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  • Paul Schmidt's lessons from a war against cancer

    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.

  • George Cottrell: 1966-2012

    George Cottrell, 46, a longtime figure in the community and at Shelby County High School, died Tuesday afternoon at his home in Shelbyville.

    Diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease – in February of 2011, Cottrell never let the disease slow him down.

    “His spirit was just tremendous,” said Todd Shipley, who worked with Cottrell at Shelby County High School and on the staff for the football team for whom Cottrell was the defensive coordinator up until the 2011 season.

  • George N. Busey: 1923-2012

    If you knew George N. Busey, maybe lived near him in Bagdad or interacted with him in the myriad ways he affected Shelby County, then you almost assuredly share today in the sense of loss felt by so many.

    Busey, a longtime farmer known far and wide for his civic mindedness, his love of his community and his character, died Sunday. He was 88.

  • Memorial Day service at Grove Hill draws large crowd

    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.

  • Wayne Ward: 1921-2012

    Wayne Ward had acquired quite a long list of distinguished accomplishments when he passed away Wednesday at the age of 90 – minister to a president, confidant of the famous – but his most precious legacy is that of encouragement, his friends say.

    “What people will remember him best for hands down will be as an encourager,” said Jay Tigner, pastor of Finchville Baptist Church.

    Tigner, who calls Ward his greatest mentor, said he always made people feel like what gift they could bring to others really matter, and that meant a lot to people.

  • VAN STOCKUM: Joseph Hornsby -- An early Shelby Countian Part 3: A chronicle of the early days of Shelby County

    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.

  • Bagdad Day holds 20th birthday party to much community enthusiasm

    The sun may have been fickle in Bagdad on Saturday, but the smiles on the faces of those who attended the town's 20th anniversary festival lit up the day all over the small community.

  • Wakefield-Scearce gets ready for Derby with special merchandise

    One thing that people like about the Kentucky Derby, aside from horses, of course, is the glamour surrounding the event.

    Everyone is excited about maybe getting a chance to glimpse of a celebrity or two, or to dress up in fancy hats or just enjoy a tasty mint julep.

  • Shaping up Shelby: Seniors have joint commitment to exercise

    It’s difficult to catch Mary Spinks and Mae Bates in a stationary mode.

    These two best friends have been exercising together ever since meeting in an exercise class in 2005.

    “We met right here, at Body Recall,” Spinks said in a recent interview after a Shelby Shape Up class at the Shelby County Extension Office.

    “We were Morning Glories then, the group, I mean,” Bates said, breaking into laughter at the look on her friend’s face.

    After that introduction, the two decided to get serious about exercise.

  • Earth Day at Red Orchard Park

    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.