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Today's Features

  • Early in 1987, my mother, Florence Van Stockum, then living in San Diego, informed me that Dad was failing and difficult for her to look after. I persuaded them to come to Shelby County to live with us, which they did with reluctance, leaving many close friends in California. 

    Late in 1988, Dad died at the age of 98. In concentrating on my remarkable mother, I don’t want to overlook Dad, a handsome, hard-working Hollander whose devotion to me as his adopted child was exceptional. 

  • South Africa has for years impacted the Saddlebred industry with horse and human talent, and the new Singing Hills Stable in Shelbyville is a prime example of that country’s growing influence on Shelby’s scene.

    Gene and Annalize van der Walt are the managers and part-owners of the 22-acre training and breeding operation located off Taylorsville Road, coming to Shelby County from their native homeland following an 8-year stop in Oregon.

  • Information was gathered from previous years of The Shelby Sentinel, The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News. You can reach the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com.

  • Blue ribbons once again are up for grabs, and several Shelby County residents will be chasing them at the 106th Kentucky State Fair, which got off to its 11-day run Thursday.

    Although the exact number of Shelby County entrants is unknown because fair officials don’t track and publish such data, a survey of past participants and club leaders suggests Shelby County once again will have a strong presence in many classes.

  •  Katie Hisle of Shelbyville has been cast in the leading role of Bluegirl in upcoming performances of Levisa’s Fury, a play written by her grandfather, Mike Smith of Shelbyville.

  • Levisa’s Fury, written by Mike Smith of Shelbyville, is a musical about a girl who is a fan of University of Kentucky basketball who becomes embroiled in a school bus crash and an abduction. It will conclude Friay and Saturday at the A. L. Birch Amphitheater in Clear Creek Park. It stars Smith’s granddaughter, Katie Hisle, and is directed Kathi E. B. Ellis. Veteran Shelbyville thespian Lynne McReynolds Chenault of Shelbyville is the musical director.

  • One day in early 1918, Florence, while serving with the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) at Fowlmere, Cambrideshire, England, cycled out to nearby Duxford Air Field, then being used by the American Expeditionary Force.

    Here she came across Sergeant Anton W. Van Stockum, a native of Holland, also cycling, who, after emigrating to the United States, had volunteered for the U. S. Army Air Corps.

  •  What do the words “Life Singers” mean to longtime Shelby Countians?

    “A ton of happy memories,” to businessman John Shannon.

    “An awesome experience,” to restaurateur Bobby Andriot.

    “A fun thing to do,” to Judge John David Myles.

  • Information was gathered from previous years of The Shelby Sentinel, The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News. You can reach the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com.