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  • Election: Candidate Forum: Simpsonville City Commission

    Simpsonville City Commission

    Candidates present: Michael Hesse.

    Candidates absent: Sharon Cummins (i), Scott McDowell (i), Cary Vowels (i), Vicky Wise (i).

    i: incumbent.

    1 question with response, then 2 minutes for a statement


    Scott McDowell could not attend because he was working in Florida, and Vicky Wise had cited a previous commitment. Sharon Cummins and Cary vowels had indicated they would attend.

  • Election 2012: Candidate Forum: Board of Education

    Candidates: District 2, Sam Hinkle (i), Karen Sams; District 5, Brenda Jackson (i), Kurt Smith.

    i: incumbent.

    Each candidate received two questions, with his or her opponent allowed to rebut. There was one question for all four.

    Sam Hinkle has been very outspoken about focusing on quality educational standards, and asked him if he thought the school system was doing all it could in that regard, and if not, why not?

  • Election 2012: Candidate forum: Shelbyville City Council

    Candidates in attendance: Norris Beckley (D), Stephen Cohn (R), Donna Eaton (D-i), Frank Page (R-i), Nathan Riggs (D), Shane Suttor (D-i), Jon Swindler (R-i), Mike Zoeller (D-i).

    Absent because of medical issues: Bob Andriot (R), Alan Matthews (D-i).

    D: Democrat; R-Republican; i-Incumbent


    Candidates each had two minutes to respond to questions, and those running for Shelbyville City Council went first, headed up alphabetically by Norris Beckley.

  • Girl who escaped from custody in Shelby found in Lexington

    A 16-year-old girl who jumped from a moving vehicle in Shelby County has been found in Lexingtin, police say.

    Kentucky State Police said that on Oct. 19, Cheyenne Vires escaped from custody as she was being transported to a female juvenile facility in Morehead by officials from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Protection Permanency Agency.

  • Candidates meet at forum tonight

    Are you trying to decide how to vote in the crowded field for Shelbyville City Council or perhaps in the contentious race for seats on the Shelby County School Board?

    You can learn more about those races and those candidates tonight when an election year tradition returns to the campaign trail.

    Thee Shelby County Organized for Preservation and Enhancement and The Sentinel-News conduct their 2012 Candidate Forum at 6:30 p.m. at Stratton Center in Shelbyville, continuing a partnership that SCOPE and The Sentinel-News began in 1988.

  • Shelby woman arrested for child abuse

    Kentucky State Police Detectives have charged a Shelby County woman with child abuse of her 1-month-old son.

    Hermelinda Ramos-Perez, 29, was arrested Oct. 15 and taken to the Shelby County Detention Center, charged with second-degree assault, after a week-long investigation that began Oct. 8 when the child was brought into Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville with injuries to his head and face, said KSP spokesperson Ron Turley.

  • News briefs: Oct. 19, 2012

    Kentucky’s non-farm job

    growth is largest since 2006


    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate in September 2012 decreased to 8.4 percent from a revised 8.5 percent in August 2012, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    The preliminary September 2012 jobless rate was 1.1 percentage points below the 9.5 percent rate recorded for the state in September 2011.

  • Election2012: Shelby County School Board: Karen Sams

    Karen Sams said she looks at the Shelby County Board of Education and sees a lack of efficiency.

    “The biggest issue facing our school system today is how to provide quality education efficiently,” she said. “I feel this is a shortfall with our current school board, and I chose to run to ensure that change will do us a good.”

    That’s why Sams has again entered the race for the school board’s 2nd District. She ran against incumbent Sam Hinkle in 2008 and lost by 17 votes.

  • Election 2012:Soil board’s mission is to help farmers

    When you go to the polls on Nov. 6 and see seven names seeking four spots on something called the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Shelby County, you might be wondering exactly what you are electing these people to do.

    Of all the agencies and taxing districts in the county – such as fire districts, solid waste, the library – why would you have to vote on people who seem to be in charge of dirt?

  • EARLIER: Both sides OK with outlet mall delay

    Developers and a representative of at least some residents say they are satisfied with what otherwise was an otherwise anticlimactic conclusion Tuesday night when the Triple S Planning Commission considered a zone change request for a second outlet mall in Simpsonville.

    For two hours Trio Property Development and its partner, Paragon Outlet Development presented plans for an outlet mall and requested a zone change for its 64-acre property east of Buck Creek Road and south of Interstate 64.