• 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.



  • 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.


    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.