1993: It's Goooooood! Purnell is Citizen of the Year

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By Sharon Warner

Information was gathered from previous years of The Shelby Sentinel, The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News. You can reach the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com.

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10 years ago, 1998

Roy Catlett had devoted his life to agriculture. However, after Sept. 3, the 60-year-old, who had served 31 years as Shelby County's Cooperative Extension Agent for Agriculture, would retire. "At my age I'd rather walk out, than be carried out," he jokingly told friends when he made the decision... Bob Blair retired as principal of Southside Primary, but was back in the school system as the interim coordinator for the Family Resource Center at Heritage Elementary... The 1998 WHAS Crusade for Children collected more tan $5.5 million -- of which $105,000 was earmarked for Shelby County agencies... Brandon Sowder was the overall high individual in the 4-H state dairy judging competition. The High Junior Overall team was made up of Clayton Largen, Stephanie Quarles and Grant Wonderlich. Second high overall team was Brandon Sowder, Jessie Rothenburger, and Kortney Wonderlich. Coaches were Pam and John Miles... Katayama American Company Inc., a local supplier to the auto industry, announced plans to build a 40,000-square-foot addition to its Shelbyville plant, which was expected to create 110 new jobs... Led by the serving of Bessie Tinsley, Shelby County High School's girls' volleyball team opened its season with its first-ever victory... Julie Kinsolving was named Realtor of the Year... Births: Alyssa Shea Epperson, Linda Marie Smith... I'm one: Mary Elizabeth Ridgway...

Deaths: Lillie Mae Berry, 85; Paul R. (Bud) Hall, 76; Waneita T. Kephart, 82; Mary J. Moore, 86; Thomas Lee Smith, 93; May M. "Sweetheart" Thompson, 87; Cecil Cheak, 70; Oscar Thomas "Tom" Kays, 88; Maxine Frances Coleman Smith, 70.

15 years ago, 1993

Allen Purnell won the Bruce Sweeney Simpsonville Citizen of the Year award at the Lions Club award banquet. The award was established in honor of former high school principal Bruce Sweeney, who died in 1988. Purnell was the fourth recipient, including Mr. Sweeney... Sarah Knopf, 12, was among the 375,000 who filled the streets of Denver when Pope John Paul II visited the United States. She kept a journal for her mother telling of her stay and charitable deeds she did, like giving a thirsty woman a drink. "I felt like I had just lifted her spirits right up, boy did I feel good," she wrote... Robin Langley was selected as the first Ms. Petite of Kentucky and would represent Kentucky in the International Petite Pageant held in Houston, Texas... Megan Gibson, 14, won Kentucky's Talent Title with top hat and cane tap routine after competing in the America's Favorite Teen-Ager Pageant. She was also voted "Miss Congeniality" by the other contestants... Dawn Richardson and Laura Husband received a $1,000 "Excellence in Action" scholarship valued at $4,000 over a four-year period to Campbellsville College... ... Father C. Joseph Batcheldor was officially installed as pastor of the Church of the Annunciation in Shelbyville and St. John Chrysostom in Eminence... Norma Swigert retired from Kroger after 41 years. "It's been a nice place to work. You could write a book," she said... Births: Coty Raymond Chesser, Lauren Ashley Rockett...

Deaths: Mel Rose, 64; John Stanley Hawkins Sr., 51; Robert L. "Popcorn" Puckett, 77; Estelle Cook Harrod, 75; Lawrence H. Smith, 76; William T. "Bud" Lewis, 73; Nancy C. Bennett, 52; Paul Davis Brierly, 19; Blanche Rogers, 83.

25 years ago, 1983

Ground-breaking ceremonies were held on KY 53 South where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints planned to construct a building to serve as a worship center for the 70 Shelbyville members who were meeting at Fountain Square. The building would be erected debt-free, with Shelby countians donating $4,000 toward the costs... On Aug. 9, 65 Shelby County residents, including 43 charter members, came together to celebrate the charter of the Science Hill Business and Professional Women's organization... Austin Lee, 24, joined the force of the city police department; Wade Mahuron, 32, began as a full-time city fireman who had been a city volunteer fireman for the last five years... Shelby County High School marching band received second-place in the Kentucky State Fair contest... The Isaac Shelby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) won four outstanding achievement awards from the national DAR American Heritage Committee... Irene Goldstein opened up The Ice Cream Churn, a 28-flavor ice cream shop, in Midland Center... Dr. Lenville Ballard, a chiropractor from Henry County, opened an office at 921 Washington St... Births: Micad Davis Amstutz, Jessica Dale Cox, Melissa Ann Hawkins, Amanda Suzanne McGee...

Deaths: Charles Timothy Whitten, 23; Mrs. Ruth Wentworth Smith, 73; Robert K. Brown, 68; Dr. L.L. McBride DVM, 73.

40 years ago, 1968

Mr. H.H. Henninger was the new executive-secretary of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, succeeding George Stucker who resigned... Mr. R.W. Rogers was appointed Assistant Security Office at Lincoln Institute... Judith Bohannon of Waddy, a drama major and one-time modeling teacher, raised the curtain on a new career -- flying as a Pan American stewardess... Mr. W.S. Day, manager of Taylorsville office, and Mr. James Phillips, manager of LaGrange office, moved to the Shelbyville PCA Field office... On hand for the dedication of the new Shelby County Upper Elementary School were Superintendent Fred Trammell, Architect J.D. Farley, chairman of the board George N. Busey, County Judge Paul R. Ratcliffe, and board members Bill Giltner, R.G. Bryan, Sanford H. Roberts, and Tyler Stratton Jr. They played an important role in the planning and completion of the modern educational facility... Richard "Puss" Greenwell was in his 32nd year as head football coach at Shelbyville High School...

