• The wind in her hair, with sounds of the most dangerous animals on earth roaring in her ears on the plains of Africa, Marty Mason of Bagdad has proven time and again why she ranked among the top five in the international Extreme Huntress competition last year.

    Her home in Bagdad, where she lives with her husband, Bob, features a trophy room the couple built after they discovered the joys of big-game hunting in Africa in 2008, and the walls are adorned with dozens of trophies from zebra to hippo to antelope.

  • Included in the Daily New Era in Hopkinsville on March 7, 1908, was this headline:


    “After the Affair of a Smitten Prince and a Duke ‘Turned Down,’ Comes the Triumph of Young Baron de Charette, and Another International Romance Is Launched”

  • For the fourth year in a row, animal lovers turned out in droves to pack Claudia Sanders Dinner House to raise money for animals.

    “Are we sold out – are you kidding?” said Kate Raisor, glancing around at the horde of 350-plus patrons, mostly decked out in various hues of red, pink and black, milling around the banquet room Friday night.

  • Shelby County’s animal welfare workers and volunteers will be celebrating this evening at the Claudia Sanders Dinner House – but they also will be focusing on a big job ahead.

    The event is the fourth Monarchs, Mutts and Meows dinner dance fundraiser, with proceeds being shared by the five county organizations that work to rescue stray or deserted animals and find them new homes.

    The good news is that the event has been so well supported. Tickets have already sold out.

  • In my previous column I described my responsibilities as commanding general of the Landing Force Training Unit, Pacific, with my offices in Coronado Calif., and my quarters in San Diego.

    My mission here was to provide teams of Marines to train our allies throughout the Far East in the Marine Corps’ specialty: amphibious operations.

    During Oct. 9-25, 1965, I took my third trip to the Far East to inspect my deployed instructional teams. Marine battalions had landed in Vietnam by this time and were engaged with the Viet Cong.

  • From the time she saw the house, Pat Hornback knew, she said, that it was something that would be perfect, but that took some convincing.

    “I wanted to run a bulldozer through it, but she didn’t,” said her husband, Paul Hornback. “Pat is very good at looking at something and being able to see what it will look like when it’s finished. I couldn’t see it, but she knew it was going to be something special.”

  • My last column described my duties and experiences as national director of the Marine Corps Reserve. While stationed at Marine Headquarters in Washington D.C., I traveled widely in the United States to inspect my reserve units.

    In March 1964, I was transferred across the country to Coronado, Calif., to assume command of the Landing Force Training Unit, Pacific. My mission here was to provide teams of Marines to train our allies throughout the Far East in the Marine Corps’ specialty: amphibious operations.

  • In recent months I have watched a few recorded episodes of the first three seasons of Downton Abbey, a British drama about a family trying to hold onto a castle and to their entitled place in British high society.

    Doing this has been treating my withdrawal pains last winter from the tragic ending of Season Three. It has also gotten me ready for the first installment of Season Four. To whet their appetites, fellow Downton fans may enjoy some of my thoughts about our favorite dramatic series.

  • Christmas came early for Clay Village resident Roy Butler, whom many call the “Father of Medicaid” in Kentucky.

    In the fall, he was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Public Health Hall of Fame, which

    recognizes individuals who “made exceptional contributions to the health and welfare of the citizens of the commonwealth, the nation and/or the world,” according to a press release.

  • The Sentinel-News, since 2008 has honored at year’s end five Shelby Countians we think have had a significant impact on our community during this year. We sought your nominations on our Facebook page, and we believe each person – or in one case, team – selected for what we call Shelby County’s Fabulous 5 has in his or her own way left an imprint that merits our honoring and emulating, represents a broad spectrum of a diverse society and truly is one of the best of our best.

    Steve Eden

    Mayor of Simpsonville

  • Operation Care next year will expand its women’s center by adding an additional location on Main Street in downtown Shelbyville – for free.

    What’s more, the acquisition of the new building won’t cost Operation Care a dime, with the purchase of a 2-story, 4-plex frame house next door to Bell House Restaurant having been paid by a $125,000 donation from Southeast Christian Church.

  • Heads together, giggling, surrounded by the smell of gingerbread and the sound of carols playing softly in the background, Janice Harris and Tyra Beach reminisced at a Christmas party two weeks ago about a Karaoke session they had attended at a Shelbyville restaurant.

    Harris: “You did sing.”

    Beach: “Did not.”

    Harris: “Did too, and I have the pictures to prove it.”

    Beach: “Well, I just did some backup.”

  • Dressed in a softly flowing robe, surrounded by contented sheep and goats and even a donkey, a shepherd paused to contemplate the animals surrounding the manger before pulling a small device out of a pocket.

    “Bet you never saw a shepherd with an iPhone before,” he said with a grin, as he snapped a photo of the scene.

    Steve Price coordinated that live Nativity scene that was held Tuesday at the Community Christmas event held at Shelby Industries, at the request of the plant, he said.

  • Everyone has a favorite part of the holiday season.

    Some enjoy giving gifts, others the parties and festivities. But from the children to Santa, there is one important piece of the holiday season that everyone looks forward to – the food.

    And what takes center stage?

    The Christmas ham shares its time with Easter, the turkey with Thanksgiving, the trimmings with every holiday – although I think we would all agree that mac-and-cheese should share more dinner tables.

  • In my previous column, I described the Cuban Missile Crisis of Oct. 16-28, 1962, when a threatening nuclear disaster was defused by the nerves of steel and the negotiating skills of President John F. Kennedy.

    During this period I was serving as director, Marine Reserve, in U. S Marine Corps headquarters in Arlington, Va., within a mile of the Pentagon, as one of the officers standing the rotating watch as duty general officer in the Marine Corps Command Center. I had been keenly aware of the imminent threat of a nuclear missile striking Washington.

  • On Thanksgiving Day, while driving to visit relatives, it took my wife and me an hour and a half to finish thanking God for all the blessings in our life.

    One of the biggest gratitudes for me was that that day was my 30th “birthday” of my new life in sobriety and recovery. It was not until my third year of recovery that I could see that its blessings were going to outweigh the pleasures and comforts I had gotten from my two addictive habits.

  • At a time of year when churches invest so much time and effort into holiday celebrations and draw their biggest attendance, the few members of one of Shelby County’s oldest are their church’s doors are still open.

    Buffalo Lick Baptist, 208 years old this month, is holding on with just 23 members, its pastor said, and it isn’t going anywhere.

  • Walking into the home of Al and Goldie Smith at Christmastime could either be a child’s dream or an adult’s delight, with four large Christmas trees, red and white poinsettias placed throughout the home, and two vases of brilliant green holly with bright red berries on the fireplace mantel.

    “Those aren’t fake. We grow them right here,” Smith said, pointing to the holly.

    The living room contains two of the trees, one of them a stately Christmas tree at the entrance with a smaller, silver Christmas tree at the other end of the room.

  • In June 1961, while serving as director of the 4th Marine Reserve and Recruitment District based in Philadelphia, I was selected for promotion to the rank of brigadier general. In the Marine Corps promotion is based upon the recommendations of selection boards composed of about seven officers senior in rank to those officers in the selection zone.

  • SIMPSONVILLE – The crowd was small Tuesday night at the community Thanksgiving worship service held at Simpsonville Christian Church, but the message was powerful – count your blessings.

    Ric Holladay, minister of Simpsonville United Methodist Church, delivered that message to the 65 or so people who gathered in the candlelit sanctuary as the first snowfall of the year fell gently outside, blanketing the world in white, fluffy arms.