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  • The campaign trail for the 20th District Senate seat stopped in Shelbyville on Tuesday, when candidates David Eaton and Paul Hornback spoke to the Shelby County chapter of the Home Builders Association of Louisville.

    The candidates were given 10 minutes to speak, and that was followed by a brief question-and-answer period from a crowd of about 30.

    Hornback, a Republican, was born and raised in Shelby County and, after two years in the banking industry, became a farmer in 1977. He now farms 2,000 acres for a variety of crops.

  • 'Antigone' opens Friday Shelby County Community Theatre’s performance of Antigone, Antigone, directed by Amanda Simmons, opens Friday and continues Sept. 11-12, 17-19. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. This is teh first show of the theater's Youth Series for this season.

  • 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. 

  •  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.

  • Cyndi Powell-Skellie is the director of Leader of the Pack, which opens tonight at Shelby County Community Theatre. She is a veteran of many acting and directing assignments. She spoke with he Shelby On Stage blog about this show and her role, Visit www.shelbyonstage.blogspot.com.  

    SHELBY ON STAGE: Have you previously directed Leader of the Pack?

  • Earlier this year John Benjamin was putting a few “unique twists” on Romeo and Juliet. He said he was pretty certain that William Shakespeare would have been pleased.

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  • Shortly after the great Battle of the Somme, where nearly 20,000 British soldiers had been killed during the initial day, July 1, 1916, letters filtered back that my mother’s husband, Reg Bareham, had not returned from the attack and was “missing in action.”

  • Olivia Martin will play the lead role of Ellie Greenwich in the Shelby County Community Theatre’s production of "The Leader of the Pack."

    This hit Broadway musical celebrates the life and times of Ellie Greenwich, whose doo-wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the sixties charts. Greenwich wrote the show.

    Veteran theater director and actor Cyndi Powell Skellie is directing.

  • THE Sentinel-NEWS: How did this idea originate?

  • A holiday comedy, two shows featuring younger performers and a hit Broadway musical are part of the 2010-2011 season for the Shelby County Community Theatre.

    The lineup, announced Wednesday by SCCT’s board, also features a list of locally known and proven directors who will handle a variety of plays.

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    On Jan. 7, 1916, Sgt. Reginald Bareham, the man my mother, Florence, had married, sailed for France with his regiment to do battle in the first World War.

    On April 20, he was presented with a “Card of Honour” by the Major General commanding the division for his "Gallant leading of night patrols during March and April [1916]” against the Germans.

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  • My mother, Florence Van Stockum, spent the last 18 years of her long life in Shelby County.

  • Rand Paul’s romp to the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate got a big boost in Shelby County, and the county helped state Attorney General Jack Conway surge ahead early on the Democratic side.

    These two-horse races had been called close at times, but that didn’t pan out in Shelby or elsewhere in Kentucky – at least as far as Paul was concerned.

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