Paul Schmidt has experienced the fear, the uncertainty, that dark realm that cancer brings firsthand.
And he has triumphed.
Cancer free for eight years now, Schmidt, a Shelbyville psychologist, will be one of hundreds of men expected to take advantage of the 12th annual Men’s Health Fair on Saturday morning at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, to get a full checkup on overall good health and – perhaps more emphatically – keep cancer at bay.
More than 200 people braved the 90-degrees-plus temperatures Monday to attend the Memorial Day service at Grove Hill Cemetery.
The crowd proved the spirit of patriotism is still alive and well as they gathered under tents, trees and even stood in the boiling sun to hear speakers, sing stirring songs and listen to the melancholy dirge of bagpipes and the solemn notes of “Taps.”
After a walking tour of the cemetery hosted by Friends of Grove Hill, led by historian Mike Harrod, the crowd gathered outside the chapel for the service.
Joseph Hornsby started keeping a chronicle of events in Shelby County in 1798, shortly after his arrival here.
Chris McManus of Washington, D. C., a direct descendant of Hornsby, arranged a number of years ago for his family to donate this significant chronicle of early Shelby County history to the Filson Historical Society of Louisville.
The scene at Red Orchard Park on Saturday was jovial, with a steady stream of people lugging electronic castoffs to a recycling truck and kids running and playing, or trying to play, on wet playground equipment.
Although rain and cool temperatures limited the crowd to a few hundred people at the Earth Day festivities, those who did attend appeared to have a great time, and Parks and Recreation Director Clay Cottongim said he considered the event a success.
Anyone who attended the Touched Twice Ministries’ free medical and hygienic clinic on Saturday would agree that the organizers thought of just about everything.
Spread throughout three floors and basement of First Baptist Church Shelbyville on Midland Trail, 36 local businesses pitched in to provide services in everything from hairdressing to a thrift shop to counseling to personal hygiene.
A wide range of medical services were provided as well, including chiropractic, dental, vision, and blood pressure and other screenings.
With communities all around the state and even the nation sending massive amounts of donations to help those in Eastern Kentucky displaced by tornadoes, it took one little girl’s contribution to put everything in perspective for her family and friends – and maybe all of us.
Ella Hoehner is 7 years old, and a second-grader at Wright Elementary. Her love of horses has grown so much during her short life that it is legendary in her family.
A science-minded brother and sister from Shelbyville now know what it’s like to fly a space shuttle, pilot a jet fighter, the feeling of being weightless and even dealing with a tornado.
Well, sort of.
Marina and Samuel White experienced all that and more during a week at the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy (HLCA), a partnership venture with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.