Serving our country: Army Lieutenant Colonel Ellis O. Atkinson Jr. was last stationed in Stuttgart, Germany and received the Army Commendation Medal... Army Private First Class Raymond L. Beach Jr., 20 was a patient at the U.S. Army Hospital Camp Zama, Japan, not long out of Vietnam... Captain Roy L. Tingle was a member of a special U.S. Air Force aerial survey team on temporary duty in Brazil...

Deaths: Miss Amanda H. Doyle, 93; George Wallace, 62; Vernon "Boots" Moffett, 47; Mildred Lucille Miller, 48; Ira Delbert Cox, 84; Leonard W. Snider, 94; Mrs. Anna Kate Cook, 69.

50 years ago, 1958

The finals of the State Croquet Tournament were played on the Shelbyville Court with Junior Sassar and Don Scanlon of Liberty defeating Clayton Baker and James Eddington of Shelbyville in three games out of five... Maurice Cole, who just returned from a tour of duty in the Army, was the new Assistant County Agricultural Agent for Shelby County... Charles Henry Wills was a graduate of the College of Law in Emory University, Atlanta, Ga... Mr. and Mrs. Lamon King received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter, Anetra Ann... Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Crump announced the birth of a daughter, Cynthia Lynn...

Mrs. Lillie Dale Moore, native of Shelby County and a resident of Finchville, died at Kentucky Baptist Hospital... Mrs. Gertrude Hopewell Gill, 75, widow of George W. Gill, died at King's Daughters Hospital after a brief illness... E.F. Poe, 90, retired farmer and father of Dempsie C. Poe, died at his residence on the Georgetown Road... Miss Margaret Lawrence, 81, prominent resident of the Bagdad community, died at King's Daughters Hospital... Walter Duncan Morgan, 66, retired mechanic and prominent resident of Simpsonville, died suddenly of a heart attack... Mrs. Anna Moesser Ellwanger, 90, passed away at New Castle Sanitarium... Mr. Ben M. Pollard, 94, retired farmer and prominent citizen, passed away at his home near Cropper.

60 years ago, 1948

Among the new faculty members of Shelbyville schools were: Mrs. Bruce Daniels, resigned at Finchville, where she taught a number of years, to teach in Shelbyville High School; Mrs. Elva Watts resigned at Mount Eden where she had taught some time to teach in Shelbyville Elementary School... Ralph Howerton, deputy sheriff, resigned his post to take over his new duties as deputy tax commissioner following the death of Forrest Barnes... Rev. L.D. Rounds, Rev. J.W. Parrish, Sam Smith, Dempsie Poe and Mr. Morris of Olive Branch, left for Richmond to attend the annual Kentucky Conference of the Methodist Church.

75 years ago, 1933

Mayor Paul Schmidt promised additional night policemen after a series of disturbances and assaults had taken place on Clay and Washington streets... G. Murrell Middleton and Ralph Gilbert were locked in a bitter battle for a seat in the state legislature... Ann Tipton Howser succeeded Mary Anna Watson as head bookkeeper at the Shelby County Trust & Banking Company... In county elections: Harry F. Walters unseated county judge George L. Willis Jr. 4,097 to 2,328; Coleman Wright whipped John Dawson Buckner for county attorney, 4,056 to 2,457; and the sheriff's ticket headed by M.M. Haley prevailed over the W.A. Smith group, 3,493 to 3,093; Ralph Gilbert ran past Murrell Middleton for state representative, 4,408 to 2,171... A.C. (Cam) Long Jr. died suddenly at the age of 43.

80 years ago, 1928

The Austin L. Moore Realty Company sold a house and lot on Beechwood Avenue for Mrs. Willie S. Ratta to Stanley Schooler for $5,800... At a meeting of the Shelby County Democratic Committee held with 22 of the 34 precinct members present in person or by proxy, Judge E.H. Davis was elected chairman to succeed George N. Thompson, who resigned and Richard Randolph was chosen secretary... Schuster Bros. of Louisville, one of the strongest teams of that city, defeated the Simpsonville baseball team by the score of 2 to 1... Dr. Joseph Glass Venable, 52, Presbyterian Minister, died suddenly at his home of heart trouble.

85 years ago, 1923

A general campaign began under the direction of Joseph D. Hall to raise $16,000 to pay off the indebtedness on the King's Daughters Hospital... Henry H. Denhardt announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor. He was well-known in Shelby County... Lt. and Mrs. William L. Barriger received congratulations upon the birth of a son.

90 years ago, 1918

A 3.25 pound bass, the largest taken in a local stream for the season, was captured above the water works by Harry N. Lockridge... Wakefield, Riner and Downs sold 608 acres of land near Charleston, Inc., in three tracts; one of 128 acres to J.C. Bright of Shelbyville at $60 per acre; another of 253 acres to W.J. Kesler, Bagdad at $68 per acre; and the third of 229 acres to Joseph Hieatt of Louisville at $50 per acre... The body of Miss Addie Cinnamon, who died in Louisville was brought here to the home of her brother, C.C. Cinnamon for burial... Mrs. Sara West Marshall, 60, died in Lexington of paralysis... Richard Burton, 88, died suddenly at his home on the State Pike.