Like most young boys, I enjoyed playing with toy soldiers as a kid. Unlike most young boys, I stuck with it, and turned it into much more than a game of “bang, bang, your guy is dead!” or knocking figures over with marbles.
Even as a youngster, growing up “down under” in New Zealand, I was a bit of a history nut. I wasn’t quite so interested in the mass destruction potential of warfare as the “why did they do it that way?” And the “how could I have done it better?” problem-solving and strategic study aspects.
Planning a family reunion to celebrate a 100-year-old anniversary has stirred up a lot of excitement in Shelby County among members of the Biagi family.
On July 6, members of the Biagi family, not only from Shelby, but from all over Kentucky and the United States, will gather on Magnolia Street at the home of Greg Biagi to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the family’s coming to America.
Shelby County men turned out by the hundreds for Jewish Hospital Shelbyville's 13th Annual Men's Health Fair on Saturday, surpassing the 300 mark, officials said, and topping the 250 that usually attend each year.
"It's been a great year," JHS spokesperson Holly Husband said.
Tony Carriss, who orchestrated the first health fair after a bout with prostate cancer and now chairs the committee that puts on the event, said he was amazed and gratified with the large attendance.
Shelby County lost a much-loved adopted son last Friday, when Harold Thom, founder and leader of the folk/Bluegrass group The Cumberlands, passed away at age 78.
Thom, who lost his wife of 55 years, Betty, last year, was semi-retired and owned a horse farm in Simpsonville. After pursuing a brief broadcasting career in radio and television in his hometown of Shreveport, La., in the 1950s, Thom spent 11 years as director and operations manager at KALB-TV in Alexandria, La.
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.
Margery Pflughaupt so loved the community of Shelbyville that 17 years after moving away, she urged her husband to establish a scholarship fund for Shelby County students that continued for the better part of two decades.
With her death last week from Alzheimer’s disease at her home in Danville at age 83, her legacy will live on with all the young people that were able to better their lives because of the generosity of her and her husband, Eugene.