Darrell Wells, a life-long resident of Madison County is a dyed-in-the-wool fan of the KHSAA Boy's Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament.
He’s such a fan that he hasn’t missed the tournament in 63 years.
Darrell has continued to attend the tournament despite failing eyesight in recent years.
He had a choice spot in the stands this year with his wife Wanda at his side.
It was my privilege to spend a few minutes with Darrell and Wanda at Rupp Arena during the tournament, and we agreed to meet there again for next year’s tournament.
Darrell’s first attended the tournament in 1951 and has not missed since. I wonder if anyone anywhere can claim such a record.
He has more connection to education and school sports than simply being an avid basketball fan.
Darrell served 14 years as a member of the Madison County School Board and later served as a magistrate.
He and Wanda had a son, Dwayne, who was a beloved teacher and coach at Clark-Moores Middle School. He taught history and physical education in addition to coaching football and baseball. Dwayne died suddenly from a heart attack in October 2010, leaving a wife and kindergarten-aged son.
Darrell and Wanda also are the parents of a daughter, Denise, who lives in Gulf Shore, Ala. Denise’s son, Kyle Daugherty is crew coach for the University of Florida. Her daughter, Keely Daugherty, is a junior at the University of Alabama.
Darrell is a farmer, who, like many Kentucky farmers raised tobacco and cattle for his livelihood. He and Wanda continue to live on their beautiful 600 acre farm on Jacks Creek Road, where they have resided for the entire 54 years of their marriage. Their lovely home is more than 100 years old.
You can say this of Darrell Wells. In addition to being a super basketball fan with a tournament attendance record that may be unequaled, he is an outstanding farmer, educator, husband, father, grandfather, citizen and an all-around fine gentleman.
He's a fan
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Register hosting open house Tuesday
The Richmond Register is inviting the public to an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at its 380 Big Hill Ave. office.
In addition to being an opportunity for readers and customers to meet the newspaper’s staff, the open house is a way for the Register to say “thank you” during the holiday season, said publisher Ann Laurence, who joined the newspaper about six month ago.
Mayfield teaches community about ‘Christmas Around the World’
Hallmark needed third-grade Mayfield Elementary students to create holiday cards to teach the community about Christmas traditions around the world, their teachers told them.
With this fictional challenge in mind, students went about researching, creating, assembling and selling their own custom-made Christmas cards over the past nine weeks. The proceeds from the card sale will help fund a trip to the Louisville Zoo in April.
Christmas party at the library
The Madison County Public Library hosted its annual Christmas party Saturday at the Richmond branch. Children and their families enjoyed visits with Santa, ornament making and hot chocolate. Each child received a book as a gift.
Holiday Happenings Annual Craft Show
The Holiday Happenings Annual Craft Show hosted more than 20 booths at Richmond City Hall on Saturday. Visitors browsed throughout the morning and afternoon, talking to crafters and purchasing their jewelry, handmade soaps, candy, paper products and many other items.
Pet Photos with Santa
The Madison County Humane Society, Animal League for Life had its annual Pet Photos with Santa on Saturday at the Madison County Public Library in Richmond. The event raises money for the nonprofit, which runs solely on donations. Photos were taken by J and K Kreations.
Liberty Place celebrates the holidays
The Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women on Thursday evening decorated the shelter and had a celebration for the holiday season. Ladies lit up and decorated a Christmas tree, sang songs and shared a meal and candy.
Dolly Parton returning to Richmond on May 27
County music legend Dolly Parton, who gave an October 2008 benefit performance in Richmond for St. Mark Catholic Church and School, is returning May 27.
Raising Cane's, Dick's Sporting Goods site plans approved
Richmond residents will soon have a new option available to them when choosing where to eat.
At Thursday evening’s Planning and Zoning Commission business session, the site plan for a Raising Cane’s on Barnes Mill Road was approved.
Richmond Register food drive offers subscription deals
The Richmond Register has teamed up with Grace Now Food Pantry, Meijer and the Richmond Centre shopping complex to collect non-perishable food items for those in need this holiday season.
Richmond man charged with assault, unlawful imprisonment
Richmond Police Wednesday arrested a Woodland Avenue man after being told he assaulted his girlfriend and held her captive.
Aaron J. Stinson, 30, was charged with second-degree assault and first-degree unlawful imprisonment when his girlfriend told police about an argument between the two in late November.
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