Today's Features

  • He was only 2 years old, but Joe Sullivan said he could remember getting out of bed in the middle of the night to go to the window and watch a storm cross the plains around his home in Iowa.
    He wasn’t acting out of fear.
    “I was a weather junkie,” he said.
    “I used to chase storms on my bike when I was a kid, and when I got to be a teenager, I chased them on a Moped.
    “I was fearless. I would just drive right into storms.”

  • When EMS pioneer Tommy Sampson passed away on Christmas Day, his death was just the latest in what has been a particularly harsh year for Shelby Countians.
    A former state leader and prominent lawyer, a beloved former basketball coach, a couple of Shelbyville’s longest serving business owners, an angel who helped women and children and a man who delivered the mail and kept the city’s history.
    These are just a few of the many prominent citizens who died in 2010.

  • Betty Curtsinger laughed as she recalled an incident in the mid-1990s that made her start thinking about running for magistrate.

    “I attended a meeting where they [magistrates] were talking about revising the county’s code of ethics, and I brought up the subject of nepotism,” she recalled. “I held my notes up in the air, and I said to Judge [Bobby] Stratton, ‘I want to know what your opinion is on giving jobs to family members.’”

  • If you’ve had a urinary tract infection, you’ve probably heard all about the home remedy: cranberry juice.

    For years, it was nothing but an “old wives’ tale” without any scientific proof.

    Now, cranberry juice is widely accepted to fight the bacteria that causes UTIs…but the mechanism of exactly how it works is still not known.

    A study from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute is finally shedding some light on the secrets of Cranberry juice’s bacteria fighting power.

  • Many people come into marriage with the illusion that they have found permanent and mutually unconditional love. Underneath that illusion are the fears that their love may someday run out, that their spouse may change into someone they can't naturally love or that their spouse may require them to change or else they’ll leave.

    These things do happen now and then.

  • Annunciation

    Homebound or hospitalized? If you know of someone who wants to see a priest or needs communion, call the parish office at 633-1547. If you have thought of becoming Catholic or have questions about the Catholic Church, you are invited to come to RCIA. Contact Diana at 647-3499.


    Bagdad Baptist

    The church offers Angel Food. You can find information about Angel Food and other ministries by visiting www.bagdadbaptist.com.


    Bethel A.M.E.

  • 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.


  • Birthdays are a good time to sit back and reflect on the past: Remember your accomplishments, admit your defeats and prepare for the future by learning from your mistakes.

    So it was on his 57th birthday Wednesday that retiring state Sen. Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville) sat down with The Sentinel-News and talked about walking away from 12 years of work in Frankfort as first a member of the House and for the last eight as a senator.

  • Tommy Sampson is known  most widely for being a pioneer of emergency medicine, including founding Shelby County Emergency Services.

    But Sampson, 59, who died Christmas Day after a long battle with throat cancer,

  • The Sentinel-News for three years now has at year’s end honored five Shelby Countians we think made significant impact on the community during the year. Each person named to what we now call Shelby County’s Fabulous 5 has in his or her own way left an indelible legacy that will define our community going forward and inspire those who follow. Their impacts cross the spectrum of society and, we believe, represent some of our most significant and important accomplishments.


    Matt Bullock/Highway Engineer