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  • Shelby man turns crossroads in life into Appalachian Trail trek

    You can count this accomplishment in many ways: 178 days, 2,184 miles, 25 bears, 8 rattlesnakes, 2 copperheads, 1 porcupine, and one monumental feeling were some of the things Dustin Abild covered, discovered and gained when he completed his hike along the Appalachian Trail last fall.

    Starting out April 17 from Springer Mountain in northern Georgia, Abild journeyed on foot across 14 states, finishing Oct.11 on Mount Katahdin in northern Maine – a trek that took him just shy of 6 months.

  • Shaping Up Shelby: Shelby woman finds she has to run for her life

    What motivates Chandra Heath to get up every morning hours before dawn to run five miles?

    Her love for her family, she says.

    “I want to be there for them, and I always want to be healthy enough to give them a good quality of life,” she said.

    Heath and her husband, Jeremiah, have two young children, ages 2 and 3 years old.

  • Shelby County's Fabulous 5 for 2012

    Tony Carriss

    Magistrate, community leader

    Many in the county know Tony Carriss, a lifelong Shelby Countian, as the longtime magistrate of District 6, which encompasses Waddy and Mount Eden along with much of the southeastern portion of the county.

    Many recognize Carriss as leader in the county, for instance his willingness to step up and organize some informational meetings about the late-November and early-December animal attacks in the Waddy area. Most also know him as a big sports fan and memorabilia collector.

  • David Newton: 1929-2012

    “If you didn’t know David Newton, you missed out on a lot.”

    Those were the words of Wayne Puckett, a Clay Village resident, in describing his friend, David Lawson Newton, who passed away last week.

    Newton, a 4-term magistrate and prominent businessman in Shelby County, died Saturday in Louisville. He was 83.

     “Dave was easy going, always happy and laid back, always willing to do anything for anybody,” Puckett said. “He was one of my best friends, and I’m really going to miss him.”

  • ‘Home’ from Africa for the holidays

    Wayne Myers said he always knew he was destined to do God’s work in Africa.

    “I got the calling to be a missionary to Africa when I was just thirteen years old,” he said.

    His wife, Barbara, said her calling was not as specific as far as location at first, but then her desire to minister in Africa began to parallel her husband’s after several years.

  • Saturday with Santa

    A monkey? What in the world do you want with a real monkey?”

    The look of astonishment on Santa’s face and his tone of voice was comparable to when the Jolly Old Elf told “Ralphie” in the movie The Christmas Story that he couldn’t have a Red Ryder BB gun because he’d shoot his eye out.

  • 25th year of lighting up Shelby

    A huge crowd enjoyed almost balmy weather at the Celebration of Lights’ 25th anniversary Saturday in downtown Shelbyville.

    Visitors enjoyed everything from carriage rides to face painting to yummy treats to sidewalk shopping and train rides, all topped off at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the Christmas tree at Veterans Park and singing by several choirs, including the East Middle School Chorus, which sang the National anthem as members of the Shelby County High School ROTC color guard presented the colors.

  • Shaping up Shelby: A gold-medal commitment to fitness

    John Ellis hits the gym six days a week.

    A picture of fitness – he jogs, does some weight training, plays golf every weekend – he’s dedicated to a routine and diet that keeps him healthy and in shape.

    That focus and routine propelled Ellis, 60, to a banner run in his first Kentucky Senior Games in Murray last month, earning him gold medals in doubles tennis and the 50-, 100- and 400-meter sprints and the long jump. He also added a bronze in singles tennis and silvers in the discus and javelin.

  • Behind the doors of a house filled with memories

    You don't see many homes that display as much family history as the stately old mansion on Cropper Road, where four generations of the Thomas family have lived, and that begins in the spacious foyer where a wooden cradle holds a doll near the winding staircase.

    "My father slept here," Ben Allen Thomas III, 92, said, lovingly running his hand over the cradle's dark wood.

  • This melody grows quiet

    A woman of music, a woman of Christ, a woman of community.

    Betty Jean Chatham has been described in all these ways by many in Shelby County.

    Chatham, who is set to retire after a 60-year musical career of much distinction, with a last concert on Sunday at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville, has been an inspiration to so many people in the community, and not just musically, said former student John Shannon, who was also her assistant director of the longstanding Life Singers choir.