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  • 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.

  • Since its release on Christmas day, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has made a serious case for some awards.

    Spawning from the 1920s short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this fantasy-drama takes movie magic and makeup a long way. Brad Pitt takes many forms as Benjamin Button, a man who is born in his 80s and ages backwards.

    The story is unique, the performances engaging, and the sets look like they were dumped straight from a time machine.

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      Plant and seed catalogs will be jamming the mailbox any day now.  I always feel like January ushers in a clean slate for the garden: optimism abounds among the fresh ideas and new goals; and promises never to repeat a crop-busting mistake are sharp in my memory.

    Sometimes the slate stays clean; sometimes it doesn’t.  Either way the next couple of months can be used to plan and prepare for the next growing season.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.