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Today's Features

  • South Pacific, the next performance at the Shelby County Community Theater, will open on July19. I recall seeing this highly popular musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein on Broadway shortly after its opening in April 1949. Manhattan was an easy subway commute from my duty station at the Naval Training Center on the Throggs Neck Peninsula in the Bronx.

  • Shortly after arriving back at San Pedro in May, 1939, I was detached from the Tennessee and ordered to report to the Marine Corps Base in San Diego. There I joined Company D, the machine gun company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines.

    I have been chronicling the early years of a Marine Corps career that began with my commissioning as a second lieutenant in 1937, upon graduation from the University of Washington, including descriptions of the Panama Canal, Bermuda, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and, at some length, New York.

  • My 2-part series has been expanded to four parts. In the first two parts of this narrative, I have described my wonder, as a young Marine second lieutenant, upon visiting the East Coast for the first time.

    Upon my completion of officer training and indoctrination at the Marine Basic School in the Philadelphia Navy Yard in May 1938, I traveled to my next duty station, the USS Tennessee, a battleship then anchored off its home port, San Pedro, Calif.

  • Combat is the primary challenge of a Marine, but there are many days when fighting is far from the primary agenda.

    In the first days of a 30-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, I was dispatched to the Marine Officers Basic School at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, my first trip east from my home in Washington state.

    I got a chance to learn much, and for five years I recorded these memories in a journal that now is part of the Filson Historical Society.

  • Combat is the primary challenge of a Marine, in fact the raison d’etre of any fighting service, but there are long periods of conditioning and training between battles, providing opportunities for new experiences, many unique to those in the military.

    As an honor graduate of the University of Washington’s Army ROTC program, I was offered a commission as a second lieutenant in the regular U.S. Marine Corps, effective July 1, 1937, a week before my 21st birthday. However, approval of military commissions that year were delayed in the Senate.

  • Taking in a play about murder and rape and other terrible atrocities committed against women may not seem like a relaxing way to spend a couple of hours at the theatre.

    However, those involved in the play “Necessary Targets,” opening Friday at Shelby County Community Theater, say that while the story of what five Bosnian women endured in a civil war in the 1990s may be gruesome, it’s also very inspiring and uplifting.

  • Calvin L. Bolin of Shelbyville will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Graefenburg Baptist Church.

    Calvin and his wife, Mary Jane, have four children, Stephen (Connie) Bolin, Lynda (Bruce) Clark, Jennifer (Ken) Konstanzer and David Bolin; six grandchildren, Blake (Lydia) Bolin, Deirdre (Andy) Calvert, Lindsay (Ben) Thornley, Will (Ana) Clark, Robb Clark and Katie Konstanzer; and six great-grandchildren, Will, Anna and Nora Jane Thornley, Conlee, Rawlee and Berklee Bolin.

    All friends and family are invited.

  • Lillian “Mama/MaMow” Catlett of Shelbyville celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 6 with family and friends at the Masonic Home.

    She has six children and several grand, great and great-great-grandchildren.

  • Jim Casey not only packed his bags for a cruise on the Norwegian Sun in the Mexican Riviera, but he brought his bass guitar. Casey and his wife, Linda, spent evenings in the observation lounge waiting to play and sing with other pro and amateur cruisers. The Casey’s also were able to enjoy the sites as the ship visited ports at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.

  • This week
    Infant loss and awareness event
    There will be a candle light vigil and lighting of luminaries for Infant Loss and Awareness Month at 7 p.m. on Wednesday on the steps of the Shelby County Courthouse. This is for anyone that has been affected by miscarriage, stillborn births or infant deaths. This is an opportunity for individuals to remember their angel babies and honor their memories.
    Alzheimer’s caregivers support group