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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The big red tom fanned out his tail and dropped his wings, exposing his white flight feathers for the benefit of visitors -- or more likely, the hen turkeys clucking away nearby.

    Little did he know his showing off would get him nowhere, and his strutting days were numbered.

  • 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

  • About six months ago, when I decided to write a column for the anniversary of the 1929 Market Crash, I had no idea how timely it might be.

    Oct. 29, 1929. 79 years ago today, was engraved in the public mind as "Black Tuesday." The next day, The New York Times reported:

  • No need to wait on putting the roses to bed this year.

  • Whether real or fake, there's something magical about a Christmas tree, its lights and ornaments recalling joyful memories of past holidays.

    There are plenty of options to suit all tree-buyers, with cut Frasier firs and white pines, along with live Norway spruce, white pine, and even a few blue spruce ball and burlaps.

    Tough choices must be made.

  • The battalion sprang to life. This would be my first experience in battle, seeking out the Japanese on the island of Bougainville in the fall of 1943.

    Small patrols moved out and were soon swallowed by the dense jungle.  The battalion in seven files, each preceded by scouts and a team of machete-wielding Marines followed them.

  •  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.