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Arts

  • Van Stockum publishes new book on world wars

    Sentinel-News Columnist Gen. Ron Van Stockum has another new book hitting the stands, and he has been invited to sell it at the Kentucky Book Fair, which is Nov. 10 in Frankfort.

    Remembrances of World Warsconsists of the 41 columns he has written about the World Wars of the 20th Century for the Sentinel-News during the past five years.

  • Arts center pitch includes new script

    More than 50 people filled the West Middle School library Tuesday to begin the conversation of possibly adding an arts center to the long-discussed City Center project for the 800 block of Washington and Main streets in Shelbyville.

  • My Morning Jacket has Shelby County roots

    Johnny Quaid said he never set out to be anything but honest with his music and his work.

    On his grandparent’s farm near Shelbyville, where corn and soybeans grew, so did Johnny and his cousin Jim’s band, My Morning Jacket. Comprised of members from Pleasureville, Buckner, and Shelbyville, the band’s music reached international acclaim with its first albums recorded mostly on the family farm.

  • Failed retirement creates book for Shelby County native

    There you are: 55 or 65 or whatever and about to retire. You’ve worked your whole life. day in, day out. You’re standing on the threshold of a new life. One that you author. One that you’ve awaited.

    Your day has arrived. Now what?

    Simpsonville native Mike Shouse found stepping into retirement was not as easy as he had hoped. “I wasn’t very good at it,” he said. “In fact, I failed the first time. I just wasn’t ready for the emotional changes.”

  • Artist Bright is back in the spotlight

    The mood in downtown Louisville tonight will be one of celebration and of achievement and also for many, a time to remember a native son of Shelbyville.

    The Louisville Clock, created by late artist Barney Bright of Shelbyville, has been out of commission for several years but has been restored and will be dedicated at its new location in Theater Square near 4th Street.  

  • Arts center project gets another donation

    The plan to develop the 800 block of Main and Washington streets into an arts and conference center got another  boost this week.

    Attorney Don Prather and his wife, Greta, donated a house at 810 Washington St. to the city to use for the project, following up on the donation last October by Citizens Union Bank of property at 818 and 820 Washington.

     “This is kind of a dream project that we [with Leon Mooneyhan] have, and this kind of generous donation lets others know we’re still moving forward,” Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said.

  • Shelby County native continues novel ideas

    When Shelby County native Drew Howell released his first book, Expendable Assets, he said more books would follow.

    He hasn’t let readers down on that promise, recently releasing Irish Pennant and promising even more books will be published.

  • Street party kicks off summer activities

    Is there anything better than listening to good music with a slight breeze ruffling your hair and a plate of food in your lap to get you in the mood for summer?

    Sound like a plan?

    It could be if you attend the kickoff this weekend of the 2012 Street Party Concert Series in downtown Shelbyville. And to add to the image, organizers say food prices will be very reasonable, and the concerts are absolutely free.

  • New book covers 2011 in Shelby County

    The work product of photographer Greg Biagi’s year of roaming the events and capturing the people of Shelby County is about to become public.

    Shelby County, Kentucky 2011 – A Living History, a new book from veteran Shelby County publisher William E. Matthews, is headed to the press and should be available shortly after Memorial Day.

    Matthews said in a press release announcing the book’s completion, that this  9 x12, full-color, coffee-table book contains approximately 750 photographs by Biagi.

  • New Shelby youth choir hoping to hit high note

    One of James Ray Morgan’s earliest musical memories is of his mother singing country tunes to him in their Mercury Comet.
    “And I was one of those kids that sang with the stars on records in my room made to be a grand stage,” Morgan said.
    Now, he’s fulfilling a dream and bringing that stage – a singing stage – to Shelby County, for dozens of youth.