Sitting well back off of KY 55 just a little south of Finchville is a hidden gem of a home for history buffs. The Greek Revival-style home’s original front was built in 1837, and it became known as Sylvan Shades by its second owner.
“It was actually built by a man named Newland, and he sold the home to Thomas Doolan,” current owner John Test said. “After that it remained in the Doolan family until we purchased it in 1985.”
Temperatures may have not been up to par, but the rest of Mother Nature’s arsenal cooperated enough on Saturday to enable visitors to the Earth Day celebration at Red Orchard to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.
Although there were very few children taking advantage of the spacious playground, because of muddy conditions, a crowd began collecting rapidly after the opening of the event at 10 a.m.
Each day – every day for nearly 16 years – Tania Williams awoke in the orphanage in Ukraine. Sixteen – the dreaded age that orphans in this Eastern European country “age out” to the streets, often thrown into a life of prostitution, drugs and crime. For Tania, it was a time of fear and anxiety, faced with no family and no physical or emotional support.
John David and Mary Helen Myles have a 174-year-old baby.
They have restored their 2-story brick Federal-style home they bought in 2002 with such loving care that the structure, known as the Dale Place, received the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Preservation Project Award in 2006.
Myles, a Shelby County Family Court judge, is widely known throughout Shelby County for his love of history, and he went to great lengths to ensure that the house, when restored, should be as much as like the original as possible.
If you’d like to settle down with a good book, chock full of colorful characters, such as moonshiners, long-haired, pot-growing Vietnam veterans, and even a man so scary everybody started locking their doors at night after he moved to town, you might want to check out The Cornbread Mafia, which was published last year.
It would be difficult to find someone as devoted to her community as was Rosella Davis, her friends say.
“She was always a part of my life, because I grew up with her daughter,” said Sharon Hackworth. “She was involved with Girl Scouts and 4-H, the historical society, so many things. As a person who has given back to their community, she is definitely a model for us all.”
Not only Shelby County but also the entire state of Kentucky has lost a passionate advocate for the people with the passing of Laurel True.
“Life with him was a happy, wonderful adventure,” said his wife, Alice True.
True described her husband as an advocate for people everywhere who were in need.
“When people think of him, they will remember his service to the people of Kentucky, for his caring for the unloved, the forgotten, the elderly, the mentally ill, for everyone throughout the state,” she said.
Emma Ellis spent nearly a century devoting herself to serving her community, as a teacher, Red Cross director, scout leader, election poll worker, and raising a large family with her husband, Kennett “Doc” Ellis.
“Everybody knew Ms. Ellis, the ‘Red Cross lady,’” Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said. “She worked at the polls from the time I started as county clerk until she wasn’t able to anymore. “