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Today's Features

  • A stunning death has taken the life of a well-known musician and folk singer who lived near Simpsonville.

    Betty Thom, one of the original founding members of the folk/bluegrass group, The Cumberlands, passed away in her sleep, said her husband of 55 years, Harold Thom.

    “She was the most wonderful, loving, compassionate, kind, brilliant lady,” he said. “She was one in a billion.”

  • 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.

  • Maj. John W. Thomason was perhaps the first Marine to gain prominence outside military circles as an artistic and literary figure. As a major at the San Diego Marine Barracks in 1939, he was highly respected and greatly admired.

    We second lieutenants had enjoyed his stories of marines in combat, including those in his popular book Fix Bayonets, which were based upon his experiences in combat with the Marine Brigade in France in 1918.

  • Holiday gathering

  • For about 60 years the Mount Eden Ruritan Club has been a mainstay in the community, and for about 20 of those years its members have been responsible for bringing the community together around Christmas to celebrate the town’s good fortune.

    Small community celebrations, whether its Bagdad Days, Cropper Days or Labor Day in Waddy, are getting more and more difficult to maintain, organizers say, because of the urbanization of American life.

  • 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.

  • Andrea Travis and Matt Schedler were married July 23, 2011, at Anchor Baptist Church in Lexington.

    Parents of the bride are Roger and Alisa Travis of Shelbyville. The groom is the son of Jim and Debbie Schedler of New Brunswick, Canada.

    Rev. Billy Betts officiated the double-ring ceremony.

    The bride was given in marriage by her father, Roger Travis.

    Matron of Honor was Kara Mudd of Louisville, sister of the bride.

  • Kentucky Historical Society Executive Committee President Sheila Mason Burton (far left) poses with members of the volunteer team that was honored recently with the Volunteer Group Award for 2011 by the KHS for their work on the “Skirmish near Simpsonville” memorial site on U.S. 60 just west of Simpsonville. Members of the group attending the ceremony in Frankfort were (from Burton’s left) Sherry Jelsma, Jerry Miller, Uley Washburn, Hobie Henninger, Juanita White and Robert L. Bell.

  • Emma Rae Berry celebrated her first birthday Nov. 4, 2011.

    She is the daughter of Brandon and Ellen Berry of Bagdad.

    Grandparents are Mike and Phyllis Bailey of Bagdad and Deanie Quire of Shelbyville. Great-grandparents are Stewart and Irene Waits of Frankfort.