1983: Community Center protests utility rates

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By Sharon Warner

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10 years ago, 1998

In 1997, the average cost of a new home in Shelby County was $123,000, $45,000 more than just three years earlier. A new subdivision was being built behind Village Plaza Shopping Center that would allow tenants to buy the homes they had been renting with the average price of each home at $10,000 to $18,000 less than its building cost... City Council approved the appointment of Shelbyville Fire Chief Rob Rothenburger to the county 911 Board to fill the vacancy left when former police Chief John Miller retired... Greg Cottrell defeated his final opponent, Stephanie Rumage, when he correctly spelled "slimy." Ann Webb, district coordinator, supervised her last Shelby County Spelling Bee. The coordinator of the annual event for the past 15 years retired from the Shelby County Public Schools... The Mount Eden Ladies' Auxiliary raised more than $700 to benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children by sponsoring a 10-team charity basketball tournament at East Middle School. The Shelbyville Police Department won the tournament, beating Spencer County Volunteer Fire Department in the championship... Shelby County center LeNita White, fresh off a season-high 30-point performance in a quarterfinal win over Oldham County, tore ligaments and chipped a bone in her left knee one minute, 35 seconds into the semifinal matchup against Bullitt Central. The Lady Rockets still had enough firepower to knock off the cold-shooting Lady Cougars 48-36 at South Oldham High... Births: Kayleigh Ann Jennings, David Charles Hobbs, Leland Charles Peniamina Cardwell...

Deaths: Stanley Heilman Baker Sr., 93; Addie Murphy Burley, 87; Mary Hope White Doss; Kathryn Watts Slucher, 88; Howard Thomas McAllister, 81; Aileen Robins, 76; Paul R. Shish, 49; Martha Shouse Wilson, 66.

15 years ago, 1993

Eighth-grader Angie Anderson wrote and directed the play "Hippies, Hula Hoops and Flappers." Louisville Tonight announced plans to tape the performances for the school. "We've always had to take a back seat to Louisville. Let's not take a back seat to Louisville," said Denise Stewart, East Middle School teacher... With Henry County double-teaming 6-foot-11 Matt Simons, Shelby County knocked down 8 of 14 three-pointers (57.1 percent) in the second and third quarters as the Rockets won their 16th district title in 18 years with a 78-50 victory at the Rocket Gym... Winners in the 4-H Breads Bake-off were Casey Rothenburger, Ginny Price, Rebecca Jackson, Sarah Hardin, Gwen Shaw and Amy Willard... New officers for the Waddy Ruritan Club were Ed Fegenbush, president; Pat Hargadon, vice president; Mark Rogers, treasurer; and Rick Simpson, secretary... Births: Faith Danielle McDowell...

Deaths: Ollie Eugene Waterfill, 75; Rosa Washburn, 80; Claude Bernard Jennings, 73; Harold P. Bohannon, 83; Mary Vance Phillips, 80; Bertha Ware Zink, 78; Maudie Smithey Middelton, 75.

25 years ago, 1983

The Rev. Louis Coleman of the Shelby County Community Center and an assistant, Wilbert McElroy, dumped almost $700 in pennies in Western Kentucky Gas Company's office. Coleman said he was paying the center's heating bill in pennies to protest "high" utility bills. "A small business just can't exist with the current rates. Some people's utility bills are higher than their house payments," he said... Dr. Jack Easley graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1969 and today he and his wife (the former Sydney Scearcy) and their three children were back in Shelbyville. He was one of only eight veterinarians in the U.S. who was a horse veterinary specialists certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners... West Middle School won the regional middle school math bowl competition at Kentucky State University... Melissa Triplett earned an impressive record as a cookie salesgirl over two years. Last year she won a trip to Opryland as one of Shelby County's top Girl Scout cookie sellers and this year she was the county's number one salesgirl. The 9-year-old said selling 328 boxes of cookies was easy... Eleanor Cayce was named Shelby County chairwoman for Frances Jones Mills, candidacy for state treasurer... Larry Williams sold his automotive service business at the corner of Washington and 10th streets to a local development company, but planned to continue to operate the business under his name... The Biagi Company in downtown Shelbyville celebrated its 56th anniversary with a storewide sale, gifts and prizes... The Turner-Miller Insurance Agency was named "Distinguished Agency Recipient" by the Allstate Insurance Company... Mrs. Connie Cottrell was elected to the board of directors of the Kentucky Farm and Power Equipment Dealers Association in Louisville... James R. Bradley Jr., meter reader in the Shelbyville district of the Kentucky Utilities Company, celebrated 30 years with the company... Birth: Charles Gabriel Danison...

Deaths: Homer Lee Bullock, 62; Mrs. Anne R. Hart, 70.

40 years ago, 1968

Shelbyville cheerleaders were voted runners-up in the 8th Region tournament, missing being number 1 by one point. They were Cecie Pearce, Carol Crane, Sheri Sandidge, Nancy Shannon, Meme Greenwell, Melinda Lewis, Brenda Duncan and Joy Stratton... Miss Linda Joyce Harmon, Shelby County High School, was selected the school's STAR pupil, and Mrs. Susan Helm Fields was the STAR teacher in the first year of the Student-Teacher Recognition Program sponsored by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce... Burglars made another visit to the new post office at Waddy, entering by a rear door. They gained entrance to the main mail section and considerable torch damage was inflicted to the door of the safe, but the culprits failed to get it open... John Riggs of Shelby County was an all regional basketball selection. Setting all-time scoring records at their respective schools were Charlie Matthews, Shelbyville, who tallied 666 points in 25 games for a 26.6 average; and Kentucky's No. 1 scorer this year, Terry Davis, who established a Shelby County mark by scoring 1,069 points in 30 games for a 35.6 average. Davis shattered in individual school record when he scored 51 points in a semi-final game against Scott County...

