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  • 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.

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    One of the best things about January is all the good catalogs that come in the mail.

     It is much easier to believe that spring will come again when you have a stack of catalogs that show glossy pictures of fruits, vegetables and flowers.  The extra time spent indoors by the fire also allows us to spend some time plotting and planning what we want to add to the garden in 2009.

  • Rating:

    1 out of 5 stars

    Title: The Unborn

    Cast: Odette Yustman, Gary Oldman, Meagan Good, Cam Gigandet, Jane Alexander, C.S. Lee, James Remar

    Director: David S. Goyer

    Released: Jan. 9, 2009

    Running Length: 87 minutes

    MPAA Classification: PG-13 (Violence, Sexual Situations)

     

  • The farm looks like a storm hit recently, but it’s really just my husband’s new deer deterrent technique.  It seems to be working.

    In the past we have forgone the Irish Spring soap, human hair and coyote urine for more reliable barriers.  Tomato cages, tobacco stakes, wire, spiral plastic trunk wrap, and, yes, an occasional arrangement of lawn chairs have created distance between rutting and browsing deer. 

  • A swimmer from Shelby County had the ultimate thrill for her sport last week: She stood on a pedestal and heard the strains of the Star Spangled Banner after winning two gold medals at an international competition.

    Danielle Wilkerson of Fisherville brought home gold in the 25-meter backstroke and in the 25-meter freestyle at the Down Syndrome World Swimming Championship, a biennial competition in Albufeira, Spain, where athletes from 24 countries competed.