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Today's Features

  • On the eve of Veterans Day it seems entirely fitting to publish a summary of my columns about Col. Ben Pollard that originally appeared in August 2008. Col. Pollard died in San Diego on Veteran’s Day 2016.

    While I had heard of the late Ben Pollard and of his experiences as a prisoner of war in Hanoi during the Vietnam War, it was at an open house at the Shelby County Public Library nearly twenty years ago where I first made his acquaintance. Thus commenced a friendship, which was continued through visits and many e-mail exchanges.

    Early life

  • Note: Due to early production deadlines, an announcement for Thursday's blood drive at Centenary UMC did not appear in Wednesday's print edition. The announcement is listed below.

    This week

    Stubblefield Repeater Club meeting

    The Stubblefield Repeater Club, Shelby County’s amateur radio club, meets at 7 p.m. today at the Shelby County Fire Department Station 1, 200 Alpine Drive. For more information, call 502-321-7252 or 502-633-1839.

    Hero2Hero blood drive

  • In the summer of 1952, upon completion of my duty as Senior Marine Officer on the flagship of Rear Admiral Brittain, I had expectations of returning to infantry duty.

    However, fate intervened.

    The Commander of the Marine Barracks at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois, about 40 miles north of Chicago, had been suddenly relieved of his command.

    Nearing the end of my sea duty and considered a suitable replacement available immediately, I was ordered to replace him

  • End of Bachelorhood

    On Flag Day, June 14, 1949, lovely Susanne de Charette and I were married. I adopted her little daughter, Michele Solange Marshall, not yet three. Susanne’s first husband, Charles (Chunky) Marshall, was the son of Judge C. C. Marshall, the longest serving of all Shelby County, Kentucky Circuit Court Judges (1907-1943), a total of 36 years.

  • On April 1, 1945, while flying home, having competed a combat tour in the Pacific of nearly 26 months, I heard on the plane’s radio news of the assault on Okinawa that day.

    This was the beginning of another struggle with a skilled and determined enemy, who augmented his defenses this time with kamikaze pilots who deliberately crashed their bomb-laden planes on naval ships.

    On land and sea a terrible toll was exacted, foretelling a bloody struggle for the home islands of Japan, planned for later that year.

    With my parents

  • At this point in my current series, having completed writing about combat experiences during WW II, it seems timely to write about “Heroes and Heroism.”

    I have thought a great deal about real heroes and their acts of heroism. Certainly my front-line machine gunners on Guam who held their ground and died, while others fell back and survived, were heroes, unrecognized and unsung

  • This week

    Shelby shape ups

    Join the Shelby County Extension Office for a new six-week series of arthritis foundation approved exercises to increase strength, flexibility and balance. The series begins at 11 a.m. today at the Shelby County Extension Office. Classes meet at 11 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. The cost for the six-week series is $25. This class is free to Healthways Silver Sneakers program participants. Please call 633-4593 to register and for more information.

    MOPS meeting

  • This week

    Gold Wing Riders meeting

    Shelbyville Saddlebred Wings, Chapter KY-H The local Chapter of Gold Wing Road Riders Association, meets Friday at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road. Social time is 6:30 p.m. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. The group welcomes all makes of bikes. For more information, visit www.saddlebredwings.org.

    Lincoln Institute Alumni

    Shelby Area Chapter of Lincoln Institute Alumni meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. John United Methodist Church.

    First Saturday Walk

  • Captain C. C. “Chipping Charlie” Anderson

    In February 1945, as a 28-year-old lieutenant colonel, commanding an infantry battalion, the 1ST Battalion of the 3RD Marines, I embarked with my troops aboard USS Frederick Funston for the Iwo Jima invasion. My battalion, reinforced by attached units, including an engineering platoon, a pioneer platoon, a medical collecting section, was designated BLT 1-3 (Battalion Landing Team 1 of the 3rd Marine Regiment.)

  • This week

    AARP driver improvement

    The AARP Driver Improvement Program for drivers age 55 and old will be offered from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. today at the Shelby County Extension Office. The class costs $20. Please call 633-4593 for more information and to reserve a space. A Kentucky law requires that car insurance companies give a reduction in premium to drivers 55 and older who complete an authorized driving course.

    Angel Tree sign ups