Local News

  • Sentinel-News takes 24 awards

    The Sentinel-News won 24 awards, including seven first-place citations, among multiweekly newspapers in the annual judging by the Kentucky Press Association.

    The awards, presented Friday night in Lexington at KPA’s annual awards banquet, was for work published between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013 and covering 28 individual categories.

  • Family left homeless in Mount Eden Fire

    Firefighters from three departments battled desparately to save the home of a Mount Eden family in the predawn hours Saturday, but the blaze destroyed the structure, officials said.

    Mount Eden firefighter Tim Herndon said that the call came in at 3:48 about a house fire in the 7600 block of Mount Eden Road, at the home of Walter Chesser. The fire started in the chimney, he said, and the family, after calling 911, also tried to put the fire out, to no avail.

  • Shelby man critically injured in train accident

    A Shelby County man was injured critically Thursday evening when his pickup truck collided with a train near downtown Shelbyville.

    Ryan McBride was taken to the University of Louisville Medical Center after his truck was crushed by a Norfolk Southern train at about 5:30 p.m. in the area of 1st and Goodman streets.

    Assistant Emergency Medical Director Jeff Ivers said that McBride was airlifted to UofL.

    “His injuries were serious, but I don’t think they were life-threatening,” Ivers said.

  • Only a few days to file for 2014 elections

    With the deadline to file for the 2014 election quickly approaching, only a few new candidates have emerged and a few positions remain unopposed.

    The last day to file in most races is Tuesday, but candidates in the non-partisan Shelby County Board of Education, Simpsonville City Commission and Soil and Conservation Board races don’t have to file until August.

  • Triple S OKs zone change for distilleries in Shelby County

    With one small clarification, the Triple S Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend that the Shelby County Fiscal Court adopt a text amendment to its agriculture zoning to allow distilleries.

    The commission, acting on a request from fiscal court, heard a few comments from the public at Tuesday’s meeting and held a brief discussion on the matter.

  • Shelby County's housing market surged in 2013

    The housing market in Shelby County is almost back to pre-recession days, observers say, with increases across the board in both home sales and residential building permits during 2013.
    Last year, the number of people building homes was up 16 percent, home sales were up 14 percent, the number of new homes sold was up by 40 percent and foreclosures were down 34 percent.

  • WINTER 2014: Flu season peaking in Kentucky

    The flu season is in full swing, and public health officials say that this year the numbers of flu cases are running similar to last year’s.

    “We’re reporting wide-spread activity throughout the state, so I would assume that Shelby is no different,” said Dr. Craig Hunbaugh, senior deputy commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

    Hunbaugh said that situation is not unusual because January and February are peak months for flu in Kentucky.

  • WINTER 2014: Shelby County enduring bitter cold OK

    Shelby County may not be topping its record-low temperature of all time, 37 degrees below zero- set Jan. 19, 1994,  – also the state’s record– but when temps plunge to single digits, or even close to that, that’s plenty cold enough to cause problems.

    Temperatures dipped as low as 7 degrees below zero around the county on Wednesday morning, and though they were a bit higher on Thursday, a brisk breeze from the west brought chill factors down to about -15.

  • Businesses next in health-care changes

    With thousands of Kentuckians – and millions of Americans – as of this month having health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and more signing up each day, a new impact of the law will emerge this year as many businesses wrestle with the requirement that they must provide insurance options for their employees.

  • NEWS DIGEST: Jan. 24, 2014

    Kentucky’s unemployment

    at 8 percent in December

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate fell to 8 percent in December 2013 from a revised 8.2 percent in November 2013, according the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.