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  • The Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Mount Eden will be the subject of an episode of America's Heartland, a national PBS television program. The program was filmed at the school May 29.

    The half-hour show will feature the school sometime in August; the exact date has not yet been released.

    Steve Riggs, videographer for America's Heartland, said the program targets an urban audience to educate it on America's agriculture. Originally produced by KVIE, a local PBS affiliate in Southern California, the show is now in its eighth season.

  • Nick Wauiro, a student at Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy in Simpsonville, grinned as he accepted a certificate and a check for $125 for winning a poster contest.

    The poster, which depicted many hands linked together, was the winner of the Peace Poster Contest, sponsored by the Simpsonville Lions Club.

    Officials from the club, including Jim Janes, secretary, Chuck Danison, district governor, and Lois Janes, vice president, were on hand at the academy Friday morning to present the cash award and the Pin of the Year to Wauiro in front of his classmates.

  • The rain held off for those who gathered at Grove Hill Cemetery Monday to pay tribute to the nation's and the county's war dead.

    Col. Roger Green, local VFW commander, who organized the event, noted the appropriateness of the cemetery as a site for the ceremony.

    "Every section of this cemetery has a veteran in it," Green said.

    The featured speaker was Col. Ron Turner with the Army National Guard, who praised America's war on terrorism.

  • "I can't believe I have my sunglasses on," said Susan Travis, as she opened the ceremony Friday night for the Relay for Life event held at Shelby County High School.

    The rain, that had fallen earlier that day, made the field too wet and campsites were moved to the SCHS back parking lot.

    "We've really been blessed," continued the chair of the Relay for Life committee in Shelby County, as she spoke of the 'can do, won't take no' attitude. "We have to celebrate, remember and fight back," she said about the cancer that people that night were fighting to find a cure.

  • The streets of Bagdad were filled last Saturday as the community celebrated the 16th annual Bagdad Days. While rain and cooler temperatures may have kept some people away on Friday night, the bright sun and cloudless sky helped to ensure a large crowd on Saturday.

    Some of the crowd favorites on Saturday included the community parade, the cornhole tournament, the inflatable games, the mechanical bull and the food.

  • "The challenge of history is to recover the past and introduce it to the present." David Thelen

    Themed "This Place Matters," The National Trust for Historic Preservation is sponsoring the fourth annual National Preservation Month - a celebration that encourages every city around the country to appreciate its unique heritage and preserve its history.

    As this photo collage shows, a tour of Shelbyville offers plenty of history to appreciate.

    In Shelbyville, the following activities are available throughout May:

  • The Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship will be Tuesday and Wednesday, May 6-7, at the Lexington Convention Center and Rupp Arena. The championship event is open to the public from 1- 8 p.m. May 6.

  • Elvis, the bloodhound, has one of the shiniest coats in the county. He ought to, he gets plenty of eggs to eat.

    Elvis' job is guarding a flock of egg layers for his masters, Norma and John Brumley, Shelby County farmers who believe chickens can lay the golden egg and produce profits for themselves and other local farmers. The couple, and their children partners - Patrick and Jenny - are at the center of a network of farmers who are raising eggs for Rebekah Grace, the Holly Hill Inn in Midway and Wild Eggs, a Louisville restaurant that goes through 8,000 eggs a week.

  • Take a quick look around at the colors of early spring. They are ephemeral at best.

    Even if the cold weather and anticipated freeze of the last couple of days don't do the dirty week, spring blossoms do not have a long shelf life. The pink and purple saucer magnolia blossoms in Grove Hill Cemetery were already littering the ground late last week. The earliest of the daffodil blossoms are already gone. Some of the rest are getting raggedy.

  • With an ingredient list that includes cinnamon, oatmeal, cranberries and chocolate, Doug Burkett's handmade soap recipes might be mistaken for a dessert.

    But while the soap smells appetizing, the taste will still likely discourage youngsters from saying words they shouldn't.

    Burkett, who was taught how to make soap from scratch by his aunt Bannie when he was six, has nearly 50 years of experience in making soap.

    Some of his earliest memories are of being in his aunt's house watching his family make soap.

  • Shelby County celebrated Earth Day a little early - the original date was April 20, 1970 - but the celebration here was chance to showcase Red Orchard Park.

    The park, formerly Red Orchard Farm donated to the county by Clarence Miller, will be an environmental showpiece of sorts. Hiking trails will criss cross the land. The state Division of Forestry has planted 5,000 native Kentucky trees. A prairie and fishing pond will be built later.

  • A group of students from Shelby County High School will gain a bit of celebrity status in coming weeks because of their involvement in a health an wellness poster campaign.

    The posters, which will be placed in each of the 10 schools in the district, feature students promoting healthy eating, exercise and lifestyle habits and practices.

    From drinking milk and eating fruits and vegetables to getting physical exercise and having proper hygiene, the posters show students participating in a wide variety of healthy habits.

  • Ricky Grigsby expects gas prices to hit $4 per gallon by this summer. He said he has no other choice but to sell his truck and get a smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicle.

    Grigsby said, other than driving to work, he tries to drive as little as possible - the price at the pump is just too much.

    "We don't travel as much as we used to," he said. "And I don't know what this will mean for summer vacation plans."

  • An estimated 1,450 people were served at this year's Christmas at Claudia's at Claudia Sanders Dinner House Sunday. Low-income families were invited to the event to receive a free meal and toys.

    Event organizers said the event cost from $25,000 to $30,000 to put on. Numerous local businesses, organizations and individuals volunteered and donated time and money to make the event happen.

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  • Through a process of meticulous carving, etching, and hammering, Dr. Steve Halla has learned to create near photograph quality designs with a piece of wood and ink. For Halla, the craft is more than just creating a work of art - it is a prayer, carved in wood.

    Halla, who has been working with woodcuts for eight years, said that he can spend up to 25 hours at his dining room table in Mt. Eden, etching and creating a single woodcut design. He said that his desire to create the designs is an extension of his Christian faith.