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  • 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.

  • King named county employee of the year

    Jenny L. King, administrative assistant to Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, has been named Shelby County Employee of the Year for 2011.

    Magistrate Michael Riggs presented a plaque to King in recognition of the honor at the county’s Christmas dinner in December.

    King became a county employee in 2005, when she was hired as secretary for the county building inspector.

    After only three months, she moved up to her current position in Rothenburger’s office.

  • Shelby County women behind 2 of Kentucky's most powerful men

    Kerri Richardson and Shelley Catharine Johnson have a lot in common.

    Both are media spokespersons for high profile government offices, the governor and the attorney general, respectively.

    Both are dedicated, driven professionals  in their fields.

    Both are also Shelby County residents.

    Richardson, communications director for Gov. Steve Beshear, and Johnson, deputy communications director for Attorney General Jack Conway, say they have always gotten along well when their paths have crossed professionally from time to time.

  • Leonard H. Shouse 1922-2012

    Leonard Shouse, the man who helped turn Simpsonville into a city and brought its residents a sewer system, died Tuesday after complications from a fall the day after Thanksgiving. He was 89.