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Today's Features

  • A lot of families in Shelby County will gather today for Thanksgiving, enjoying a meal and fellowship and the festivities and traditions that go along with this special day.

    But for one of those families, this will be a lot more than just sitting down to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

    Kamron and Megan Terry use the day to introduce their two children, Miles, 5, and Scarlett, 7, adopted from the Republic of Congo in Africa, to American customs, especially at Thanksgiving, has been a blessing in itself.

  • On a Friday afternoon, 50 years ago today, an American tragedy unfolded in the downtown streets of Dallas. The moment when an assassin’s bullet took the life of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and in so many ways changed the course of American history is not something anyone alive that day can forget.

    In fact, it has become the most significant “I remember that day” anecdote that men and women have passed down through the generations, through oral histories, written memories or simply reliving the moment through media presentations.

  • Joel Kaufman is dying to know just who Elizabeth is.

    “That’s my main question; Just who was Elizabeth and how did she get this name?” he said.

    Elizabeth is a 1938 Ford that resided in Shelby County, originally purchased by Ruth Davis and later given to Don Turner.

    Kaufman, 60, lives in Hickory, N.C., and purchased the car online, and now he wants to tell its story along with returning it to the road.

  • A young man with small children, an elderly woman in a wheelchair and all ages in between – all U.S. military veterans who turned out Sunday for a Veterans Day service at the Shelby County Extension Office.

    They came with their families, and in some instances their families came without them, celebrating veterans who had passed away, such as Bruce Wells, an Army veteran of World War II who, along with his brother, Truman, of Lawrenceburg had received his high school diploma in 2009, when both men were in their 80s.

  • Trims and Whims is as regular as colored leaves in the fall.

    This 33rd annual Christmas crafts fair opens the holiday gift-buying season Saturday and Sunday at Wright Elementary School on Rocket Lane.

  • Shelby County on Saturday will launch its holiday season with the 26th annual Celebration of Lights in Downtown Shelbyville.

    Each year the event, sponsored by the Shelbyville Merchants of Retail Trade (SMART), sparks the holiday spirit and includes lighting the community Christmas tree on Main Street and caroling on the steps of the Shelby County Courthouse.

    Charlene Nation, co-owner of Polka Dotted Pineapple and organizer of the event, said there are a few new things that patrons can expect.

  • When the Bagdad Ruritan Club was founded in 1953 by 26 men, Martha Layne Collins (then Hall) was a just a schoolgirl.

    But as she grew into the first female Governor of Kentucky, she never forgot where she started.

    “My mom always told me never forget your roots,” she told the group assembled at the Bagdad Ruritan Club’s 60th anniversary dinner on Saturday. “I constantly tell people I’m from Bagdad…although sometimes I have to add that it’s the one without the H.”

  • When the Bagdad Ruritan Club was founded in 1953 by 26 men, Martha Layne Collins (then Hall) was a just a schoolgirl.

    But as she grew into the first female Governor of Kentucky, she never forgot where she started.

    “My mom always told me never forget your roots,” she told the group assembled at the Bagdad Ruritan Club’s 60th anniversary dinner on Saturday. “I constantly tell people I’m from Bagdad…although sometimes I have to add that it’s the one without the H.”

  • The previous column has described Dr. Lawrence Jelsma’s medical education, including MD from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1962, followed by internship at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in 1962-63.

    In 1966, in the midst of a 5.5-year residency in neurosurgery, he was drafted into the U. S Army Reserve with the rank of captain in the Medical Corps. In June 1967, he was ordered for duty in South Vietnam, leaving his wife and two children at home.

  • In writing about warfare, there is a general tendency to concentrate on the combat itself, often neglecting to mention the fate of the wounded remaining on the field of battle.

    They are given emergency attention by the courageous medical corpsmen and then evacuated to the rear, by whatever means are available, where severe wounds can be addressed.