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     As originally planned, the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions landed on Saipan on June 15, 1944, but air strikes preliminary to this assault brought about an immediate Japanese naval reaction.

    The enemy’s task force, including nine aircraft carriers, under the command of Vice Admiral Ozawa, came out of hiding in the Philippines on June 11 and steamed for the Marianas to attack the U. S. invading forces.

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    West Middle School seventh-grader Ryan Ruff has a motto when it comes to saving the environment -- one kid at a time.

    It's important for each individual to act now and do their part to reduce, reuse and recycle, he said, and to help out with that goal he has come up with an idea.

    His ideas developed when he saw wrapping paper strewn everywhere at the homes of his grandparents. Thinking about all of that paper going to waste, he thought up an alternative way of packaging gifts - eco-friendly bags.

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    5 out of 5 stars

    Director: Danny Boyle

    Starring: Dev Patel, Irrfan Khan, Anil Kapoor, Madhur Mittal, Freida Pinto

    Rated: R for some violence, disturbing images and language.

    Released: Nov. 12, 2008 (Limited); Wider re-release is in the works

    Running time: 2 hours

     Slumdog Millionaire shows you don't need money to be rich.

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    Starting seeds indoors turns out to be a necessary skill if you want success with some crops.

    A few need a bit of a head start in order to reach maturity at the right time for Kentuckiana gardens.  Other considerations include ideal growing conditions.

    Cabbage, for example, can be started early so you can set them out as plants as soon as possible.  The goal is to get an early harvest before our summer temperatures soar and the plants bolt and get bitter.  

  • Inspiration sometimes comes from an insult.

    One of Joseph “Austin” Shirley-Dean's classmates several years ago told him he couldn't dance. That comment got him started on the road to the title 2009 Teen Mister Dance of the Bluegrass, an honor he picked up last weekend in Ashland. This summer he will compete in Washington, D. C. for the national title.

  • There were few things that made my dad cringe more than the practice of topping trees.  He would scratch his brow and shake his head at the thought of homeowners paying to have their trees butchered.

    It was slightly less offensive if utility companies butchered trees because it could be rationalized:  downed limbs create a hazard and cause power outages, which can cause more then just unhappy customers, as we have seen over the curse of the last 6 months.

  • The Shelby County Community Theatre (SCCT) is inviting people to come in after a hard week's work, sit back, relax and listen to others sing about "Working".

    Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso from the same-titled book by Studs Terkel, "Working" is a musical about the common man - and woman.

    Developed from real interviews with a variety of workers - from cleaning women to bricklayers -- the show offers monologues of 26 average American workers as they share their work experiences and deepest dreams.

  • A few weeks after the publication of last year's column about Clarence Miller, I visited him again in Shelbyville.

    With considerable pleasure, he showed me a framed copy of my column that had been entered into the Congressional Record by Sen. Mitch McConnell, who had sent it to him personally with a warm note of appreciation.

    During the course of our conversation, Clarence described some of his experiences while in government service.

  •  Two weeks ago I asked, “What more, Mother Nature?”  Well, another gusty wind storm was served up adding to the collection of debris left by the ice storm.

    Some serious questions are coming in about what to take out and what to try and save.  I am not a certified arborist, but I can pass on the guidelines that certified arborists are taught when it comes to tree assessment and risk management.  These criteria may help you decide what to do now and in the future.

  • I suspect most of you have no idea about the person and the saintly episode that is commemorated each Feb. 14 by friends, family and most importantly, lovers.  In fact, there are several versions of how the most romantic Saint became a commercial success.

    One story about St. Valentine has its origins in third century Rome where the Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young single men because he valued them more as young warriors.  A priest by the name of Valentine defied the law and continued to secretly marry the young soldiers who were in love.

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    It seems we are in the middle of yet another “situation,” as my husband calls it, served up by Mother Nature.

    At present we are right in the middle of the mess out at the farm.  No electricity, no phone line, no heat, and no water.  We can manage well enough inside with the fireplace, kerosene heater, camp stove, down comforter and strategic water rationing (with supplements brought in from town).

  • In his younger days, Maine artist Robert Shetterly was actively fighting for civil rights and against the Vietnam War.

    More recently, he was upset with the U.S. response to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, so he began to paint portraits of past and present Americans who spoke the truth as he saw it, and with those portraits he combined quotes from the individuals.

  • From June 30 through mid-August 1943, the Third Division was transported from its 22 camps in New Zealand to Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

    Guadalcanal, captured by the First Marine Division in an amphibious attack the previous August, was now available as a staging area for further assaults.

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars

    Title: Valkyrie

    Directed by: Bryan Singer

    Written by: Christopher McQuarrie & Nathan Alexander

    Starring: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Eddie Izzard, Terence Stamp, Tom Wilkinson

    Running time: 120 minutes

    Released: Dec. 25, 2008

    The World War II era was one of great evil and heroics, so it makes sense that so many movies are made to share its stories.

  • Four local DJs will be inducted into the DJ Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Bardstown tonight.

    William “Daddy D” Murphy, Robert “Big Rob” Marshall, Anthony “DJ Smurf” Beckley, and John “DJ Master Rocker” Foree Jr. have a combined total of more than 100 years of experience in rocking the microphone and getting the party started.

  •  Two musical productions based on popular children’s books headline the schedule for The Shelby County Community Theatre’s 2009-2010 season.

    The Secret Garden, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Seussical, Jr., based on the work by Dr. Seuss will lead off the schedule, starting in July.

  •  Ruby Lewis skipped baby steps and quickly went to giant leaps in her performance career.

      At just 3 or 4 years old, she started singing at United Methodist Church here in Shelbyville. In an interview with The Sentinel-News when she was just 12 years old, she said she hoped to one day sing and dance on Broadway.

  • President-elect Barack Obama has recently nominated Marine Corps General James L. Jones, Jr. to be his National Security Advisor.

    In this position Jones will head the National Security Council, which has the function of advising and assisting the President on national security and foreign policies and coordinating these policies among various government agencies.

    His uncle, William K. "Bill" Jones, was a contemporary of mine in the Marine Corps.  And this is the story of the elder Jones.

  • Do not be confused: Flower is the first name (she only goes by one name like Cher or Madonna) of our resident skunk this year.  I haven’t actually smelled her around the farm lately. I smelled someone else on my way home one evening.  It was a welcomed warning smell, so we can be prepared. 

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike Flower, I just want to be on alert when the mating season begins.