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  • 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.

  • This Shelby Countian is 100 years young

    Ruth Marshall Clemmons of Shelbyville turned 100 years old on Monday.

    Born April 9, 1912, she held her birthday celebration Saturday at Citizens Union Bank’s community room, where more than 100 people gathered to honor her, said her daughter, Rebecca Tingle.

    “[Sen.] Paul Hornback came and presented her with a Kentucky Colonel’s certificate,” she said.

  • Albert Morton Moffett Jr.: 1930-2012

    Albert Moffett Jr. left his mark all over Shelby County. And with his passing from pancreatic cancer on Sunday, his family and friends are left with much many memories of his contributions.

    "He would brag on his grandchildren, but he would never brag on himself," said Melissa Matthews, Moffett's daughter. "This gives us a chance to brag on him some."

    Matthews noted how her father passed on his work ethic, which saw him never stop.

  • Mary Anderson Burks: 1921-2012

    Mary Anderson Burks was a woman known for many things, such as being a horticulturist and a businesswoman who was very active in the community, but those who knew her best speak of her devotion to her late husband, Joseph E. Burks.

    The Burkses had been married for 66 years when he died last January, having married on Palm Sunday in 1944.

    And it was on this past Palm Sunday, at 2:15 p.m., the same time of day they had said their wedding vows in 1944, that Mary Burks passed away, to be reunited with her beloved husband on their anniversary.