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Robert Franklin “Frank” Douglas was recently wrapped with a Quilt of Valor. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1958. He is married to Janelle Douglas. more
Retired educator Reva Martin was surprised Wednesday when a parade of cars, including a Shelbyville policeman with lights flashing, drove by her home, honking and greeting her by name. The group was celebrating Reva’s 90th birthday. In her teacherly manner, the retired teacher put her hands on her hips and stated, “Now I know why you wanted me to move my car!”... more
Going up the mountain to Tracy City can be a relaxing one-day fall trip. The town serves as the location of the Grundy County Historical Society, just in case you need more history. There’s one art gallery named, The Nature Works, which focuses solely on nature and wildlife. There are incidentally about 12 churches, including the historic First Baptist, which was founded in the late 1800s. There are great mom and pop establishments for lunch and dinner. So check out Tracy City, which is at one end of the Fiery Gizzard Trail, known for its beauty. In this time of COVID-19, pack a picnic lunch for a day road trip and stop off at the park there. more
God, grant me the serenity
 to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
 For I can do everything through Christ Who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:13. more
Several non-profit organizations benefited from the dedication of workers during the recent United Way of Bedford County’s Day of Caring. Jostens, Newell Brands and First Community Bank provided volunteers who completed several projects for non-profits who are also partners of United Way of Bedford County... more
Janolyn King recently provided her fellow Rotarians with an overview of her life and career, including her work at Cascade Middle School. Club president Ivan Jones was program facilitator.  more
The late Sam Gunter was known to most Bedford Countians as simply “Clarabell.” In memory of his beloved father, who passed away in 2019, Kevin Gunter has opened an antique, sport and outdoors shop on the public square at East Depot Street rightfully named, Clarabell Collectibles... more
Black cats are symbolic of Halloween, appearing in decorations as well as subjects for spook night folklore. Sadly, our dark, furry friends often get a bad rap, due to superstitions which abound during trick-or-treat time. Many cultures harbor superstitions about black cats, feeling they represent either good or bad luck. Black cats have been connected to witches, with various tales indicating that black cats are witches’ familiars... more
Amelia Jefferson, who is new to this area, and her poodle/Bichon Frise, “Max,” enjoyed Monday’s pleasant weather during a trip to H.V. Griffin Park. more
A few months prior to his passing in 2018, Henry Marvin Peacock received an official letter from the president of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, which confirmed he and another former classmate were the school’s first African-American graduates. Proud of that accomplishment, Peacock’s family recently discussed the life of the man they knew and loved as “Henry.”... more
Shelbyville residents know all too well, particularly right now during the pandemic, that sometimes life necessitates a road trip to the mountains. That’s what Dianne and Victor Ratley of Shelbyville decided to do last weekend; they witnessed the beginnings of fall colors within about 100 miles from Bedford County... more
Author Bruce McIntyre once said in a prayer that caregivers are often “unknown and unnoticed, but a hero, none-the-less.” He also said, “even in weakness, a caregiver gives life to their beloved.” Lee Ann Hyatt, RN, the new Bedford County Caregiver Relief director, said for such reasons, those caring for Alzheimer’s Disease patients should be recognized. It was in 1983, when President Ronald Reagan designated November as “Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.”... more
After several months hiatus due to the pandemic, Shelbyville Woman’s Club reconvened at Riverbend Country Club on Wednesday with Jennifer Jordan Thompson emceeing the annual members’ only fall fashion show. Word is, from J Jordan Boutique, plaid still reigns queen in fall wardrobes... more
Halloween is a unique day each year when people gather together for parties, parades and of course, trick-or-treating. October 31 is a day that most children eagerly await each year because it means an opportunity to don a costume and come home with bags full of sweet treats... more
Danielle Armbruster and her family are having a great season at The Shops at Main & McGrew 100 South Main St., on the public square. So much so, they’re planning to pay it forward this Christmas. During the holiday open house on Saturday, Nov. 28, or which has become known around the public square as “Small Business Saturday,” the Main and McGrew staff are hoping to give back to the community. ... more
Regina Ann Kincaid Lang, U.S. Air Force 1986-2006, and husband, Kennard W. Lang, U.S. Air Force 1984-2001, were recently honored with Quilts of Valor for their military service. Regina is a Community High School graduate. more
While times may be a little tight financially for the community, fact remains that the work being done by the Bedford County Caregiver Relief Program needs to continue. The number of people suffering from Alzheimer’s and onset dementia only continues to increase, according to Caregiver board members... more
Allison Taylor Alcorn, daughter of Allen and Shannon (Taylor) Alcorn of Fayetteville, was recently crowned Lincoln County High School homecoming queen; she is a senior. Grandparents are Luci and Tom Taylor and Shirley and Joe Alcorn, all of Shelbyville. more
When the weather turns cooler, I always get the urge to bake. There is something about the smell of baked goods-those hot from the oven-that just envelop me in comfort. My Mom would always make big batches of quick breads in the fall and put them in the freezer to use during the cooler months and holidays. One of my favorite baked goods is scones. ... more
Ann Spencer recently shared with her Liberty FCE Club members how she has made Halloween costumes for her grandchildren, Elijah Oosting, 3, and his sister, Eleanor Oosting, 1 1/2. Her daughter, Merri Catherine Oosting said recently her mom’s been sewing for many years; she made a variety of outfits when she was young. Naturally, she cherishes the Halloween costumes... more
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