Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Donna Meador said she has known Erin Reid for about 21 years, so when she found out that Reid was going to try a new procedure to help her battle with Multiple Sclerosis, she wanted to help.

    Meador has organized a chili supper fundraiser at Centenary United Methodist on Sunday. The event will begin at about 11 a.m., after Sunday school and will continue until after the late-morning worship service, which concludes around noon.

  • Shelbyville’s First Presbyterian Church is on a mission.

    Throughout the month of October, the church is making a special effort to address the needs of almost 300 children in the county who need “A Place To Sleep.” Their program – which has that very name – has helped about 260 children during the five years it has been in existence, but there are still about 30 on the waiting list, in need of help.

  • On a cold October morning, three months after being frightened by a dog into fleeing for his life, a starving Waddy housecat – weighing only 5 pounds – somewhat miraculously returned home.

    “It was the happiest day of my life; I cried I was so happy to have my kitty back,” 12-year-old Marisa Matlin said.

    She smiled as she recalled the incredible reappearance of her beloved cat, Sheldon, after a long absence during which virtually everyone had given up hope – at least everyone except her.

  • Tiandra Taylor said she hasn’t talked much about her father Fredrick Bolden’s suicide in March of 2010. She said she knows that’s not the right way to handle her pain.

    “You can’t hold stuff in like I have been,” she said. “I never really talked about it – maybe five times.”

  • Shelter employees and volunteers at Tyson’s Chance on Kentucky Street say they’re amazed at the overwhelming response they’ve had from a weekend publicity campaign to help a pit bull mix dog be adopted.

    Whether it will lead to a new home for “Boss Man” is a good question, they said, although at least now he has a chance, thanks to newspaper and television coverage this past weekend.

  • Fannie Miller is an angel, at least according to national adoption officials.

    Though she couldn’t make it to the ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Miller, a resident of Pleasureville, was among 140 people from all 50 states honored for their work in the adoption process.

    Kathleen Strottman, executive director of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, said Miller was chosen for the honor because of her dedication to adoption and positive child welfare practices.

  • Shelbyville native Ruby Lewis is about to embark on her latest venture, co-starring in the national tour of the Queen musical We Will Rock You, which opens later this month.  

    Lewis will play Scaramouche alongside Brian Justin Crum, who was cast in the lead role of Galileo.