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  • Behind the doors of the Charles Todd House

    In restoring their 182-year-old home near Eminence they bought in 1983, Lawrence and Sherry Jelsma have kept almost all of its original features, and the effect is startlingly akin to being transported back in time.

    One can almost see the women with their long skirts sweeping the floor and hear the clop of horses' hooves along the brick walkway that still graces the front of the stately old brick home.

  • Nearly 500 were touched

    Anyone who attended the Touched Twice Ministries’ free medical and hygienic clinic on Saturday would agree that the organizers thought of just about everything.

    Spread throughout three floors and basement of First Baptist Church Shelbyville on Midland Trail,  36 local businesses pitched in to provide services in everything from hairdressing to a thrift shop to counseling to personal hygiene.

    A wide range of medical services were provided as well, including chiropractic, dental, vision, and blood pressure and other screenings.

  • Shelby girl gives up horse camp to help tornado victim

    With communities all around the state and even the nation sending massive amounts of donations to help those in Eastern Kentucky displaced by tornadoes, it took one little girl’s contribution to put everything in perspective for her family and friends – and maybe all of us.

    Ella Hoehner is 7 years old, and a second-grader at Wright Elementary. Her love of horses has grown so much during her short life that it is legendary in her family.

  • Shelby teens have an out-of-this-world opportunity

    A science-minded brother and sister from Shelbyville now know what it’s like to fly a space shuttle, pilot a jet fighter, the feeling of being weightless and even dealing with a tornado.

    Well, sort of.

    Marina and Samuel White experienced all that and more during a week at the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy (HLCA), a partnership venture with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

  • Winter springs eternal in Shelby after snow storm hits in early March

    Walking in a winter wonderland is supposed to enjoyed closer to Christmas than Easter, but on Monday Shelby Countians got their first chance of the season.

    The National Weather Service reported amounts of 5 to 6 inches across Shelby County from an overnight snowfall, the maximum recorded in any county, although some readers displayed rulers in snow that pushed 7 inches in depth.

    Doubtless some early blooms were confused as they tried to poke their heads through the snow to take advantage of the sunshine that followed.

  • Beyond the gates of Undulata

    “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man who lives in it so that his place will be proud of him.”

    —    Abraham Lincoln

    President Abraham Lincoln’s words hang inside Edward “Hoppy” Bennett’s office and resonate throughout the grounds of Undulata.

    Bennett bought the famous old home at auction in 1994 after it had fallen into some disrepair.

  • One Shelby family is all over Leap Day birthdays

    If your birthday rolls around only once every four years, it could make you feel like taking a giant leap into your birthday cake, right?

    At least that’s the sort of unusual response some of you tell us about your birthday being today, Feb. 29, and quite a few of you  responded to our call on The Sentinel-News’Facebook page.

    The U.S. Census Bureau says you are among 205,000 people in the U.S. who will share this birthday.

    Most of you seem to have pretty fond feelings about your uniqueness.

  • T.S. Baxter: A nearly forgotten pioneer

    Thomas Samuel Baxter, better known as T.S., is a name that should resonate throughout Shelby County and especially in Shelbyville.

    There are a lot of people who say they know his name, but very few who really know much about him.

    Baxter was the first African-American member of the Shelbyville City Council, but after recognizing that accomplishment, there seems to be a dearth of information and very little celebration of his life and work.

  • Shelby couple gets married on television by Elvis impersonator

    Was Coty Brewer all shook up when he and his bride, Sara Morgan, tied the knot on Valentine’s Day?

    Probably so, because he and his bride were married on live television by Elvis – or close enough anyway.

    Elvis Presley impersonator Otis Berry, a minister who owns and operates Indiana’s Chapel in the Hill, journeyed to Louisville on Tuesday to perform the ceremony for the couple on WHAS-Channel 11’s Great Day Live,a daily entertainment and talk show hosted by Terry Meiners and Rachel Platt.

  • Martha Elizabeth Donovan: 1923-2012

    From the business arena to the church community and just about every place in between, Martha Donovan touched the lives and hearts of so many in Shelby County before passing away Saturday at the age of 88.

    “Most people knew her from the drugstore, and she was such a kind, giving person,” said her nephew, Jerry Donovan.

    Martha Elizabeth Donovan, born Feb. 27, 1923 in Shelby County to Jerry Wise and Mary Jetta Pulliam,  was a former co-owner of Smith-McKenney Drug Co., along with Bill Borders and  William “Shug” Hickman.