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10 years ago, 1998
"Call 911." Those two words were taught Kay DeVary ever since she was a baby by her mother, Tamera Riley. Those two words saved Kay's life and the life of 2-year-old Hunter she was babysitting when a fire broke out in an upstairs bedroom in an apartment on Fairhill Drive... At least two Shelby County tobacco warehouses were hit by Mother Nature when too much snow caused sections of the building to collapse... Judy Atkinson recalled testing her four sons once as they were growing up: she laid a broom in the floor. Roger, who was 10 at the time, picked it up and put it away. Today the 30-year-old father of five would be featured in the march issue of Good Housekeeping as Mr. Good Housekeeping and appear on "Good Morning America..." Rev. Samuel Smith was called as pastor of Buffalo Lick Baptist Church after five months as an interim... Jean Blevins retired after 15 years of continuous service at the Wal-Mart Super Center... Births: Elexis Nichole Allen, Robert Vaughan Sherrod... I'm one: Lyndsay Morgan Best, Jeffrey Michael McCall...
Deaths: Frances Winlock Dale Cottongim, 77; Jerry Dean Brown, 40; Edith Nation Gordon, 95; Anna P. Munson, 68; Lela Mae Fink Downey, 74; A.W. Giles, 81; Rosezella O. "Mom" Leet, 77; Porter Graves, 67; Floyd Russell Payton, 48; Fronia Tate Smither, 95; Louise Shields Cotton Elston, 82; Charles E. Hahn, 78; William Scott "Bill" Brewer, 59; Edith Nation Gordon, 95; Anna Pearl Munson, 68.
15 years ago, 1993
Pat Webb was named postmaster at the Fisherville Post Office... For the second straight game, John Moffett poured in a career-high 34 points. And for the second straight time his Shelby County High School basketball team won the game, beating Oldham County 72-65... A 21-2 game-ending run, dead-eye free throw shooting and intense defense. Those were the key ingredients in Shelby County High School's 52-28 victory over Montgomery County at the Rocket Gym... John Wayne Pulliam was chosen as an outstanding student at the University of Louisville in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges honors program... The Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency received a $91,097 contract from the state Family Preservation Program. The three-year-old program provides intensive, in-home crisis intervention services to troubled families... Colonel O.J. Jennings III retired from the United States Army Reserve after 30 years of service. He was prominent in Shelbyville Boy Scouting...
Deaths: Kathleen Stivers Cowherd, 72; Beatrice Schooler Thornton, 80; Nelson Simpson, 72; John Lewis Taylor, 89; Fred Hauck, 80; Prentice "Pat" Lyons, 93; Bessie Slattery Henderson, 95; Ethelena Chambers Coleman, 51.
25 years ago, 1983
Robert Aldridge and Glenn Lawson of Troop 270, both 16-years-old, were recognized for achieving the Eagle rank, Boy Scouting's highest, in Court of Honor ceremonies at Shelby Christian Church. Less than 3 percent of all Boy Scouts earn this rank... Angie Doyle and Karen Lilford won West Middle School's Kentucky Guidance Week creative poster and art contest. Other winners were, second place, Doug Vaughan; third, Dottie Nash; honorable mentions were awarded to Jennifer Webb, Julie Ford and Todd Phillips... The ninth week of sales for the Shelbyville Tobacco Board of Trade ended with 41,303,901 pounds sold for $76,505,249 with an average of $185.22. The total at the end of the season last year was 37,522,055 sold for $68,214,763.87 for an average of $181.79... Births: Brandon Edward Floyd, Gabrielle Ann Miller...
Deaths: Iva Pauline Moffett, 80; Dant T. Perry, 55; William Clayton Rutledge, 82; Austin D. Hawkins, 44; Catherine Elizabeth Rucker, 63; Mrs. Margie Christine Whitehouse Cook, 63; Mrs. Rebecca Tracy Green, 79; Mrs. Margaret Dunavent, 72; James L. Roe, 85; William C. Chapman Sr., 78; Charles William "Pete" Radcliffe, 60.
40 years ago, 1968
The Shelbyville High School chemistry lab was vandalized. Gas jets were opened up which allowed the highly explosive gas to leak throughout the room which could have caused tragedy. The sinks had been stopped up with paper and the water faucets turned on full force... The Shelby County Rockets overpowered the Henry County Wildcats, 99-44... Shelby County's representatives in the Area 4-H Speech Event were Steve Hornback, junior boys division participant; Sara Collins in junior girls; Steve Biagi, senior boys; and June Giltner, senior girls. They all won blue ribbons having won in their respective categories at the county event... C. Lewis Mathis received a Merit Award from the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S. for farm loan service for the third time... Bobby Collins, grandson of Mrs. Wallace Collins of Shelbyville, won the race as president of the Junior High Student Council of Westbrook School in Louisville... Births: Evelyn Gentry Barnett, Angela Mae Poulter, William Christopher Martin...
