A man who has done so much for many in Shelby County was taken from his family and legion of friends Monday by the ugliness of cancer, but the beauty of his soul will live on in the hearts of those who loved him.
At 79, Cordy Armstrong’s lifetime of accomplishments were many, magistrate of more than 25 years, deputy sheriff for four years, an Army veteran, years of dedication to the Cropper Ruritan Club, his lifetime of farming and his affiliation with the United States Trotting Association,
Saturday’s charity fundraiser, Rob Fest, may have seemed much like many other charity concert events except for the large crowd of 1,600 at first.
That is, until the young man for whom it was held, 17-year-old Robbie Phillips, who had suffered a severe brain injury, was brought to the scene by family members and introduced to the crowd by the lead singer of the band New Breed.
Then the atmosphere changed from that of summertime fun in the park to something more.
A little water, biodegradable cleaning solution and elbow grease can go a long way.
And by looking at the success of the Friends of Grove Hill Cemetery's first Restoration and Preservation Workshop, the 150-year-old cemetery is in for a big lift.
On June 24, the group had Ann Johnson with the Kentucky Historical Society give a morning workshop and used that information, along with the proper tools provided by Johnson, in a restoration project at the cemetery.
Despite a drizzly, rainy and grim morning, the skies cleared up and the weather heated up enough for community members to enjoy fireworks, snow cones and cotton candy for the annual Independence Day celebration at Lake Shelby on Monday night. The crowd was small when the gates opened, but as the evening went on and the shadows got longer, more and more people arrived to see what everyone wants to see on the Fourth of July — fireworks. They also enjoyed dancing and listening to the musical numbers of Leo Knight and the Moonlighters as they enjoyed the night’s festivities.