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  • Behind Shelby’s doors: A monthly home tour series

    The word mansion comes to mind when you turn through the gate where Phil and Chris Hayes call home on the 1100 block of Main Street in Shelbyville.

    The Hayes took on a “labor of love” nine years ago when they bought that is becoming more endearing each year, they say.

    But this 25-room historic home on the corner of Main and Magnolia streets, in Chris Hayes’ words, “just needed to someone to love it.”

  • Edward Burton Cook: 1909-2012

    On Monday, many in the community will gather to say goodbye to a man much loved in Shelby County for more than a century.

    Edward Burton Cook, 102, died Thursday, leaving behind a loving family and his extended church family at Burks Branch Baptist.

    “He was our oldest member, and up until just a few years ago, you would never imagine he was that old,” said his minister, Billy Betts, who will preach Cook’s eulogy at Shannon Funeral Home.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2012: Reinforcing a legacy

    Celebrations in Shelby County this long weekend recapped how Martin Luther King Jr. led the country during a difficult time of progress. But those same celebrations served as a prompt to those in attendance that King's work is far from finished.

    "Ultimately his message was one of change in America," said DeVone Holt, who spoke at the first Whitney M. Young Job Corps Educational event and basketball tournament. "He wanted to change how white America looked at black America and how black America looked at white America.

  • King named county employee of the year

    Jenny L. King, administrative assistant to Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, has been named Shelby County Employee of the Year for 2011.

    Magistrate Michael Riggs presented a plaque to King in recognition of the honor at the county’s Christmas dinner in December.

    King became a county employee in 2005, when she was hired as secretary for the county building inspector.

    After only three months, she moved up to her current position in Rothenburger’s office.

  • Shelby County women behind 2 of Kentucky's most powerful men

    Kerri Richardson and Shelley Catharine Johnson have a lot in common.

    Both are media spokespersons for high profile government offices, the governor and the attorney general, respectively.

    Both are dedicated, driven professionals  in their fields.

    Both are also Shelby County residents.

    Richardson, communications director for Gov. Steve Beshear, and Johnson, deputy communications director for Attorney General Jack Conway, say they have always gotten along well when their paths have crossed professionally from time to time.

  • Leonard H. Shouse 1922-2012

    Leonard Shouse, the man who helped turn Simpsonville into a city and brought its residents a sewer system, died Tuesday after complications from a fall the day after Thanksgiving. He was 89.

  • Shaping up Shelby, an occasional series: A weight-loss inspiration

    Mary Ellen Hulker is not the woman she once was.

    And she’s glad.

    Hulker, 37, a mother of two, has lost half her body weight within a year’s time, shrinking from 317 pounds to 168.

    Her goal is to get to 130.

    Hulker underwent a lap-band procedure in December 2010, and she says she still marvels at the way her life has changed in just one short year.

  • Shelby's prominent deaths in 2011: Miller, Armstrong headline noted group

    The passing in 2011 of four men who showed their love for Shelby County in a variety of ways – with public service and determined legacies – left significant gaps in the foundation of the community.

    All of them served in their unique ways, but perhaps none of them expanded the imprint of Shelby County more than Clarence Miller, who died in August at the age of 98.

  • Other Fab 5 nominees

    We couldn’t pick everyone, but you nominated dozens of others as possibles for Shelby’s Fabulous 5 2011:

    Charles Binion, Waddy Ruritan member

    Jerry Bowling, Shelbyville community volunteer

    Marti Brown, Father’s Love Children’s Church

    Jessica Carter, 12-year-old who helps children

    Willie Goodwin, hometown hero passed away

    Judy Phillips, Shelby County Touched Twice

    Hubert Pollett, community booster

    RobFest volunteers, fundraiser support

  • Shelby's Fabulous 5: Geoffrey McGuillen

    The Sentinel-Newssince 2008 has honored at year’s end five Shelby Countians we think have had a significant impact on our community during this year. For the first time, we asked for your nominations on our Facebook page, and we believe each person 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.