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Neighbors

  • Produce-ing a helping hand

    Lucas, 9, Ruby Ann, 2, Mac, 5 and Elly, 7, Courtney, the children of Mary and Shane Courtney, raced around a vegetable stand on Vigo Road in Bagdad Monday like a group of rodeo clowns wrangling a bull back into its pen.

    The kids were serving customers at their produce stand put together to support two of their friends diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.

    "We've actually done better than I thought we would," said Lucas, as he bagged some vegetables for a customer, adding that they have raised $1,000 so far.

  • Produce-ing a helping hand

    Lucas, 9, Ruby Ann, 2, Mac, 5 and Elly, 7, Courtney, the children of Mary and Shane Courtney, raced around a vegetable stand on Vigo Road in Bagdad Monday like a group of rodeo clowns wrangling a bull back into its pen.

    The kids were serving customers at their produce stand put together to support two of their friends diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.

    "We've actually done better than I thought we would," said Lucas, as he bagged some vegetables for a customer, adding that they have raised $1,000 so far.

  • Shelby County and Collins high schools hold graduation Saturday

    Shelby County and Collins High Schools both held commencement exercises on Saturday.

  • Hamming it up

    You have probably seen some of Shelby’s 15 members of the Stubblefield Repeater Radio Club out in the community performing various communications services without ever realizing it.

    “Emergency management calls on us quite frequently to do events for back up communications in Shelby County,” said Marvin Bowman, president of the club. “You can use ham radio if the internet is not available or if it’s down. During severe weather, we have storm spotters out relaying information to the national weather service.”

  • Jazzing it up

    Want to jazz up your workout or even begin a fun new one?

    You might want to pop in at Jazzercise on Main Street and join in the fun.

    Diane Young smiled as she began to warm up.

    “I really like it,” she said. “I had a total knee replacement September 13 and this has really helped me.”

    Nel Grin, instructor and owner of the facility, said that having fun is the key to a successful exercise routine in terms of longevity.

  • Best friends to the end

    “We are literally heartbroken,” said J.P. Seppenfield. “He was only seven years old, and he got lymphoma. The vet looked at us, and said, ‘If you were a billionaire, you couldn’t save him.’”

    Seppenfield, his wife Frieda, daughter Morgan and son Jonathan couldn’t save Woodford, their cherished Australian Shepherd, so they set out to make his last week of life as comfortable as they could. They wanted desperately to give him back just a small fraction of the joy he had brought into their lives.

  • Feeding a tradition

    Surrounded by tender, flaky fish frying to perfection, golden brown hush puppies piling up in baskets and a bevy of delectable desserts awaiting hordes of diners, Kent Herold scurried all around the Church of the Annunciation’s community center Friday, making sure everything was in order for the first fish fry of the Lenten season.

  • Shaping her destiny

    Sculptor Jenny Hager-Vickery is proud of her latest creation.

    At 20 feet tall, Gypsy the Giraffe, a life-sized sculpture she created for the Jacksonville Zoo, is the largest she has ever done.

    “My husband actually worked on it with me as well; it was a daunting task – the largest I had made up to now was fifteen feet tall,” she said. “I call her Gyspy – that's her pet name – I name things with alliteration, so she got a ‘G’ name.”

  • A howling good time

    Love was in the air Saturday night, not just for couples at an annual Valentine's Day dance but also for the homeless dogs and cats the event supports.

    "I love it," said Sammy Woodhall. "We've been helping Sandy Hill out at Operation CatSnip – we've been doing some fostering. I thought I loved cats before, but now! This is our first time here, it's just awesome."

    Sammy and Mike Woodhall were among the 320 plus guests at the sold out event, held at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

  • Sheer Reflections

    As he gave a haircut and a shave to a customer, Robert Marshall talked about how the thriving African American business community on Henry Clay Street has all but disappeared since he opened his barbershop there in 1960.

    “We’re were just discussing that at the Martin Luther King service a few weeks ago, the way it was, compared to how it is now,” he said, expertly using a comb to shape the customer’s new do.