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  • Gen. David M. Shoup served as Commandant of the U. S. Marine Corps (Commander of all Marines) from Jan. 1, 1960 until Dec. 31, 1963, a 4-year period of the Cold War not without its difficulties.

    Shoup, who was a surprising nominee for this important job, would find himself before the end of his tenure embroiled in one of the most worrisome military and political events that has confronted the United States: the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  • Local author Viki Pidgeon received a warm welcome at the Shelby County Library on Thursday night when she gave a talk on Ireland.

    Pidgeon is the recipient of an IPPY Award, from independent book publishers, for her cookbook, Ireland's Comfort Food, which she published in 2007.

    Pidgeon, who has dual citizenship, both American and Irish, brought along some Irish food, prepared using recipes, from her book, to  share with her audience.

    She also had copies of her book on hand, and it was easy to see why she earned her Ippy.

  • To say that the locally produced independent film "Clancy" did well in its opening weekend would be putting it lightly.

    "It did extremely well. We were having to turn people away Friday and Saturday night because it was packed," said Melanie Scott, assistant manager of the Apex Village 8 Theater in Louisville. "This has been one of our biggest openings in a long time."

  •  A day or two after we landed on Guam, at about 11:30 p.m. on July 25, 1944, those of us at the Command Post that had been established at the base of the steep cliff near the beaches, heard a cacophony of machine-gun fire and explosive bursts coming from the top of the cliff.

  • Daniel Boone always claimed he was innocent of the charges of treason brought against him after an Indian attack on Boonesborough in 1778.

    Thursday night the public will have an opportunity to judge for themselves the truth he maintained.

    Painted Stone Settlers will present "Daniel Boone" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Stratton Center, when living historian Scott New will present Boone's life through a first-person portrayal.

  •  Attention Shelbyville -- A musical revolution is about to begin.

      "We are the Mitchell Toll Band," Brent Mathis stamped as he spoke his message proudly, as if he were in front of hundreds of adoring fans instead of on the phone with a small-town reporter.

      But the band soon will have a larger audience, as it goes front and center at the Shelby County Community Theatre on March 27.

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     As originally planned, the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions landed on Saipan on June 15, 1944, but air strikes preliminary to this assault brought about an immediate Japanese naval reaction.

    The enemy’s task force, including nine aircraft carriers, under the command of Vice Admiral Ozawa, came out of hiding in the Philippines on June 11 and steamed for the Marianas to attack the U. S. invading forces.

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    West Middle School seventh-grader Ryan Ruff has a motto when it comes to saving the environment -- one kid at a time.

    It's important for each individual to act now and do their part to reduce, reuse and recycle, he said, and to help out with that goal he has come up with an idea.

    His ideas developed when he saw wrapping paper strewn everywhere at the homes of his grandparents. Thinking about all of that paper going to waste, he thought up an alternative way of packaging gifts - eco-friendly bags.

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    5 out of 5 stars

    Director: Danny Boyle

    Starring: Dev Patel, Irrfan Khan, Anil Kapoor, Madhur Mittal, Freida Pinto

    Rated: R for some violence, disturbing images and language.

    Released: Nov. 12, 2008 (Limited); Wider re-release is in the works

    Running time: 2 hours

     Slumdog Millionaire shows you don't need money to be rich.

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    Starting seeds indoors turns out to be a necessary skill if you want success with some crops.

    A few need a bit of a head start in order to reach maturity at the right time for Kentuckiana gardens.  Other considerations include ideal growing conditions.

    Cabbage, for example, can be started early so you can set them out as plants as soon as possible.  The goal is to get an early harvest before our summer temperatures soar and the plants bolt and get bitter.  

  • Inspiration sometimes comes from an insult.

    One of Joseph “Austin” Shirley-Dean's classmates several years ago told him he couldn't dance. That comment got him started on the road to the title 2009 Teen Mister Dance of the Bluegrass, an honor he picked up last weekend in Ashland. This summer he will compete in Washington, D. C. for the national title.

  • There were few things that made my dad cringe more than the practice of topping trees.  He would scratch his brow and shake his head at the thought of homeowners paying to have their trees butchered.

    It was slightly less offensive if utility companies butchered trees because it could be rationalized:  downed limbs create a hazard and cause power outages, which can cause more then just unhappy customers, as we have seen over the curse of the last 6 months.

  • The Shelby County Community Theatre (SCCT) is inviting people to come in after a hard week's work, sit back, relax and listen to others sing about "Working".

    Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso from the same-titled book by Studs Terkel, "Working" is a musical about the common man - and woman.

    Developed from real interviews with a variety of workers - from cleaning women to bricklayers -- the show offers monologues of 26 average American workers as they share their work experiences and deepest dreams.

  • A few weeks after the publication of last year's column about Clarence Miller, I visited him again in Shelbyville.

    With considerable pleasure, he showed me a framed copy of my column that had been entered into the Congressional Record by Sen. Mitch McConnell, who had sent it to him personally with a warm note of appreciation.

    During the course of our conversation, Clarence described some of his experiences while in government service.

  •  Two weeks ago I asked, “What more, Mother Nature?”  Well, another gusty wind storm was served up adding to the collection of debris left by the ice storm.

    Some serious questions are coming in about what to take out and what to try and save.  I am not a certified arborist, but I can pass on the guidelines that certified arborists are taught when it comes to tree assessment and risk management.  These criteria may help you decide what to do now and in the future.

  • I suspect most of you have no idea about the person and the saintly episode that is commemorated each Feb. 14 by friends, family and most importantly, lovers.  In fact, there are several versions of how the most romantic Saint became a commercial success.

    One story about St. Valentine has its origins in third century Rome where the Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young single men because he valued them more as young warriors.  A priest by the name of Valentine defied the law and continued to secretly marry the young soldiers who were in love.

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    It seems we are in the middle of yet another “situation,” as my husband calls it, served up by Mother Nature.

    At present we are right in the middle of the mess out at the farm.  No electricity, no phone line, no heat, and no water.  We can manage well enough inside with the fireplace, kerosene heater, camp stove, down comforter and strategic water rationing (with supplements brought in from town).

  • In his younger days, Maine artist Robert Shetterly was actively fighting for civil rights and against the Vietnam War.

    More recently, he was upset with the U.S. response to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, so he began to paint portraits of past and present Americans who spoke the truth as he saw it, and with those portraits he combined quotes from the individuals.