• This Memorial Day there is one more family in Shelby County family that will remember a beloved son they never again will see but will hold in their hearts forever.

    Sean Cassedy, 31, a Marine who served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and was horribly wounded, came home to a hero’s welcome in Bagdad in 2003.

    He survived the battlefield, but he could not overcome a battle raging inside him, spawned by memories of those bloody and awful days in combat in the Middle East.

  • Combat is the primary challenge of a Marine, but there are many days when fighting is far from the primary agenda.

    In the first days of a 30-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, I was dispatched to the Marine Officers Basic School at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, my first trip east from my home in Washington state.

    I got a chance to learn much, and for five years I recorded these memories in a journal that now is part of the Filson Historical Society.

  • This weekend marks the 21st year that Bagdad Baptist Church plays host to Bagdad Days, a rite of spring that calls many former Bagdad residents home to play and reconnect with their roots.

    “We have people come back from out of town and out of state for Bagdad Days,” said Kyle Wiley, pastor of Bagdad Baptist. “Everyone knows that their friends will be back, so they come home, too. even young adults know this is a time to return to their roots. It’s a wonderful weekend.”

  • Sitting well back off of KY 55 just a little south of Finchville is a hidden gem of a home for history buffs. The Greek Revival-style home’s original front was built in 1837, and it became known as Sylvan Shades by its second owner.

    “It was actually built by a man named Newland, and he sold the home to Thomas Doolan,” current owner John Test said. “After that it remained in the Doolan family until we purchased it in 1985.”

  • A couple of hundred people turned out for the eighth annual Women’s Health Fair on Thursday night at Claudia Sanders Dinner House. The event, sponsored by Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, focused on colon cancer awareness this year and included a silent auction, health screenings, salon treatments, and featured speakers such as prominent physicians and JHS president, Michael Collins. Proceeds from the event will go to support teen volunteer scholarships.

  • Since its inception 23 years ago, the Shelby County Community Foundation has donated more than $1.2 million to local non-profits, but now the foundation would like to help charities become more self-sustaining.

    On Monday, the foundation released a statement announcing that it is offering a $10,000 matching funds grant to the Shelby County Community Theatre to help fund an endowment to provide future sustainability.

    The theater had approached the foundation for help setting up an endowment.

  • A small group of women who attended a self-defense class at the extension office Tuesday night may not have come away with a black belt in martial arts, but they may have learned something that could save their lives in the future, organizers of the class said.

    “It was a really hands-on class, and I feel sure that everyone who was there walked away feeling more confident about their self-protection,” said Elizabeth Pulliam, executive director of Shelby Prevention.

  • Combat is the primary challenge of a Marine, in fact the raison d’etre of any fighting service, but there are long periods of conditioning and training between battles, providing opportunities for new experiences, many unique to those in the military.

    As an honor graduate of the University of Washington’s Army ROTC program, I was offered a commission as a second lieutenant in the regular U.S. Marine Corps, effective July 1, 1937, a week before my 21st birthday. However, approval of military commissions that year were delayed in the Senate.

  • “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.”

    Those moving words by novelist Victor Hugo are especially true in the case of mothers who lovingly continue to care for children who have endured much illness or trauma in their lives.

    We pay homage to all moms on Mother’s Day this year – with a special tribute to three wonderful women who give a special meaning to the word “mother.”


    Elizabeth Nichols


  • Officials at Centro Latino say they are excited about an upcoming wine tasting this Friday at Talon Winery – the center’s first fundraiser – that they hope will help to fund some new programs.

    Sister Pat Reno, executive director of Centro Latino, said that not only is the number of people who depend on the center growing – they served 15,000 people last year – but they have also added a couple of new services, which are extensions of the center’s GED and English as a second language classes.

  • David Hedrick is a man who knows about retirement. He has retired from at least two positions in his long-standing career as a musician and choral director. This past February, Hedrick retired….again.

    This time, it was from his position as musical director of The Stephen Foster Story, in Bardstown.

    Many Shelby County residents have sung and learned under the direction of David Hedrick as choral director at Shelby County High School. It was from here he earned his first retirement after 28 years teaching.

  • A group of New Yorkers had such a great time celebrating the Derby in Shelbyville last year, not only did they return this year, but they plan to make the trip a tradition, they say.

    “There are a lot of determining factors, but so far it’s worked out very well for the second year in a row and we’ll keep doing it if we can,” said Bob Simons of Lockport N.Y., where the majority of the 53 people in the group reside.

  • If you’d like to get a mint julep at your favorite bar, you better cash in this week. This Southern staple can be hard to locate at any time other than that because a lot of bars don’t normally stock mint. And without mint all you have is, well, bourbon and sugar.

    Churchill Downs, liquor stores and bourbon distilleries want you to believe the premixed concoctions they’re selling are just as good as the basic ingredients, but, let’s be honest, nothing beats that simple blend of sugar, fresh mint, crushed ice and good bourbon.

  • Peggy Tschauner and Ellen Jacobs of Shelby County, two of the 139 cancer survivors who will be participating in the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade May 3, are doubly excited about participating.

    That’s because the pair was chosen to walk in the parade last year, through an online selection process, the usual procedure, but a storm ruined the parade, so they were invited back again this year.

    “We got a letter last year, the Monday after the Derby, they sent out a letter last year to all of us,” Tschauner said.

  • A day full of sunshine and mild temperatures added an extra dash of enjoyment to what was already a day packed with fun and smiles for hundreds who turned out for Shelby County High School’s Rocket Games.

    Noelle Barnes, SCHS’ complex needs counselor, the coordinator for the event, said she estimated that nearly 1,000 people were in attendance.

    “Well, we have three hundred student volunteers, and we have sold over five hundred t-shirts, and we have so many vendors and people who have come out; it’s just great,” Barnes said.

  • Temperatures may have not been up to par, but the rest of Mother Nature’s arsenal cooperated enough on Saturday to enable visitors to the Earth Day celebration at Red Orchard to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.

    Although there were very few children taking advantage of the spacious playground, because of muddy conditions, a crowd began collecting rapidly after the opening of the event at 10 a.m.

  • 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.”