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  • Put together a frosty Saturday morning, a placid lake with the sun glinting off the water, a dozen canoes and dozens of “morning people,” and what do you have?

    A crew of exuberant volunteers all set to clean up Lake Shelby by canoe, of course.

    The volunteers, consisting of Collins Army ROTC members, Clear Creek Trailblazer volunteers, and some individuals, braved a chilly morning, rain gorged waterways and muddy creek banks to participate in the annual Clear Creek Cleanup, which also included a cleanup by Boy Scouts who policed along the banks.

  • A slipped disc is a painful condition involving one or more of the 23 discs that cushion the bones of the spine.

    As with other causes of back pain, it is often incorrectly assumed that surgery is the only logical treatment. The truth is many of these injuries do not require surgery.

  • The heinous bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday that killed three people and injured 183 others reverberated around the world and home to Shelby County.

    There were a handful of persons who listed Shelby County addresses on the official marathon entry list, and some of the finished the event with an awed reaction for what happened shortly afterward.

    Susanne Busey Osberg, a Shelby County native who has lived in Boston for 41 years, said the bombing brought back the horrible events of Sept. 11, 2001, to her in a very real way.

  • Rebecca Marrilla is 26 years old, an age during which most people don’t stare death in the face.

    But in September, two days after celebrating her first wedding anniversary, the harsh reality of cancer shattered her world, when she learned she had Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer.

    “When I went in [to the doctor’s office] that today, I was not prepared to hear that,” she said. “I don’t think you can ever be prepared to hear that.”

  • Shelby Countians must be doing something right, judging by the county’s steadily rise as one of the healthiest counties in the state.

    Shelby County is up to third this year, according to the 2013 County Health Rankings of all states, complied annually by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  • At Christmas, Gary Walls was surprised with a trip to Italy to see the Pope deliver the Easter Vigil at the Vatican.

    What he didn’t know then was that a new Pope would have been named – one who would resonate with Walls even more than his Catholic roots would have predicted.

    Pope Francis has become known for his commitment to service, to helping those in need.

  • Each day – every day for nearly 16 years – Tania Williams awoke in the orphanage in Ukraine.  Sixteen – the dreaded age that orphans in this Eastern European country “age out” to the streets, often thrown into a life of prostitution, drugs and crime. For Tania, it was a time of fear and anxiety, faced with no family and no physical or emotional support.

  • Sometimes downsizing is the best way to grow, and that’s exactly what’s going on with The Luci Center in Shelby County.

    Luci Center, a hippotherapy therapeutic riding center for children and adults with disabilities, has sold its property on Hebron Road and was planning to close Tuesday on a new location across the street.

    This 15-acre site will be built to suit the center’s unique needs.

  • In my 30 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, from 1937-1967, when I was promoted from second lieutenant up the ranks to brigadier general, I encountered a lot of interesting characters who had a lot of interesting things to say, some of them amusing and others career-changing. These appear in chronological order:

    “The Marine sentry did not salute me when I came across the gangway. I consider this a reflection on the captain of Marines.”

  • How can you put a price tag on being able to help keep kids off drugs and make the community a safer place to raise a healthy, happy family?

    That price tag is $100,000, said Elizabeth Pulliam, director of Shelby Prevention, a non-profit organization that works to provide programs, activities and community projects in order to build a drug-free community.

    That is the organization’s yearly budget that she is trying to generate by September.

  • John David and Mary Helen Myles have a 174-year-old baby.

    They have restored their 2-story brick Federal-style home they bought in 2002 with such loving care that the structure, known as the Dale Place, received the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Preservation Project Award in 2006.

    Myles, a Shelby County Family Court judge, is widely known throughout Shelby County for his love of history, and he went to great lengths to ensure that the house, when restored, should be as much as like the original as possible.

  • If you’d like to settle down with a good book, chock full of colorful characters, such as  moonshiners, long-haired, pot-growing Vietnam veterans, and even a man so scary everybody started locking their doors at night after he moved to town, you might want to check out The Cornbread Mafia, which was published last year.

  • I have listed below a few remarks that stand out in my memory of service in the regular U.S. Marine Corps from 1937 to 1967, in the ranks of second lieutenant through brigadier general.  They appear in chronological order:

     

    “Give it to 'em boys; give 'em what General Cheatham says!”

    Bishop-General Leonidas Polk at the Battle of Perryville (1862), conscious of his role as an Episcopal bishop, after Maj. Gen. Cheatham had shouted to his troops, “Give ‘em hell, boys.”

  • A man deeply experienced in managing parks at the state level has been chosen by the Shelby County Parks Board to lead the county’s facilities.

    After a 2-month search among 17 candidates, parks board chair Hubie Pollett on Tuesday night introduced Shawn Pickens, 33, a regional parks director for the Kentucky Department of Parks in Frankfort, as the county’s new parks chief, replacing Clay Cottongim, who retired in December after 38 years.

  • All over Shelbyville on Wednesday, people were texting each other, calling, and rejoicing when the news broke around 3 p.m. that a new pope finally had been selected.

    When newly elected Pope Francis appeared on television before a huge crowd in St. Peter’s Square in Rome and asked for his congregation’s prayers, a Shelby County priest said he was overcome with emotion.

  • Clustered around Allen Purnell, a group of employees all answered at once when asked what they thought of their boss.

    "He's gooo-od!" they chorused in unison as Purnell grinned the same easy-going grin he has made famous in his popular television commercials.

    The group gaffawed when asked if they liked sausage.

    "Sure do," said Robert Purnell, the youngest of the Purnell men who work at F.B. Purnell Sausage in Simpsonville.

    "Well, he better," someone else said, amid more laughter.

  • Have you ever seen a film that’s romantic but not sappy, humorous but not slapstick, with religious overtones but not spouting fire and brimstone?

    That might be a way to describe Pieces of Easter, a spiritual movie created and filmed in Shelbyville, Simpsonville, Finchville, Oldham and Jefferson counties and in Indiana that hits theaters today.

  • Hundreds flocked to a Black History event Feb. 10 at Stratton Center, but as far as bringing that history out for people to study, there is still much work to be done.

  • Sitting at ease in his Shelbyville home, retired Shelby County High School teacher and coach Roland Dale, or "Coach Dale" as he's known to former students and athletes, shares his own history and some thoughts on the history of the county's black community; how it was, how it is now, how it ought to be, and his family's part in it all....

  • Today we conclude a list of prominent individuals who each have been discussed in 100 previous columns.

    Each has contributed in his or her own way to the development of Shelby County, but this is not to be seen as a compilation of all the important – or the most important – contributors.

    Shelby County has been around nearly 221 years, and this is simply an alphabetical skimming of those who made it what it is today – which includes how it became my home.

     

    McMakin, Major Ben (1912-1945)