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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Johnny Quaid said he never set out to be anything but honest with his music and his work.
On his grandparent’s farm near Shelbyville, where corn and soybeans grew, so did Johnny and his cousin Jim’s band, My Morning Jacket. Comprised of members from Pleasureville, Buckner, and Shelbyville, the band’s music reached international acclaim with its first albums recorded mostly on the family farm.
The remaining clouds of Hurricane Issac held off just enough on Monday for the annual Labor Day parades to pass through Waddy and Shelbyville. Spectators lined the streets hear the sirens, see the floats and, of course, grab some candy being tossed out by the parade walkers and riders.
Everything from dancing troupes to miniature horses filled the parade lines, much to the delight of the watchers.