• A woman of music, a woman of Christ, a woman of community.

    Betty Jean Chatham has been described in all these ways by many in Shelby County.

    Chatham, who is set to retire after a 60-year musical career of much distinction, with a last concert on Sunday at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville, has been an inspiration to so many people in the community, and not just musically, said former student John Shannon, who was also her assistant director of the longstanding Life Singers choir.

  • With this column, my 96th, the number of all my columns written for The Sentinel-News finally has equaled my age. I shall continue to write, subject to the editor’s tolerance, in order to reach 100 columns before my 100th birthday, hopefully well before.

    We all are reminded about the inconsistency, in fact utter unreliability, of recent memory. A typical example is opening the refrigerator door to get a dish out of the microwave.

    However, long-time memory seems to have an indelible quality. Once recorded, it can be forever recalled.

  • A Shelby County woman is recovering from Lyme Disease that she contracted during what she expected to be a peaceful walk on a nature trail in Jefferson County in August.

    But in an instant, her mood turned from tranquil to terror, when she glanced down and saw hundreds of ticks climbing up her body; many of them had even made it up past her waist when she spotted them.

  • It’s the time of year to take a moment to enjoy the beautiful autumn colors, but if you’re going to slip on an old pair of shoes you left on the porch before heading outside to admire your colorful trees, you’d better not – you could end up dead or scarred, experts said.

    That’s because along with an abundance of beautiful fall foliage, the spider population has really exploded this year, and two extremely poisonous varieties could be lurking in unlikely places.

  • Twinning is a phrase many of today’s youth use to describe the act of dressing alike.

    In Shelby County it can also be used to describe several of the fall sports teams.

    That’s because twins contributed to five of the varsity sports teams at Collins and Shelby County high schools.

    And in several cases those squads weren't just twinning, they’re also winning.

  • Members of Beechridge Baptist Church have seen a lot of changes in its 200 years, including moving indoors and a name change.

    This Bagdad-area church, located on Benson Pike about 3 miles east of the intersection with KY 395, started nearby its current location when parishioners would gather in the woods on log benches with lanterns hanging in the trees.

    But it persevered, and by 1888 what was then the Baptist Church of Jesus Christ at Beech Ridge had its own building.

  • “We are one hundred years old as a club, but not one of us is one hundred years old!” said Mary David Myles, secretary/treasurer of the Shelbyville Chautauqua Club.

    She was addressing a group of past and present members of the club and local dignitaries who gathered Thursday at Science Hill Inn to mark 100 years since the founding of this women’s club.

  • As he heads out to Louisville International Airport on Saturday morning to begin a trip to visit three war memorials at the nation’s capital, John Miles of Bagdad said he will be remembering a day he lived through 68 years ago.

    A day he lived through, but so many of his friend didn’t – D Day.

    “It was like time had no meaning, with what was happening around us,” he said. “I was scared; we all were. If you were breathing, you were scared.”

  • SIMPSONVILLE – “The neighbors have all been calling, wondering what in the world is going on,” said Bruce Pearce, gesturing around his sprawling yard at dozens of people bustling around, setting up lighting, cameras, sound equipment, and even a wardrobe tent and dressing room.

    “I told them, ‘Don’t tell me you’ve never seen a film crew making a movie before!’” he said with a chuckle.

  • “I just had a baby three months ago, so this is a piece of cake compared to that!”

    Those were the words of Tristan Stansfield, a fitness instructor, as she wriggled out from under the last strand of barbed wire in a sand pit.

    “Hey, I think I ripped my pants,” came a comment from behind her.

    The “sands of time” was only one of 23 activities set up on a 10K obstacle course set up for adults during the Swamp Tromp at Clear Creek Park on Saturday. A course for kids had 16.

  • Whether you’re an athlete, a stay-at-home mom or an ironworker, don’t skimp on the quality of your footwear.

    The most important factor with shoes is how they function, not how they look.

  • Does caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s sometimes seem frustrating or overwhelming?

    If so, there is a new organization in Shelbyville that provides a support group for caregivers of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

    The group, headed by Lisa Claire, former chaplain at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville, will meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at First Christian Church on Eminence Pike.

  • A two-legged dog named Jenna may not have a back end, but her heart more than makes up for what she lacks, animal rescue officials said.

    The small, terrier mix was hit by a car last year and had to have both back legs amputated, said Vicki Moore, spokesperson for 5rescues.org.

    The dog, which belongs to Denise Jones of Woodstock Animal Foundation, was scheduled to be put down, but homemaker Robin Kenyon said, “They just couldn’t do it.

  • The mood at Smith-McKenney in Village Plaza today will be one of bittersweet emotions as employees wrap up their last day of business before being taken over by CVS.

    “I’ve been doing this for a long time, forty years, and I know these people – we’re like a family, and it’ll be tough, leaving,” owner Greg Hayes said. “But the cycle goes on, you know, and the one thing that’s constant in life is change.”

  • On June 24, 1916, a tremendous and sustained artillery bombardment by the allied armies of Britain and France commenced the Battle of the Somme, the pivotal conflict in World War I, where 19,240 died on the first day, including my birth father, Reginald Bareham, a member of the 11th Suffolks. This barrage on the German army foretold not only the unfolding of that battle but a sequence of events that changed both the world and many lives forever.

  • 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.

  • With almost as much hat as rider in the saddle, Alex Hockensmith wasn’t the expected winner of the Mark Trumbo Memorial Horse Show in Mount Eden this past June.

    In fact, most observers probably thought the then-5-year-old was more of a little buckaroo than a serious competitor.

    But this Frankfort first-grader is trained well beyond his years.

  • Students at Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Shelby Campus are not only getting a degree, they are also learning about ways to help both the environment and their wallets.

    JCTC’s Sustainability Program, initiated last fall in Jefferson County, was put into effect in Shelbyville this spring, said Pamela Dumm, manager of business operations.

    “Last November, we started with single stream [recycling], and we rolled it out to our Shelbyville campus in May,” she said.

  • ‘No plan survives contact with the enemy.’

     Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800-1891)


    The bloody Battle of the Somme, which commenced on July 1, 1916, has continued to fascinate me. My English father, Sgt. Reginald George Bareham, was one of 19,240 British soldiers – nearly 20 percent of the entire British fighting force – who were killed that day on the French countryside in one of the pre-eminent battles of World War I.

    I was born a week later, on July 8.