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Shelbyville has a lot to offer in many different aspects of life. No one may understand that more than Shelbyville resident Joe Thompson, who spent 71 years living in California before finding his way back to Central Illinois.



Originally born in Pana, Thompson moved to California when he was 11 years old. When he decided to leave, he just went East without knowing where he was going. He feels fortunate to have found Shelbyville because it fits him.



Thompson is a regular at the Shelbyville Library, and it’s just another example of what he enjoys about the town.


The people of Shelbyville really stick out to Thompson, and that happened even before he had a house. 



Thompson appeared as a guest on the NewsTalk WTIM Morning Show live from our studios in Downtown Shelbyville.

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