• J. Ernest Threlkeld Jr.: 1938-2012

    “He was such a special man, so talented; he was more than my mentor – he was my lifelong friend.”

    Byron Cutshaw paused as he talked about J. Ernest Threlkeld Jr., a former high school band director in Shelby County, who passed away in Palm Coast, Fla., on Sunday at the age of 74 after a battle with lung cancer.

  • From Beech Ridge to Beechridge

    Members of Beechridge Baptist Church have seen a lot of changes in its 200 years, including moving indoors and a name change.

    This Bagdad-area church, located on Benson Pike about 3 miles east of the intersection with KY 395, started nearby its current location when parishioners would gather in the woods on log benches with lanterns hanging in the trees.

    But it persevered, and by 1888 what was then the Baptist Church of Jesus Christ at Beech Ridge had its own building.

  • Shelbyville Employee of the Year: Tireless worker always ready to go

    The City of Shelbyville tabbed David Wentworth as its City Employee of the Year during its annual banquet last week.

    Wentworth, who has been with the Public Works Department since April 1999, said he was not expecting the award.

    “I was totally shocked,” he said, noting that he wasn’t made aware he was even nominated for the award before the banquet. “It was pretty surprising.”

    But the fact that Wentworth received the award wasn’t nearly as surprising.

  • Robert Dean Logan: 1931-2012

    Robert Dean Logan died Sunday as he lived: surrounded by the people he loved.

    Logan, 81, who lost a battle with lung cancer at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville, was a longtime businessman in one of the county’s most well-established family businesses in Shelby County, but he will be remembered as much more than one of the owners of Logan’s Uniform Rental and Logan’s Healthcare Linen Supply.

    He will be remembered as a friend to many, said his brother, Howard Logan Sr.

  • Mud and guts obstacle course promotes fitness

    “I just had a baby three months ago, so this is a piece of cake compared to that!”

    Those were the words of Tristan Stansfield, a fitness instructor, as she wriggled out from under the last strand of barbed wire in a sand pit.

    “Hey, I think I ripped my pants,” came a comment from behind her.

    The “sands of time” was only one of 23 activities set up on a 10K obstacle course set up for adults during the Swamp Tromp at Clear Creek Park on Saturday. A course for kids had 16.

  • Library names new youth librarian

    More than two months after parting ways with former children’s librarian Sherry Bogard, the Shelby County Public Library has finally filled the position.

    Sarahbeth Farabee, who spent 18 years as the Family Resource and Youth Services Center coordinator for preschool at Shelby County Public Schools, will take over the position of youth services librarian. Reached at the library on Tuesday, Farabee declined to be interviewed, but an announcement distributed by the library said she already has been on the job, hosting story hour sessions.

  • My Morning Jacket has Shelby County roots

    Johnny Quaid said he never set out to be anything but honest with his music and his work.

    On his grandparent’s farm near Shelbyville, where corn and soybeans grew, so did Johnny and his cousin Jim’s band, My Morning Jacket. Comprised of members from Pleasureville, Buckner, and Shelbyville, the band’s music reached international acclaim with its first albums recorded mostly on the family farm.

  • No rain on these parades

    The remaining clouds of Hurricane Issac held off just enough on Monday for the annual Labor Day parades to pass through Waddy and Shelbyville. Spectators lined the streets hear the sirens, see the floats and, of course, grab some candy being tossed out by the parade walkers and riders.
    Everything from dancing troupes to miniature horses filled the parade lines, much to the delight of the watchers.

  • How sweet is it: Shelby beekeeper does rooftop hives

    Lani Basberg has taken her beekeeping to new heights.

    She is the only Shelby County beekeeper to participate in a rooftop green space project in downtown Louisville.

    Basberg has two hives of Italian honeybees atop the 15-story Kentucky Life Building at 239 S. 5th St. as part of a project by Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest to study how well native plants grow in an urban environments.

    “Bees are fascinating to watch, especially up that high,” she said.

  • Country ‘twusins:' Shelby County girls celebrate 16th birthday after being born to sisters’

    Sarah Raizor and Chelsea Ashbaugh have a word for their kinship – “twusins!”

    They hold a unique gift of being born on the same day – Aug. 25, 1996 – to a pair of sisters. Moms Tammy Raizor and Julie Ashbaugh delivered their daughters four hours apart, in two different hospitals, 16 years ago. They arrived measuring 7 pounds each, and both were 20 inches long.

    Their dual birth was front-page news in The Sentinel-News,and the cousins, both students at Shelby County High School, have grown up sharing a special day.