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  • The candidates for the District 20 state Senate seat each picked up a key endorsement this week.

    The National Federation of Independent Business has endorsed Republican Paul Hornback, and the Kentucky Education Political Action Committee is backing Democrat David Eaton in the race to replace retiring Sen. Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville).

    NFIB/Kentucky cited Hornback’s background in agriculture his positions and records on small business issues.  

  • In recalling some of the “characters” with whom I served during my 30-year career (1937-67) as an officer in the regular U.S. Marine Corps, Rear Admiral Thomas B. Brittain comes to mind.

  • What do Catholics, politicians and strong black coffee have in common?

    They were all present Wednesday night at a very amicable candidate forum held by the Church of the Annunciation’s Service Committee.

  •  While active on the campaign trail, Shelby County’s next crop of elected officials has learned to be good at one thing, raising money.

  • There was standing room only at the Stratton Center in Shelbyville on Thursday night as Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul shared his views in front of members of the Shelby County Republican Party.

    Paul, an ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, the son of U.S. Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, the Libertarian candidate for president in 2008, is leading in polls over Secretary of State Trey Grayson in the Republican primary for the seat being vacated by Jim Bunning.

  • Shelbyville will hold on the District 20 State Senate seat for a few more years.

    When Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville) steps down in November after 20 years in state government, he will usher in a new face from his hometown, but we'll have to wait and see if it's fellow Republican Paul Hornback, who Tapp has endorsed for his seat, or Democrat David Eaton.

    Hornback, a newcomer to the political scene, trumped fellow first-timer David Glauber with 62.3 percent of the vote and carried Shelby, Spencer and Bullitt counties.

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  • Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger confirmed Thursday night that he would be seeking the Republican nomiation for state Agriculture Commissioner in 2011. He had announced on his Facebook page earlier Thursday evening that he would eschew a run for the governor’s office in 2011 and instead seek the office being vacatedf by  Richie Farmer. In response to an E-mail from The Sentinel-News, he said, "I can confirm I will be running for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner.".  Rothenburger, who long had been spe

  • 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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