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Today's Features

  • If your Christmas shopping list still contains a few stubborn names at this 11th hour, it is probably because these friends or family members are tough to choose for.

    They may either have everything or be a bit picky, leaving you, the well-intentioned giver, with the challenge of coming up with a creative gift they'll enjoy.

  • Republican Tim Willard has filed to run for constable in District 2, which encompasses Persimmon Ridge, Todds Point, Long Run Road and Simpsonville.

    Willard has worked at Roll Forming for 32 years, where he is a master roll operator.

    He is a former volunteer fire fighter of nine years, an EMT of eight years and former special deputy sheriff for one year.

  • Maurice M. Sweeney says he's a farmer and businessman, not a politician.

    But this Jefferson County resident with long ties to Shelby County has announced he's running for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Jim Bunning in the 2010 elections.

    Sweeney, a Democrat, said growing up on a 324-acre farm with tobacco and cattle just outside the Shelby County border meant he's done a lot of business in the county over the years.

    Now he wants to use what he learned on that farm to serve Kentuckians.

  • Shelby County Clerk Sue Carol Perry said her love for her hometown, and her concern for her neighbors has prompted her to run for office 32 years ago.

     

    Now she's been in office longer than any of the elected officials today.

    Under the leadership of Sue Carole Perry, the County Clerk's office was the first in the county to be computerized.

  • Middleton Heights is a network of four small streets tucked conspicuously off West U.S. 60 just west of Shelbyville. Bound by Robin Road and Peachtree Street, it’s fully engulfed by city-maintained developments.

    But here’s the literal loophole:

    MIddleton Heights was never annexed into Shelbyville, allowing homeowners in this unincorporated area to evade city property taxes for nearly 60 years.

    Many maps outlining the city boundaries show Middleton Heights as a gray hole, surrounded by a grid of streets and other development.

  • 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.

  • "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.