Today's Features

  • Brenda and Charles Higgins of Shelbyville have been married for 35 years. The couple was married on May 10, 1980 at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

    Both are graduates of the Shelby County High School Class of 1973. Charles Higgins Sr. is a retired First Sergeant who served 23 years in the Army, and is the son of the late Sarah Webb Bland and James E. Higgins. Brenda is the Associate Minister of the Bethesda Church of God. She is the daughter of Frances Beach and the late William Harrison Beach.

  • This week
    MOPS meeting

  • Crescent Place Assisted Living hosted their annual Derby Tea Party. Clients and friends gathered to enjoy tea and desserts.



  • Dan and Myra Hardesty have been married for 50 years and will celebrate on Friday with a special family dinner.

    They have one daughter, Danielle Crowe and son-n-law Coy Crowe; and two grandsons, Shawn and Austin Crowe.

    We are so grateful for their love and their example over the years and look forward to many happy memories to come.

  • Specialist Kyle A. Gramigwill be promoted to the rank of sergeant on May 1 and awarded the Army Commendation Medal at 8-1 Cavalry, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. He has also earned the expert infantry badge and an associate’s degree from Central Texas University. Sgt. Gramig will be reassigned June 1 to the 101st Airbone Division, 1-327 Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell. He is a 2009 graduate of Fort Knox High School and is the son of Lt. Col. (R) Keith and MaryAnn Gramig.

  • Cadet John P. Gramig was recently awarded the John B. Hanlon Leadership Award and will graduate May 15 from the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor's degree in business and an active duty commission of Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After completing Field Artillery specialty training at Fort Sill, OK, 2nd Lt. Gramig will be assigned to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He is a 2011 graduate of Collins High School and is the son of Lt. Col. (R) Keith and MaryAnn Gramig.

  • This week
    Moon gardening

  • One of the best sources of information about the attack of the 11th Suffolks, is John Garth’s, Tolkien and the Great War. J.R.R. Tolkien, Oxford scholar, later famous for his Lord of the Rings, participated with another unit in the Somme Campaign.

    However, Robert Quilter Gilson, a Cambridge scholar and his close friend, served as a lieutenant in the 11th Suffolks, and Garth’s book contains dozens of references to this battalion, in which my father served. Both my father and Gilson were killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

  • Corpus Christi Classical Academy students performed Jack and the Beanstalk on April 17 in the Simpsonville Gymnasium.

  • The Cropper Ruritan Club presented the 2015 Citizenship and Patriotism Award at their awards dinner to Patsy Brown. Brown, who was called “a great asset to the community,” has fostered a love of her country and displayed her pride in being a citizen by promoting activities. Brown has been a member of the Cropper Ruritan club for 12 years. Pictured with Brown is Cropper Ruritan Club President, Bryan Franklin.