There was no rain and very little mud on Friday and Saturday nights when the 20th annual Shelbyville Horse Show had its final events. Organizers reveled in the throngs who crammed into the tents and the arena at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, and the fans seemed to revel in watching the horses and the people. To see more photographs and video, visit the bottom of the home page.
To say that the Bland family's annual reunion will be "different" is putting it mildly.
The Blands, a family that can trace its ancestry back to medieval times in England and include a former Shelbyville mayor, are having a larger reunion than most folks. In fact, they're inviting the entire country.
The Bland National Family Reunion, held at the Stratton Center in Shelbyville last weekend, is a tradition that has been ongoing for the past 25 years, since a group of local Blands met up in Elizabethtown with Blands from Colorado and South Carolina.
The Rubles, a brother and sister who grew up in Simpsonville, met up with the Patriot Guard Riders, a parade of cyclists escorting the remains of three soldiers, when they stopped at the I-64 rest stop near there late last month. The Rubles were supposed to be there just to show support for this solemn processional.
But then the Rubles decided to follow the group to a picnic in Winchester.
A cabin likely built in the early 1800s near Simpsonville is on the move again.
The old cabin has served as an admissions office at Kentucky Country Day School in eastern Jefferson County after it was removed from a farm in the Fields Lane area of Shelby County in 1988. It was donated to the school by Ken and June Martin, who owned about 105 acres of land that included the cabin.
They donated it at the request of Joe Sorrell, who lived in western Shelby County at the time; he was a science teacher at Country Day.
Noble Roberts, chaplain of VFW Post 1179, said that few funeral services are as stirring as those held for Old Glory.
"There are several different versions of flag-burning ceremonies, but all are very patriotic," he said.
Roberts, a Coast Guard veteran who said his job was to "patch the flags" on his ship, delivered the eulogy and served as narrator at a flag-retiring ceremony held last Tuesday at Clear Creek Park by the Sons of the American Revolution and the VFW.
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