If you know a member of the service who is serving overseas this holiday season, that person may have received a holiday card through a Red Cross program that included artwork that originated in Shelby County.
Mary C. Yaeger’s oil painting of a bright red cardinal against a stark winter day was chosen for the cover of a holiday greeting card as part of the American Red Cross American Heroes program.
Marshall Phillips had a story he wanted to tell, one from the earth in Shelby County to the villages of East Africa and back, so he did what most people only think of doing: He sat down and wrote a book.
Phillips has published He Leadeth Me, which he calls an autobiography that’s about half about his life as a farm boy from Chestnut Grove and the rest about the years he served as a minister and with the Southern Baptist Church’s Foreign Mission Board in Kenya and Tanganyika.
Dr. Herbert S. Kays was a man who wore many hats in his day, but even more than for his time spent as an educator, dentist, or star high school athlete, many will remember him for was his kind-natured spirit.
Charles Clifton was a Shelbyville native who knew Herbie Kays well.
“Of all his accomplishments, he was a good man and a good friend. I can’t pay him any higher complement,” he said.
The weather wasn’t quite delightful, but neither was it frightful Saturday at the Christmas Parade, an event that had a specific theme this year.
Touted as the Red, White and Blue American Christmas, the parade down Main Street featured 20 floats, up a few from last year, many of which featured patriotic themes, a couple of them depicting Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001.
Tom Peterson was considered in the journalism community not only a veteran reporter but also a person whom many colleagues considered a mentor. He died Nov. 11 at the age of 59.
“Tom was a tenacious reporter who was really dedicated to the pursuit of truth,” said Jack Brammer, a Shelbyville resident and reporter with The Herald-Leader in Lexington who worked with Peterson in the 1970s at The Sentinel-News.
“Tom really did a lot for the paper; he put a lot more emphasis on hard news and investigative reporting.