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Neighbors

  • T.S. Baxter: A nearly forgotten pioneer

    Thomas Samuel Baxter, better known as T.S., is a name that should resonate throughout Shelby County and especially in Shelbyville.

    There are a lot of people who say they know his name, but very few who really know much about him.

    Baxter was the first African-American member of the Shelbyville City Council, but after recognizing that accomplishment, there seems to be a dearth of information and very little celebration of his life and work.

  • Shelby couple gets married on television by Elvis impersonator

    Was Coty Brewer all shook up when he and his bride, Sara Morgan, tied the knot on Valentine’s Day?

    Probably so, because he and his bride were married on live television by Elvis – or close enough anyway.

    Elvis Presley impersonator Otis Berry, a minister who owns and operates Indiana’s Chapel in the Hill, journeyed to Louisville on Tuesday to perform the ceremony for the couple on WHAS-Channel 11’s Great Day Live,a daily entertainment and talk show hosted by Terry Meiners and Rachel Platt.

  • Martha Elizabeth Donovan: 1923-2012

    From the business arena to the church community and just about every place in between, Martha Donovan touched the lives and hearts of so many in Shelby County before passing away Saturday at the age of 88.

    “Most people knew her from the drugstore, and she was such a kind, giving person,” said her nephew, Jerry Donovan.

    Martha Elizabeth Donovan, born Feb. 27, 1923 in Shelby County to Jerry Wise and Mary Jetta Pulliam,  was a former co-owner of Smith-McKenney Drug Co., along with Bill Borders and  William “Shug” Hickman.

  • Shelby native helped coach Giants to Super Bowl victory

    You may not have known this, but as quarterback Eli Manning drove the New York Giants to their game-winning touchdown in the final minute of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI, he did so with the help of a Shelby Countian standing right there on the Giants’ sideline.

  • Ducks Unlimited event raises $14,400; Tres Chic more than $25,000

    A crowd of about 150 turned out for the Ducks Unlimited Banquet at Friday night at Claudia Sanders Dinner House, raising $14,400 for the organization.

    That figure was slightly higher than last year’s total of $14,259.

    About $4,000 came from ticket sales and the rest from silent auction proceeds.

    Chris Cottongim, chairperson of Ducks Unlimited, said the proceeds would go to promote conservation of wetlands where ducks make their homes.

  • Shaping Up Shelby: Seniors try different paths to fitness

    Dance instructor Bob Devers changes the CD in the stereo, and about 20 people line up and start dancing to the Fat Joe and Nelly hit "Get It Poppin'."

    Not a song you would expect to hear in a line-dancing class.

    It's not just rap music, but pop, country and oldies tunes fill the space reserved for the class at the Family Activity Center at Clear Creek Park in Shelbyville on Friday evenings.

    One of the participants, Alma Clark, said she has been line dancing for 20 years.

    "I just love it," Clark said.

  • Roy Vawter Catlett: 1938-2012

    Roy Catlett has been described as a really great guy, a devoted family man and the best friend that a farmer ever had.

    But maybe his lifelong friend Fred Bond summed it up best: “He was my best friend, the best I ever had. I miss him now, and I will miss him forever. I’m glad he was my friend.”

    Catlett, an agriculture extension agent for more than 30 years in Shelby County, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.

  • Behind Shelby’s doors: A monthly home tour series

    The word mansion comes to mind when you turn through the gate where Phil and Chris Hayes call home on the 1100 block of Main Street in Shelbyville.

    The Hayes took on a “labor of love” nine years ago when they bought that is becoming more endearing each year, they say.

    But this 25-room historic home on the corner of Main and Magnolia streets, in Chris Hayes’ words, “just needed to someone to love it.”

  • Edward Burton Cook: 1909-2012

    On Monday, many in the community will gather to say goodbye to a man much loved in Shelby County for more than a century.

    Edward Burton Cook, 102, died Thursday, leaving behind a loving family and his extended church family at Burks Branch Baptist.

    “He was our oldest member, and up until just a few years ago, you would never imagine he was that old,” said his minister, Billy Betts, who will preach Cook’s eulogy at Shannon Funeral Home.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2012: Reinforcing a legacy

    Celebrations in Shelby County this long weekend recapped how Martin Luther King Jr. led the country during a difficult time of progress. But those same celebrations served as a prompt to those in attendance that King's work is far from finished.

    "Ultimately his message was one of change in America," said DeVone Holt, who spoke at the first Whitney M. Young Job Corps Educational event and basketball tournament. "He wanted to change how white America looked at black America and how black America looked at white America.