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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  • During Any Number Can Die four ingenious murders take place in an island mansion as a pair of elderly detectives set to work on their first case.

    It’s a hilarious take-off on the Who Done It? Mystery plays of the late 1920s, complete with sliding panels, robed figures, the cryptic poem and the ever popular storm.

  • Political newcomer Ray Gunn is running for magistrate in District 4.

    Gunn, a Democrat and Vietnam veteran, is retired from the excavating business after 45 years, the last 30 of which he operated his own business, Ray Gunn Excavating, LLC.

  • Charles Lee Davis III is running for constable in Shelby County’s District 4.

    Davis, a Democrat, is a life-long resident of Shelby County, with a family that dates back five generations in the county.

  • The races are getting a little more urgent, and the candidates are reaching out to the voters.

    Signs are at intersections, and community fund-raisers become the modern-era stumps on which a candidate climbs to make his or her pitch to the voters.

    Take, for instance, a recent pork chop dinner held at the East 60 Fire Department, an event that resembled more a family reunion than a public forum for political candidates.

  • The Shelby County High School Choir will be performing its 2010 Pops Concert, “A Century of Music and Dance,”  at 5:30 and 8 p.m. May 6 at the high school auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for students.


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    ‘Any Number Can Die’ opens Friday

  • Another of the candidates for the U.S. Senate seat Jim Bunning is vacating came through Shelby County last week.

    Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, a Republican, spoke Thursday night at the Stratton Center in a group of about 20 at a Republican gathering about his position on a variety of issues.

  • Novelist Sue Grafton certainly has her fans.

    Visit SueGrafton.com, and you’ll find 8,600 registered members who have posted 66,300 questions/answers to 3,883 different topics.

    There, they discuss such subtle nuances of where character Kinsey Millhone parks her car and if anyone has a good recipe for lemon bars.

  • With just 27 days left before the primary election on May 18, candidates will be out in full force spreading their messages to all that will listen.

    U.S. Senate candidates Rand Paul, Trey Grayson and Bill Johnson have stopped over in the county, and magisterial and constable races are becoming more active.

    But perhaps the biggest election facing voters in Shelby County will be for the District 20 State Senate seat being vacated by a retiring Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville).

  • Nicholas Meriwether’s dispute with Daniel M'Cleland's about legal proceedings and land dealings in Shelby County did not end with Meriwether’s lengthy letter to the Kentucky Gazette.

    About two weeks later, M’Cleland got in his response.

    He wrote:

  • Internationally known mystery writer, Sue Grafton will speak at the Shelby County Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday as part of the nationwide One Book, One Community program.

    Friends of the Library in Shelbyville have purchased 250 copies of J is for Judgment by Grafton to be distributed free to the community. They can be obtained by contacting the library, but only a few remain.