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Today's Features

  • Harold Thom of Simpsonville learned his first guitar chords from Hank Williams Sr. when he was 14 years old.

    Since then, he has seen and done a lot in his music career, playing with some of the biggest names in folk and country music history with his band The Cumberlands.

    And though Thom said the group never had a top-five hit, they came close.

  •  To say that the Bland family's annual reunion will be "different" is putting it mildly.

    The Blands, a family that can trace its ancestry back to medieval times in England and include a former Shelbyville mayor, are having a larger reunion than most folks. In fact, they're inviting the entire country.

    The Bland National Family Reunion, held at the Stratton Center in Shelbyville last weekend, is a tradition that has been ongoing for the past 25 years, since a group of local Blands met up in Elizabethtown with Blands from Colorado and South Carolina.

  • Debbie Tapp of Shelbyville said the first time she saw Michael Jackson was on The Ed Sullivan Show when she was 7 years old.

    Now Tapp and other Shelby County residents are dealing with the death of the “King of Pop” on Thursday.

    “His music blessed my spirit a lot when he got down to the sensitive side,” Tapp said. “He's 'gone too soon.' ”

  • Community datebook

    Public meetings

    Shelby County School Board meets Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Central Office.

    This week

    Amber Oaks event

    The community breakfast and bingo is 9-10:30 a.m. today at the Amber Oaks Assisted Living Community in Shelbyville. Seniors and care-givers are invited to be guests for a light breakfast, bingo and prizes. The event is every third Wednesday.)

    Computer classes

  • Hoedown [hoh-doun]: -- noun

    1. a community dancing party typically featuring folk and square dances accompanied by lively hillbilly tunes played on the fiddle.

    You know summer time is approaching when people start dancing and fish start frying in Shelbyville.

    Over at Red Orchard Park, everybody is invited to put on their dancing shoes and attend the Red Orchard Hoedown Barn on Saturday from 8-11 p.m.

  • When Joe and Kathy Ruble plan a trip, they don't.

    The Rubles, a brother and sister who grew up in Simpsonville, met up with the Patriot Guard Riders, a parade of cyclists escorting the remains of three soldiers, when they stopped at the I-64 rest stop near there late last month. The Rubles were supposed to be there just to show support for this solemn  processional.

    But then the Rubles decided to follow the group to a picnic in Winchester.

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    Diann Cook of Shelbyville said one of her favorite parts of the fireworks display at Clear Creek Park on Sunday was how the show began.

  • Introduction

    Squire Boone is well remembered for his establishment of the first settlement in Shelby County, known as “The Painted Stone Station.”

  • Shortly after his marriage in 1765, Squire Boone accompanied his older brother Daniel and several others on a trip to hunt and explore new lands in Florida, which had become a  British at the end  of the French and Indian War.

  • A cabin likely built in the early 1800s near Simpsonville is on the move again.

    The old cabin has served as an admissions office at Kentucky Country Day School in eastern Jefferson County after it was removed from a farm in the Fields Lane area of Shelby County in 1988. It was donated to the school by Ken and June Martin, who owned about 105 acres of land that included the cabin.

    They donated it at the request of Joe Sorrell, who lived in western Shelby County at the time; he was a science teacher at Country Day.