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.
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.
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.”
Paul Erway has been racing his wheelchair in marathons since the early 1990s, and he even competed for a spot in the Paralympics. But he said nothing really prepared him for what he went through this year, especially in November.
On Nov. 16-17 Erway traveled more than 3,150 miles – hitting races in Wilmington, Del., Philadelphia and Las Vegas.
And although Wilmington’s run wasn’t a fully sanctioned race, the other two were.
In the short time that Jim Reed lived in Shelbyville, he made a huge impact on the community, giving of himself in many ways, his friends say.
“I told his wife [Lisa], ‘Life is about the footprint that you leave,’” said Joe O’Brien, president of O’Brien Ford, where Reed was vice president and general manager. “Jim Reed spent five and a half years of his life in Shelbyville, Kentucky, and has left a footprint that most people couldn’t leave in a lifetime.”
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.
Two people who left everlasting but vastly different imprints on education in Shelby County passed away in 2013.
They were among a nationally known musician, a state leader in public affairs a former educator and volunteer and a theater performer were among others who left lasting impressions on Shelby Countians.
Margery Pflughaupt so loved the community of Shelbyville that 17 years after moving away, she urged her husband to establish a scholarship fund for Shelby County students that continued for the better part of two decades.
In contrast to the usual holiday crime wave that sweeps the nation each year at this time, many people in Shelbyville have been experiencing the opposite extreme.
You may have come across some quarters taped to a vendor machine or to a coin-operated washer at the laundry mat. Or you may have received an anonymous gift card, given to you by a small child in line at a grocery store.
Chances are, it could be the work of a Shelby County family that has been having the time of their lives doing good deeds for strangers this holiday season.
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.