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  • Christiansburg Baptist Church            1799

    Finchville Baptist                        1799

    Olive Branch Methodist                        1800

  • Being broken up with by your girlfriend in elementary school is always a traumatic event, especially when she bluntly tells you that you would go better with her cousin, whom you don’t even really know at the time.

    That’s how I met Jen, my friend Carrie Miller’s cousin, when I was about 10.

    If I could sum her up in one word, it would simply be funny…with awkward as a close second. She was a lanky, tall tomboy with the most outrageous personality ever.

  • The Shelby County Community Theatre launches its 35th season on July 22 with a production of the classic Cinderella.

    This timeless fairytale, written for the stage by Rodgers & Hammerstein, is directed by David Pilkinton and stars Shelby County High School Grads and theater veterans Katie Hundley and Stephen Fox.

    The show runs July 22-24 and 29-31, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

  • A little water, biodegradable cleaning solution and elbow grease can go a long way.

    And by looking at the success of the Friends of Grove Hill Cemetery's first Restoration and Preservation Workshop, the 150-year-old cemetery is in for a big lift.

    On June 24, the group had Ann Johnson with the Kentucky Historical Society give a morning workshop and used that information, along with the proper tools provided by Johnson, in a restoration project at the cemetery.

  • My last column reported the sinking by a Japanese submarine of the aircraft carrier USS Wasp on Sept. 15, 1942. Marine Capt. John W. Kennedy Jr., who three months before that had relieved me as commanding officer of the Marine detachment on Wasp, had gone down with the ship.

    During World War II, capital ships, such as aircraft carriers and battleships, included in their crews a Marine detachment carrying three officers and about 82 enlisted men. Their principal functions were to provide the ship’s guards, man 5-inch guns and provide landing parties when needed.

  • Mount Pleasant Baptist Church member Tom Hopkins wants to try to bring young people together to hear the Christian message.

    So his church, located in Todds Point, and WXLN-FM (93.3) are co-hosting the “Revelation Celebration for Christ” concert at the Clear Creek Park amphitheater on Saturday.

    He said the first band would begin at 4 p.m., and the concert will conclude at approximately 8 p.m. WXLN has been advertising the event for about four weeks about three times a day.

  • Despite a drizzly, rainy and grim morning, the skies cleared up and the weather heated up enough for community members to enjoy fireworks, snow cones and cotton candy for the annual Independence Day celebration at Lake Shelby on Monday night. The crowd was small when the gates opened, but as the evening went on and the shadows got longer, more and more people arrived to see what everyone wants to see on the Fourth of July — fireworks. They also enjoyed dancing and listening to the musical numbers of Leo Knight and the Moonlighters as they enjoyed the night’s festivities.

  • As the Shelby County Fair’s run started to come to an end last weekend, the midway gave way to the barns as the place to be.

    The Shelby County Fair Horse Show kicked off on Wednesday, finishing Saturday night, and the rodeo rode back into town for Friday and Saturday shows, providing some equine fun to go with funnel cakes, lemonades and Tilt-a-whirls.

    Thousands showed up to see the cowboys’ 8 second efforts, and more lined the ring of the horse show to see 3- and 5-gaited Saddlebreds strut their stuff.

  • On Tuesday a group of about a dozen visitors from Kyrgyzstan, a country in Central Asia, stopped in Shelbyville as part of 3-week tour of the United States.

    Jerry Wheat, a member of the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of Kentucky/Southern Indiana, said the group is participating in a public diplomacy program through the World Affairs Council in which they visit other countries to help foster diplomatic relations and gather knowledge.

  • When the aircraft carrier Wasp transited the Panama Canal in June 1942 to reinforce the Pacific Fleet and, at San Diego on June 25, I was detached as commanding officer of its Marine detachment.

    I had requested to remain on board, but my promotion to major was imminent, and I was needed at Camp Lejuene, N.C., where a new infantry regiment was being formed, the 21st Marines.

    Jack Quackenbush, my roommate at the University of Washington, went a separate course with the Hornet.

    Our paths didn’t cross again.

     

  • Operation Care raised more $15,302 for the company’s new building on Main Street with a fundraiser at Claudia Sanders Friday. Director Judy Roberts said they were hoping to make more money but attendance was down because of the Shelby County Fair and Father’s Day weekend.

  • Shelby County native Drew Howell put his pen to paper and churned out a “gripping tale of counterterrorism, covert intelligence, heroism, duty and betrayal” that is slowly working its way into bookstores and onto shelves.

    Expendable Assets is Howell’s first book but it certainly won’t be the last book, he said.

    "This story is not finished,” he said. "I'm starting to put together ideas all ready."

    And he has no shortage of sources for them.

  • James Bowman and Aaron DeFlippo from Kentucky Down Under, showed Children at the Library on Thursday afternoon, native Australian animals such as a lizard, jungle carpet snake, cocobarra bird and a kangaroo.

  • Men, in particular, skillfully evade the doctor and making moves toward good health until something bad happens, said Mitch McClain, a member of the organizing committee for the annual Men’s Health Fair.

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville on Saturday host its Men’s Health Fair for the 11th consecutive year, offering screenings that included prostate exams, blood work, oral cancer screening and skin cancer screening.

  • Whether it’s the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Russia, Dia del Pare in Andorra, Festa del Papáin Italy or Ziua Tatalui in Romania, the world recognizes Father’s Day.

    You can celebrate it bundled up on Feb. 23 in Russia or as a rite of spring on May 8 in Tonga. Maybe you prefer our summer cookouts on the third Sunday in June (it’s the 19th this year) or would rather opt for a nice autumn day in Luxembourg on the first Sunday in October.

    But whatever the day, don’t forget your vader, pére, padre or pai.

  • A successful and joyous anniversary party last Saturday reminded a local artist how much people care for the arts in Shelbyville.

    Shelby Artists on Main co-founder Linda Powell said the “anniversary was a smash.”

    “The people in attendance seemed very pleased,” she said. Past supporters of the gallery who came were surprised by the obvious improvements.”

    About 75 people stopped by to celebrate the now nonprofit gallery’s anniversary, but Powell said there isn’t a tally yet on how many raffle tickets were sold.

  • After relocating to a new building several times the size of its former home, Operation Care will have a fundraiser this week to cover the costs of that move and continue serving the Shelby County community.

    Judy Roberts, executive director of Operation Care, said the new location on Main Street in Shelbyville allows her organization to expand all of its programs.

  • Using the Dewey Decimal System at the Shelby County Public Library won’t happen much anymore now that the library has upgraded to a new and more convenient online system.

    Customers now can submit an order online for a book at any time, and a library staff member will have it ready for pick up the following the morning, Library Director Pam Federspiel said.

    “The public wants more and more things they can do online,” she said. “It gives more functions for the public.”