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Today's Features

  •  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.

  • Raymond Williams, a captain with Shelbyville Fire and Rescue, hurried in to the Amber Oaks Assisted Living Community on Wednesday. But there was no emergency.He was there to celebrate his great uncle George Stone's 98th birthday.

    Stone has lived in Shelby County all of his life. He grew up in Finchville, working on a tobacco farm with his dad. Compared to today's economic struggles, Williams said Stone has seen worse.

    "He [Stone] grew up in tough times," Williams said. "He went through the Great Depression."

  • Live or live-cut...that is the question for this year's holiday tradition of decorating an evergreen indoors for Christmas.

    You may think that you are being a better environmental steward by purchasing a live tree, but that's not necessarily true.

    Live-cut Christmas trees are a 100 percent renewable resource that is reusable, recyclable and biodegradable.  They are an American product, farms employ approximately 100,000 people each year; and one acre of planted Christmas trees provides the daily oxygen requirement for 18 people. 

  •  Thanks to the supporting fires provided by Marine aircraft, artillery, as well as the mortars and machine guns of my heavy weapons company, the First Battalion's Jungle Attack on Bougainville on Nov. 8, 1943 had been a success.

    Casualties had been few, and we were picked up by Naval landing craft and returned to the beachhead.

  • 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, 1998

  • 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. 10 years ago, 1998

  • 2 1/2 out of 5 stars

    Twilight

    Rated PG-13

    Directed by Catherine Hardwicke

    Based on novel by: Stephenie Meyer

    Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson

     

    Judging by the $70.6M the film made in its crushing box office debut, it appears Twilight fans were out in full force over the weekend.

  •  In my last column, about the Great Depression, I wrote that, upon being commissioned in the regular U. S. Marine Corps in 1937, "My future was assured."

    I had in mind my economic future, for the seeds of war were already germinating in the Far East and in Europe.  Many of the 81 second lieutenants, who joined me for Marine officer training in Philadelphia that year would not survive World War II.

  • Mary Tingle has a special person to give thanks for this holiday season.

    Tingle said was devastated recently when she returned home from shopping and realized she had lost her diamond rings.

    Although very valuable, the cash value of the jewelry was not uppermost in her mind. She was concerned about their sentimental value.

  • 10 years of the Depression

    This is the second in a series about life during and after the Great Depression.

    When my parents moved to Longview, Wash., in the autumn of 1933, I entered the University of Washington in Seattle.

    Quarterly tuition was only $25, and I was able to work for my room and board as a houseboy in a fraternity house. I lived in the basement with the other houseboy, Falconer Smith, who later earned a doctorate in biology and worked on the atomic bomb project.