http://www.sentinelnews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Shelby quilt is best in show http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/shelby-quilt-best-show <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftpquilts.jpg" alt="Linda Sanford prepares to measure a quilt she is working on." title="Linda Sanford prepares to measure a quilt she is working on." align="left" hspace="6" width="86" height="85" /><p> When it comes to creative endeavors such as painting, photography, and being handy with a needle, Shelby County residents shone at the Kentucky State Fair this year.</p> <p> From Brenda Lee in Waddy (knitting) to Donna Owen (painting china) and Patrice Payton (needlepoint) in Simpsonville, to Karen Collins (knitting) in Shelbyville, all earned several ribbons.</p> <p> And Linda Sanford of Shelbyville stood above the crowd in the quilting competition.</p> From kindergarten to the garden http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/kindergarten-garden <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/2014_local_food_heroes.jpg" alt="Brooke Eckmann of Shelby County, third from right, was among the 2014 Kentucky Local Food Heroes honored Aug. 14 at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville. Pictured are, from left: Agriculture Commissioner James Comer; Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, State Fair Board president; Caroline Heine of Seed Capital Kentucky; Ashley Barth, granddaughter of Russell Poore of Logan County, who accepted Poore’s Local Food Hero award on his behalf; Jacob Sharpe of Scott County; Eckmann; Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; and Bill Johnson of Farm Credit Mid-America." title="Brooke Eckmann of Shelby County, third from right, was among the 2014 Kentucky Local Food Heroes honored Aug. 14 at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville. Pictured are, from left: Agriculture Commissioner James Comer; Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, State Fair Board president; Caroline Heine of Seed Capital Kentucky; Ashley Barth, granddaughter of Russell Poore of Logan County, who accepted Poore’s Local Food Hero award on his behalf; Jacob Sharpe of Scott County; Eckmann; Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; and Bill Johnson of Farm Credit Mid-America." align="left" hspace="6" width="145" height="85" /><p> Chosen from among 1,800 Kentucky Proud Farmers, Brooke Eckmann of Ambrosia Farm in Finchville, has been selected as one of three honorees for the 2014 Local Food Hero.</p> <p> In its second year, the award recognizes farmers whom not only grow delicious food, but also contribute to their communities by conserving water, soil and wildlife.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really unbelievable to me to be chosen from among the local farmers, let alone across the state, we have great farmers in the area,&rdquo; Eckmann said.</p> Shelby County School Board: Board expected to keep tax rate is flat http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/shelby-county-school-board-board-expected-keep-tax-rate-flat <p> For the second straight year it appears that the Shelby County Board of Education will not change its property tax rate.</p> <p> At Thursday night&rsquo;s meeting, Neihof recommended keeping the rate the same, and board members agreed. Though there wasn&rsquo;t much discussion, board member Karen Sams said she thought it was a good idea, as did board member Eddie Mathis.</p> County likely to keep tax rate flat http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/county-likely-keep-tax-rate-flat <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftpfisalcourt_joejohnson.jpg" alt="Joe Johnson of Louisville is Shelby County&#039;s new 911 director." title="Joe Johnson of Louisville is Shelby County&#039;s new 911 director." align="left" hspace="6" width="58" height="85" /><p> The Shelby County Fiscal Court will wait until the last day to set it&rsquo;s property tax rate for the 2014-15 fiscal year, but that rate is not likely to change.</p> <p> &ldquo;That&rsquo;s the recommendation that&rsquo;s going to be coming from me and the finance committee,&rdquo; said Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger after the meeting of the fiscal court Tuesday morning.</p> Men’s health fair Saturday at JHS http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/men%E2%80%99s-health-fair-saturday-jhs <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftpmenshealth.jpg" alt="A nurse explains some of the complications that can be caused by smoking during the men&#039;s health fair last year. This year&#039;s fair, hosted by Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, is Saturday." title="A nurse explains some of the complications that can be caused by smoking during the men&#039;s health fair last year. This year&#039;s fair, hosted by Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, is Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> The 14<sup>th</sup> annual Men&rsquo;s Health Fair will be hosted by Jewish Hospital Shelbyville on Saturday and organizers of the event say it is an invaluable resource for men.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll have twelve hundred dollars of free testing for men,&rdquo; said Tony Carriss, chair of the Men&rsquo;s Health Fair Committee, which organizes the event.</p> Shelbyville City Council: Trash, recycling ordinance to take next step http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/shelbyville-city-council-trash-recycling-ordinance-take-next-step <p> After a long anticipated wait, the Shelbyville City Council will finally take the next, and most important, step in exploring the concept of citywide garbage and recycling collection.</p> <p> At Thursday&rsquo;s regular meeting, 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 315 Washington Street in Shelbyville, the council will review the final RFPs.</p> <p> During a council meeting earlier this month, City Attorney Steve Gregory said that he expected to have the RFPs ready by last week. However, Gregory explained that there are some things within the RFP specs that still need to be wrapped up.</p> NEWS DIGEST: Aug. 20, 2014 http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/news-digest-aug-20-2014 <p> <strong>Kentucky students show </strong></p> <p> <strong>improvement on ACT</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Kentucky public high school graduates still trail the national ACT test averages but are making gains over the past five years.</p> New school year starts off smoothly http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/new-school-year-starts-smoothly <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1_4.jpg" alt="Students unload from a bus in front of Painted Stone Elementary as the sun rises." title="Students unload from a bus in front of Painted Stone Elementary as the sun rises." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> As the sun rose this morning, so did thousands of students across Shelby County, some eager to start back to school, some not so eager.</p> <p> With new &ldquo;<em>Frozen&rdquo;</em> or Ninja Turtle shell backpacks in tote, children unloaded from buses and cars, piling into the buildings by the dozens for their first day of the 2014-15 school year.</p> <p> At West Middle School, teachers greeted students on their first day with enthusiasm and high spirits.</p>