http://www.sentinelnews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en JCTCS releases director, Wieland http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/jctcs-releases-director-wieland <p> With the economic downfall finally behind us, many Americans can finally breathe a sigh of relief.&nbsp; But for every action there is an equal or, as in the case of the Jefferson Community and Technical College system, an opposite reaction.<br /> Dr. John Wieland shared this week that his role as director of the JCTC Shelby County campus will be eliminated to account for mounting budget cuts.<br /> Cultivating a love of gardening http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/cultivating-love-gardening <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftpmastergardeners_flowers.jpg" alt="Deryck Huelett checks out some Begonias in the Shelby County High School&amp;#039;s greenhouse." title="Deryck Huelett checks out some Begonias in the Shelby County High School&amp;#039;s greenhouse." align="left" hspace="6" width="102" height="85" /><p> It&#39;s time again for the Shelby County Master Gardeners&#39; annual Garden Fair coming up Saturday.</p> <p> Whether you&#39;re an avid gardener or just want to put out a few flowers or tomato plants, the event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shelby County Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road, is sure to have just what you&#39;re looking for.</p> <p> There will be hundreds of plants to chose from, said Walt Reichert, horticulture technician with the extension office.</p> Lighting the darkness http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/lighting-darkness <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It&rsquo;s no secret that drug addiction is plaguing our community.&nbsp; But what is a secret are the faces and names of those hurting from the pain addiction has caused.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> But resident Casie Storey Mudd wants to change that.&nbsp; As administrator for the Facebook page Rural Addiction Resource Committee, Mudd is working to bring light to shadows that so often cloak the faces of those suffering in silence and on Tuesday she will do that through a public candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.</p> Ruby Lewis to appear on Nightline http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/ruby-lewis-appear-nightline <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftprubylewis_rubyandparents.jpg" alt="Ruby Lewis (center) was joined by her parents Eve and Tommie Lewis, at the preview of her new Broadway show recently." title="Ruby Lewis (center) was joined by her parents Eve and Tommie Lewis, at the preview of her new Broadway show recently." align="left" hspace="6" width="81" height="85" /><p> Shelby County native Ruby Lewis, who made a name for herself from coast to coast over the past decade in a variety of productions including musicals, television and theater and on Broadway, is now scheduled to appear on Nightline.</p> <p> The half-hour program provides viewers with in-depth reporting on major stories in the news, with occasional segments on pop culture. A date has not yet been set for the interview to air, but it&rsquo;s coming up soon, Lewis said.</p> Tools of the trade http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/tools-trade <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/restorationworkshop.jpg" alt="Restoration Workshop of Shelbyville is one of 20 finalists in Angie’s List’s “Best Toolbox in America” contest." title="Restoration Workshop of Shelbyville is one of 20 finalists in Angie’s List’s “Best Toolbox in America” contest." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s small, metal, beaten and banged up, and there&rsquo;s probably a light coat of sawdust gathering in the bottom but to John Abild, owner of Restoration Workshop of Shelbyville, his toolbox is a treasure chest filled with the tools to beautify just about any piece of neglected woodwork.</p> <p> And his toolbox has garnered national attention this month in the Best Toolbox in America contest, a photo contest sponsored by Angie&rsquo;s List, an online service containing crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses.</p> Lt. Gov urges Shelby students to find their passion http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/lt-gov-urges-shelby-students-find-their-passion <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hampton1.jpg" alt="Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton spoke to students at SCHS Wednesday morning about the value of entrepreneurships." title="Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton spoke to students at SCHS Wednesday morning about the value of entrepreneurships." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> With a focus on the value of entrepreneurships, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton spoke to students of Shelby County and Collins high schools as well as East and West middle schools at SCHS Wednesday morning.</p> <p> &ldquo;The constitution gives you as individuals the right to shape your lives however you see fit,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p> Hampton said this view has always been of value to her, as she grew up in a home with a limited budget and garnered pressure from others to behave in a manner that they saw fit.</p> Shelby to get $6.5m in road improvements http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/shelby-get-65m-road-improvements <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftproadprojects.jpg" alt="This strip of U.S. 60, from the Mason Home to Rocket Lane, is scheduled to be widened to three lanes, according to the county&#039;s new 2016-18 Biennial Highway Construction Plan." title="This strip of U.S. 60, from the Mason Home to Rocket Lane, is scheduled to be widened to three lanes, according to the county&#039;s new 2016-18 Biennial Highway Construction Plan." align="left" hspace="6" width="100" height="85" /><p> A new highway plan just approved in Frankfort has Shelby County getting $6.5 million worth of highway projects funded in the next two years.</p> <p> The 2016-18 Biennial Highway Construction Plan guarantees funding for local projects, which includes everything from bridge replacements to road widening.</p> <p> Shelby County has four projects in the plan, compared to 13 projects in Bullitt ($80 million), 13 in Franklin ($25 million), 6 in Henry ($31 million), 110 in Jefferson ($446 million), 15 in Oldham ($74 million), 4 in Trimble ($4) and 1 in Spencer ($500,000).</p> Bagdad woman named regional farm mom http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/bagdad-woman-named-regional-farm-mom <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftpfarmmom_courtneyandfamily.jpg" alt="Mary Courtney and her husband, Shane, and their four children, live on a commercial farm, Courtney Farms, in Bagdad." title="Mary Courtney and her husband, Shane, and their four children, live on a commercial farm, Courtney Farms, in Bagdad." align="left" hspace="6" width="73" height="85" /><p> Mary Courtney, co-owner of Courtney Farms along with her husband, Shane, is one of five women across the nation chosen as a 2016 Regional Farm Mom of the Year.</p> <p> Monsanto Company, an agricultural company based in St. Louis, made the announcement last week &ndash; the other 4 regional winners are from North Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado and Rhode Island.</p>