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10 years ago, 1998
The end of 1997 marked the end of a year-long birthday party for Centenary United Methodist Church. The church at the corner of Fifth and Main officially celebrated its 100th birthday in October... A blood drive was set to help 12-year-old Stevie Blankenship who went through his 16th surgery to correct effects of a birth defect, spina bidida... Dr. Ron Waldridge II joined about 50 members of the community to discuss needs for the Family Activity Center... Jerry Buehner retired as manager of Kountry Market/IGA after 47 years working in grocery stores... Larry Rogers celebrated his seventh anniversary in the real estate business; his agency had 20 agents... Births: Christina Noel Dunavan, Trenton Blake Jesse, Isabella Alma Lawson, Gabrial Renea Watts, River Lochlan Barnhart, Karen Estrada Blas, Megan Marie Hill... I'm one: Hannah Noel Richardson...
Deaths: Frances Pauline Phillips Burke, 67; Woodrow Foster, 79; Doris Jean Gaines Robinson, 44.
15 years ago, 1993
Shelby County received a $5,000 state grant for the Clear Creek greenway plan... Tammy Stallard graduated from Eastern Kentucky Unversity with the highest degree of academic distinction, summa cum laude, graduating with a double major in computer science and mathematics... When school district officials removed a gasoline storage tank at the Snow Hill Maintenance Garage, they never imagined what else they would find: contamination that would cost more than a quarter million dollars and possibly several years clean up... Cencom Cable TV was waiting for a shipment to arrive that would enable the company to activate the cable system in the Waddy area -- a project that missed its deadline and faced $500 per week fine... Dr. Mark V. Wetherington Sr. was appointed director of the Filson Club Historical Society... Kathy Perry opened a studio for art classes in Simpsonville, with plans to teach oil, pastel and acrylic painting to anyone who was interested. The oldest person in her clases in Iowa was 86 years old and 65 percent of the people were senior citizens...
Births: Ashley Michelle Newton, Kacey Moriah Hulker, Meredith Fuller Alexander, Helen Clara Coleman, Chastity Hope Hawkins, Amanda Louise Smitha; Joseph Bailey Sommer, Hannah Paige Murphy...
Deaths: Minda Lou (Sandra) Reams, 54;
25 years ago, 1983
Jane McAvoy, a seminary student; Doretha Stubblefield, former health coordinator; and Pamela Purnell, an aspiring artist, vied for Young Career Woman of the Year... Lise Sageser was named the new director at the Child Town center... Gracy Gray left the PCA office to study for a masters degree in extension at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, after serving for three years... Ruby Hoskins retired from the civic community, working in a number of positions, both in Shelbyville and other towns where she has lived for 58 years... The board of directors of Farmers Deposit Bank in Eminence appointed Bill Covington as executive vice president... Harold Huber started his first business in Shelbyville in 1965 when he bought the Pearce Tractor Company which he operated as Huber Equipment until 1973 when Cecil Griffith took charge. He opened his second business -- Huber Sales and Rent-all -- on KY 53 south of Shelbyville... Davis Shouse, technical sargeant in the 141st Armored Division, United State Army in 1942, marked the 40th anniversary of his capture by the Germans on the front lines in North Africa. The story of the 28-year-old's capture, imprisonment and escape a year and a half later read very much like a Hollywood screen play... Births: Anne Elizabeth Rothenburger, Emily Brooks Pyles, Betsy Clarke King, Carol Anne Scott...
Death: John C. Walters, 54.
40 years ago, 1968
Tom Lincoln was elected president of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce. Other officers were vice president, James Todd; treasurer, Charles Clifton; ex-officio, John C. Lawson; elective secretary, George Stucker; and secretary, Barbara Baader... Shelby County Trust and Banking company joined Master Charge credit card system... H&R Block, America's largest income tax service, announced the opening of an office at 620 Main Street... James C. Martin, who had been a Kentucky Utilities Company farm service advisor for three years, was appointed commercial service advisor for the company in the Shelbyville district... Shelby County's Rockets, scoring 59 points in the last two quarters in a tremendous explosion of hot shooting, crushed Shelbyville 104-67 in an opening round game of the Henry County invitational...
Deaths: Samual Liss, 60; Hargus Daniel Wills Sr., 66; James Edward Stallard, 93; Mrs. Eva Collins Barriger; Chalmey McClain Jr., 40; Mrs. Matilda Dawson, 83; Mrs. Lula McGaughey Nichols, 77; Mrs. Stella Hedden Stodghill, 89.
50 years ago, 1958
Jesse Puckett, the new mayor of Shelbyville, took over his duties. Councilmen taking their oaths were Cecil Estes, Charles Long, Garnett Radcliffe, Fred Hauck, J.A. Dedman and D.J. Jesse... Shelbyville tobacco warehouses closed with a season average of $62.62; 21,638,980 pounds brought growers $13,549,428.58 -- short of last year... The Simpsonville basketball team defeated Western High School 65-27; Tommy Allen was the high scorer with 20 points... James R. Thacker, airman apprentice, USN, arrived at Trincomalee, Ceylon, aboard the support aircraft carrier USS Princeton on a mission of mercy with the Ceylonese Relief Force... Births: Mr. and Mrs. Jams W. Taylor, daughter; T/Sgt. and Mrs. Berlin L. Webb, a son, Brett Leslie...
Deaths: Mrs. Sarah Adeline Morris, 61; Miss Elsie A. Kalmey, 61; Roscoe Bryan Kaze, 57; W.T. Holmes, 84; Mrs. Elizabeth Radcliff Wills, 83; Mrs. Sally Elizabeth Bradley, 80.
60 years ago, 1948
The Standard Welding Company moved its quarters from 619 Main Street, location for 30 years to Second and Washington streets... Mr. and Mrs. William Porter Kincaid announced the birth of a son... Mrs. Minnie Wilborn Amyx, 64, wife of William E. Amyx, former Chief of Shelbyville Fire Department, died at King's Daughters Hospital... James Thomas Tipton, 72, farmer of the Cropper neighborhood passed away at King's Daughters Hospital.
80 years ago, 1928
The D.A. Whisman farm, located at Pope's corner, containing 135 acres was sold by P.C. Oldham to Joseph and Frederick Nicely, Indianapolis, Ind... T.B. Tichenor, 69, died suddenly at his home, Little Mount of heart trouble... William P. Drane, 73, died at his home near Eminence.
90 years ago, 1918
Col. Ludlow F. Petty, Chief of Police of Louisville, former postmaster here, was painfully injured when he slipped while running to board a car in Louisville... Leonard S. Smith Jr. was promoted from Second to First Lieutenant... W.T. Beckham and Ralph Gilbert formed a law partnership and opened offices on the second floor of Shelby County Trust Building... The local tobacco market was the strongest in two weeks, 98,110 pounds at an average of $25. prices ranged from $12 to $43... Mrs. Nellie Moore Stanley, wife of James Stanley, died at King's Daughters Hospital... Mrs. Lucinda Watts, 90, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe Brandenburg in Winchester.