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Neighbors

  • The man with the Colonel’s suit

    With his connections to the area, many in Shelby County have a story to share about an encounter with the colorful Col. Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

    But how many of them got to ride in his famed white Cadillac limousine?

    How many got to have dinner with him on a regular basis?

    How many could call him a family friend?

    And how many could say he gave them one of his famous white suits, complete with black bolo tie, for a Halloween party?

    And even more, how many could say the Colonel lived in his home?

  • Harold Thom: 1934-2013

    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.

  • A vision of the past

    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.”

  • Mothers who endure

    “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.”

    Those moving words by novelist Victor Hugo are especially true in the case of mothers who lovingly continue to care for children who have endured much illness or trauma in their lives.

    We pay homage to all moms on Mother’s Day this year – with a special tribute to three wonderful women who give a special meaning to the word “mother.”

     

    Elizabeth Nichols

     

  • Shelby celebrates Earth Day 1013 at Red Orchard Park Saturday

    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: 1928 -2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • Shelby family grows by 2 adoptees from Ukraine

    Each day – every day for nearly 16 years – Tania Williams awoke in the orphanage in Ukraine.  Sixteen – the dreaded age that orphans in this Eastern European country “age out” to the streets, often thrown into a life of prostitution, drugs and crime. For Tania, it was a time of fear and anxiety, faced with no family and no physical or emotional support.

  • Love brings new life to old house

    John David and Mary Helen Myles have a 174-year-old baby.

    They have restored their 2-story brick Federal-style home they bought in 2002 with such loving care that the structure, known as the Dale Place, received the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Preservation Project Award in 2006.

    Myles, a Shelby County Family Court judge, is widely known throughout Shelby County for his love of history, and he went to great lengths to ensure that the house, when restored, should be as much as like the original as possible.

  • Library audience likes the taste of ‘Cornbread’

    If you’d like to settle down with a good book, chock full of colorful characters, such as  moonshiners, long-haired, pot-growing Vietnam veterans, and even a man so scary everybody started locking their doors at night after he moved to town, you might want to check out The Cornbread Mafia, which was published last year.