Serving our country: Corporal J.L. Travis, who was killed in Vietnam on Nov. 22 was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for distinguishing himself by outstanding meritorious service in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam... Pfc. Ronald Stucker had been in Vietnam since Dec. 16, 1967...
Deaths: Elijah W. Cunningham III, 78; John A. Hornsby Jr., 49; Mrs. Emma Franklin Cook, 68; Mrs. Lillian Colvin Bobbitt; Richard Shelburne, 75; Mrs. Nettie Beatrice Flanery; William I. Kidd, 61; Miss Mary Jane Hefner; Harley Johnston Cheak, 61.
50 years ago, 1958
The Shelbyville Library was not only a county-wide library but a member of Eden Shale Regional Library composed of six counties... Clayton Abernathy Compton Jr. of Crestwood was awarded the designation of Knight of the York Cross of Honour, highest in the York Rite of Freemasonry. He served as Master of Ghent Lodge of Masons in 1956; High Priest of Shelbyville Chapter, Royal Arch Masons in 1947; Master of Harry F. Walters Council, Royal and Select Masters in 1954; Commander of Shelby Commandery, Knights Templar in 1949... Miss Charlotte Rohrer, senior in the Shelbyville High School, was elected to McCall's Patterns' Teen Fashion Board for the 1957-58 school year. She was one of 800 senior high school students from all over the country nominated to the board by their home economics teachers... Craig R. Schmidt of Shelbyville, zone manager of Investors Diversified Services Inc., received national recognition from the company for record sales during November 1957... Bobby Moore of Bagdad was the district winner from Shelby County in the 1957 Soil Conservation Essay Contest... Birth: Catherine Weiford...
Marine Pfc. Garland M. Cook was serving with the Northeastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Battalion of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea... Army Sgt. First Class Oval Black arrived in Germany and was a member of the U.S. Army Garrison, Southern Area, Stuttgart, Germany...
Deaths: Mrs. W.F. Miller; Mr. Louis D. Skelton, 78; Mr. Sam McGee; John C. Wilson, 54; Howard D. Mayhall, 62.
60 years ago, 1948
Christine Cook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rice Cook, was crowned queen of the first Mardi Gras on University of Kentucky campus... Dr. Alice Pickett, Louisville physician; Wallace W. Sanders, Louisville city engineer; and William Frederick, president of the Stewart Dry Goods Co., all natives of Shelby County, were presented Sesquicentennial medallions at a special program at Jefferson County Armory. The occasion was the 150th anniversary of the founding of University of Louisville... Mr. Everett White, superintendent of the County Infirmary for 20 yeas resigned and Mr. Tommy Shouse of LaGrange accepted the position... Mr. and Mrs. Jack Crutcher, formerly of Shelbyville, received congratulations upon the birth of twins, Jack William and Jill Carolyn. Mrs. Crutcher was the former Miss Caroline Landers... Mrs. Loula Howerton Wallace, 71, wife of W. Bertram Wallace, prominent Shelby County farmer, died at King's Daughters hospital.
80 years ago, 1928
The Henderson Apartment Building, formerly Layson Hall, was badly damaged by fire... The farmers Warehouse sold 38,400 pounds of tobacco at an average of $22.25 and the Planters House 77,705 pounds at an average of $27.11... Fire of an unknown origin completely destroyed the buildings and contents of the general stores of R.A. McDowell and Roger D. Sleadd at Simpsonville. The Post Office, located in the McDowell store room was also included among the losses.
90 years ago, 1918
Rough and Ready School opened after one week closed on account of weather... Boy Scout band members were practicing at the Courthouse twice per week... Rev. Homer Carpenter of Lexington was called to First Christian Church in Richmond. He was pastor of Shelbyville Church seven years when he went to Lexington to accept Chancelorship of Transylvania and the College of the Bible... Deaths: Nathan Boulware, Mary Beall, J.W. Cosby, Joseph Walker Hornsby, William Dudley Ware, Dr. Alex C. Brown, Mrs. Sue Elizabeth Frye, Mrs. Florence C. Morlen and Mrs. Mildred Hartford Sleadd.