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.

  • Only the presence of snow could have brought more Christmas spirit to the magical atmosphere that surrounded Shelbyville's Celebration of Lights on Saturday.

    But the crowd wasn't complaining about the balmy temperatures, as large numbers of people happily munched on popcorn, funnel cakes and hot dogs, browsed through downtown shops and listened to holiday music sung by children and adults alike.

  • Some pretty “Big Love” is coming to Shelby County High School this Friday and Saturday, when the theater department presents Charles Mee’s Big Love, an update on one of the oldest plays ever known, The Suppliant Women by Aeschylus.

  • Finchville resident and moviemaker Jefferson Moore has noticed that Christmas is becoming more censored each year.

    “We’re seeing Christmas slip each year. PC [politically correct] police are more ridiculous every year,” he said, referring to those who determine when and how others are allowed decorate, or even whether they’re able to say “Merry Christmas.”

  • Charlie Metzger was in the middle of detailing how the adoption center works at Metzger's Country Store in Simpsonville when an employee walked in holding a gorgeous, gray-and-white Himilayan.

    The cat had been left at the store in its carrier with a note attached requesting Metzger's to care for it.

    "It doesn't happen too often, but it happens more than it should," Metzger said.

    The cat would have to be taken to the county's animal shelter for a period before it could come back to Metzger's, if the center has space.

  • “You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been,” City Council member Allen Matthews said to open his commentary Monday on the 2009 Citizen of the Year recipient, Jim Cleveland.

    Cleveland was named Citizen of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce meeting for his efforts in keeping the history of Shelby County accessible through photographs.

  • The Simpsonville Lions Club  is announcing two upcoming projects which will serve two areas of the community.

    The first is called the Third Annual “No Child Left Behind.”

    This goal of this project is to attempt to make sure that no child in the 40067 zip code  (Simpsonville) will go without a toy or game, or in the case of older children, personal items, for Christmas.

  • Local citizens and officials attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday celebrating the recent renovations to Centro Latino that have expanded its services to the community.

    Program Coordinator Lupe Vega said what used to be an old garage has been turned into two computer labs and a clothes closet.

    “We do a lot to help people. But also we see that people need computer skills and to get a GED to move and get better jobs and have more opportunity,” she said.