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  • Firefighters battle blaze on Kentucky Street in Shelbyville

    Shelbyville, Shelby County and Simpsonville fire departments are battling a blaze on Kentucky Street in the former Tapp’s Feed Store building by the railroad tracks and Shelby County Animal Shelter.

    Crews from LGE/KU had to shut off power in the area before battling the fire that started from grain left in storage.

    Reports are coming in on The Sentinel-News Facebook page that the smoke can be seen as far away as Lawrenceburg and Blankenbaker Parkway in Louisville.

  • Forming a talent pipeline

     Connecting the right job to the right person is an ongoing battle for many industries.

    “Being in HR, workforce development and talent issues are one of the biggest struggles that you face,” said Ashley Wilczek, director of human recourses for Superb IPC, 300 Isaac Shelby Drive in Shelbyville.

    And it’s an issue workforce organizations are continuously looking to rectify.

  • Columns up at Chatham Garden

     The view from Washington Street is taking people back in time as four historic columns, dating back more than 150 years, have been restored and returned to their former place in Shelbyville.

    City council member Bobby Andriot, who has played a vital role in the restoration of the property, said the columns were part of the original home that dated back to around 1850.

    When the home burned several years ago, family members of the previous owner, Dr. Charles Chatham, had been trying to restore the home.

  • $7,000 grant awarded to Collins’ biomedical class

     Collins High School biomedical instructor Kristin Howell is bringing live research to her classroom with the integration of a unique subject.

    “I know it seems strange to have fish in a human biomedical science class,” she said with a laugh. 

    Howell was recently awarded a $7,000 grant by the Toshiba America Foundation in order to turn her classroom storage closet into a mini research lab, filled with zebrafish.

  • Children’s librarian Farabee to retire

     Sarahbeth Farabee says she’s lucky to have been doing her dream job for about six years now, which makes leaving bittersweet.

    “I’ve enjoyed my time tremendously here,” Farabee said. “I’ve loved working with the children, loved working with families, I’ve met so many lovely families since I’ve been here.”

  • North Shelby limits pay options

    Residents of Shelby County’s north and eastern ends will soon see a few changes to how they can pay their water bills.

    According to David Hedges, general manager of the North Shelby Water District, customers will soon be unable to pay their bills through online banking means. 

    Hedges said the reason the district plans to stop taking those payments is because they can sometimes come through later than customers expect.

  • Labor Day Celebrations

     While many Shelby County residents will be taking Labor Day off, a few organizations are putting in some labor of their own.

    The Martinsville and Waddy communities have celebrated Labor Day for years with parades and fellowship, and this year will be no exception.



    Festivities in Martinsville will kick off with a barbeque dinner Sunday at the Shelby County Fairgrounds starting at 3 p.m. and continuing until 9 p.m.

  • Montell moves to Department of Education

     Simpsonville native Brad Montell has been named Director of Government Relations for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE).

    “I will primarily be responsible for being the liaison between the department of education and the legislature as well as the Department of Education and Washington D.C.,” Montell said.

    Montell, who previously served as the deputy director at the Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development, said his new post is a complete shift in a new direction.

  • Bus and van clip mirrors on Buck Creek

     A minor accident between a bus and a van on Buck Creek Road occurred Tuesday morning.

    According to Eddie Oakley, transportation coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools, a bus and a van were traveling along Buck Creek Road when they clipped mirrors.

    There were no injuries, Oakley said, and there were only a few children on the bus during the incident and the school district has informed their parents.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Baseball facilities named for Shelby stars

     On Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education voted on new names for two facilities in the district – one old and one new.  There was no debate but a lot of vocal support for recommendations for the Shelby County High School baseball stadium and field.

    Kerry Whitehouse, assistant superintendent of facilities and a member of the 1979 state championship baseball team, presented the recommendations of the Pollett-Bailey Stadium and the Phil Bell Field.