Today's News

  • The Inauguration: ‘I was there’

    Like most Americans, I watched President Barack Obama take the oath of office via TV screen.

    But instead of sitting on a sofa or standing around with co-workers in the break room, I stood shivering, shoulder to shoulder with a throng of total strangers just seven blocks away from where Obama placed his hand on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible and became the first African-American President of the United States of America.

  • GRA-KAT's co-owner gets prestigious award

    Shelby's own GRA-KAT Environmental Services have been doing landscape, excavation and erosion contracting work since 1978.

    The company has worked some major land-management projects in the county, including the demolition on Shelby Manor Nursing Home and the development of sidewalks at the Court House and on Rocket Lane. It also provides environmental inspections and universal waste recycling.

  • EARLIER: How can we keep our kids safe?

    There are currently 42 registered child sex offenders living in Shelby County.

    Their victims range in age from 2 to 18 and their crimes from sodomy to incest.

    Local officials said many more offenders never were identified, and, sadly, many offenses could have been prevented.

    In the last two weeks, two local men have been charged with separate cases of child sexual abuse. Along with making headlines across the state, the allegations have reawakened a concern for protecting children in the community.

  • Tucker named Triple S Chairman

    There was a familiar face with a new role on the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday.

    Gil Tucker, formerly vice chairman, led the meeting as the new chairman of the commission.

    The commission voted Tucker to take over that position in light of George Best's departure to take a seat on the Shelbyville City Council. Ed Rudolph has taken over as vice chairman, and Jake Smith remains treasurer.

  • Programs help to keep Shelby clean

    Kathy Ranard's main concern is keeping Shelby County from becoming too trashy.

    She has her work cut out for her, but she is trying to stay ahead of the game with her Litter Abatement Program.

    Ranard, the Clean Community coordinator, says that getting local people and organizations to “Adopt a Road” is also helping, as is using inmate labor to help offset the cost of cleaning up trash from roadways.

  • Gramig to play for Tigers

     As of Wednesday, Shauna Gramig can focus on the upcoming softball season.

    Gramig, a senior catcher for the Lady Rockets, won’t have to worry about her college career, because she took care of that by signing her letter-of-intent to play for the Georgetown College next season.

  • Cheering from the top

    For the first time since 2006 the SCHS cheerleading squad will be heading back to the state competition.

    The girls won the 8th Region small varsity competition Saturday at SCHS, and Coach Heather Fallen said it was a long time coming.

    “It’s been a big year for us as far as preparation,” she said. “We’ve been practicing hard since June, and we set some pretty high expectations.”

  • EARLIER: Waddy man indicted for sexually abusing child


    A Shelby County man has been indicted on charges he sexually abused a 6-year-old child at his home.

    Anthony Watkins, 37, of Waddy is charged with four counts of first-degree sexual abuse for encounters with girl he admitted took place between July and November of last year.

    First degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony, punishable by a sentence of 5-10 years in prison.

  • Fruit tree orders for spring planting


    One of the best things about January is all the good catalogs that come in the mail.

     It is much easier to believe that spring will come again when you have a stack of catalogs that show glossy pictures of fruits, vegetables and flowers.  The extra time spent indoors by the fire also allows us to spend some time plotting and planning what we want to add to the garden in 2009.

  • Looking Back: Jan. 23, 2009

    Information was gathered from previous years of The Shelby Sentinel, The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News. You can reach the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com.