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  • 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.

  • 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.