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  • 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.

  • Some Shelby County athletes offer double exposure

    Twinning is a phrase many of today’s youth use to describe the act of dressing alike.

    In Shelby County it can also be used to describe several of the fall sports teams.

    That’s because twins contributed to five of the varsity sports teams at Collins and Shelby County high schools.

    And in several cases those squads weren't just twinning, they’re also winning.

  • J. Ernest Threlkeld Jr.: 1938-2012

    “He was such a special man, so talented; he was more than my mentor – he was my lifelong friend.”

    Byron Cutshaw paused as he talked about J. Ernest Threlkeld Jr., a former high school band director in Shelby County, who passed away in Palm Coast, Fla., on Sunday at the age of 74 after a battle with lung cancer.

  • From Beech Ridge to Beechridge

    Members of Beechridge Baptist Church have seen a lot of changes in its 200 years, including moving indoors and a name change.

    This Bagdad-area church, located on Benson Pike about 3 miles east of the intersection with KY 395, started nearby its current location when parishioners would gather in the woods on log benches with lanterns hanging in the trees.

    But it persevered, and by 1888 what was then the Baptist Church of Jesus Christ at Beech Ridge had its own building.

  • Shelbyville Employee of the Year: Tireless worker always ready to go

    The City of Shelbyville tabbed David Wentworth as its City Employee of the Year during its annual banquet last week.

    Wentworth, who has been with the Public Works Department since April 1999, said he was not expecting the award.

    “I was totally shocked,” he said, noting that he wasn’t made aware he was even nominated for the award before the banquet. “It was pretty surprising.”

    But the fact that Wentworth received the award wasn’t nearly as surprising.

  • Robert Dean Logan: 1931-2012

    Robert Dean Logan died Sunday as he lived: surrounded by the people he loved.

    Logan, 81, who lost a battle with lung cancer at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville, was a longtime businessman in one of the county’s most well-established family businesses in Shelby County, but he will be remembered as much more than one of the owners of Logan’s Uniform Rental and Logan’s Healthcare Linen Supply.

    He will be remembered as a friend to many, said his brother, Howard Logan Sr.

  • Mud and guts obstacle course promotes fitness

    “I just had a baby three months ago, so this is a piece of cake compared to that!”

    Those were the words of Tristan Stansfield, a fitness instructor, as she wriggled out from under the last strand of barbed wire in a sand pit.

    “Hey, I think I ripped my pants,” came a comment from behind her.

    The “sands of time” was only one of 23 activities set up on a 10K obstacle course set up for adults during the Swamp Tromp at Clear Creek Park on Saturday. A course for kids had 16.

  • Library names new youth librarian

    More than two months after parting ways with former children’s librarian Sherry Bogard, the Shelby County Public Library has finally filled the position.

    Sarahbeth Farabee, who spent 18 years as the Family Resource and Youth Services Center coordinator for preschool at Shelby County Public Schools, will take over the position of youth services librarian. Reached at the library on Tuesday, Farabee declined to be interviewed, but an announcement distributed by the library said she already has been on the job, hosting story hour sessions.