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Today's Features

  • Paula Mitchell calls it a "thing of beauty." Cathy Carlson says she "just loves it." Kent Thompson said he "likes it a lot." What is this thing that all they all admire? A barn quilt. What's that?

    You may have noticed what look like handmade quilts hanging on the sides of barns around the countryside.

    They are indeed quilts or, rather, likenesses of quilts that have been painted onto wooden or metal frames.

  • Public meetings

    Thursday -- Shelbyville City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 315 Washington St.

    Saturday -- The Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring a short walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Family Activity Center. Participants will receive a free pass to the Family Activity Center.

    Tuesday -- Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Waldridge Center.

    Tuesday - Shelby County Democratic Women's Club meets 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center.

    Tuesday -- Historic District Commission meets at 5:30 p.m., 627 Main St.

  • Around $30,000 and two years later, the Shelby County Historical Society has completed and opened its Shelbyville Then and Now exhibit on the second floor of its building at 627 Main St.

    The exhibit is loaded with downtown Shelby-related artifacts, photographs and a video that depict a portion of the county’s history spanning from 1870 to the present.

    The first thing visitors will notice is a large rendering of early 1900s downtown Shelbyville.

  • Shelby County’s Sheila Fawbush was one of 20 women from four countries honored last week for their work with women's health education.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves, a Boston-based women's health organization, named Fawbush one of its Women's Health Heroes for 2009. She was among 100 nominees from 12 countries who were up for the award. Winners included authors, physicians, non-profit agency directors and teachers. She was the only Kentuckian to be honored.

    Fawbush, Shelby County’s Cooperative Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences,

  • 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

  • Community datebook

    Public can attend

    Thursday -- Shelby County Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 403 Washington St.

    Monday -- Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. at 1059 Washington St.

    Tuesday -- Fiscal court meets at 10 a.m. at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St.

    Tuesday -- Triple S. Planning and Zoning meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center.

    Community meetings

    Thursday -- Shelbyville Kiwanis Club meets at noon second and fourth Thursdays at the Stratton Center.

  • Who better to watch out for the future of the planet than those who are the future?

    When East Middle students from Candora McKinley’s seventh-grade science class went before the Shelbyville City Council Thursday, the mayor and council members listened attentively as the students shared their mission – part of Project Citizen – to battle littering in the city, particularly around bodies of water.

  • When the Shelby County Court House was built 95 years ago, a worker stashed a note in an empty whiskey bottle and hid it inside a stairwell. How do we know this?

    Because an employee at the Circuit Court Clerk's office found it by accident.

    "I was coming downstairs from the attic, and I noticed that the column post at the end of the staircase was crooked," Donna Cantrill said.

  • Do you love them or hate them? Do you prefer them stale or fresh?

    There are no mixed feelings about Peeps, those various-colored, sugarcoated marshmallows that arrive in homes everywhere at this time of year courtesy of the Easter Bunny or an outright purchase.

    They are more than the sugar, corn syrup and gelatin they contain. They are a fun tradition of Easter.

    Even children who don't like Peeps miss them from their Easter baskets. And Peeps sometimes can be found on tops of refrigerators as late as the Fourth of July.

  •  He's from Columbia, Ky. She's from Louisville. But if home is where the heart is, there can be little doubt that their future is in Shelbyville.

      Four years ago Tom Waggener helped start Sixth & Main Coffeehouse in downtown Shelbyville.

      That summer Teresa Jane Powell walked into the shop, and a friendship was born.

      "We hit it off and were friends right away," Waggener said.