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  • Shelbyville Historic District Coordinator Gail Reed will step away from her post at the end of the month. Since taking over in Shelbyville in April of 2000, Reed has watched several historic buildings be remade and brought back from near devastation and others torn down.

  • As a result of my service aboard the aircraft carrier USS Wasp during the Battle of the Atlantic in 1941 and 1942, I have developed a great interest in these powerful but vulnerable vessels that changed the course of naval warfare during World War II.

    In previous columns I have written about USS Wasp and USS Hornet. Both of these ships were sunk in the Pacific during the latter part of 1942, but later the larger, modern carriers that replaced them completely destroyed the Japanese fleet.

  • She has been battling a rare form of cancer for nearly two years now. The treatments have kept her from work, and her bills are piling up.

    And now some members of the community want to reach out and lift some of those troubles from her shoulders.

    Jamie Wieczorek Andriot, 29, has had two surgeries to remove cancerous tumors resulting from a condition known as carcinoma ex-pleomorphic adenoma, a tumor of the parotid, or salivary, gland.

  • The Shelbyville Horse Show is just around the corner, and that means coming down the street right at you is the Horse Show Jubilee, an array of events designed to provide fun and entertainment for everyone in the family, even if you don’t ride horses.

  • The call came on March 9. She has had more than four months to prepare. Now the big weekend has arrived for Shelby County High School sophomore Kaitlyn Quach.

    This Saturday morning, Kaitlyn and her parents, her boyfriend and a chaperone will board a plane for Los Angeles, where she’ll walk the Red Carpet at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards.

  • There are millions of ways to stay fit, trim and healthy and all include watching your diet and maintaining proper nutrition. However, there are very few exercises that are as accessible and easy on the body as bicycling.

  • Did you know that state and local law requires pet owners to vaccinate their dogs, cats, and ferrets for rabies each year?

    Did you know a county license is also required for these pets? Owners need to show proof of rabies vaccine to purchase a license.

    This is not just another instance of government control and red tape. Rabies vaccination and licensure have been credited with keeping the number of rabies cases low in the state of Kentucky and across the country.

  • Every year for the past 16 years, a small but select group of men, most of them from Shelby County, has gathered on Lake Barkley for a not-so-unusual practice: fishing for a few days and sharing stories about life and sports.

    That these men first met more than 40 years ago may not be odd, either. That they were together but for a scant few of those years, when most of them were boys, is the twist.

  • Margaret Hall has come up against one obstacle after another in her quest to obtain a van fitted for wheelchair access for her son, Glenn.

    But now things may be looking up.

    At least, the ball is rolling in that direction she said.

    “We had a meeting at church last night and everybody was very kind, and said they would be willing to help with some different events,” she said.

    Hall had entered a contest in May to win a fully equipped van with wheelchair access, but did not win.

  • With a little bit of “Queen Anne” and a dash of “Colonial Revival,” Kerry and Debbie Magan’s 110-year-old home on Main Street in Shelbyville has almost as much personality as its owners.

    Located at 1174 Main St., the was built by Jno A. Middleton for his son, James Fulton Middleton, after purchasing the property in 1901 from J.T. and Mary E. Logan. After building the home, Middleton then constructed the house next door to it, currently owned by Phil and Chris Hayes, for his daughter.

  • A fire Sunday afternoon destroyed a mobile home at 320 B Street in Marshall Terrace, a mobile home park in the Hi Point area off Washington Street.

    Shelby County Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Ivers said the 911 call came in 1:07 p.m., and heavy smoke and fire were pouring out of the trailer when firefighters arrived.

    He said all of the occupants of the home were outside except for one person, who came out shortly after firefighters arrived.

  • Downtown Shelbyville was awash in the glow of good lighting on Monday.

    A film crew from City On A Hill Productions spent the entire day into the evening at the Shelby County Courthouse on 5th and Main streets, blocking the side street for the day and, at some times, one lane of Main Street. The crew also shot at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville at an earlier date.

    Producer Cassie Pelan said the movie, Acts of God,nearly is finished shooting, wrapping its sixth of seven weeks of filming, but the film won’t be ready until next year.

  • Despite the rain Saturday, the first Squire Boone Day festival continued as planned.
    Downpours, thunder and lightning pummeled Shelby County for most of the morning Saturday, curtailing the opening of the festival and delaying its program until around 1 p.m. at the Clear Creek Park Amphitheater and Col. Sanders Pavilion. A variety of musical acts were on stage until the final show at 9 p.m. There also was a re-enactment, fund-raising auctions and several shopping and food options.

  • John Elmer Kalmey, whose family has been in the dairy business in Kentucky for at least three generations, was introduced to the dairy as a toddler.

    He recalls being 5 years old, accompanying his father in the fields, being seated on a tractor and told to hold the steering wheel steady while the tractor moved slowly ahead, with his father on one side and his uncle on the other, each picking corn.

  • When Shelby County native Drew Howell released his first book, Expendable Assets, he said more books would follow.

    He hasn’t let readers down on that promise, recently releasing Irish Pennant and promising even more books will be published.

  • Kids in Shelby County are now into their 10-week vacations from school, but their parents still have to work, with maybe a week or some days off here and there.

    Working parents count on the hours that students are in classrooms to consume a lot of those work hours, but in the summer, there is a scramble to keep those kids busy.

    And in Shelby County, there are numerous programs designed to keep keeping children and teens busy and parents worry free.

  • Maybe word about all that chili that Simpsonville City Clerk Debbie Batliner has cooked for Light Up Simpsonville celebrations has made its way around the state.

    Batliner’s all-day cooking has fed thousands of residents during the past decade, but that is only exemplary of the long and lavish list of accomplishments that earned her the 2012 Clerk of the Clerks award from the Kentucky Municipal Clerks Association. The honor, presented in April, was announced last week by the KMCA.

  • A miniseries about Kentucky’s infamous Hatfields and McCoy feud isn’t just theater to one Shelby County couple.

    The series, which has attracted about 17 million viewers since its debut on the History Channel on Memorial Day, has been of peculiar interest to Shelbyville’s Boyd and Susie Phillips, who are both are descendants of the McCoy family.