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  • SIMPSONVILLE – The crowd was small Tuesday night at the community Thanksgiving worship service held at Simpsonville Christian Church, but the message was powerful – count your blessings.

    Ric Holladay, minister of Simpsonville United Methodist Church, delivered that message to the 65 or so people who gathered in the candlelit sanctuary as the first snowfall of the year fell gently outside, blanketing the world in white, fluffy arms.

  • A lot of families in Shelby County will gather today for Thanksgiving, enjoying a meal and fellowship and the festivities and traditions that go along with this special day.

    But for one of those families, this will be a lot more than just sitting down to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

    Kamron and Megan Terry use the day to introduce their two children, Miles, 5, and Scarlett, 7, adopted from the Republic of Congo in Africa, to American customs, especially at Thanksgiving, has been a blessing in itself.

  • As we gather around tables to feast on turkey with all the trimmings and give thanks for what’s important in our lives, it just may be that out in the woods behind the house those turkeys that found a way to stay in the wild and avoid the ovens are giving thanks for being dropped back in Shelby County.

    A rural community filled with outdoorsmen, there is no doubt that in this county many of the centerpiece turkeys have been hunted and harvested by someone sitting at that table, but not too long ago that wouldn’t have been possible.

  • Brenda Jackson, known for her decades of representation on the Shelby County Board of Education, is helping ensure that everyone in Shelby County who might not have a Thanksgiving Day meal can find food and company.

    She is the guiding spirit behind the community Thanksgiving Day dinner scheduled for Thursday at Stratton Center, and she may have started a new tradition, Rhonda Gillman said.

  • On a Friday afternoon, 50 years ago today, an American tragedy unfolded in the downtown streets of Dallas. The moment when an assassin’s bullet took the life of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and in so many ways changed the course of American history is not something anyone alive that day can forget.

    In fact, it has become the most significant “I remember that day” anecdote that men and women have passed down through the generations, through oral histories, written memories or simply reliving the moment through media presentations.

  • Joel Kaufman is dying to know just who Elizabeth is.

    “That’s my main question; Just who was Elizabeth and how did she get this name?” he said.

    Elizabeth is a 1938 Ford that resided in Shelby County, originally purchased by Ruth Davis and later given to Don Turner.

    Kaufman, 60, lives in Hickory, N.C., and purchased the car online, and now he wants to tell its story along with returning it to the road.

  • Christmas – that magical time of year that children dream of all year long – is just around the corner, and some charitable organizations are struggling to come up with enough money to make sure that children around the county will have a gift on Christmas morning.

    Officials of one event that has been instrumental in providing gifts for children in need during the past decade said that funds are down by 50 percent this year, a situation that means that some children who received gifts last year may not receive anything this year unless more donations come in.

  • Trims and Whims, the annual holiday arts and crafts show, made its return on Saturday and Sunday to Wright Elementary School in Shelbyville.

    Hundreds attended to browse through displays, chow down in the tea room and soak up the holiday atmosphere.

    Check out these scenes from this year's event.

  • A young man with small children, an elderly woman in a wheelchair and all ages in between – all U.S. military veterans who turned out Sunday for a Veterans Day service at the Shelby County Extension Office.

    They came with their families, and in some instances their families came without them, celebrating veterans who had passed away, such as Bruce Wells, an Army veteran of World War II who, along with his brother, Truman, of Lawrenceburg had received his high school diploma in 2009, when both men were in their 80s.

  • The second weekend in November is usually a busy one for Shelby County residents and friends. There are abundant options available to kickoff the holiday season, from the downtown Christmas tree lighting, to craft fairs and street parties.

    One event offers a twist on the traditional holiday shopping extravaganza by offering less-tangible gift-giving options.

  • Trims and Whims is as regular as colored leaves in the fall.

    This 33rd annual Christmas crafts fair opens the holiday gift-buying season Saturday and Sunday at Wright Elementary School on Rocket Lane.

  • Shelby County on Saturday will launch its holiday season with the 26th annual Celebration of Lights in Downtown Shelbyville.

    Each year the event, sponsored by the Shelbyville Merchants of Retail Trade (SMART), sparks the holiday spirit and includes lighting the community Christmas tree on Main Street and caroling on the steps of the Shelby County Courthouse.

    Charlene Nation, co-owner of Polka Dotted Pineapple and organizer of the event, said there are a few new things that patrons can expect.

  • When the Bagdad Ruritan Club was founded in 1953 by 26 men, Martha Layne Collins (then Hall) was a just a schoolgirl.

    But as she grew into the first female Governor of Kentucky, she never forgot where she started.

    “My mom always told me never forget your roots,” she told the group assembled at the Bagdad Ruritan Club’s 60th anniversary dinner on Saturday. “I constantly tell people I’m from Bagdad…although sometimes I have to add that it’s the one without the H.”

  • The previous column has described Dr. Lawrence Jelsma’s medical education, including MD from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1962, followed by internship at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in 1962-63.

    In 1966, in the midst of a 5.5-year residency in neurosurgery, he was drafted into the U. S Army Reserve with the rank of captain in the Medical Corps. In June 1967, he was ordered for duty in South Vietnam, leaving his wife and two children at home.

  • Donna Meador said she has known Erin Reid for about 21 years, so when she found out that Reid was going to try a new procedure to help her battle with Multiple Sclerosis, she wanted to help.

    Meador has organized a chili supper fundraiser at Centenary United Methodist on Sunday. The event will begin at about 11 a.m., after Sunday school and will continue until after the late-morning worship service, which concludes around noon.

  • "I heard what sounded like cowboy boots walking down the hallway toward me. The floor was concrete, and the boots were clicking, clicking, in the darkness.

    “I called out, 'Who’s there?' There was no answer, and the footsteps came closer and closer. I couldn't turn around, because there was no out way out behind me. And the boots got right up to me, and nothing was there."

  • A weekend celebration that marked 142 years for the Shelby Baptist Association was a big success, officials say.

    “I had three churches call today [Tuesday] with just glowing responses about how the weekend went,” said Tony Hough, director of missions for the Shelby Baptist Association.

    Activities held Friday through Sunday included a countywide worship service Friday night at Highland Baptist Church on Mount Eden Road, and Carol Herndon, ministry associate for the SBA, said she estimates that about 150 people showed up for that service.

  • When streets and neighborhoods are filled with ghosts, goblins or princesses this Halloween, hardly any of them – or their parents – would be familiar with the roots of the custom of trick or treat.

    But although some churches may appear hesitant in endorsing the sort of wholesale supernatural spookiness and gruesomeness of the day, Thursday’s activities actually were born of religious celebrations.

  • Shelbyville’s First Presbyterian Church is on a mission.

    Throughout the month of October, the church is making a special effort to address the needs of almost 300 children in the county who need “A Place To Sleep.” Their program – which has that very name – has helped about 260 children during the five years it has been in existence, but there are still about 30 on the waiting list, in need of help.

  • On a cold October morning, three months after being frightened by a dog into fleeing for his life, a starving Waddy housecat – weighing only 5 pounds – somewhat miraculously returned home.

    “It was the happiest day of my life; I cried I was so happy to have my kitty back,” 12-year-old Marisa Matlin said.

    She smiled as she recalled the incredible reappearance of her beloved cat, Sheldon, after a long absence during which virtually everyone had given up hope – at least everyone except her.