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Today's Features

  • Community datebook

    Public meetings

    Thursday -- Board of Adjustments and Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Stratton Center.

    Saturday -- The Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring a short walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Family Activity Center. Participants will receive a free pass to the Family Activity Center.

    Tuesday -- Fiscal court meets at 7 p.m. at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St.

    Tuesday -- Simpsonville City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Simpsonville Community Center.

    This week

  • This week

    Library event

    The Wrap-Up Party! outdoor festival for the summer reading program is 10 a.m. until noon today at the Shelby County Public Library. The event is on the front lawn of the library. There will be games and snacks. Reading logs for the Shelby County Public Library summer reading program are due before July 31.

    Kids day

    Youth groups with children kindergarten age through eighth grade are given

  • A family from Shelbyville isn't letting the swine flu scare, or an ocean, keep them from their new daughter.

    Mike and Cynthia Pettit of Sherrie Drive, along with their 5-year-old daughter, Marlee, are on their way to China today, where they'll be meeting 18-month-old Maggie.

    And though this is their second trip to China — they found Marlee through an adoption agency when she was 10 months old — this time around brings a new set of concerns.

  • 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.

  • 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.