In contrast to the usual holiday crime wave that sweeps the nation each year at this time, many people in Shelbyville have been experiencing the opposite extreme.
You may have come across some quarters taped to a vendor machine or to a coin-operated washer at the laundry mat. Or you may have received an anonymous gift card, given to you by a small child in line at a grocery store.
Chances are, it could be the work of a Shelby County family that has been having the time of their lives doing good deeds for strangers this holiday season.
Walking into the home of Al and Goldie Smith at Christmastime could either be a child’s dream or an adult’s delight, with four large Christmas trees, red and white poinsettias placed throughout the home, and two vases of brilliant green holly with bright red berries on the fireplace mantel.
“Those aren’t fake. We grow them right here,” Smith said, pointing to the holly.
The living room contains two of the trees, one of them a stately Christmas tree at the entrance with a smaller, silver Christmas tree at the other end of the room.
After being without a pastor since September 2012, First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, the county’s largest congregation, is preparing has chosen Maurice Hollingsworth as its new minister.
Hollingsworth comes to Shelbyville from First Baptist Church of Las Cruces, N.M., where he is senior pastor. He replaces Steve Rice, who joined the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
A lot of families in Shelby County will gather today for Thanksgiving, enjoying a meal and fellowship and the festivities and traditions that go along with this special day.
But for one of those families, this will be a lot more than just sitting down to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
Kamron and Megan Terry use the day to introduce their two children, Miles, 5, and Scarlett, 7, adopted from the Republic of Congo in Africa, to American customs, especially at Thanksgiving, has been a blessing in itself.
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.”
It might be difficult to find someone with a stronger pedigree as a football fan than Simpsonville resident Shirley Simpson, an 89-year-old who was – quite literally, she said – “born and raised” in the sport and has remained an ardent follower.
“I watch football all the time,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what game is on. I watch football.”
When the Bagdad Ruritan Club was founded in 1953 by 26 men, Martha Layne Collins (then Hall) was a just a schoolgirl.
But as she grew into the first female Governor of Kentucky, she never forgot where she started.
“My mom always told me never forget your roots,” she told the group assembled at the Bagdad Ruritan Club’s 60th anniversary dinner on Saturday. “I constantly tell people I’m from Bagdad…although sometimes I have to add that it’s the one without the H.”
"I heard what sounded like cowboy boots walking down the hallway toward me. The floor was concrete, and the boots were clicking, clicking, in the darkness.
“I called out, 'Who’s there?' There was no answer, and the footsteps came closer and closer. I couldn't turn around, because there was no out way out behind me. And the boots got right up to me, and nothing was there."
Connor Shiffer loves to run. And run…and run… Remember how Forrest Gump ran and ran and ran in the movie, for a very long period of time, only stopping when he felt that he had run all he could run? This kid is like that in a way, only he really doesn’t like to stop – just ask his parents.