A woman of music, a woman of Christ, a woman of community.
Betty Jean Chatham has been described in all these ways by many in Shelby County.
Chatham, who is set to retire after a 60-year musical career of much distinction, with a last concert on Sunday at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville, has been an inspiration to so many people in the community, and not just musically, said former student John Shannon, who was also her assistant director of the longstanding Life Singers choir.
Members of Beechridge Baptist Church have seen a lot of changes in its 200 years, including moving indoors and a name change.
This Bagdad-area church, located on Benson Pike about 3 miles east of the intersection with KY 395, started nearby its current location when parishioners would gather in the woods on log benches with lanterns hanging in the trees.
But it persevered, and by 1888 what was then the Baptist Church of Jesus Christ at Beech Ridge had its own building.
More than two months after parting ways with former children’s librarian Sherry Bogard, the Shelby County Public Library has finally filled the position.
Sarahbeth Farabee, who spent 18 years as the Family Resource and Youth Services Center coordinator for preschool at Shelby County Public Schools, will take over the position of youth services librarian. Reached at the library on Tuesday, Farabee declined to be interviewed, but an announcement distributed by the library said she already has been on the job, hosting story hour sessions.
Johnny Quaid said he never set out to be anything but honest with his music and his work.
On his grandparent’s farm near Shelbyville, where corn and soybeans grew, so did Johnny and his cousin Jim’s band, My Morning Jacket. Comprised of members from Pleasureville, Buckner, and Shelbyville, the band’s music reached international acclaim with its first albums recorded mostly on the family farm.
The remaining clouds of Hurricane Issac held off just enough on Monday for the annual Labor Day parades to pass through Waddy and Shelbyville. Spectators lined the streets hear the sirens, see the floats and, of course, grab some candy being tossed out by the parade walkers and riders.
Everything from dancing troupes to miniature horses filled the parade lines, much to the delight of the watchers.
Lani Basberg has taken her beekeeping to new heights.
She is the only Shelby County beekeeper to participate in a rooftop green space project in downtown Louisville.
Basberg has two hives of Italian honeybees atop the 15-story Kentucky Life Building at 239 S. 5th St. as part of a project by Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest to study how well native plants grow in an urban environments.
“Bees are fascinating to watch, especially up that high,” she said.
Sarah Raizor and Chelsea Ashbaugh have a word for their kinship – “twusins!”
They hold a unique gift of being born on the same day – Aug. 25, 1996 – to a pair of sisters. Moms Tammy Raizor and Julie Ashbaugh delivered their daughters four hours apart, in two different hospitals, 16 years ago. They arrived measuring 7 pounds each, and both were 20 inches long.
Their dual birth was front-page news in The Sentinel-News,and the cousins, both students at Shelby County High School, have grown up sharing a special day.