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    Paul Erway has been racing his wheelchair in marathons since the early 1990s, and he even competed for a spot in the Paralympics. But he said nothing really prepared him for what he went through this year, especially in November.

    On Nov. 16-17 Erway traveled more than 3,150 miles – hitting races in Wilmington, Del., Philadelphia and Las Vegas.

    And although Wilmington’s run wasn’t a fully sanctioned race, the other two were.

  • Jim Reed: 1966 – 2014

    In the short time that Jim Reed lived in Shelbyville, he made a huge impact on the community, giving of himself in many ways, his friends say.

    “I told his wife [Lisa], ‘Life is about the footprint that you leave,’” said Joe O’Brien, president of O’Brien Ford, where Reed was vice president and general manager. “Jim Reed spent five and a half years of his life in Shelbyville, Kentucky, and has left a footprint that most people couldn’t leave in a lifetime.”

  • Shelby County’s Fabulous 5 for 2013

    The Sentinel-News, since 2008 has honored at year’s end five Shelby Countians we think have had a significant impact on our community during this year. We sought your nominations on our Facebook page, and we believe each person – or in one case, team – selected for what we call Shelby County’s Fabulous 5 has in his or her own way left an imprint that merits our honoring and emulating, represents a broad spectrum of a diverse society and truly is one of the best of our best.

    Steve Eden

    Mayor of Simpsonville

  • Shelby deaths 2013: Pflughaupt, Trammell leave educational legacy

    Two people who left everlasting but vastly different imprints on education in Shelby County passed away in 2013.

    They were among a nationally known musician, a state leader in public affairs a former educator and volunteer and a theater performer were among others who left lasting impressions on Shelby Countians.

    Margery Pflughaupt so loved the community of Shelbyville that 17 years after moving away, she urged her husband to establish a scholarship fund for Shelby County students that continued for the better part of two decades.

  • Shelby family adopts Christmas acts of random kindness

    In contrast to the usual holiday crime wave that sweeps the nation each year at this time, many people in Shelbyville have been experiencing the opposite extreme.

    You may have come across some quarters taped to a vendor machine or to a coin-operated washer at the laundry mat. Or you may have received an anonymous gift card, given to you by a small child in line at a grocery store.

    Chances are, it could be the work of a Shelby County family that has been having the time of their lives doing good deeds for strangers this holiday season.

  • The perfect Christmas cookies

    Everyone has a favorite part of the holiday season.

    Some enjoy giving gifts, others the parties and festivities. But from the children to Santa, there is one important piece of the holiday season that everyone looks forward to – the food.

    And what takes center stage?

    The Christmas ham shares its time with Easter, the turkey with Thanksgiving, the trimmings with every holiday – although I think we would all agree that mac-and-cheese should share more dinner tables.

  • Treasures of the heart

    Walking into the home of Al and Goldie Smith at Christmastime could either be a child’s dream or an adult’s delight, with four large Christmas trees, red and white poinsettias placed throughout the home, and two vases of brilliant green holly with bright red berries on the fireplace mantel.

    “Those aren’t fake. We grow them right here,” Smith said, pointing to the holly.

    The living room contains two of the trees, one of them a stately Christmas tree at the entrance with a smaller, silver Christmas tree at the other end of the room.

  • Hollingsworth new minister at First Baptist

    After being without a pastor since September 2012, First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, the county’s largest congregation, is preparing has chosen Maurice Hollingsworth as its new minister.
    Hollingsworth comes to Shelbyville from First Baptist Church of Las Cruces, N.M., where he is senior pastor. He replaces Steve Rice, who joined the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

  • Giving thanks, learning lessons

    A lot of families in Shelby County will gather today for Thanksgiving, enjoying a meal and fellowship and the festivities and traditions that go along with this special day.

    But for one of those families, this will be a lot more than just sitting down to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

    Kamron and Megan Terry use the day to introduce their two children, Miles, 5, and Scarlett, 7, adopted from the Republic of Congo in Africa, to American customs, especially at Thanksgiving, has been a blessing in itself.

  • Simpsonville woman has a football pedigree

    It might be difficult to find someone with a stronger pedigree as a football fan than Simpsonville resident Shirley Simpson, an 89-year-old who was – quite literally, she said – “born and raised” in the sport and has remained an ardent follower.

    “I watch football all the time,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what game is on. I watch football.”