• Shelby County Community Theatre's Swindler: Season is ‘fabulous’

    Shelby County Community Theatre next month will debut its 37th season when South Pacific is staged starting July 19th at the facility at 801 Main St. in Shelbyville. The theater features a lineup of five main-stage shows and three more productions in its more intimate dining room upstairs at the theater. Jamie Swindler, recently installed as president of the theater’s board, spoke with The Sentinel-News about the upcoming season and her role.


  • Saturday night is all right for country singer JD Shelburne

    Saturday night’s performance at the Shelby County Fair will be a homecoming of sorts for rising country musician JD Shelburne.

    He grew up in small town Taylorsville, raising tobacco on his father’s farm and playing various sports. And during that time he said he never really came in contact with music.

  • Church concert series embraces Bluegrass

     There is just something about music that soothes the soul.

    It’s for that reason Waddy Baptist Church member Kent McKinney has organized the first Waddy Concert Series.

  • Downtown concerts return on Saturday

    The monthly Downtown Concert Series returns to the Veterans Park in Shelbyville on Saturday – but with a slight twist this year.

    The concerts only will be held on Saturday nights, but they will feature the same music, food, prize drawings and other events that have been staples of these popular events in the past.

  • Strike a note for former music teachers

    Musicians performing at a concert this Saturday at Shelby County High School will be playing more than their instruments but with their heartstrings.

    That’s because the Ernie Threlkeld/Susie Saunders/Mel Owen Memorial Jam is a tribute to those beloved music teachers, all deceased now, the last of whom (Threlkeld) passed away in October.

    That’s when about a dozen or more of their students picked up their instruments again and began to practice for this event, said Kathy Edwards Eskridge, a nurse at Our Lady of Peace in Louisville.

  • Shelby woman's 2nd novel is about the changes life brings

    The cover of Tracy Coffee Gayle’s second novel gives clues to its content. It’s a collage of pictures and mementos from the lives of her characters as they travel through life and down memory lane, unearthing family stories.

    Valerie, Jean & Me tells the story of three sisters, their mother, stepfather and baby brother. But these are not just characters on a page or merely stories in a book. These characters come to life in the text, as they do in Gayle’s creative imagination.

  • Gallery founder redraws her future

    Almost exactly 10 years after helping start Shelby Artists on Main, Linda Powell is ready to step away and start a new journey.

    “It’s time for me to refresh myself,” she said. “I love teaching, but I’m ready to take some classes myself.”

    Powell and John Clayton opened Shelby Artists on Main in May of 2003, and she said she wouldn’t trade her time at 617 Main Street for anything.

  • Scenery is familiar in movie made in Shelby

    Have you ever seen a film that’s romantic but not sappy, humorous but not slapstick, with religious overtones but not spouting fire and brimstone?

    That might be a way to describe Pieces of Easter, a spiritual movie created and filmed in Shelbyville, Simpsonville, Finchville, Oldham and Jefferson counties and in Indiana that hits theaters today.

  • Directors step in to help one another for Shelby theater production

    Rick Reinle didn’t set out to direct the stage production of Harvey, which this weekend begins a 2-week run at Shelby County Community Theatre. He initially tried out for the lead.

    But a twist of plot – and fate and friendship – persuaded Reinle to change his plans, and he stepped into the role of director with Bob Zielinski (co-director) when Zielinski faced extensive surgery.

  • Shelbyville playwright to stage new musical in Louisville

    A Shelby County playwright has a play set to debut in Louisville in April, and auditions will be held there on Sunday.

    When Jenny Lind Came To Town, a fact-based musical docu-drama celebrating Jenny Lind’s April 1851 performances in Louisville and Madison, Ind., will make its debut at the Clifton Center in Louisville on April 3-7.

    The play is the newest work of playwright and Shelbyville resident Mike Smith, whose hobby of collecting vintage programs and tickets inspired him to write and produce a play about renown 19th century soprano Jenny Lind.