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Large Crowd Hears Powerful Message at Annual Memorial Day Service
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Major John Russell of the United States Marine Corps Reserves was the speaker at the annual Memorial Day Service Monday in Shelbina. Russell, who grew up in Shelbina, currently lives in Monroe City.

A large crowd attended the annual Memorial Day Service at the Shelbina Teachenor Post. Major John Russell of the United States Marine Corps Reserves was the featured speaker this year. Russell grew up in Shelbina and graduated from South Shelby High School. He currently lives in Monroe City where he practices law.
   Russell was a lawyer while in active duty and still is in the reserves. He started his military career in North Carolina and his second location was at the headquarters Marine Corps located in the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
   Russell is still in the reserves where he serves as a recruiting support officer where he serves in a recruiting station in Kansas City. He does investigations.
   Russell said people associate Memorial Day to a lot of other things such as the beginning of summer, cookouts and other fun thing. He pointed out that there is nothing wrong with those things but stressed the importance of honoring those who died fighting for our country.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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The Shelbina Aquatic Center officially opened its doors on Monday, to begin its summer season. Several people of all ages were at the pool on both Monday and Tuesday. Pictured above are kids cooling off in the water on Tuesday afternoon. With temperatures reaching the mid-90’s in the last few days, the pool has been a popular place. The pool will be open seven days a week, weather permitting.
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8th Annual Shelby County Cancer Walk Set for Saturday
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The 8th Annual Shelby County Cancer Walk will be held on Saturday, June 2, at 8 a.m. The walk will begin at the Courthouse in Shelbyville and end at the fairgrounds in Shelbina.
   Anyone wishing to ride the shuttle from Shelbina prior to the walk should be at the fairgrounds no later than 7 a.m. The registration fee is $20 and includes a t-shirt color of your choice. Participants choose a t-shirt color based on which type of cancer they wish to represent.
   Proceeds will be divided among Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Helping Hand of Clarence, and Stand Up To Cancer. Participants may register up to the start time of the walk.
   For more information or to pre-register, please contact Rachael Bichsel at 660-651-4586 or email
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Lillard Promoted to the Rank of Major
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Major Sam Lillard and his wife Jamie Lillard.

A former resident of Shelbina, Samuel W. Lillard, was promoted to the rank of Major in the United States Army Signal Corps on May 1. The ceremony took place in the Fort Leavenworth Frontier Museum at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. with family, friends and co-workers in attendance.
   His wife Jamie Lillard and parents Jerry and Sandy Lillard of Shelbina had the honor of pinning the gold oak leafs of Major on his uniform. Other family members that attended were their children David and Haven Lillard of Fort Leavenworth; his sister Effie and her husband Mark Sickal of Macon; his sister Audra and her husband Rusty Wilt, as well as their son Justin Wilt of Shelbina; his niece Katie Harrington and her children Avery, Hunter, Ostin and Braley of Grain Valley. Afterward a reception was given by his wife for everyone in attendance.
   Sam enlisted in the Army in 1995 as a Private (E-1), Microwave Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer in the Army Signal Corps and quickly rose through the enlisted ranks ultimately being selected for promotion to Master Sergeant (E-8) at the same time as being selected to attend Officer Candidates School in 2006.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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