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10 years ago, 1998
Kentucky State Police Post 12 implemented its Adopt-a-School program, designed "to prevent a violent act" in the schools... Mary Katherine Beecham was honored for her 18 years of service with the Honey Cone Club during the Labor Day activities sponsored by the Hornet Club. Malik D'Wayne Manica, 4-month-old son of Contessa Manica, was the winner in the baby contest. Other winners were -- second place, Michiah Lynne Cook; third place, De'Andreius J'Quan Cochran; fourth place, Breana Joel Dugle; and fifth place went to Delexis Keishea Wright... Jaclyn Ragsdale was the overall showmanship Division 2 Shorthorn champion in the 1998 Kentucky State Fair events. Bryan Ingram was the winner of the Ayrshire Intermediate Yearling class, and Grand Wonderlich won the Ayrshire Senior 2-year-old cow class... Joining the staff at the middle schools were Lisa Cunningham, Brian Tackett, Caroline Neel, Tim Pardee and Bucky Wilson, West; David Wainscott, N. Scotty VanHoose, Marcia Miller and Paul McDowell, East... New elementary teachers were Melissa Young, Tracy Wright, Wright; Mardee Overstreet, Sherry Antle, Stephanie Melton, Stephanie Chandler, Rhonda Fister, Becky Glore, Kathy Childers, Southside; Susan Tanner, Northside; Mary Jane Knuckles, Preschool; Ashley Haynes, Simpsonville... For half a century, Clarence "Buck" Frazier Jr. had been in a Sunday School class every Sunday... Shelby County High School officially dedicated Robert Doyle Stadium in the Rockets first home football game... Christy Honaker, 29, joined her dad's practice, Dr. Alan Honaker...
Deaths: Edith Mae Duvall Buckman, 89; Lillie Mae Broughton Cooke, 67; Elaine Wood Cottrell, 61; Mae Homer Clark Hortenbery, 77; Harold Smitha, 73; Catherine Mathus, 72; Roger Clay Melton, 39; Mildred H. "Midge" Wentworth, 52.
15 years ago, 1993
Former three-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali made three stops in the western Shelby County community at the request of local resident Anna Ford, personal nurse for Ali's 74-year-old mother. He visited Simpsonville Elementary where Ford daughter, Alyce Sweeney, was a student; Citizens Union Bank's Simpsonville branch to visit a teller who regularly cashed Ford's checks from Ali who requested an autograph; and Copper Coin Farm... The Kentucky League of Cities presented the City of Shelbyville one of 13 Presidential Awards of Excellence for its work in the Martinsville neighborhood... Tina Tipton was chosen assistant superintendent for administration and personnel for the Shelby County school district... John Buckner won 16 medals, more than anyone else, including 12 golds, in the 60-64 age group during the Charlie Adams Senior Games at the Waldridge Center in Clear Creek Park... Bistro 535, owned by Bill Hisle and Jeanette McConnell, announced plans to open in the same location after Sarah's Restaurant and Bar closed... Kenny Harris Jr. and his mother Natholee Harris sell their sanitation business to Suburban Sanitation after 35 years. Kenny hadn't had a vacation since 1984, and Natholee was "just plain tired..." Maurice Hardin Jr. won the baby contest during the Labor Day celebration sponsored by the Hornet Club... Births: Lauren Rose Brown, Joshua Turner Griffin, K. Brianne Neighbors, Brandon Quinn Parish, Meagan Nichole Nuckols...
Deaths: Michael Allen Hoerlein, 4-year-old son of Eric Ferrelle Hoerlein and Virginia Mary Brewer; Lillie Taylor Ritchie, 79; Marvin Edward Thornton, 72; Mildred Parkhurst Hardin, 90; Sarah Catherine Heaton Kemper, 77; Mary Ann Phillips Johnson, 95; Frank C. Rogers, 89; John W. Adams, 80; James Elliott Peach, 83; DeLora Zimmerman, 93; Mary Ann Phillips Johnson, 95.
25 years ago, 1983
Michelle Maurer was named the 1984 Shelby County Junior Miss. Runners-up were first, Kristi Weihe; second, Delisa League; third, Jill Logan; and fourth, Nene Hayes. Michelle won the creative and performing arts award; Delisa, the physical fitness award; Lori Medley was awarded "Spirit of Junior Miss" and Bridget Honaker took the scholastic achievement award... Sondra Powers and Donna Whitis were chosen for the elementary school's INQUIRE teachers... Patricia Higgins was a new teacher at Henry Clay Elementary... The 27th Family Dollar store in Kentucky and the 651st in the fast-growing North Carolina-based discount store chain opened in Shelbyville... First place winners in the PCA Tobacco Festival poster contest were John Stucker, 6- to 7-year-old division; Jamie White, 8- to 10-year-olds; Neil Carey, 11- to 12-year-olds... In eight of nine schools tested, asbestos was found either in pipe wrappings or boiler rooms. Only the vocational school was given a clean bill of health... Betty Morris was called by Highland Baptist Church as minister of youth... Joseph E. Burks II, 33, had four of his paintings in an exhibit at the James Hunt Barker Galleries in New York that featured 25 Kentucky artist, including former Shelby countian Patricia Graybeal... Births: April Lyn Harris, Emily Mearl Leach, Reba Fawn Mitchell, James Matthew Upchurch, Justin Alan and Ashley Marie Renzenbrink, Lindsay Nicole Chappell...
Deaths: J. Rene Harris, 96.
