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  • Bigger than yourself

    Running through the isles dragging their little shopping baskets, filling them with every toy in the store Sunday morning, my children were overjoyed to pack their first boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

    To them they were just filling up two small shoeboxes with little knickknacks – the combined total cost of which is likely no greater than any one gift either will receive on Christmas morning – but in reality they were truly becoming a part of something so much bigger than themselves.

  • Churches join hearts to give thanks

    Shelby Countians are able to choose from two different community Thanksgiving services once again this year, both of them with years of tradition behind them.

    The first was on Tuesday night at Simpsonville Christian Church and the second will be on Thanksgiving Day in the Martinsville neighborhood.

    Joey Pusateri, pastor of Simpsonville Christian Church, gave the main sermon on his pulpit this year, said Debora Kelly, pastor of Simpsonville United Methodist Church.

  • Feeding the community

    Two groups of Shelby Countians are devoting their efforts to ensure that no one in Shelby County will go hungry or be alone for Thanksgiving.

    Two free community meals are planned, one on Thanksgiving Day and the other on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, both to be hosted at the Stratton Center.

    Thursday’s meal, from 11:30 to 3 p.m., will include traditional favorites cooked up by devoted volunteers who pitch in each year, said Brenda Jackson, organizer of the event.

  • Zone change for 3rd Street approved

    A zone change request for two small properties on 3rd Street in Simpsonville received final approval from city officials, despite a negative recommendation from planners.

    The Simpsonville City Commission approved on second reading a request to change properties at 401 and 405 3rd Street to high commercial from residential for a proposed storage unit facility.

  • Waldridge temporarily steps down from his practice for position with Jewish

    Dr. Ron Waldridge II, a family physcian who has been in practice in Shelbyville for two decades, has been named interim CMO of Jewish Hospital in Louisville, said marketing director Holly Husband.

  • County denies zone change for Dollar Store

    At Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates upheld the recommendation of the Triple S Planning Commission to turn down a zone change on 1.5 acres on Frankfort Road that would have allowed the construction of a Dollar Store in Peytona.

    The matter passed 5-3, with Magistrates Mike Miller, Eddie Kingsolver, Danny Eades and Hubie Pollett voting along with the recommendation to deny the zone change. Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger also voted in favor of accepting the recommendation from Triple S.

  • Husband, wife share citizens of year

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty piqued the interest of the crowd at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday by announcing that this year’s Citizen of Year was to be a dual designation.

    A husband and wife team had only been selected once before, when Charles and Lucy Long were selected in 2007.

    David and Michelle Vest were so surprised when they were called up to receive the award, in recognition of their coaching efforts with the West Middle School cross country team, they were nearly speechless.

  • A box full of love

    Less than a week away, Thanksgiving reminds us all to be thankful for our many blessings.  And to demonstrate our gratitude, it’s important we share our blessings with those less fortunate. De'Anna Clark with Operation Christmas Child said the simple gesture of filling a shoebox could go a long way.

    “I would encourage people to participate, to open their hearts and minds to the need around the world,” she said.

  • Parade organizers seeking participants

    With just two weeks left on the calendar before Shelby County’s annual Christmas parade takes hits the streets of downtown Shelbyville, plans for the day are well underway.  But officials say they are still in need of floats.  Jennifer Stenger with the Shelby County Fire Department said about 10 participants have signed up as of Wednesday to be a part of the parade.

  • Shelby native POW passes on Veterans Day

    In what couldn’t have been a more fitting departure, Shelbyville war hero Col. (R) Ben Pollard passed away last week on Veterans Day.

    Pollard, a POW of the Vietnam War, devoted his life to serving his country and earned a Silver Star for “his gallantry and devotion to duty.”

    Brig. Gen. (R) Ronald R. Van Stockum, Sr. described Pollard as “an especially splendid aviator, engineer and gentleman.”

    Born on February 27, 1932, in Shelbyville, Pollard attended Shelbyville High School where he played football and basketball.