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Today's News

  • Weathering the wind: Officials still assessing damage from Tuesday storm

    Early Wednesday morning, Walter Pinkerton, his wife and six kids were awakened by violent winds that shook their house and pealed off sections of the roof and ceiling. As rainwater rushed through exposed portions of the house, Pinkerton gathered his family on the first floor.

    The next morning as a rescue worker walked through Pinkerton's house and surveyed the damage, he remarked that the family was lucky to be alive.

    "It was not luck," Pinkerton responded. "It was God's protection."

  • Simpsonville passes sewer ordinances

    The Simpsonville City Commission Tuesday passed three ordinances affecting the city's operation of its sewers and sewer board. The city commission also took first reading on a measure that would speed up enforcement of environmental nuisance rules.

    Under a new ordinance, developers or builders would have to pay the city up front for engineering work on sewer lines extended to new subdivisions or developments. In the past the city has had trouble collecting from developers after its engineers have signed off on a project, Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton said.

  • Rockets drill Eminence, 70-42

    The Shelby County boys' basketball team exploded for an 18-0 run at Eminence Tuesday before coasting to a 70-42 win district win.

    The run to start the game was a big emphasis for SCHS head coach Mike Clark.

  • Dorman gets mortgage-lifter gift

    Thanks to a generous donation from The Kings Daughters and Sons Foundation of Kentucky, the Dorman Preschool Center can tear up mortgage papers on its Dorman North facility.

  • Grigsby family looking toward life after hotel room

    There is one bed and two chairs in the room. It's crowded. The curtains are closed, keeping the cold morning light outside.

    Mother nature has done enough.

    Another lamp is switched on and the family comes into better view. Four adults and three children sit on the bed. For a few more days this is their home. Best Western Shelbyville Lodge.

    This is just one of several local families that have suffered losses as a result of recent storms.

  • Downes wins competition

    Sarah Downes, an eighth grade student at Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy in Simpsonville, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 14. The Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

    Downes will now take a written test. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state bee April 4.

  • In class and on the job

    An internship program at a local college is offering students the opportunity to get on-the-job experience even before they receive their degrees.

    Pamela Larkin, professor of business studies at Jefferson Community and Technical College Shelby County, said students in the Office Systems Technology program are required to participate in a semester of "real world" job experience before they can graduate.

    Larkin said the experience of having an internship is an important part of students' education.

  • Intersection blues: Bypass may relieve some, but not all headaches

    With traffic congestion and accidents on the rise through Shelbyville on U.S. 60, state and local officials are looking toward to the completion of the bypass to help relieve traffic problems on that busy stretch of road.

    Andrea Clifford, public information officer for district 5 of the Kentucky Department of Transportation, said the bypass will significantly reduce congestion through town - particularly during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

  • 1983: Lee Nor Mack leads more than black community

    If anyone has an old photo that they would like to run with this column bring it and the information into The Sentinel-News office or e-mail it to the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com. We are also looking for mystery photos. If you have a picture you can't identify, send it in and we'll ask our readers for help.

    10 years ago, 1998

  • Owens and Miller to bid city council farewell

    Two familiar faces on Shelbyville City Council did not file for another term, making this year their last.

    Valoise Owens and Michael W. Miller both said they've enjoyed their time on city council and will miss being a part of it.

    Owens, assistant vice president with Republic Bank, has been a city council member for the past 20 years. She said she did not file for another term because she wants to spend more time with her family.