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10 years ago, 1998
Ronald R. and Susanne deCharette VanStockum gave $100,000 for an endowment fund to benefit Shelbyville. The money joined the Moses Ruben Fund, Harriett Poynter Musician Scholarship Fund, Harriet Poynter Scholarship Fund for an African American student, the Shannon Family Fund and the Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks Endowment Fund... Shelby County's Junior Miss Becky Foley won a $300 preliminary scholastic achievement award at the Kentucky Junior Miss Program in Lexington... Belinda Benson was named the Shelby County dog warden; she was assistant animal control officer for four years. Dale Figg was tapped as assistant dog warden... Joseph L. Johnson III was awarded the Eagle Scout distinction for designing, obtaining materials and directing the construction of a storage building for New Hope Baptist Church... Births: DeAndreius J'Quan Cochran, Calvin Maurice Lewis Jr... I'm one: Emily Elizabeth Wise...
Deaths: Lula Virginia Edington Brown, 85; Erman Reasor Jones Sr, 89; Shirley Gay Goodwin Kinker, 58; Thurman Dallas Miller, 74; Will Murphy, 1-year-old son of Rewa L. Lynk and Michael E. Murphy; Dorothy Gordon Phillips, 89; Doris Jean Gaines Robinson, 44; Martina Wright Semones, 80; George M. Nilles, 71; Walter Bradford, 70.
15 years ago, 1993
Volunteers from 31 churches and civic clubs across the county collected $11,288 for the Christmas Kettle Program... Christina Kephart brought home $1,000 in scholarships that could be applied to any college of her choice, as well as scholarships toward specific schools... Lisa Yancey opened Keep Your Fork Desserts out of her Shelbyville home...Wise men say don't be cruel and step on my blue sued shoes. Mixing three of Elvis Presley's top tunes described the scene at the Shelbyville Post office at noon when a crowd gathered to buy the commemorative stamp of the rock-and-roll legend... After participating in three holiday tournaments during the past four weeks, the Shelby County Rockets celebrated their homecoming by dusting Eminence 88-55 at Rocket Gym... Shelby County High School's boys' and girls' swim teams both placed among the top 15 teams at Covington Scott's Eagle Classic...
Deaths: Edward Mahoney, 80; Olice H. Goodman Jr., 69; Joseph Howard Powell Jr., 65; Sallie Marie Harris, 93; Fred Hauck, 80.
25 years ago, 1983
Tom Webb was selected chairman of the Shelby County Parks and Recreation Board, replacing Dr. Ron Waldridge, who had served as chairman since the board was formed in 1970... The Lady Rockets held Elizabethtown scoreless for the first six minutes of the game, blasting off to a 13-0 lead en route to a 59-41 win... Shelby County scored eight unanswered points to close out the first half and went on to defeat LIT-bound Waggener, 66-38 at Shelby County gym... John E. Kalmey, a Shelbyville dairyman, was named dairy honor guest by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture dairy faculty... Carol Shouse became a partner in American Beauty Florist in Village Plaza with Toby Smith, replacing the original partners, Lura and Fred Ball... Tony White was the new Firestone store manager... Edward Floyd and Moses Dale were recognized for their service to Shelby Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation. Floyd served 36 years and Dale was building superintendent from 1958 until he retired...
Death: Roy Luz, 34.
40 years ago, 1968
Rains-Davis Furniture & Appliance Store at 401 Main Street was entered by thieves and four portable televisions and eight transistor radios valued at $651 were taken... Briel Industries of Shelbyville served as host to a representative of a leading Italian firm. Mr. Tom Sofis of the Findal Company, Bergamo, Italy, visited the plant to study production methods and its physical layout. The Findal Co. will construct a plant at Bergamo for the production of aluminum billets, similar to those produced at Briel... Cropper Ruritan officers for 1968 were Walter Figg, president; C.T. Smith, vice president; Rollie Armstrong, director, one year; Ross Tipton, secretary; Foree Kelly, director for two years; Thomas Coghill, director for three years; R.B. Belwood, treasurer... Births: Jeffrey Conway Hinton, Karen Smith, Julie Hartgrove... Engineerman Third Class Lee S. Roberts, USN, was serving aboard the U.S. Sixth Fleet ocean-going mine sweeper USS Fearless in the Mediterranean...
Deaths: Omer Neal Clifton, 49; Hugh McGaughey, 86; Alvin L. Ritter, 78; Lawrence Allen Edwards, 63; Ewing Early, 88; James Emmett Newton, 83; Alonzo Martin, 55; Mrs. Nannie Kate Puckett; Mrs. C. Steele Reading; Mrs. Bertha Grubbs, 86; Froman L. Fry, 83; Mr. Alonzo Whitt; Josh F. Campbell.
50 years ago, 1958
At the close of the Shelbyville tobacco season 22,832,974 pounds brought $14,199,374.90 for an average for the season of $62.19, still the third largest Burley Tobacco Market in the world in volume of sales... Mr. Pryor Hower of the Hower Lumber Company, was elected a director of the Kentucky Retail Lumber Dealers Association... N.E. Skidmore resigned from the presidency of the Deposit Bank of Pleasureville, but would remain in an active capacity with the bank as a member of the Board of Directors... The Shelbyville Red Devils earned their sweetest victory of the season when they downed Frankfort 63-56... Births: Mrs. Clarence Williams, boy; Mrs. Leo Matherly, boy; Mrs. James McKinley Jr., girl; Mrs. Sargent Quire, girl; Mrs. William Waits, girl; Mrs. Clarence Williams, boy...
Deaths: Hollie Milburn, 79; Clay Gritton, 58; Ira T. Parke, 90; Mrs. Hattie Burgin Bruner, 77; George W. Fitzgibben, 61; Mrs. May Hartford, 80; Mrs. Margaret Mitchell Robertson, 70; Stephen R. Hornback Sr., 76; Mrs. Anna Curtis Powers, 73; Hubert Goodwin, 49; Dr. Ellis Saunders Allen, 81.
80 years ago, 1928
E.R. Downs, brother of Guy Downs, effected a big land deal of 700 acres in Nelson County for Louis Guthrie in exchange for six Louisville apartment houses of C.R. Doll of Shelbyville for $232,000... The 20-acre farm and residence of H.J. Long, adjoining the new viaduct on Midland Trail, at Bonita Station, west of Simpsonville was sold at auction to J.E. Moore and W.T. Taylor for $7,500... Andrew Jackson Harvey, 60, died at his home on Goodman Avenue... John McClusky, 73, died at a Louisville Hospital of pneumonia.
90 years ago, 1918
Dr. Clay Grigsby, Louisville surgeon, brother of Mrs. Charles Randolph, was commissioned a Captain and left for Fort Oglethorpe, Ga... A picture of the streets of Shelbyville could have been used as an illustration for "A Deserted Village." Many county roads were blocked with snow and city residents ventured only when very necessary. Temperature was 9 below zero... the most severe blizzard in the memory of the oldest inhabitants swooped down on this county, bringing first sleet and then 7 to 8 inches of snow and temperature of 16 below... Dr. Charles Felix Dale announced his permanent location for general practice in the Logan building... Frank Casey's farm of 127 acres on Burks Branch Pike was sold by S.K. and H.C. Riner to Shelby Thomasson of Pleasureville at $225 per acre... Isaiah Whitehouse, 65, retired farmer, died at his home on Washington St.