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  • 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.

  • In writing about warfare, there is a general tendency to concentrate on the combat itself, often neglecting to mention the fate of the wounded remaining on the field of battle.

    They are given emergency attention by the courageous medical corpsmen and then evacuated to the rear, by whatever means are available, where severe wounds can be addressed.

  • Connor Shiffer loves to run.  And run…and run… Remember how Forrest Gump ran and ran and ran in the movie, for a very long period of time, only stopping when he felt that he had run all he could run?  This kid is like that in a way, only he really doesn’t like to stop – just ask his parents.

  • Tiandra Taylor said she hasn’t talked much about her father Fredrick Bolden’s suicide in March of 2010. She said she knows that’s not the right way to handle her pain.

    “You can’t hold stuff in like I have been,” she said. “I never really talked about it – maybe five times.”

  • Shelter employees and volunteers at Tyson’s Chance on Kentucky Street say they’re amazed at the overwhelming response they’ve had from a weekend publicity campaign to help a pit bull mix dog be adopted.

    Whether it will lead to a new home for “Boss Man” is a good question, they said, although at least now he has a chance, thanks to newspaper and television coverage this past weekend.

  • Built in 1904 to replace the original structure that had burned, the home at Allen Dale Farm is a testament to an enduring family.

  • Fannie Miller is an angel, at least according to national adoption officials.

    Though she couldn’t make it to the ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Miller, a resident of Pleasureville, was among 140 people from all 50 states honored for their work in the adoption process.

    Kathleen Strottman, executive director of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, said Miller was chosen for the honor because of her dedication to adoption and positive child welfare practices.

  • The Finchville Festival, held Saturday and Sunday, was well attended by a crowd who got to enjoy beautiful weather along with good food, friends and a great deal of browsing through a ton of items for sale.

  • Shelbyville native Ruby Lewis is about to embark on her latest venture, co-starring in the national tour of the Queen musical We Will Rock You, which opens later this month.  

    Lewis will play Scaramouche alongside Brian Justin Crum, who was cast in the lead role of Galileo.

  • The weather was perfect for the 24th annual Simpsonville Fall Festival on Saturday.

    A large crowd flocked to the city park and lined up along U.S. 60 for the annual parade in festivities that ran from sunup until after dark.

    There was the traditional Purnell’s Sausage breakfast to get the day under way, more games and rides for kids in a new area designed for them. The parade featured a focus on educators in Shelby County who will serve as grand marshals.

  • Several weeks ago I had a call from Howard Gibbons of Wind Hill Farm, a Thoroughbred-breeding farm in Shelby County. Having read several of my military columns, he inquired if I had ever served with his uncle, a Navy vice admiral. I had not.

    However, while the Navy, especially in wartime, includes several hundred admirals on its rolls, his inquiry was not unreasonable.

  • “He really packed them in,” Linda Mahone, administrative assistant at Shelby County Library, said of an appearance Thursday by so-called ghost hunter Tommy Jones.

    Malone said that what surprised her about Jones’ presentation – which was only supposed to be an hour long but was almost twice that long because of tremendous public interest – was that the crowd was so diverse and asked so many questions.

  • When the Long Run Massacre and Floyd’s Defeat re-enactment begins today, it will mark the 15th year of the historical event, and Kathy Cummings has seen each one of them.

    Cummings, who is now the president of the Painted Stone Settlers, Inc., has been with the group since it started.

  • GRAEFENBURG – “It started in a small space, set aside in the basement,” Stephanie Sorrell said.

    Hand-made sets and props were pulled out on Sunday mornings. A handful of parents and church members gathered with the children of Graefenburg Baptist Church to sing a few songs and share a lesson. Hosanna House was launched from humble beginnings.

    “Children and families showed up!” she said. “They had fun. They invited their friends.”

  • Can you afford on Sunday not to visit and celebrate appreciating your grandparents? Do you remember what special yummy treats they kept in stock for you to enjoy eating when you visited?

    Well if you have grown up now, the tasty treat is still there, but it may have changed form. The really good grandparents “still bear fruit in old age. They stay fresh and green” (Psalm 92:14).

  • The recent disappearance of a small, unremarkable little monument in front of a Simpsonville church has some residents there raising eyebrows – and cain.

    When workers constructing the eastern end of the city’s downtown sidewalk project removed a 3-foot-tall monument that has stood for years in front of Simpsonville Christian Church, phones began to ring around town, particularly that of longtime church member Jake Smith.

  • From livestock to farm equipment to vegetables and crafts, Shelby County did itself proud in the Kentucky State Fair this year, especially the young people, said people who move in those circles.

    “It’s a joy to see young people take such an interest in agriculture,” said Ray Tucker, chair of the A&M Association that puts on the Shelby County Fair.

    “I am so proud of them.”

  • The capabilities of the World Wide Web to extend the horizons of research continue to amaze. In writing about the Pacific campaigns of World War II, I described my fellow officer Don Beck as follows: