Today's News

  • Serving full circle

    It was in the late 1980s when the CEO of Jewish Hospital approached Judy Kees, then director of human resources, and asked her to put together a volunteer team.

    "Shelbyville back then was really growing with industry and we had a lot of people moving into town," Kees said, explaining they saw an opportunity to reach out to the newcomers.

    They began hosting meetings and giving tours, helping people find a spot where they could best serve.

  • Weathering a scammer storm

     Inclement weather season is upon us so it's time to get prepared.

    A big storm can carry hail, high winds, heavy rains and other problematic weather conditions, but one potential disaster situation homeowners are rarely prepared to handle is the flood of scammers that often follow.

    The Better Business Bureau wants homeowners affected by natural disasters to be aware of storm chasers and out-of-town contractors soliciting business.

  • County begins research into harm reduction program

    According to Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison, research on the possible implementation of a harm reduction program, including a needle exchange, is underway.

    Ison said that a committee has been assembled to research the effects of such a program, but the work is still in its early stages.

    “Currently, they are meeting and learning all the particulars as it relates to the issue,” Ison said.

  • Safe surfing

    Today's youth have vast access to the world through the internet, social media and other means of communication.

    And with children gearing up for summer break, officials want parents and caretakers to be aware of what that access means. 

    "I honestly feel like parents allow their children to have access to certain types of social media even though they may not be responsible enough to handle those types of medias," said Kyle Tipton with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

  • Aquaponics facility coming to Mount Eden Road

    A new way of farming is coming to Shelby County, and it will allow crops to be grown year-round in a climate-controlled environment.

    River City Aquaponics wants to change the way food is grown and plans to bring to Kentucky a healthy, sustainable and local alternative. Owner Josh Clark says traditional farming requires fertilizers, pesticides and antibiotics and is prone to the risks of infections such as salmonella and E. coli, and those are some of the reasons why his company wants to invest in aquaponics.

  • SCFS to recognize volunteers

    National Volunteer Week is April 7-13 making it an opportune time to shed light on those who make Shelby County stronger and better.

    And one of most demanding and challenging volunteer positions is with the Shelby County Fire Department where more than 65 volunteers serve the community.

    Shelby County Fire District Chief Bobby Cowherd, who was once himself a volunteer firefighter, wants to show appreciation to current volunteer firefighters in his district next week while encouraging others in the community to join them in the cause.

  • A dwindling workforce

    Customers complained Wednesday morning as their breakfast needs went unmet at Burger King when the store reportedly failed to open on time due to a lack of staff.

    Though this could not be confirmed, it comes as little surprise.  Several new businesses, especially fast food restaurants, have failed to open on time in recent years because of staffing concerns.

    Starla Roden, district manager for Burger King, said she was not aware of a late opening Wednesday morning but said staffing has been an issue with the restaurant since they opened last summer.

  • Toned out for what?

    To keep up with the latest breaking news events, media outlets constantly have an ear on the local emergency channels via police scanner. 

    Tones echo daily through the office of The Sentinel-News and over the years we’ve heard dispatchers tone out everything from shootings to car wrecks to heartburn.  Yes, heartburn.  We've heard calls seeking an officer’s response for concerns for buzzards flying around a home, a cigarette butt on the driveway, Facebook identity theft and because someone had an encounter with an impolite person.

  • 30 years in uniform

    Most officers will tell you, serving their community isn't a job – it's a calling. 

    And that couldn't be truer for two Shelbyville Police Officers who have been putting on a uniform for more than 30 years.

    Shelbyville Police Chief Istvan Kovacs and officer Toby Lewis have both served their community and country most of their lives. 

    Both served in the military and both were sworn into the Shelbyville Police Deparment 30 years ago this month.

  • Tobacco-free schools bill ready for Bevin

    Governor Matt Bevin is poised to sign legislation that would ban the use of tobacco across all Kentucky public schools and events.

    House Bill 11, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser (R-Taylor Mill) would prohibit tobacco products and e-cigarettes on public K-12 school properties across the state and would ban students, teachers or volunteers from use during any school-related activities.