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  • The legacy of Lincoln Institute

    Writers hate it when they miss an opportunity to write a timely story, and that is what happened to me last fall. I had done some research on the 100th anniversary of the opening of Lincoln Institute in October 1912, and planned to write a story about it. However, in the midst of selling one book, nudging a literary agent along on a second and writing a third, I dropped the ball.

  • A man of many faces

    “If you’re good, you’ll come off the stage sweating!”

    That’s how Cook Farmer, a Shelbyville resident of 8 years, views his avocation of acting in community theater, a “hobby” he said he has pursued since he was a lad of 12 years old.

    Now, 48 years later, having performed in “so many plays I can’t remember them all,” he is preparing for his latest role in Harvey at the Shelby County Community Theatre.

  • Shelby man turns crossroads in life into Appalachian Trail trek

    You can count this accomplishment in many ways: 178 days, 2,184 miles, 25 bears, 8 rattlesnakes, 2 copperheads, 1 porcupine, and one monumental feeling were some of the things Dustin Abild covered, discovered and gained when he completed his hike along the Appalachian Trail last fall.

    Starting out April 17 from Springer Mountain in northern Georgia, Abild journeyed on foot across 14 states, finishing Oct.11 on Mount Katahdin in northern Maine – a trek that took him just shy of 6 months.

  • Shaping Up Shelby: Shelby woman finds she has to run for her life

    What motivates Chandra Heath to get up every morning hours before dawn to run five miles?

    Her love for her family, she says.

    “I want to be there for them, and I always want to be healthy enough to give them a good quality of life,” she said.

    Heath and her husband, Jeremiah, have two young children, ages 2 and 3 years old.

  • Shelby County's Fabulous 5 for 2012

    Tony Carriss

    Magistrate, community leader

    Many in the county know Tony Carriss, a lifelong Shelby Countian, as the longtime magistrate of District 6, which encompasses Waddy and Mount Eden along with much of the southeastern portion of the county.

    Many recognize Carriss as leader in the county, for instance his willingness to step up and organize some informational meetings about the late-November and early-December animal attacks in the Waddy area. Most also know him as a big sports fan and memorabilia collector.

  • Dover Baptist Church turns 200: A place from the heart

    The pews were overflowing, the voices were overwhelming and the spirit was overpowering on Sunday when perhaps 150 gathered in the little white church to celebrate 200 years of Dover Baptist Church.

  • Ann Harris: Jan. 26, 1911 - Feb. 7, 2014

    The family of First Baptist Church Shelbyville on Friday lost a very faithful member with the passing of Ann Harris.

    Harris, who last month had turned 103, attended church right up until her death, said her longtime friend, Max Doyle.

    “She dearly loved the lord,” he said. “She was always at church, just about every Sunday.”

  • A long journey to motherhood

    Jamie Mezin never thought she would have children.

    Tragedy detoured her life, and Mezin didn’t anticipate she would live long enough to be a mother.

    At one point she never dreamed that she would have two loving children – Emma and Isaac – or a husband, Cornel, who would send her bible versus about love when they first met.

    No, it wasn’t in the plan, at least not later in her life.

    But when she was younger, she did have it all planned out. Husband, children, work, everything was set.

  • League steps down at Living Waters

    Joel League, as he puts it, has his fingerprints on just about everything that has ever involved Living Waters Church.

    He was there from the beginning – preaching to his congregation in Floral Hall at the Shelby County Fairgrounds when the church was just beginning in 1981.

    He recalled cold days and nights with his fellow church members in the gym of the old Henry Clay Elementary School in Clay Village, which at the time served as the church’s sanctuary.

  • Waddy teens are cousins to ‘brothers’ to ‘buddies’

    Anyone who knows Austin Blocker and Patrick Hargadon recognizes that they are best friends.

    They are also third cousins, a relationship that to some people might seem somewhat distant, but it doesn’t to them.

    “We feel more like brothers than cousins, and that’s how we look at each other,” Blocker said.