http://www.sentinelnews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Two fired as result of girl’s death http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/two-fired-result-girl%E2%80%99s-death <p> Two Justice Cabinet employees have been dismissed as a result of the investigation into teenager Gynnya McMillen&rsquo;s death in custody Jan. 11, one of them a high ranking official.</p> <p> &ldquo;Today the Cabinet announced two employee actions as investigations into the case continue,&rdquo; said Mike Wynn, public information officer for the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, in a statement.</p> Heroin meeting grows awareness http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/heroin-meeting-grows-awareness <p> A meeting Tuesday night at the Shelby County Extension Office on the heroin epidemic bore a resemblance to the problem it addressed &ndash; huge, all encompassing and enduring.</p> <p> Kelly McNew, director of Shelby Prevention, the entity that organized the event, said that 60 participants signed up, but she estimates that nearly twice that number attended.</p> <p> &ldquo;It went really well,&rdquo; she said, of the second such event held in Shelby County; the first took place last year to raise awareness of the problems that heroin brings to a community.</p> Shelby artist featured at Capitol exhibit http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/shelby-artist-featured-capitol-exhibit <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/valerie_fuchs.jpg" alt="The work of Shelbyville artist Valerie Sullivan Fuchs is on display at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort as part of the Kentucky Arts Council’s exhibit “Kentucky Visions at the Capitol: Fifty/50”." title="The work of Shelbyville artist Valerie Sullivan Fuchs is on display at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort as part of the Kentucky Arts Council’s exhibit “Kentucky Visions at the Capitol: Fifty/50”." align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> The artwork of Shelby County resident Valerie Sullivan Fuchs is currently on display at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort as part of the Kentucky Arts Council&rsquo;s exhibit &ldquo;Kentucky Visions at the Capitol: Fifty/50&rdquo;.</p> <p> Fuchs is a new media artist who works with video, sculpture, choreography and sound, to create unique and modern digital art pieces.</p> <p> Having received an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, she has been a member of the Kentucky Arts Council since 2004.</p> Layson Hall for sale http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/layson-hall-sale <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/layson.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> In a window adjacent to a stop work order sits a for sale sign at the 600 block of Main Street.&nbsp; A property that was booming with construction, renovations and enhancements just five months ago now sits vacant once again with the exception of numerous new tables and chairs, unoccupied and gathering dust.</p> <p> Located at 628-634 Main Street, the historic blue building, known as Layson Hall, is back on the market less than one year after Wise Capital Management purchased it with plans to turn the former furniture store/opera house into a restaurant.</p> TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Goldey’s to expand location on Frankfort Road http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/triple-s-planning-commission-%E2%80%93-goldey%E2%80%99s-expand-location-frankfort-road <p> Goldey&rsquo;s Heating &amp; Cooling in Shelbyville is ready to grow.</p> <p> On Tuesday, representatives will present to the Triple S Planning Commission development plans for a 1,512 sq. ft. warehouse addition to their current 1,570 square-foot facility office. Located at 728 Frankfort Road, Goldey&rsquo;s office sits behind a 1,452 square-foot space, currently occupied by a salon.</p> <p> Their proposed expansion would involve adding onto the back of the building, Triple S executive director Ryan Libke said.</p> Shelby Trails under new management http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/shelby-trails-under-new-management <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftpshelbytrails_personnel.jpg" alt="Shelby Trails is under management. Jennifer Hegg (left) and Justine Saudan (center) with the American Saddlebred Legacy Foundation meet with Parks Consultant Clay Cottongim (right) Friday to go over some minor details before they officially get started Feb. 15." title="Shelby Trails is under management. Jennifer Hegg (left) and Justine Saudan (center) with the American Saddlebred Legacy Foundation meet with Parks Consultant Clay Cottongim (right) Friday to go over some minor details before they officially get started Feb. 15." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> With nearly 500 acres of unspoiled beauty, as well as hiking and equestrian trails, Shelby Trails Park can&rsquo;t help but flourish under its new management, said Shelby County Park officials.</p> <p> &ldquo;They have a lot of great new ideas,&rdquo; said Parks Consultant Clay Cottongim, also former parks director.</p> <p> Jennifer Hegg and Justine Saudan with The American Saddlebred Legacy Foundation, the entity in charge of all programs at Shelby Trails, say they are excited about expanding activities already in place there and establishing new ones as well.</p> SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Students share playground solutions http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/shelby-county-school-board-%E2%80%93-students-share-playground-solutions <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/schoolboard1_4.jpg" alt="The Shelby County Board of Education recognized Simpsonville students for their participation in a Project Based Learning demonstration during their meeting Thursday evening at the school." title="The Shelby County Board of Education recognized Simpsonville students for their participation in a Project Based Learning demonstration during their meeting Thursday evening at the school." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Third grade students at Simpsonville Elementary School took center stage earlier this week during the Board of Education&rsquo;s first February meeting, Tuesday at the school.</p> <p> Twelve students from two classes divided into groups at four tables and presented their progress to board members on their plans to resolve the matter of a deteriorating playground.&nbsp; Their work is part of a Project Based Learning model.</p> SHELBY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS – Manny Stone earns Teacher of the Year http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/shelby-county-public-schools-%E2%80%93-manny-stone-earns-teacher-year <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/teacherofyear3.jpg" alt="West Middle School teacher Manny Stone has been selected as the 2015-16 Teacher of the Year for Shelby County Public Schools." title="West Middle School teacher Manny Stone has been selected as the 2015-16 Teacher of the Year for Shelby County Public Schools." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Teachers and faculty members rose to their feet in applause Thursday with the announcement of the 2015-16 Teacher of the Year for Shelby County Public Schools.</p> <p> As he heard his name, West Middle School social studies teacher Manny Stone dropped his face into his hands and covertly wiped tears from his eyes before his emotions overcame him and he rose to embrace his mother and friends at his table.</p>