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10 years ago, 1998
Metro United Way of Shelby County committed nearly $335,000 to local agency programs for 1998-99... Shelby County was ranked second highest burley producing county in Kentucky for 1997 with a production of 12.1 million pounds... All four Shelby County women that entered the Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks' triathlon won their age group. Heather Crouch won the 20-24 division, Mimi Ward, the 35-39 division, Donna Grimes, the 40-44 division, all of Shelbyville; and Dee Maynard of Simpsonville, the 50-54 division. The event began with a 1K swim in Guist Creek lake, followed by a 13.3-mile bike race... Five students of Ann Cottongim Hayes earned awards for entering the 1998 Kentucky Junior Duck Stamp contest. They were Cecilia Wieke, Nikole Jones, Jon Michael Marshall, Sean Chandler and Zack Brown... Citizens Union Bank opened a branch in Taylorsville... Births: Michael Chance Carter, Cody James Brown, Brittany Nicole Goodman, Lesie Michelle Alfaro, Molly Hornbeck...
"One is nearer God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth." the Simpsonville community lost a friend and neighbor, and many gathered at Fred Wiche Park to honor Fred Wiche. The 66-year-old died at his Connor Station Road farm... Other deaths: Lister C. Cox, 75; Bette W. Zink Crosson, 80; Willie Astor Monroe, 84; Charles Michael Warfield III, infant son of Charles M. Warfield and Michelle Cowan; Cecil Kathryn Tingle, 84; Mauro Flores Martinez, 17; John B. Sanderlin, 71; Eleanor McGinnis McBrayer, 81; Emma Cruse Dugan, 94; Willena Frances Eddins Gaunt, 90; Lorena Hall Redmon Panter, 78; Stella Mae Hundley, 89; Sylvia Mae Pulliam Perkins, 92; Mrs. George Chancellor Yager Cunningham, 75; Lucille P. Mayhall, 91.
15 years ago, 1993
Michael Lee Aldridge graduated from Centre College with a double major of art and religion. He planned to take a year's sabbatical before attending graduate school, probably in London, England or New York State... Jonathan Ware, a graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Kentucky, received the Henry Adams Medal of the American Institute of Architects... J.J. Scott, 18, was named the Star Agribusinessman of the Shelby County chapter of FFA... Charles Maurer, 71, used his 1950s lifeguard training when he saved 13-year-old Darrell Klein from drowning. Darrell and Jeremy DeZern, Maurer's grandson, went into the Guist Creek water after a football they had been throwing. DeZern was able to swim to shore, but Klein got tired and started sinking... Dr. James E. Casey Jr. left for a mission trip to Russia to work with Dr. Jacob Dukhonchenko, president of the Baptist Church of Ukraine, and Serve Karpenko, who was a crusade coordinator for the events... Becky Floyd, a student at East Middle School, was named a United States National Award Winner in History and Government by the United States Achievement Academy... When Virginia Perry turned 59, she didn't retire; she got a job at the Ichikoh Manufacturing plant. So on the eve of her 62nd birthday, her co-workers gave her a party... Births: Nathan Andrew Edwards, Sarah Frances Webb...
Deaths: John L. (Deter) Craigmyle, 95; Virginia S. Hedges, 74; Clarence William Sheckles, 60; James O. Whittaker, 82; Ethel Pearce Pace, 92; Glynmore (Billie) Conn Thompson, 84; Imogene P. Arnold, 61; Sallie LaMarr, 71.
25 years ago, 1983
Todd Brown was named the 1983 College Student Conservationist of the Year by the League of Kentucky Sportsmen and the Kentucky Wildlife Federation Foundation... Several students from Northside Elementary and East Middle School brought home medals from the Kentucky Special Olympics. Mike Perry and Missy Lane both brought home gold (first place) and bronze (third place) medals... Rev. Edward Coleman was the new minister of Centenary United Methodist Church... Jeffery H. Armstrong graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy... Billy Bohannon was honored with the Lion of the Year award. John McCray was elected president of the club, Leonard Shouse was first vice president, Bobby Griffin was second vice president and John Hardesty was third... Births: Andrew Rutledge Roberts, Matthew Ryan Brunner...
Deaths: William A. Hawkins, 56; John Ed Green, 70; Lee W. Hawkins, 63; Wallace Kent.
40 years ago, 1968
J.L. Coots and his son, Jack, who own a 258-acre dairy farm in Finchville, had the top Guernsey herd in Kentucky in 1966 with more than 10,000 pounds of milk and 545 pounds of butterfat... A large barn on the farm of Robert Doyle on Ky. Hwy. 146, between Finchville and Clark Station, was destroyed by fire... Miss Jen Bohannon was named the Best Actress at Morehead State University where she was a senior... Rev. Virgil J. Fryman, of Nicholasville, was the new pastor of the Centenary Methodist Church to succeed Dr. William Hisle, who was on active duty with the U.S. Air Force...
Deaths: Rev. Susie Weaver, 77; Irvine Masters, 89; Mrs. Bessie Scobee Schuler, 78; B. Oscar Burckle.
50 years ago, 1958
Dr. S.C. Rice was appointed pastor of Centenary Methodist... Queen candidates for the Shelby County fair were Charlotte Jones, Gay Hinkle, Nancy Riester, Martha Tracy... Alex B. Veech was re-elected president of the East Kentucky Rural Electric Co-Operative at the group's seventh annual membership meeting... Births: David Van Vechten Fay, William Fairleigh Giltner Jr., Jennie Camile Keeling, a daughter to Dr. and Mrs. William Deiss, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Don Mitchell, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Newman...
Robert M. Holland was promoted to specialist third class in Germany where he was a member of the 485th Medical Company... William H. Scott was promoted to storekeeper second class, U.S.N. while serving at the Naval Air Station Port Lyautey, Morocco...
Deaths: William Preston Ellis, 79; Miss Betty Ransdell, 99; Mrs. Sarah Jewel Goodwin, 84; Robert S. Bell; Henry J. Young
60 years ago, 1948
Emerson Reeder, Field Scout Executive for the Daniel Boone District, stated that contacts had been made concerning the organization of a Boy Scout Troop at Graefenburg... Charter members of a Boy Scout Trop sponsored by Bagdad Baptist Church were Billy Early, Bobby Early, Randall Eden, Carroll Lindell, Bronson Hardin, Billy Poole, Richard Squire, Tommy Renfro, Douglas Samples and William Samples... Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wills received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter, Linda Lewis... Mr. and Mrs. Paul McGaughey announced the birth of a daughter.
80 years ago, 1928
A mother and daughter banquet was given at the Kentucky Hut by the Girls' Reserve of the Shelbyville High School... Prof. H.V. Tempel, a Smith-Hughes graduate of Lexington, was elected principal of Henry Clay School to succeed Prof. Vere Graham... The Simpsonville baseball club defeated the Clifton Athletics Club by a score of 4-0... Fire of unknown origin completely destroyed the W.B. Owsley homestead on the Midland Trail east of Scott's Station. The loss was placed at $2,500 with $1,500 insurance... The annual Flower Show under the auspices of the Garden Committee of the Women's Club of Shelby County, was given at the home of Mrs. Eugene Cowles... Adam Hanna, prominent farmer, died at his home near Todd's Point... Mrs. Sarah Margaret Redmon, wife of George T. Redmon, died at her home in Louisville... Mrs. Pearl Bradley Kennedy, 29, was accidentally killed while driving her machine across the track of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad in Cincinnati...