Includes many of the “Mama and Me” and “Bette’s Barbs” columns written for The Reporter (now The Reporter-Times) in Martinsville, Indiana, for the last half century. The columns talk about things that happened — births, deaths, schools, store openings, fires, crimes, store closings, historical events, tragedies, wars, events in Martinsville and Morgan County, Indiana, stories about people and more. The stories are mainly about the author’s years growing up in the area, about her family and the families of many locals.
The “Mama and Me” articles are from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and up to 1990. Others are taken from the 1990s and 2000s when the column’s name changed to “Bette’s Barbs.” Besides my treasured columns, this book includes some of the stories about individuals and families like the Sichting brothers, the Bastin brothers, the Grizzle sisters, historical articles about Martinsville’s most famous people; a series on the last 100 years in the USA and many other subjects.
Today, at age 80, the author is proud of these columns and all the memories that are woven into them.
Bette Nunn lives in Martinsville, Indiana, is married and has three grown children. Her other published work is a book titled “Burn, Judy, Burn” about mass murderer Steven T. Judy and the young mother of three children that he killed in 1979. She has also written a small book about the Morgan County Courthouse and articles that have been published in detective and other national magazines.
Mrs. Nunn was a reporter, assistant editor and managing editor at The Reporter and Reporter-Times, a newspaper in Martinsville, Indiana, from 1963 to July 2003. Her career covered nearly 41 years and she continues to write news, feature stories and columns for the newspaper from her home.
Her main interests have been her family, working for the good of Martinsville High School, Morgan Hospital and Medical Center, Morgan County Fair and US veterans. She enjoys writing and history and also plans to continue to write some children’s books. “The Yo-Yo String” is her first attempt at a fictional story.
She thanked her daughter Shelley for allowing use of her pictures on the cover to portray what Annie could have looked like.read more