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Today's Features

  • "Todos somos inmigrantes. We are all immigrants."

    A bumper sticker with this phrase adorns Elizabeth Mandeel's SUV. That phrase illustrates Mandeel's passion - and job - to help the migrant community.

    For countless Hispanics in Shelby County, Mandeel is a teacher, a guardian angel, a lifeline to "surviving in America," as she puts it.

    She's the Hispanic Liaison for Shelby County Public Schools, leading the Migrant Education Program designed for all migrant schoolchildren and anyone under the age of 22 in the community.

  • The economy’s dark shadow vanished when the bright light of Christmas spirit entered Shelby County on Sunday.

    In the weeks leading up to Christmas at Claudia’s, there was concern that the recession would result in too few gifts and not enough food for the families who attend the affair this annual event at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

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    You pick up the newspaper and see those familiar headlines: The flu is a national health concern, and American soldiers are at war on foreign soil.

    The publication date: 1918.

    From fall 1918 through the spring of 1919, while the battles of World War I were going on in Europe, an even deadlier battle was taking place here in the United States.

  •  Recently at Shelbyville’s Centro Latino, a freezer stood empty except for one small box of food.

  • Santa’s workshop is at its busiest this time of the year.

    Braving the frigid cold of the North Pole, the big jolly guy and his elves are checking their lists – twice – to make sure all the toys are built and reindeer fully trained for Santa’s annual departure to chimneys near and far.

    With all that work to do, Santa often sends his helpers on his behalf to greet the good little girls and boys across the globe and take notes on what they want for Christmas.

  • 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.

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  • Each holiday season the spirit of giving and generosity seizes many of us, prompting an extra card here, some bills in a bucket there.

    And there are some as Christmas approaches who take that spirit just a bit father, who reach out to our neighbors who are most in need.

    Their stories are inspirational and too often go untold, lost in the dash and sparkle of the season, private acts of kindness that spread blessings among us.

  • 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.