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Neighbors

  • Pearl Harbor still memorable

    On a peaceful Sunday morning nearly 67 years ago, 35 servicemen were having a leisurely breakfast at Hickman Airfield at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

    Before they knew what had happened, the mess hall took a direct attack from Japanese fighter planes.

    All were killed.

    But that was only the beginning – for both of the attack and of its ramifications for history.

  • Looking Back: March 27, 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.

  • Fired Up

      Some of his friends smile when they hear his name mentioned. Some call him a character.

    But whatever you call him, when you call him to come through for his community, he will be there.

    Elmer Brown, former Waddy fire chief, is still a familiar face around the firehouse. He has been a volunteer firefighter at Waddy since 1975, with a 2-year stint as chief in the 1980s.

    “It gets in your blood,” he said, with a crooked grin for which he is famous far beyond the fringes of Waddy.

  • Looking Back: March 20, 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.

  • Happy birthday, Barbie!

    "I'm a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world

    Life in plastic, it's fantastic!"

    -- "Barbie Girl" 1997, by Danish-Norwegian pop group, Aqua. 

    Barbie, the shapely fashion doll of toy box fame, turned 50 Monday.

    Always controversial, she is both praised and condemned: Praised for the new grown-up play she has brought to little girls worldwide. Condemned for the unrealistic standards of body image she has imposed on little girls worldwide.

  • Looking Back: March 13, 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.

  • Play it again, Chester

     Chester Slaughter describes himself as a humble man. 

    Those who know him agree.

    But when he is armed with his bass guitar, his humility is outshined by his obvious musical talent.

    For more than 30 years Slaughter was a member of the famous Moonlighters, playing bass for them from 1965 until 1997, when the roup  disbanded.

  • Dr. Donald Chatham - 1926-2009

    From a country doctor who carried his medicine in his bag to an inspirational community leader, Dr. Donald Chatham spent more than half a century tending to the physical, spiritual and professional needs of a broad spectrum of people in Shelby County and around the world.

    Revered as a man of kindness, generosity and dedication to his profession, his community and his family, Chatham died Tuesday afternoon at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville after a long battle with a variety of health problems. He was 82.

  • Local students’ paintings to be sold to feed hungry

      Students in Amanda Dungan’s third-grade class have spent the last few weeks learning about the costs and benefits of creating art.

    Dungan and fellow Southside Elementary School teacher Krista Armes combined lessons on economics and painting in order to create an engaging learning experience for their students.

    This classroom activity had additional significance for the students because after the paintings are completed, they would be sold, and the proceeds would help provide food for needy children in the community.

  • Her final chapter is written

    When she first was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2005, Toni Ethington Roberts said she did what many of us would do: She went to the bookstores for help.

    She read and read, but none of the most popular self-help books seemed to shed light on the long, dark tunnel into which she was staring, so she said she decided to do something most people can’t do: She wrote her own story.