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.
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.
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.
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.