http://www.sentinelnews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Former parks employee arrested for theft http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/former-parks-employee-arrested-theft <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftpsimmons_bethmug.jpg" alt="Beth Simmons in 2012" title="Beth Simmons in 2012" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> A former Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation employee has been indicted for theft from the Family Activity Center.</p> <p> Heather Beth Simmons of Pleasureville who previously served as the Youth Services Director for the park system has been charged with Theft By Unlawful Taking for embezzling more than $10,000 but less than $1 million, a Class C felony.</p> <p> A more specific amount has not been released.</p> <p> The alleged thefts span a five-year period, occurring between November 2010 and January 2015, according to the indictment.</p> Simpsonville businesses burglarized http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/simpsonville-businesses-burglarized <p> Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis said his department is investigating a series of robberies that occurred yesterday morning.</p> <p> Minnis said four businesses were burglarized over a short period of time:</p> <p> JT&rsquo;s Pizza &amp; Subs at 129 Buck Creek Road, Sam Meyers Cleaners at 200 Veechdale Road, The Winner&rsquo;s Circle Horse Supply at 6904 Shelbyville Road and a nearby Mexican restaurant.</p> Restoring faith in the community http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/restoring-faith-community <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1_26.jpg" alt="Local business owners Ben and Melinda Hardin have been working for nearly three years to restore this century old downtown Shelbyville building and turn it into their dream home." title="Local business owners Ben and Melinda Hardin have been working for nearly three years to restore this century old downtown Shelbyville building and turn it into their dream home." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> If you know how stressful constructing a home from scratch can be, just imagine the headache of refurbishing a century-old building into a home.</p> <p> But despite the hassle involved, that was Ben and Melinda Hardin&rsquo;s intention when they purchased property at 514, 518 and 524 Main Street in downtown Shelbyville in 2011.</p> <p> And four years later, as their vision is becoming a reality, the couple hopes others can find inspiration in their efforts.</p> A booming holiday http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/booming-holiday <p> &nbsp;The hot days of summer have finally arrived and that can only mean one thing, it&rsquo;s time to light up the night&rsquo;s sky with displays of fireworks.</p> <p> Shelby County will be filled with red, blues and booms on July 4<sup>th</sup> with big shows planned at both Clear Creak Park and Simpsonville Park.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Spark the Park</strong></p> Firework sales booming http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/firework-sales-booming <p> &nbsp;With fireworks shows going on around the county, many still opt for the sometimes more eventful option of buying and setting off their own fireworks.</p> <p> The stands that pop up every year for a couple of weeks and decorate towns across the country already have people in a mad dash for the biggest and best fireworks money can buy &ndash; and laws will allow.</p> Creating a plan of action http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/creating-plan-action <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftptraining062415.jpg" alt="Shelby Christian Church was the site of a multi-agency training session for health, EMS, CDC and others, who participated in a mock public health emergency." title="Shelby Christian Church was the site of a multi-agency training session for health, EMS, CDC and others, who participated in a mock public health emergency." align="left" hspace="6" width="116" height="85" /><p> Could you imagine a scenario where hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people come down with the flu, or even worse, come into contract with anthrax in your community?</p> <p> How could all those people be cared for without infecting the healthy portion of the population?</p> <p> Maybe you&rsquo;ve never envisioned such a situation, but the health department has &ndash; that&rsquo;s why 200 people of all areas of public health gathered Thursday at Shelby Christian Church to take part in a mock scenario of just that type.</p> District staffing changes match strategic plan http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/district-staffing-changes-match-strategic-plan <p> While students are enjoying summer break, Shelby County Public Schools is doing a little spring-cleaning.</p> <p> And when SCPS high school students return to school this fall, it seems they all will be greeted by a new principal, as Collins Principal John Leeper has made his decision to transition to district administration and SCHS Principal Eddie Oakley announced his retirement, or so it seemed, earlier this year.</p> Better check your child’s booster seat http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/better-check-your-child%E2%80%99s-booster-seat <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;Several new laws will go into effect statewide today marking 90 days since the General Assembly adjourned on March 25.</p> <p> One of the most notable is House Bill 315, Which requires booster seats to be used in motor vehicles by children who are under 8-years-old or are 57 inches in height.</p>