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10 years ago, 1998
Mary Potter, president of Proud Mary's booksellers, was appointed domestic relations commissioner for Shelby and Spencer counties... A reception was held at City Hall to honor Jerry Nichols who retired after 20 years with the Shelbyville Public Works Department... Mark and Susan Groves were a month away from having renovations completed on their dream home on Todds Point Road. A fire, with flames seen two to three miles away, changed all of that... Shelby County High School boys' basketball team turned in one of its most impressive wins of the season thrashing Nelson County 73-57 in Bardstown. "We needed this win," was the assessment of Jim Wright, the SCHS girls' basketball coach, when the Lady Rockets romped over Carroll County 71-49 to conclude the regular season at Rockets Gym... Casey Hinkle and Jonathan Ford were selected as semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholars competition... The Shelby County High School Rockets boys' varsity cheerleaders repeated as Eighth Region champions of the Kentucky Association of Pep Organization Sponsors' State-at-large championships... Births: John Richard Cromer, Katelyn Michelle Davis, Lucas Duncan Beasey, Jonathan Blake Shelton, Katie Rochelle Grubb... I'm one: Raygan Keturah Kilby...
Deaths: Kathryn Winlock Dugan, 97; Jane Elizabeth Waltz Marshall, 88; Ellsworth W. Kesler, 79; Pearl Denny Logan, 101; Pauline Jeffs, 83; Nellie Frances Reed Fister, 81; Sonia R. "Sissy" Walker, 60; Everett Downey, 72; William Bernard Sanford, 61; William Gaston Ryan Sr., 76.
15 years ago, 1993
Maria Smith, Living Waters eighth-grader, was the winner of the Shelby County Education Association's spelling bee. She correctly spelled "pulley" after her only opponent, Matthew Spencer, left in the contest misspelled it... Gary R. Colbert, president and CEO of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, was named chairman of the 1993 Fund for the Arts campaign in Shelby County... Fred M. Maden Jr. was called to pastor the Elmburg Baptist Church... Harry Wills kept the Shelbyville Tobacco Board of Trade running; he retired after 26 years of service... Lori Nation and Melissa Fay Hager were to compete in the finals of the 1993 Sweet 16 Academic Showcase in Lexington... Births: Catherine Castile Meadows, Lindsey Paige Voils...
Deaths: Mary K. Smith, 63; Hardin Leslie Watkins, 54; Evalena M. Stone, 81; Harold L. Snider, 67; Margaret Helen Stratton Moore, 70; William "Doodle" Rogers, 68; Frank Perkins Scruggs, 69; Sherman S. Wilson Sr., 80; Howard Clark Stodghill, 74; Benton Edward Stodghill, 69; John William Holland, 94.
25 years ago, 1983
Fire heavily damaged the home of Ann and Dale Hinkley at 523 First Street. Neighbors reported an explosion that blew out the windows and intensified the blaze... Mike Ellis stood up to speak to a crowd of 700 farmers, who listened intently, but didn't understand a word Ellis had to say. Through an interpreter he was in Brazil teaching the "no-till" technique. He had one common language -- farming, and all the problems and challenges that come with it... Lisa Rose was named the Shelby DAR Good Citizen from the Isaac Shelby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)... Mary Lou Campbell was the recipient of a $500 nursing scholarship awarded by King's Daughters Hospital... Timothy A. Robinson, former manager of Hall-Taylor Funeral Home, bought one-half interest in Hale and Polin Funeral Home in Springfield and announced plans to move there.. Gary Miller joined the Landmark Community Newspapers' accounting staff as an assistant controller... Res-Care Inc., operator of Whitney Young Job Corps Center of Simpsonville, was honored by the Crystal Springs Mississippi, Chamber of Commerce for making a significant contribution to the community...
Deaths: William Henry Wilson, 83; Mrs. Clara Clendenin Davis, 76; Mrs. Cora Little Caudill, 87; James Hubert (Te-Ti) Keeling, 70; Sidney Sullivan, 46.
40 years ago, 1968
Simpsonville won the championship of the annual junior high tournament played at Shelby County High School... Mr. and Mrs. Lenn Henderson, who lived on the Finchville road, were hosts to Tony Habermacher, a 20-year-old Swiss student who was in this country to study the American way of life and explained his knowledge of the English language... Shelby County's gifted Mike Casey received two honors. He had been selected on the All-Southeastern Conference Basketball team; and was among 48 university and college players to try out for the United States team which would compete in the Olympics in Mexico City in October... The Henry Clay cheerleaders took the first place trophy for their cheers in the junior high basketball tournament... Mike Harrod and Miss Sarah Chatham were crowned "Valentine King and Queen" at Shelbyville High School...
Deaths: James Douglas Herndon Sr., 47; Mrs. Mary Fullenwider Callaway, 88; Dr. Joseph O. Day, 92; Mrs. Emma Newton Cox; William Curtis Stroud, 97; Mrs. Rosie R. Goodlett, 62.
50 years ago, 1958
The Southwind Restaurant was sold to Jerry's Drive-In, a chain of restaurants. There were 14 throughout Kentucky, Indiana and Florida... Herbert S. McDowell of Simpsonville was the new member of the Board of Directors of the Citizens Bank, Shelbyville... Sidney Krieger was appointed local agent for State Farm Insurance Companies replacing Mr. B.A. Logan, who retired after 30 years of service as the local agent... Miss Mary Hardin Davis was selected as a delegate from District 3 to 4-H Camp Miniwanca in Michigan... Barry Smith of the FFA Simpsonville chapter won in the North Central District of the Future Farmers of America for his sorghum and soybeans... Birth: John Caldwell Logan...
Fichard E. Dearinger, gunner's mate third class, USN, visited Auckland, New Zealand, while aboard the heavy cruiser USS Bremerton, en route to duty with the U.S. Seventh Fleet in the Far East...
Death: Mrs. Mary Gilroy Ballinger; Ralph Bartlett, 56; Mrs. Rosa Ellen Crash, 82; Seth Marshall Nones, 88; Mrs. Rosa Rodgers Lee, 94; Josseph Byars, 44; Mrs. Ethel Roberts Clark; Charles W. Hedden Sr., 85; Mrs. Bessie Gordon Burgin, 75; Elzy Allen, 61; Charles E. Carpenter, 84; Sidney Smith, 75; Robert H. Templeman, 81.
65 years ago, 1943
Walter Wilborn sold his produce business to E.H. Howard... Jess LaMaster sold his 170-acre Smithfield Road farm to Basil and A.V. King of Waddy... A midnight fire destroyed the home of Lester Money of Finchville... While removing old trolley rails, W.P.A. workmen discovered steel crossties, underlying tracks on Main Street... Shelby County had more than 1,000 men in the armed forces. Joe Logan, George Busey and Billy Thompson were called to the Air Force... Lt. John M. Sturgeon's plane bombed a large Japanese transport... The drafting of fathers was expected in six months... Deaths: Mrs. Lula Hite, Mrs. Sol Hopkins, Roscoe Vest, Herman Guy Carter.
75 years ago, 1933
Blue Ribbon restaurant advertised a 25 cent plate lunch with meat, three vegetables, rolls, coffee... S.K. Skinner was named a Kentucky Colonel by Gov. Laffoon... State three percent sales tax was debated at the courthouse... Deaths: John Edward McClain, Mrs. Paralee Robinson.
100 years ago, 1908
As a result of the drizzling rains of the past week, the streets of Shelbyville from the eastern to the western limits were a perfect sea of mud. At Seventh and main three vehicles were mired down at different times.