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  • Victim wants harassment taken seriously

    She said it happened for the first time when she was a freshman at Shelby County High School.

    The now 18-year-old female who agreed to speak to The Sentinel-News on the condition she not be identified, is one of two young women who came forward in the recent case against former teacher Scott Stumbo, with allegations that he harassed her by making sexually inappropriate comments to her.

    In addition, one of the girls alleged Stumbo handed her a typed, unsigned note, which contained sexually suggestive language, according to school officials in September 2006.

  • Hope for the hopeless - Local humanitarian to help children in Nicaragua

    Maggie Bishop expects this summer to be the most difficult and yet rewarding of her life.

    Bishop, a 2006 graduate of Shelby County High School, will spend the summer in Nicaragua working with a program that reaches out to underprivileged street children.

    The program that she will be working with, Los Quinchos Street Outreach, is designed to get children off the street and to teach them how to live a better life.

    Currently the program serves more than 200 children.

  • Shelby to hold 'cleanup week'

    After next week the streets of Shelby County will likely be cleaner and freer from litter and debris, thanks to the planned efforts of a coalition of environmentally concerned citizens.

    The local cleanup effort is part of a statewide initiative called "Commonwealth Clean Up Week." The event is designed to make the highways and hedges of Kentucky more beautiful and environmentally sustainable.

  • Simpsonville gets 130, wants 10 more

    The city of Simpsonville is growing by leaps and bounds - in land if not in people.

    At its Wednesday meeting, the commission voted 5-0 to annex 130 acres of land south of the city and across I-64. The annexation had been requested by AKDB, LLC, which is owned by John (Papa John) Schnatter.

  • Black and White: The west side of the new judicial center shows the continuation of vertical windows.

    Judicial center design '99 percent' complete

    A new judicial center, which has been in the talking and planning stages for more than five years, is getting ever closer to reality. The Project Development Board Wednesday looked at a rendering the architectural firm designing the building called "99 percent complete."

    "It is in the last stages of design," said architect Dennis Arthur, with CMW firm, which is designing the building. "Of course, with a building like this it's never really done until it's built."

  • Wiley named head of tech school

    A little over 25 years ago, Susan Wiley was taking classes at the Shelby County Area Technology Center in order to prepare for her future career in business. Wiley credits her education there for putting her on a successful career path and for helping her to land her new job as the school's new principal.

    Wiley, who will take her position as head of the technical school in two weeks, said she is excited about her new position and the possibility it affords in influencing students' education.

  • Triple S approves digital zoning maps

    Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing Tuesday on the subject of new zoning maps and approved the motion to suggest to the Shelby County, Shelbyville, and Simpsonville governing bodies that the new Geographic Information System zoning maps replace their current official zoning maps.

    Ryan Libke, executive director of Triple S, explained that the new maps would be easier to both comprehend and work with than the old maps.

  • Court rejects water board nominee

    A usually routine appointment to a water board brought complaints of politics-as-usual at Tuesday's fiscal court meeting, rejection by the court, and a 'scolding' by county Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger.

    Rothenburger nominated Process Machinery President David Miles to a four-year term on the West Shelby Water District Board. He would replace Bob McDowell, of Simpsonville, who has sat on the board for 17 years. McDowell's term recently expired.

  • Local volunteer receives awards

    Dr. Teresa Gregory spent her day off Tuesday helping the Shelby County Humane Society spay or neuter over 50 cats.

    Gregory, who works full-time as a veterinarian at the Crestwood Veterinary Hospital, volunteers locally once a week in an effort to control the number of unwanted cats and dogs and reduce the number of animals that are euthanized in county.

    Last year Gregory spayed over 3,000 cats and dogs on her own time. And many weeks she will work seven days in a row.

  • Drug bust nets 15 pounds of pot

    Kentucky State Police, executing a search warrant, found 15 pounds of processed marijuana in a home in Simpsonville on Thursday, March 13.

    Troopers and detectives from Post 12 in Frankfort and Post 4 in Elizabethtown conducted the raid just before 1 p.m. at 191 Lincoln Station Drive. There they arrested Neftaly Aguilar Jr., 42. He was charged with trafficking in marijuana over five pounds, tampering with physical evidence, identity theft and criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was taken to the Shelby County Detention Center where he is still in custody on $500 bond.