fall apart in 66-57 loss to Gallatin

    The Shelby County boys' basketball team blew a 15-point halftime lead as visiting Gallatin County outscored the Rockets 44-20 in the second half of a 66-57 game Tuesday.

    Gallatin (14-4) cut the lead to single digits in the first two minutes of the third quarter when the Rockets (13-4) turned the ball over six times in their first eight possessions. Gallatin then took its first lead of the game with just 15 seconds left in the third on a putback off a missed free throw.

  • Schools battling the bulge

    In hopes of slimming down a growing trend of childhood obesity, state and local health officials are trying to direct students away from junk food and inactivity and toward exercise and healthy eating choices.

    Traci Earley, district health coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools, said poor eating habits and lack of exercise among local students has led to an increased number of students with Type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure - health risks typically found only in middle-aged adults.

    Earley said childhood obesity is a growing problem around the state and nation.

  • Not just buildings

    I read with great interest the article "Kentucky School Boards A Century of Local Leadership", which appeared in the Wednesday, January 16, 2008, edition of the Sentinel-News. I found it surprising to learn that our school boards have been in existence for 100 years. However, I found the comments from some of our board members even more surprising.

  • Thanks for donations

    Thank you to all who made donations to the "Santa Shop" at Norton Kosair's Children's Hospital, held December 14, 2007. A special thanks to Peggy Tschauner at Shelby-Fit for Life and members there who went over and beyond expectations.

  • Packed with care: Project extends food services

    What started as a program to ensure that low-income students at a local elementary school have adequate food has developed into a countywide effort for underprivileged children.

    Since last spring, members of the Shelby County Backpack Project have been collecting, packaging and delivering weekend meals for needy children in the school district.

    Christy Meredith, who dreamed up the project, said what started as a program at Southside Elementary has now grown into a service to all six county elementary schools.

  • Snow days... snow daze

    As I write this column, two of my kids are home enjoying their first snow day of the school year. Snow days are the stuff of dreams and memories. Sort of. This is my vision of an ideal snow day:

    Hop out of beds, 8 a.m. Make beds and start a load of laundry in the washer. Fix healthy muffins for breakfast. Use transfat-free margarine for muffins. Feed and water the dogs.

    Clean up kitchen and put laundry in the dryer, 9 a.m. Visit cheerfully with grandparents over the phone. Sing grandmother a Happy Birthday greeting while on the phone.