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  • More than 200 people braved the 90-degrees-plus temperatures Monday to attend the Memorial Day service at Grove Hill Cemetery.

    The crowd proved the spirit of patriotism is still alive and well as they gathered under tents, trees and even stood in the boiling sun to hear speakers, sing stirring songs and listen to the melancholy dirge of bagpipes and the solemn notes of “Taps.”

    After a walking tour of the cemetery hosted by Friends of Grove Hill, led by historian Mike Harrod, the crowd gathered outside the chapel for the service.

  • Kei Ishikawa, a full-time paramedic at Shelby County EMS since 2003, has been named the county’s paramedic of the year.

    He was honored last week at the Frankfort regional meeting as part of National Emergency Services Week.

    “They pick one person from each county,” Ishikawa said.

    He said he knew he had been nominated but did not know he had won the award until he got to the awards dinner. “I was surprised,” he said.

  • An act of unselfish heroism has not gone unrecognized for a Shelbyville paramedic who made the difference between life and death for another man last year.

    Shelbyville resident Eddie Whitworth, a part-time paramedic at Shelby County EMS and also a Kentucky State Trooper assigned to Post 12, on May 12 received the Lifesaving Medal at KSP’s annual Officer Awards banquet in at the Capitol Plaza in Frankfort.

  • “Happiness is…. a warm blanket,” the Peanutscharacter Linus proclaims. Who better to make such a claim than the lovable boy who seldom is seen without his blanket?

    Shelbyville resident Becky Jew must understand, because she is trying to bring happiness, or at least comfort, to children in Shelby Country through the gift of homemade blankets.

  • Two people, one a Shelbyville resident and one a former resident, have been recognized this spring by their respective universities, Darla Bailey at Baylor University and Ben Pollard at Purdue University.

    Bailey, a Shelbyville resident, was named Honorary Alumna of the Year at Baylor’s School of Social Work in Waco, Texas.

    Pollard, a former resident of Shelby County who now lives of Poway, Calif., received an honorary doctorate degree during spring commencement ceremonies at Purdue’s campus in West Lafayette, Ind.

  • WHAT: Free health screenings for men
    WHEN:
    8 a.m.-noon, June 9
    WHERE:
    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville
    APPOINTMENTS:
    They are encouraged band can be made by calling  502-647-4000.
    OTHER:
    Drop-in visits also are welcome.
    MORE INFORMATION:
    Call 502-647-4000

     

    By Beth Herrinton-Hodge
    Sentinel-News Correspondent

  • The sun may have been fickle in Bagdad on Saturday, but the smiles on the faces of those who attended the town's 20th anniversary festival lit up the day all over the small community.

  • This article is for readers who have a loved one who refuses to follow doctor’s orders for recovery from a medical problem. It assumes you have read first the article I wrote for your loved one, “Are You in Defiance of Medical Compliance?”

    And like that first piece, if you read the rest of this article and get turned off, I hope you will at least have the courage and wisdom to ask yourself the two questions in the last paragraph.

  • Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be a firefighter?
    Now you can find out without having to undergo any training at all.

    The Firefighter for a Day program, held by the Shelbyville Fire Department, will take place July 14, and will allow participants to come as close to experiencing a real firefighting experience as possible.

  • The Shelbyville Department of Public Works is going native with its facility, and it needs the public’s help.

    Starting today, Public Works will be planting more than 1,800 native plants in its new rain garden, bioretention treatment basin and constructed wetlands area at its facility at 787 Kentucky St.

    The new features are part of the department’s efforts to clean the stormwater runoff from its own property and to educate the public as part of the EPA’s Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4) program.

  • Has your doctor told you that you are making yourself sick, that your pain or disability will continue to get worse until you change your lifestyle? Perhaps you have had trouble complying with doctor’s orders about alcohol, cigarettes, street drugs, prescription pills, physical therapy, losing weight, getting exercise, eating a balanced diet, or changing your high-stress lifestyle.

    If you read the rest of this article and get turned off, I hope you will at least have the courage and wisdom to ask yourself the question at the end of this article.

  • Between 1783 and 1786, Joseph Hornsby, prosperous and prominent resident of Williamsburg, Virginia, had acquired five land grants in present-day Shelby County (which was then Jefferson County, Va.), including 2,400 acres on Plum Run and 400 on Fox Run.

    In 1797 or early 1798, Hornsby, then a widower, brought his family to Kentucky, making his home on his 2,400-acre tract near Simpsonville, now in Shelby County, which he called “Grasslands.”

  • A Shelbyville shop owner is still shaking his head in amazement and gratitude after postal employees returned a large amount of cash he had lost.

    Billy Andriot, co-owner with his wife, Geri, of W. Cromwell men’s shop at Wakefield- Scearce Gallery, accidentally dropped his day’s bank deposit for his shop into a mailbox when mailing some letters on April 21.

    He and his wife when to lunch, and upon leaving the restaurant, he said he missed the envelope he was going to take to the bank.

  • One thing that people like about the Kentucky Derby, aside from horses, of course, is the glamour surrounding the event.

    Everyone is excited about maybe getting a chance to glimpse of a celebrity or two, or to dress up in fancy hats or just enjoy a tasty mint julep.

  • Judy Heidal is a spunky, “glass is half full” kind of person who in 1980, through an odd series of circumstances, came to call Shelbyville home – which has brought her a lifetime of free lunches.

    While making their way to Frankfort for Ron to check out a potential job, Heidal and her husband, Ron, stopped at Shelbyville to get gasoline.  She said she remembers having an instant, positive impression of what was then a “one stoplight town.”

  • Receiving a Distinguished Citizen Award, having several people speak about him and getting a standing ovation all added up to an emotional night for Ray Leathers on Thursday.

    “I am overwhelmingly humbled to receive this award,” said Leathers to a crowd of about 150 people at the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville.

    Leathers, who lives in Shelbyville with his wife, Rosalie, was the first recipient of the award, established this year by the Boy Scouts of America to recognize a person who has made significant contributions to the community.

  • There are a variety of active lodges in Shelby County. Their meetings and fundraisers show up in events listings, and you may know members.

    But the groups – unlike circles that support local entities – sometimes appear secret and even mysterious, with that being supported by legend.

    But they are hardly new.

  • It’s difficult to catch Mary Spinks and Mae Bates in a stationary mode.

    These two best friends have been exercising together ever since meeting in an exercise class in 2005.

    “We met right here, at Body Recall,” Spinks said in a recent interview after a Shelby Shape Up class at the Shelby County Extension Office.

    “We were Morning Glories then, the group, I mean,” Bates said, breaking into laughter at the look on her friend’s face.

    After that introduction, the two decided to get serious about exercise.

  • Clean-up crews from Centro Latino will soon be a familiar sight around town, easily identifiable by tan t-shirts with red lettering.

    Sister Pat Reno, executive director for Centro Latino, said a clean-up project kicked off Saturday at the Church of the Annunciation with a group of 12 volunteers who worked on the church grounds, raking, weeding, trimming brush and just doing general tidying up.

  • You likely have seen signs along Interstate 64 in Kentucky bearing the inscription Purple Heart Trail, but do you know why they are there?

    In December 2002, I-64 from Ashland to Louisville was designated The Purple Heart Trail in recognition of the sacrifices of the service men and women wounded in action.

    Introduced into legislation by then state Sen. Elizabeth Tori of Radcliff, the bill was signed into law by Gov. Paul Patton, who attended a ceremony at the welcome center in Shelby County announce it.