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Today's Features

  • Since its release on Christmas day, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has made a serious case for some awards.

    Spawning from the 1920s short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this fantasy-drama takes movie magic and makeup a long way. Brad Pitt takes many forms as Benjamin Button, a man who is born in his 80s and ages backwards.

    The story is unique, the performances engaging, and the sets look like they were dumped straight from a time machine.

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    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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      Plant and seed catalogs will be jamming the mailbox any day now.  I always feel like January ushers in a clean slate for the garden: optimism abounds among the fresh ideas and new goals; and promises never to repeat a crop-busting mistake are sharp in my memory.

    Sometimes the slate stays clean; sometimes it doesn’t.  Either way the next couple of months can be used to plan and prepare for the next growing season.

  • 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.

  • Last weekend a local seventh-grader became the first person in a wheelchair to trek to floor of the Grand Canyon.

    Skylar Cannon made her historic journey with the help of a specialized wheelchair, a faithful support team, and her desire to overcome any obstacle in her way.

    The Grand Canyon is the latest challenge that this 50-pound, 13-year-old has beaten, but it likely will not be the last.

  • Last Thursday morning the sterile, barren walls of the Shelby County courthouse lobby echoed with the sounds of celebration as adoptive parents and the children who would soon be theirs waited for their adoptions to be made final.

     

    Seven children from four different countries were officially made part of local families that day. Two local couples became parents for the first time and one set of grandparents got their first grandbaby.

     

  • 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.

  • Morry Wakefield grew up on a farm where he had several unusual pets, including pigs, goats and calves. “Harry” may be his strangest pet to date.

    Harry is a squirrel Wakefield rescued after it fell from a tree during the winds Hurricane Ike brought to the area in mid-September. The squirrel had apparently dropped about 20 feet to the driveway.

    “I was getting ready to leave, and I saw a baby squirrel on the driveway going around in circles,” Wakefield said. “It looked up at me like 'please help me.'”

  • This December has been a cold one thus far.   I don’t mind a gloomy day here or there, I actually find them some what restorative.  Too many in a row, though, can be sort of depressing. 

    We all say we want winter interest, but sometimes we forget about it once spring rolls around and we get excited about a new season.

    Have you selected things that will capture your eye in January?  Look out the window and tell yourself what you see and then take some notes.