40 years ago, 1968
Miss Peggy Reed was crowned Homecoming Queen during Shelby County's game... Riester & Co., general merchandise store at Finchville, was sold to Hubert Travis of Spencer County... Mrs. Clayton (Nancy) Baker was the new chairperson for the Shelby County Chapter of American Red Cross. She succeeded Mrs. Gilbert Williams of Finchville, who had served as Chairman of the Board since 1964... After being away from Shelbyville for 11 years, Ray F. Gardner moved back to Shelbyville as manager of the local Goodyear Store... The 15th annual WHAS Crusade for Children shattered its own records by raising more money and lasting longer than ever before. The 20-hour, 48 minute show ended with $520,356 in cash, checks and pledges. the Shelbyville Fire Department, Shelby County Volunteers, Shelbyville Volunteers and the Rescue Squad collected $4,700...
Serving our country: James Hite Hays, at U.S. Air Base, Osan, South Korea, about 50 miles south of Seoul, was advanced to Airman First Class. As a volunteer he had guarded government equipment to other U.S. Air Bases in South Korea, also guarding American money to Seoul... Navy Lieutenant Commander Edgar Vaughan III, 37, participated in the ceremony that commissioned the Navy's newest attack aircraft carrier, USS John F. Kennedy at Newport News, Va. He was one of more than 2,300 officers and men who were scheduled to take the Kennedy on a "shake down" cruise to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in late October... Army Private First Class Lee O. Tinsley, 20, was assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam, as a tracked vehicle driver...
Lt. Stanley G. Lawson, 25, a Marine Corps Reserve helicopter pilot, was killed in Vietnam, according to a telegram received by his father, Jack Lawson... Other deaths: Charles Edward Hatchett Jr., 38; Mrs. Mary Jetta Pulliam Donovan, 71; Mrs. Mahala Jane Nation Waford, 58; Lucy Bose Hardin, 84; Harve Kesler Shuck, 81; Jesse Gilbert Arington, 70.
50 years ago, 1958
The carload of African violets Mrs. T.B. Shaver, Eminence Road, took to Louisville won the sweepstakes prize at the State Fair's first African violet show... Members of the Simpsonville FFA Chapter that showed the Grand Champion dairy exhibit at the State Fair were Buddy Chappell, Bobby McDowell, Barry Smith, Hubert McGaughey and Jim Price... Shelbyville Red Devils won their second game over Versailles, 7-6... Dr. Wilson Ashby, native of Shelbyville, was appointed a Kentucky colonel by Gov. Happy Chandler... Brice Brown, owner of Rhododendron farm, and the DeWitt brothers brought home top honors for Brown Swiss at the Kentucky State Fair... Mrs. Craig Schmidt was the new president of the Parent-Teachers Association; Mrs. William T. Finn, secretary; Mrs. Lynn Miller, vice president; and Mrs. George VanHuss, treasurer...
Deaths: Ezra Johnson, 78; Mrs. Emma Graham, 96; Clifton Bruce Pinkston, 80; Mrs. Nancy Jane Wilson, 92; Mrs. Minnie Anderson Cardwell, 95.
60 years ago, 1948
Mr. and Mrs. William Stone Proctor of Simpsonville received congratulations upon the birth of a son, William Douglas... William Edward Amyx, 72, retired fireman, died at his home at 5th and Main streets.
75 years ago, 1933
A&P opened its new food "emporium" on the south side of Main between 5th and 6th streets. The new establishment was under the management of D.L. Green, local manager of the firm for the past four years. Assistants included Forrest Whitehouse, Wilson Amyx and Jesse Puckett... Kroger took over the Piggly Wiggly food store and began operations under the management of Chester Hatcher assisted by Mark J. Scearce... In accordance with the National Recovery Act passed under President Roosevelt, Shelbyville merchants agreed to be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays... Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Howser received congratulations upon the birth of a son, and Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Vaughan Jr. upon the birth of a daughter, Ann Gibson.
80 years ago, 1928
Mrs. Dora Woods Johnson, wife of Edward Johnson, died at her home on East Main Street of apoplexy... Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Masters, 69, died at her home near Peytona... Mrs. Minnie Luttrell, wife of Thomas Luttrell, died at her home in Indianapolis, Ind... S. Ross Robertson, 46, Waddy, died in Louisville... James W. Shropshire, 67, died in Jefferson County... Mrs. Lena Wallace Tribble, 60, wife of J.D. Tribble, died at her home... William Henry Harrison Farris, 84, died at the Old Mason's Home.
85 years ago, 1923
Campbell Cantrill defeated Alben Barkley in the Democratic primary for the gubernatorial nomination... Shelby County's greatest fair concluced, with more than $5,500 in premiums offered... Science Hill began its 95th year with Mrs. Clara M. Poynter as principal... Mrs. J.C. Ray was elected president at an organizational meeting of the business women of Shelbyville and Shelby County. Miss Virginia Lewis was elected first vice president and Miss Josephine Bright as second vice president.
90 years ago, 1918
A large barn on Walker Daniel's farm, three miles north of Shelbyville, was struck by lightning and burned with all the contents. Loss was placed at $8,500... The body of Kenneth Cozine, 19-year-old son of Charles Cozine who died in Louisville, was brought here for burial... Mrs. Sue Courtney Cleveland, widow of F.J. Cleveland, died at her home near Pope's Corner... Mrs. Annie Petry Houston, wife of William Houston, died on a Southern Railway train while returning home from Ashville, N.C., where she had been under treatment.