• The mood at Smith-McKenney in Village Plaza today will be one of bittersweet emotions as employees wrap up their last day of business before being taken over by CVS.

    “I’ve been doing this for a long time, forty years, and I know these people – we’re like a family, and it’ll be tough, leaving,” owner Greg Hayes said. “But the cycle goes on, you know, and the one thing that’s constant in life is change.”

  • On June 24, 1916, a tremendous and sustained artillery bombardment by the allied armies of Britain and France commenced the Battle of the Somme, the pivotal conflict in World War I, where 19,240 died on the first day, including my birth father, Reginald Bareham, a member of the 11th Suffolks. This barrage on the German army foretold not only the unfolding of that battle but a sequence of events that changed both the world and many lives forever.

  • 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.

  • With almost as much hat as rider in the saddle, Alex Hockensmith wasn’t the expected winner of the Mark Trumbo Memorial Horse Show in Mount Eden this past June.

    In fact, most observers probably thought the then-5-year-old was more of a little buckaroo than a serious competitor.

    But this Frankfort first-grader is trained well beyond his years.

  • Students at Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Shelby Campus are not only getting a degree, they are also learning about ways to help both the environment and their wallets.

    JCTC’s Sustainability Program, initiated last fall in Jefferson County, was put into effect in Shelbyville this spring, said Pamela Dumm, manager of business operations.

    “Last November, we started with single stream [recycling], and we rolled it out to our Shelbyville campus in May,” she said.

  • ‘No plan survives contact with the enemy.’

     Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800-1891)


    The bloody Battle of the Somme, which commenced on July 1, 1916, has continued to fascinate me. My English father, Sgt. Reginald George Bareham, was one of 19,240 British soldiers – nearly 20 percent of the entire British fighting force – who were killed that day on the French countryside in one of the pre-eminent battles of World War I.

    I was born a week later, on July 8.

  • When new Shelbyville Historic District Coordinator Fred Rogers took over last month for the retired Gail Reed, he said he looked out through Shelbyville and saw a city that cherishes its past.

    “What I see is, by and large, a community that values its historic resources,” he said. “The reason those buildings are still here isn’t because of government regulations and the historic district, it’s because the people here see the value in maintaining and keeping them. That ethic makes this job a lot easier.”

  • 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.

  • September is a busy season for the staff and volunteers of A Loving Choice Pregnancy Resource Center.

    This week, they host their annual fall banquet at Claudia Sanders Dinner House, and later this month they will open their new facility on Clay Street in Shelbyville.

    “This has been an amazing year as we’ve watched our dreams come to life in the new space in the center of Shelbyville,” ALC Executive Director Jan Antos said. “To see the finishing touches come together is truly remarkable. It’s a God thing.”

  • This Sunday will be a special day for the Church of the Annunciation, when Archbishop Joseph Kurtz will be the main celebrant at a special morning mass to bless the church’s new stained-glass windows.

    The dedication, to be held at 9 a.m., is something that the entire church family has been looking forward to, said Annunciation’s pastor, Rev. Mike Tobin.

    “We are getting closer to our big day, and we are very excited,” he said.

  • 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.

  • Five animal rescue groups in Shelby County say they will be joining forces several times a year in order to coordinate fundraisers.

    Part of that will include better marketing, said Vicki Moore, spokesperson for 5rescues.org.

    “We are banding together for the big fundraisers, like the Monarchs, Mutts and Meows, and this year’s Halloween Potty, and hopefully, a summer event next year,” she said. “We are hoping to have three big events each year.”

  • It’s no secret; no matter how healthy a lunch you eat that afternoon letdown works its way in. That sluggish, tired feeling of a long day can be a lot to take in.

    But at East Middle students start to stir for a different reason.

    As the clock gets closer and closer to 1:30 in the afternoon, students are ready to go. They will line up at level 0 (which means quiet as a church mouse, no talking) and slowly walk outside.

  • The Kentucky State Fair opened its gates Thursday with a strong presence of Shelby Countians to share in the excitement.

    One resident in particular, beekeeper Lani Basberg, was really hyped about winning first place for the first time for her dark amber honey.

    “I have been coming here, working at the honey booth, just like I am today, for six years, and this is the first time I have ever entered my honey, and I won a blue ribbon!” said Basberg, who lives on Burks Branch Road.

  • The Biagi home on Brown Avenue in Shelbyville is somewhat like the family who lives there: contemporary, yet traditional, with several features that give it a unique personality all its own.

    The first thing that strikes the passerby is that there are plenty of windows and an attractive blend of limestone and natural wood tones.

    The wide front porch fits right in with the other houses in the neighborhood, but on closer inspection, an attractive limestone column in its center turns out to be the living room fireplace.

  • The pews were overflowing, the voices were overwhelming and the spirit was overpowering on Sunday when perhaps 150 gathered in the little white church to celebrate 200 years of Dover Baptist Church.

  • A round of golf can do wonders for the body and the spirit. Don’t let it do damage, too.

    The sudden torque and twisting involved in driving a golf ball can put quite a strain on the spine. Golfers also can suffer from hand tenderness and numbness, shoulder, elbow and knee pain.

    There are a number of steps you can take to avoid injury:

  • The Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee officially got under way Thursday with the annual breakfast that drew a large crowd into a steamy barn at Undulata Farm.

    “Like Christmas it’s rolled around again,” Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty told the assembled crowd.

    The breakfast is the first event for the Jubilee, nine events stretched through the weekend and the Youth Art Show, which ends Aug. 4.

    After the crowd had finished eating, S.K. Zimmerman, the master of ceremonies, led the group in the singing of a single versus of a few songs.

  • Although organizers remain unsure how much money was raised at Saturday’s Makin’ music, Makin’ waves, fundraiser to support Jamie Wieczorek Andriot’s medical bills from cancer treatments, Adrienne Marcum, who helped organize the event, said it was a “wonderful day.”