Today's News

  • Zoeller files for third term

    Mike Zoeller has filed for a third term on Shelbyville City Council. He said he hopes to keep his role in the city he is happy to call home.

    "I've enjoyed being on the city council," Zoeller said, "and when I meet new people I'm proud to tell them I'm on it."

    In his time on city council, Zoeller, a Democrat, said he has a record of improving public safety in Shelbyville. In recent years, he saw the number of city policemen jump from 16 to 23. The number of firemen increased as well.

    City growth is something Zoeller wants to continue working for.

  • The 2008 legislative session: What business wants

    As 2008 quickly approaches, the Kentucky General Assembly will soon be in session with many difficult decisions to make. Gov. Steve Beshear's first budget will be under consideration, and hundreds of competing interest groups will be working to sway lawmakers' opinions. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will also be at the Capitol, speaking for the business community of Kentucky and hoping to improve the state's business climate for all Kentuckians.

  • Storms barely scrape county

    Winds that tore through the Midwest and hit Louisville and southern Indiana hard did relatively little damage here Tuesday night.

    In Shelbyville, two large trees came down, said City Public Works Director Al Minnis. His crew was sawing up a part of a large ash tree that came down on utility wires, split a telephone pole and landed on the roof of a building on Bradshaw Street. Another large tree came down on a fence near Daniel Field.

    Bagdad Fire Chief Rusty Newton said a tree fell on a house in Bagdad but did only minor damage.

  • Young will challenge Montell

    Bill Young wants another shot at the state House seat now held by state Rep. Brad Montell.

    "Issues are the reason I'm getting into the race again," Young said. "The values that are important to me are not getting addressed."

  • Year of new beginnings

    The new year started with a bang. Several bangs. In the first week of 2008, I was offered, and happily accepted a staff writer position with the Sentinel-News. I received my journalism degree from Butler University in Indianapolis a few years ago, and as most journalism majors do, I was struggling to find a job in the field.

    A week after getting the good news, more celebration was in order, as I walked the aisle and married my longtime sweetheart, Stephanie. The following week we were enjoying an incredible honeymoon in Italy.

  • Cemetery sues couple in land deal

    Members of the Grove Hill Cemetery Board want Barbara Porter and her husband Bill to pay damages the board incurred in filing an eminent domain action against the couple.

    Last fall, Circuit Judge Charles Hickman granted the cemetery board eminent domain to seize 13 acres located across the street from Grove Hill that Bill and Barbara Porter currently own and use to raise cattle.

    The Grove Hill Cemetery Board said it needed the property to expand the cemetery.

  • Persimmon Ridge receives Golf Digest award

    Persimmon Ridge Golf Club, located just off Aiken Road in Shelby County, received the Golf Digest 2007-2008 Architecture Award for Kentucky in recognition of the course's design.

    Lawren Just, president of Persimmon Ridge, said this was the first time the course received the award.

    "Persimmon Ridge is consistently rated by Golf Digest as one of the state's top golf courses, but this is the first time we have been presented with the design award so we are thrilled," she said. "It is gratifying to be recognized by national experts."

  • Bottom seeks first term on city council

    Looking for his first term on the Shelbyville City Council, long time Shelbyville resident Dudley Bottom Jr. said he is ready to give back to the city.

    Bottom, 59, spent 36 years with Shelby Energy Cooperative, eventually rising to the position of CEO. Having retired in 2007, Bottom, a Democrat, said his experiences with planning could be used to benefit the city.

    "I feel I could help the city with economics," he said. "Everybody is concerned with tax dollars, and I'd like to see city services improve in efficiency."

  • Lewis bows out of House race

    Minutes before the filing deadline on Tuesday, U. S. Rep. Ron Lewis withdrew from the race to represent Shelby County and the rest of the second Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Lewis withdrew just seconds after his chief of staff, Daniel London, entered the race.

    According to the Secretary of State's office, moments before 4 p.m. London's wife filed her husband's nomination papers, seconds later she filed Lewis withdraw.

    Some have criticized Lewis for trying to set up London to win the nomination.

  • Freeze-framing the past

    In years past, many barns across the countryside did double duty. They held animals, hay or equipment and they also advertised. "Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco," or "See Ruby Falls."