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  • Hundreds of Republicans from extreme to moderate descended on Claudia Sanders Dinner House on Friday for the Shelby County Republican Party's Lincoln Day celebration and fundraiser.

    David Williams, president of the state Senate, was the keynote speaker, and he reminded the crowd not only of Lincoln's Kentucky roots but also of his message.

  • George Meriwether died on Feb. 4, 1782, near Brownsville, Pa., where he had settled for a few months while bringing his family to Louisville.

    The loss was felt by many, for George was a person of great promise, not yet 38, in the prime of his life.

    Initially uninformed of the nature of his death, I was left with a question as to whether or not he was killed by Indians, who were still a threat to travelers into Kentucky at that time.

  • Democrat Mike F. Taylor of Mulberry Pike in Pleasureville has filed to run for magistrate in District 4.

    Taylor, 55, has been a full-time farmer for 40 years and was an AI (artificial insemination) technician of cattle.

    He is from Bagdad and has lived on Mulberry Pike for 29 years.

    He has run for office twice before.

  • Ken Franks of Bagdad is running for magistrate in District 4, the seat being vacated by Cordy Armstrong, who is retiring.

    Franks, 47, is retired from a career in state government and now is working part-time at Clore-Argri-Co. on Eminence Pike.

    Franks never has run for office before, but said he felt the time was right to do so.

    "I have been in public service all my life, and it just seemed like a good time to do it," he said.

  • Passersby on Plainview Drive in Shelbyville have been doing a double take at seeing Christ in the front yard of the Horns’ residence. An extremely lifelike snow sculpture of Christ on the cross has been drawing a lot of attention. “It’s the talk of the neighborhood,” Ann Horn said. Incredibly, the “Snow Christ,” which is lifelike enough to give you chills, is mostly the work of two children.  Although Horn, who teaches art at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Simpsonville, helped, her son, John Paul Horn, 1

  • I could wish that you would patronize a petition to have the town on Conelleys Land [Falls of the Ohio] established & have it sent with a plan of the Town to the Assembly in May.

    Nicholas Meriwether’s brother George to George Rogers Clark, January 24, 1780.

  • Rommel Colson of Waddy is announcing that he will seek election to constable in the District 5 area of Shelby County.

    The boundary of District 5 includes west of the Franklin County line, east of Governor Square, north of I-64 and south of Benson Pike.

    "My ambition is to serve and help the people of District 5, and I will strive to make the constable's Office more visible and productive and provide the services that the citizens deserve in this area," he said.

  • Theater auditions

  •  Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet opens tonight at the Shelby County Community Theatre. It stars Kaitlin Erhard and Michael Sheehy in the title roles. The Sentinel-News asked Erhard and Sheehy to share more about their experiences and playing two such famous characters.

     

    Juliet: Kaitlin Erhard

    Age: 18

  • After regaining his seat on the Shelbyville City Council in the last election, Jon Swindler, who also served in 2004, has filed for re-election.

    A lifetime Shelbyville resident, Swindler said the city needs to be ready to grow.

    “I believe the city needs to be welcoming to any opportunity for job growth and do all it can to attract companies that provide good-paying jobs with clean industry,” he said.

    With the city in strong financial shape now, Swindler said it’s important that it remain stable for the citizens.

  • Two have candidates withdrawn from the race in the May primary election.

    Bobby Andriot withdrew from the magisterial race in District 3, leaving incumbent magistrate Allen Ruble unchallenged until November.

    Andriot said he had reconsidered running because business concerns at his restaurant, The Bell House, were paramount to him at this time, and he could not devote enough time to the venture.

  • Harold Thomas Bryant is a democratic candidate for magistrate for the 7th District.

    Bryant, who resides on Olive Branch Road with his wife, Judith, is a retired Louisville factory worker, who still does some farming.

    “I enjoy farming and gardening very much,” he said.

    This is his first time running for office, he said, adding that his grandfather once held the office of magistrate.

  •  In the primary

     

    U.S. Senate

    Democrats: Jack Buckmaster, Henderson; Jack Conway, Louisville; Daniel Mongiardo, Hazard; Darlene Price, Whitley City; Maurice Sweeney, Louisville

  • Veteran Shelbyville attorney Darby L. Smith has filed to make another run for District Judge Division III, which serves Shelby, Anderson and Spencer counties.

    Smith, 38, lost this race in 2006 to Donna Dutton, who had filed for re-election.

    In that race, Smith finished third in the primary election, about 2,000 votes behind winner David Nutgrass. Dutton, who finished second, overtook Nutgrass in the general election.

  • Emphasizing her record of tough penalties and case efficiency, Judge Donna Dutton is running for a second 4-year term in the 53rd Judicial District's Div. II courtroom. "I love what I do," she said.

  • District Court Judge Linda Armstrong, on the bench since 1998, wants to serve another term.

    Armstrong, who serves Shelby, Anderson and Spencer counties in Division 1 of the 53rd Judicial District, so far is unopposed for re-election in November.

  • As a resident and business owner of downtown Shelbyville, Robert Burry has his finger on the pulse of the city.

    Burry moved to Shelbyville 35 years ago, but it wasn’t until the last year that he became completely invested in the city.

    “I feel like I was brought here to make a difference, and I could not be effective one building at a time. Those were my words a year ago, to a mutual downtown focused friend, after I had begun the renovation process, investing my life into the buildings at 401-405 6th Street, where I live and work,” he said.

  • Frank Page said he decided it’s time for him to give a little back.

    “Shelbyville has been very, very good to me,” he said. “I always felt that if I had the chance, my duty would be to give something back. City council is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

    Page, a Republican, has lived in Shelbyville for most of his life, graduating from Shelby County High in 1984 and then Brescia College in 1989. He has helped serve the community in a number of ways, from committees to campaigns.

  • OWENSBORO – An official with the Daviess County Democratic Party filed papers to run for the 2nd District congressional seat now held by U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie.

    Ed Marksberry filed his paperwork at the secretary of state's office in Frankfort. The 2nd District sprawls from Owensboro to the outskirts of Louisville, including Shelby County.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE – It's a matter that government can do better; it's a matter that government must do better.

    With that in mind, John Spainhour has jumped into the ring as a candidate for the 20th District state senate seat. The position is open at year's end as incumbent Gary Tapp opted to not run for re-election.