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  • Sam and Joyce Medley may not be Mr. and Mrs. Claus, but they are the closest things to them this side of the North Pole.

    The Medleys, who live in Finchville, love Christmas so much that walking into their home around Christmastime is like walking into Santa’s toy shop or stepping into a magical land, where one first encounters a miniature village decked out for the holidays, with wreaths on every tiny door and candles glowing in its windows, nestled into a snow bank of fluffy white cotton.

  • Shelbyville resident and author Byron Crawford says he considers himself a good listener.

    He says he learned the art of listening while at his mother’s knee, in the tobacco barns, at the feedlots and fishing ponds of Lincoln County. He says he loved to listen to his parents’ friends tell stories.

    “I had great upbringing, and storytelling was a part of it,” Crawford says. “Some of the best storytellers I have ever met were the men and women I grew up listening to.

  • Jerry Seinfeld plays a one-night show at the Louisville Palace Theater this spring. Rosemary Clooney has graced the stage at this historic theater, as has B.B. King.

    This week, four Shelby County elementary school students will join the ranks of the famous when they perform in The Nutcracker in a Nutshell on that same stage.

  • You may not have noticed unless you knew the man, but on Election Day a Shelby Countian won office in a landslide victory, and most of you didn’t even have the opportunity to vote for him.

    Jerry T. Miller, a native of the Clark Station community near Simpsonville and a graduate of Shelby County High School, stormed to a berth on the Metro Council in Louisville, taking almost 75 percent of the vote as the Republican candidate to replace Hal Heiner in eastern Jefferson County.

  •  Marine Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Ron Van Stockum, who writes a column titled for The Sentinel-News, will debut this weekend a new book that is a collection of his columns about Squire Boone and Nicholas Meriwether.

  •   Bonnie Roberts works part-time as a teller at Commonwealth Bank, but at this time of the year, she is a full-time elf.

    Roberts, along with other board members of the service unit of the Shelby County Salvation Army, is dedicated to making sure the disadvantaged children in Shelby County are taken care of for Christmas.

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  • Trims & Whims

     

    When: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

    Where: Wright Elementary, on Rocket Lane in Shelbyville

    What: 80-plus vendors of crafts, art and food

  • A voting machine mix-up and a broken vote counter led to an interesting Election Day in the Shelby County Clerk's Office, but all-in-all Sue Carole Perry said she couldn't complain.

    "It's a much less stressful day when you're running unopposed," she joked. "Really, though, it wasn't too bad."

    The results were posted by about 9 p.m., and Shelby was not the last county in the voting district to post results, that honor falling to Bullitt County for the third consecutive election.

  • Shortly before Bob Matthews died last month, I sat down with him several times in the Crestview Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, where he was living, and talked with him about his life in the Navy.

    This column reflects those conversations and other interviews with members of his family. I also added my own research.

    I had hoped that Bob would have had an opportunity to read it himself, but such was unfortunately not the case.

  • The Shelbyville City Council will look almost the same with five of six members returning, but the voting was quite different than in years past. Jon Swindler, 13 percent, and newcomer Frank Page, 12 percent, were the first and third vote getters in the race among nine for the top six spots. Joining them were incumbent Donna Eaton, the second top vote getter with 12.6 percent, and (in order) incumbents Alan Matthews (11.8), Mike Zoeller (11.3) and Shane Suttor (10.7). George Best, 10.1 percent, was the lone incumbent council member not elected, and h

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  • Solid experience trumped youthful exuberance in the race for Shelby County Circuit Clerk Tuesday as Lowry Miller upended Austin Redmon by a 21-point margin.

    Miller, a Republican who has filled the role of clerk since the retirement of Kathy Nichols this past summer, garnered 61 percent of the vote to triumph over Redmon, who is a student at Kentucky State University.

  • With a large and enthusiastic turnout of voters, Shelby County provided a big push that helped send two Republicans from Bowling Green – rookie Rand Paul and incumbent Brett Guthrie – to Washington next year.

    Paul, an optometrist from Bowling Green, soundly defeated Democrat Jack Conway to earn the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Jim Bunning.

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    Doug Butler said Tuesday night he was more concerned with what he wants to accomplish during his next term with the Shelby County School Board than how he was going to get in position to do it.

  • The Shelby County sheriff’s race between two veteran lawmen ended up in a big victory for incumbent Sheriff Mike Armstrong.

    Democrat Armstrong defeated Republican Stewart Shirley, earning more than 60 percent of the vote.

  • Incumbent Donna Dutton easily beat out Darby L. Smith to keep her seat as the 53rd District Court Judge on Tuesday night.

    This was the second time Dutton has bested Smith for the seat, and, according to Smith, it will be the last time he challenges her for the position.

    Dutton beat Smith in Shelby with 56.4 percent of the vote and won by a slightly larger margin in Anderson and Spencer counties.