Serving our country: Airman 3/c Harold Smith, who had been on leave for the past month, left for Misau, Japan... Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Hahn received word that their son, Sp. 4 James F. Hahn had been wounded in Vietnam... Sgt. Thomas K. Willard was on duty at Cam Ranh Bay AB, Vietnam... Seaman Jerry A. Aldridge, USN, returned to Norfolk, Va. aboard the destroyer USS Cony following a seven-month development with the U.S. Seventh Fleet off the coast of Vietnam... Radarman Third Class Everett M. Jones, USN, returned to Peal Harbor, Hawaii, aboard the radar picket escort destroyer USS Camp after more than seven months in Southeast Asia... Army Specialist Five James W. Mickey completed a month of extensive field training with other members of the 4th Armored Division near Grafenwohr, Germany...

Deaths: Rev. Miner Warner Bottom, 81; Janice Marie Jamison, 17-year-old daughter of Lloyd and Mary Phillip Jamison; Bernard (Curly) Bemiss, 52; Mrs. Ann Hudson Eakins, 86; Noah T. Meadows, 86; Mrs. Blanch Cinnamond Clarke, 82; Mrs. Margaret B. Samples, 69; Richard Amos Murphy, 82; Mrs. Inez Bewley Gray.

50 years ago, 1958

Miss Ann Miller was chosen as one of the 35 seniors at Western, Kentucky State College, to appear in the 1958 edition of Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities... The Simpsonville Bobcats defeated Shelbyville 54-51 to win the Thirtieth District Basketball Championship... Ladies from the Shelby County Homemakers Club were honored at Science Hill Inn. They were Mrs. E.D. Vaughn, North Shelby Club; Mrs. Phil McMullen, Mrs. Cephas Allen and Mrs. W.W. Cotton, representing the Olive Branch Club. The hosts for the dinner were Chuck Caldwell, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.; Bernice Hedges, Lincoln Department Store; Newton Richardson, The Kroger Co.; Louis O'Bryan, J.J. Newberry Co.; Sam Liss, Lerman Bros.; Harold Maupin, Great A&P Tea Co.; and Harold E. Burge, Winn-Dixie Co... Charles W. Kimmel, licensed funeral director and embalmer, was the new assisting manager of Hall-Taylor Funeral Home... Jerry's Drive In, a franchise operation owned by Mr. Sanford Soloman formerly of Ashland, opened in Shelbyville...

Deaths: John A. Lincoln Sr., 59; Mrs. Mildred Harrison Jernigan, 56; George Lee Bird, 79; Jasper M. Easley, 79; Mrs. Sophia Scobee Brewer, 70; Mrs. Shelby Williams Hawkins, 58; Mrs. Birdie Reid Ellis, 79; Mrs. Emma Florence Herndon Hamilton, 82; George W. Durham, 86.

75 years ago, 1933

Dr. Charles E. Palmer was elected president of the newly organized County Fish and Game Protective Association... Professor L.C. Sullivan, principal at Shelbyville High School, was recovering from a stroke... E. Guthrie Jesse announced his candidacy for circuit clerk... Deaths: Mrs. Flossie Hawlow Estes, Mrs. Mary Jane Hall Thomason, Mrs. Kate T. Bodkin, Mrs. Mattie Clark Engle, Calvin C. Carpenter, Mrs. Amanda Pemberton Tucker.

80 years ago, 1928

Jesse M. Ingram purchased from the New York Life Insurance Co., a farm of 101 acres on Guist Creek, known as the Estin Scearce place... Judge Charles C. Marshall convened the Shelby Circuit Court in regular February term... The large stock barn and adjoining silo on the farm of Edward T. Tucker, south of Finchville, were destroyed by fire... J. Archie Bell shipped a carload of heavy Springer Jerseys to Tennessee parties at good prices... John A. Holton, retired farmer, 75, died at his home on South Seventh Street of heart trouble... Mrs. M. Elizabeth Burton, widow of George Burton, a former resident of Shelbyville, died at the home of her daughter in Evanston, Ill... Edward B. Hall, 68, a well-known farmer, died at his home 10 miles north of Shelbyville on the Eminence Road... Mrs. Jennie Ann Ballou, widow of Edward T. Ballou, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O.T. Kaltenbacher, on Seventh Street.

90 years ago, 1918

The Shelby Graded School and the county schools, except Simpsonville and Asheville, were closed on account of the deep snow and to save fuel... L.G. Smith was elected president of the Business Men's Association; Ira Pyles, vice president; and T.F. Poynter, secretary-treasurer... Richard W. Nash purchased from C.S. Wills his residence on Eighth Street between Clay and Bland Ave. for $4,500... Nathan C. Boulware, a 72-year-old farmer, died at his home near Chestnut Grove, of Bright's disease... Mrs. Mollie Shipman Saunders, widow of William Saunders, who was hit by a Southern train on the trestle near Bursey's Station, died at her home... J.W. Crosby, 60, died suddenly at his home in the Olive Branch neighborhood... Joseph Walker Hornsby, retired farmer of Shelby County, died at his apartment in Louisville of pneumonia... Other deaths: William Dudley Ware, 98; Dr. Alex C. Brown, Mrs. Sue Elizabeth Frye, Mrs. Florence C. Worlen; Mrs. Mary Beall.