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Today's Features

  • Captain Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, USMC, whom I had first encountered as my instructor at Marine Corps Basic School in Philadelphia in 1937-38, had actively sought combat assignments. 

    In World War II and the Korean Conflict, he continued to advance in rank and to add three more awards of the coveted Navy Cross to the two he wore at that time.  He had been considered by all Marines to be the Corps’ greatest hero,

     Now, to his dismay, he had fought his last fight.  He was however to be caught up in other controversies. 

  • Public meetings
    Shelby County Fiscal Court  meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St. Tuesday.
    Triple S. Planning and Zoning meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Stratton Center.
    The Simpsonville City Commission meets 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall.

  • “It seems like only yesterday when she graduated from [Shelby County] high school, and now she’s living in Hollywood, within walking distance of the Walk of Fame.”

    Those are the words of Eve Lawson Lewis, the mother of Ruby Lewis, a member of the Class of 2003 who just finished up a national tour of the Broadway musical Greaselast year and has moved on from musical theater to television.

  • “It seems like only yesterday when she graduated from [Shelby County] high school, and now she’s living in Hollywood, within walking distance of the Walk of Fame.”

    Those are the words of Eve Lawson Lewis, the mother of Ruby Lewis, a member of the Class of 2003 who just finished up a national tour of the Broadway musical Greaselast year and has moved on from musical theater to television.

  • Timothy and Julie Brown of Simpsonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Amber Brown of Shelbyville, to Jerome Smith of Shelbyville. He is the son of Bill and Janie Akins of Mason, N.C.

    Brown is a 2003 graduate of Shelby County High School and is a hairstylist at Great Clips. Smith is a 1987 graduate of Halifax County High School in Virginia and is a stock person for the distribution center at Kroger.

    The wedding will take place at 5 p.m. April 30 at Simpsonville Baptist Church.

  • Chuck and Tammie Radcliff of Shelbyville announce the engagement of their daughter, Paige Alexandra Radcliff of Shelbyville, to Matthew Wescott Dowell of Meade County. He is the son of Alan and Christy Dowell of Elizabethtown and Robinn and Barry Barmore of Louisville.

    The wedding will take place at 2:30 p.m. May 21, 2011 at Holly Hill Church of Christ in Frankfort.

  • Elizabeth Schlientz of Louisville and Dr. James Stapleton of Simpsonville announce their engagement.

    Schlientz is originally from Long Island, N.Y., and is a CPA project manager at Humana in Louisville.

    Stapleton is the owner of Shelby County Chiropractic in Shelbyville.

    He proposed on Feb. 4 in Central Park, and the couple plans to marry at the Church of the Annunciation in Shelbyville on Oct. 15, 2011.

  • Lewis Burwell Puller, at 5 feet 8 inches and 144 pounds, was a little below average size of his time, but he stood out among his contemporaries because of his barrel chest.

    Even so, I still have difficulty referring to him by his nickname, “Chesty,” because when I first met him in 1937, he was called “Lewie,” although not by us second lieutenants, who were careful to address him quite formally as “Captain Puller!”