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  • Shelby family ignores flu concerns, heads to China for new daughter

    A family from Shelbyville isn't letting the swine flu scare, or an ocean, keep them from their new daughter.

    Mike and Cynthia Pettit of Sherrie Drive, along with their 5-year-old daughter, Marlee, are on their way to China today, where they'll be meeting 18-month-old Maggie.

    And though this is their second trip to China — they found Marlee through an adoption agency when she was 10 months old — this time around brings a new set of concerns.

  • Relatives spice up a Bland reunion

     To say that the Bland family's annual reunion will be "different" is putting it mildly.

    The Blands, a family that can trace its ancestry back to medieval times in England and include a former Shelbyville mayor, are having a larger reunion than most folks. In fact, they're inviting the entire country.

    The Bland National Family Reunion, held at the Stratton Center in Shelbyville last weekend, is a tradition that has been ongoing for the past 25 years, since a group of local Blands met up in Elizabethtown with Blands from Colorado and South Carolina.

  • Joe and Kathy's wild ride

    When Joe and Kathy Ruble plan a trip, they don't.

    The Rubles, a brother and sister who grew up in Simpsonville, met up with the Patriot Guard Riders, a parade of cyclists escorting the remains of three soldiers, when they stopped at the I-64 rest stop near there late last month. The Rubles were supposed to be there just to show support for this solemn  processional.

    But then the Rubles decided to follow the group to a picnic in Winchester.

  • Parade, fireworks celebrate independence

     

    Diann Cook of Shelbyville said one of her favorite parts of the fireworks display at Clear Creek Park on Sunday was how the show began.

  • Old Shelby cabin gets new home

    A cabin likely built in the early 1800s near Simpsonville is on the move again.

    The old cabin has served as an admissions office at Kentucky Country Day School in eastern Jefferson County after it was removed from a farm in the Fields Lane area of Shelby County in 1988. It was donated to the school by Ken and June Martin, who owned about 105 acres of land that included the cabin.

    They donated it at the request of Joe Sorrell, who lived in western Shelby County at the time; he was a science teacher at Country Day.

  • Flags go up in a blaze of glory

    Noble Roberts, chaplain of VFW Post 1179, said that few funeral services are as stirring as those held for Old Glory.

    "There are several different versions of flag-burning ceremonies, but all are very patriotic," he said.

    Roberts, a Coast Guard veteran who said his job was to "patch the flags" on his ship, delivered the eulogy and served as narrator at a flag-retiring ceremony held last Tuesday at Clear Creek Park by the Sons of the American Revolution and the VFW.

  • Looking Back: June 26, 2009

    Look for Looking Back slide show on www.SentinelNews.com.

    Information was gathered from previous years of The Shelby Sentinel, The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News. You can reach the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com.

    If anyone has an old photo that they would like to run with this column bring it and the information into The Sentinel-News office or e-mail it to the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com. We are also looking for mystery photos. If you have a picture you can't identify, send it in and we'll ask our readers for help.

  • A crafty concept

    Funny how one hobby can lead to another and that hobby sometimes gets out of hand and grows into a business. That's what happened to Tyler Bitzer.

    Bitzer, 16-year-old son of Tammy and Craig Bitzer of Bagdad, has shown cattle with his younger brother. Kolt, since they were young enough to walk under a cow without stooping.

  • Looking Back: June 19, 2009

    Information was gathered from previous years of The Shelby Sentinel, The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News. You can reach the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com.

    If anyone has an old photo that they would like to run with this column bring it and the information into The Sentinel-News office or e-mail it to the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com. We are also looking for mystery photos. If you have a picture you can't identify, send it in and we'll ask our readers for help.

    10 years ago, 1999

  • Looking Back: June 12, 2009

    Information was gathered from previous years of The Shelby Sentinel, The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News. You can reach the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com.

    If anyone has an old photo that they would like to run with this column bring it and the information into The Sentinel-News office or e-mail it to the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com. We are also looking for mystery photos. If you have a picture you can't identify, send it in and we'll ask our readers for help.

    10 years ago, 1999