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Today's News

  • Please pardon our dust

    I am sure many of you are frustrated with our website. We have been "under construction" now for two months and it seems like we are moving very slowly. It is getting better...I promise!

    The task has been daunting. We are changing our provider companies, implementing new corporate-designed programs and changing the way we gather, write, store and disseminate information for you.

    The Sentinel-News and our corporate leaders are addressing a new way of communicating, not just producing a pretty web site.

  • Wills named Farmer of the Year

    John Wills was named Farmer of the Year at the 53rd Farm-City banquet Tuesday.

    Extension Agent for Agriculture Brittany Edelson called Wills "one of the most well-rounded persons to receive the award."

    "He spends incredible amounts of time following ag legislation that impacts locally and nationally," Edelson said. "He advises producers young and old."

    Wills has farmed his entire life in the Rivels area of southern Shelby County. For the last 18 years he has worked for Jacobi Sales. He is the company's service manager. He is active in Shelby County Farm Bureau.

  • Fight against blight

    City officials will debate the merits of an eminent domain ordinance aimed at cleaning up blighted properties and vacant lots, the city's building official said Wednesday. It could mirror an ordinance passed earlier this month by Richmond, Ky. leaders.

  • After Thanksgiving spending could fluctuate

    Denise Jesse said she plans on spending less on Christmas shopping this year than last year.

    Jesse, who was out shopping at Wal-Mart Wednesday with her two grandchildren, said her holiday budget is tighter this year because both she and her husband are facing lay-offs this season with their employer, Martinrea.

    "Most everybody was used to getting all the overtime they wanted," Jesse said, "but now, it's down to nothing. People need to buy American."

    Karen Holt said she's running behind and hasn't even started her Christmas shopping yet.

  • District seeks bank contract

    Thanks to above average interest rate from a local bank, the Shelby County Board of Education earned $1.6 million in interest from their checking account this past year.

    At its Nov. 8 meeting, the board agreed to allow district finical coordinator, Greg Murphy, to present an offer to American Founders Bank that would extend their contract for another year.

  • Rockets take District title, 37-20 over Indians

    While the Shelby County High School football team's offense continues to roll up yards, the Rockets' defense has started to shut down opponents in the second half of playoff games.

    Leading Madison Central 17-14 at halftime Friday, the Rockets (8-4) outscored the Indians 20-0 in the third quarter to put the game away. The defense allowed a meaningless touchdown late in the fourth quarter to set the final score at 37-20, but allowed less than 60 yards of offense to Madison Central in the second half alone.

  • Stealing should not be protected sin

    It could almost be time for some truth in spending.

    On Nov. 6 a Republican senator sent TV Evangelists Kenneth and Gloria Copeland a set of written questions about how they spend their money.

    As church leaders, they pay no taxes but are supposed to put some of the money they receive back into serving the public welfare.

    Sen. Chuck Grassley, head of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, decided the Copelands' flights to Hawaii and Fiji just might not really qualify as legitimate business trips.

  • Simpsonville postpones annexation vote

    The usually sedate Wednesday morning meeting of the Simpsonville City Commission was anything but calm this week as dozens of opponents of annexation of land near I-64 showed up to assault the plan.

  • Lady Rockets being overlooked

    The SCHS girls' basketball team is the 8th Region champs until someone knocks them off in March, but you would never know from the preseason projections.

    Anderson County and South Oldham are trendy picks to win the region this year so the Lady Rockets will have to prove once again that they are top dogs -- despite being the only preseason ranked team in the region, at No. 16.

  • Rockets face tall task against Boone County

    While the Shelby County football team's defense has improved in the playoffs, a punishing rushing game has been the Rockets' Achilles heel all year.

    SCHS will find out exactly how much the defense has improved tonight when the Rockets face Boone County, which boasts the Class 6A leading rusher. Cory Farris averaged 225 yards a game in the regular season. That average has dipped to 207 since the playoffs began, but that does not mean that slowing him down has become any easier.