• Prelude to War

    It seems timely to write about the Great War, now known as World War I.  Just over 100 years ago, on July 28, 1914, with the declaration of war on Serbia by Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary, the war commenced. Its genesis had been the assassination a month earlier in Sarajevo of the Emperor’s son and heir, Archduke Franz Ferdinand. 

  • Visitors to the 2014 Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee had some hot fun Saturday downtown, and in some cases, some fun ran hot and cold, as with the ice cream eating contest.

  • Inside stuff:

    Address:139 Fox Run

    Owners:Neal and Barbara Hammon

    Statistics:3,500 square feet, 2 stories, 8 rooms, 6 working fireplaces


    Built: 1977;designed by Neal Hammon

    Accoutrements:All locks in the house made between 1820 and 1860


  • 1803

    October 26The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled against Nicholas Meriwether in a case involving his rights as assignee to two settlement tracts of 400 acres each and two associated preemption warrants of 1,000 acres each.  Two months after the court's ruling, his son, Richard, in Shelby County, wrote his Uncle William Meriwether a disquieting letter:

  • 1797

    September:  Joseph Hornsby brought his family to Kentucky, making his home on his 2,499-acre tract near Simpsonville, which he called “Grasslands.”  He kept a “Planter’s Diary,” which has been described by George I. Willis, Sr. in his History of Shelby County, Kentucky, published in 1929:


  • Hot dogs are simply the perfect summer food. You don’t even need a plate to enjoy a delectable dog right off the grill – just a bun and some mustard or ketchup and you’re back hitting Wiffle balls and chasing fireflies.

    But don’t be so quick to push the frankfurter off on the kids while the adults wait for more sophisticated fare from the coals.

    With a little better quality dog and some extra topping, adults and kids can share the culinary delight.

  • Shelby County had been created out of Jefferson County, Kentucky in 1792, with Shelbyville established as its county seat.  Settlers, nevertheless, had to be wary of Native American attacks although they were diminished in strength and in frequency.

    Vince Akers, an authority on early Shelby County history, in a paper prepared in 1979, described what he believed to be the final attack in Shelby County

    Smock Family Tragedy

  • 1792

    December 1:  A letter to Editor John Bradford, signed by Nicholas Meriwether, occupied three of the four front-page columns of the Kentucky Gazette. Extracts from Meriwether’s letter: 


  • Meat is probably the least transparent business on earth. 

    Our desire for cheap meat has created an industrial system that sates the American appetite of an estimated 200 pounds of meat per person each year.  That’s about twice the global average.  Plus, we seem to know very little about something we eat an awful lot. 

    The industrial meat business is predominately a closed system that takes place behind gated complexes, far from the potential consumer. 

  • Graduation Day 2014 was Saturday and Shelby's seniors celebrated with joys and tears.

  • 1788

    March 31, Tick Creek Massacre:  A band of Delawares attacked Bland Ballard’s log cabin located a few yards from the fort at Tyler’s Station on Tick Creek about six miles east of Shelbyville.

    Historian Vince Akers, an authority on the American Revolution in Kentucky, in a lecture at a meeting of the Painted Stone Settlers, spoke about Bland W. Ballard, who had been a member of the escorting militia during the Long Run Massacre:

  • 1782 – “The Year of Blood”
    Marked for death, with faces painted black, Dr. John Knight and his commanding officer, Col. William Crawford, awaited their fate. As described in my previous column, Crawford was burned at the stake with Knight being forced to watch the ordeal.
    Dr. Knight managed to survive by escaping from his captors, making his way back to Fort Pitt “in the Most Deplorable Condition Man could be in and be alive.”

  • Headline



    By Lisa King

    Traveling north on Todds Point Road, just before you get deep into the country, there is a large woodpile on the east side of the road. Roughly the size of the modest house and three greenhouses it surrounds, the woodpile seems to be way too much to heat a home, especially as we turn the corner into spring and summer.

    So what’s the purpose of such a massive amount of wood? Well, Kenneth Terrell will tell you, if you have a few minutes to listen to his tale.


    As Kentucky starts to take shape as a part of Virginia, life on the frontier, including in what is today Shelby County, remained difficult and dangerous.

    I set out to write this series of columns as a chronology of early Kentucky history, basically a routine list of dates and events, milestones in time. I now realize that some events are of such significance, or unusual character, that they cry out for amplification. I have answered the cry!



  • 1775

    Daniel Boone and his trailblazers, including his younger brother Squire, had reached the future site of Boonesborough at the confluence of the Kentucky River and Otter Creek on April 1, 1775.  Judge Richard Henderson of the newly formed Transylvania Company, the leader of the expedition, having signed a treaty with the Cherokees, brought his main party to join Boone at the chosen site on April 20.

  • Though Saturday dawned cool and cloudy, the sound of children’s laughter at Red Orchard Park warmed the souls of those in attendance for Bunny Days.

    Shelby County Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Pickens glanced around at the 200 children and adults who bundled up against chilly morning temperatures to hunt eggs and find prizes.

    “We’re down a little from last year, because it’s so cool, but all in all, I think it’s going really well,” he said.

  • If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then Cherry Settle must have a claim on her husband Tommy’s heart for the next millennium.

    The couple’s beautiful 144-year-old antebellum-style home on Shelbyville Road, where they have resided for the past four decades and raised their two children, Jennifer and Tommy Jr., was the former residence of Col. Harland Sanders and his wife, Claudia.

    And while changes occur over forty years, the Settles could never change one thing that helped launch an American icon.

  • As a result of the defeat of the forces of Pope Pius IX in the battle of Castelfidardo on Sept. 18, 1860, and its aftermath, the Papal States were reduced significantly in size and in influence. Lost to the Piedmontese were Papal territories to the East of Rome, including the Adriatic seaport of Ancona. It was a bloody battle in which the Pope’s forces, totaling 9,000, faced 60,000 Piedmontese.

  • The wind in her hair, with sounds of the most dangerous animals on earth roaring in her ears on the plains of Africa, Marty Mason of Bagdad has proven time and again why she ranked among the top five in the international Extreme Huntress competition last year.

    Her home in Bagdad, where she lives with her husband, Bob, features a trophy room the couple built after they discovered the joys of big-game hunting in Africa in 2008, and the walls are adorned with dozens of trophies from zebra to hippo to antelope.