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10 years ago, 2003
A former county magistrate, Robert Samples, often seen mowing the high school football field, was named the Shelby County school district’s volunteer of the year....Pat Hargadon, manager of Shelby County Farm Bureau Insurance Agency, was named Agency Manager of the Year....Ron Long’s voice quivered a bit and his eyes welled when he spoke of the first days after learning his son had terminal cancer. He spoke on behalf of Shelby County Community Charities for help of businesses for corporate sponsorship of the charity’s main fundraiser, the Michael Todd Long Memorial Golf Charity Scramble....Jack Samples decided to retire from his job, after three decades of county service, as Shelby County’s disaster and emergency services director because he did not expect to regain his eyesight after being in a coma for 6 weeks after a heart attack....Principal Jim Flynn was hired as the new Shelby County High School superintendent....Sheryl Block, Simpsonville Elementary fourth-grade teacher, was named the Wal-Mart teacher of the year...Larry K. Rogers, manager of Coldwell Banker Rogers Realty, earned the 2002 Office Manager’s Award for Excellence....Births: Emma Layne Jones, James “Dawson” Wayne Phillips....I’m one: Leighton Neal Taylor, Autum Bailey, Christian Michael Lane....Deaths: Louis Gaddie, 90; Dana O. Bersot, 80; Eugene V. Burt, 93; Wallace C. “Wally” Collins Jr., 82; Flossie M. Roberts, 88; Clifford C. Coleman Jr., 75; Richard Yogum, 63; Anna F. “Annie” Tipton LeCompte, 76; Matthew “Shorty” Kephart, 89; Prescious Angel Roberts, stillborn daughter of Monica Roberts.
15 years ago, 1998
Budd employees voted, 306-292, to join the United Auto Workers of America. Soon after the vote, the company exercised its right to object to conduct of union organizers, which the company claimed affected the results of the election....For the fourth year, the city of Shelbyville was named a Tree City USA by The National Arbor Day Foundation....Bob Blair, principal at Southside Elementary School since 1976, retired after 34 years in public schools....Duanne Puckett, former editor for The Sentinel-News, was inducted into the University of Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. After 27 years in journalism, she had changed professions in February, becoming the community relations coordinator for Shelby County schools....Groundbreaking for the new Clear Creek Family Activity Center was two months away, and more than $114,385 had already been contributed....The truckstop proposed for the I-64 interchange at Waddy claimed perhaps its first casualty when the Juvenile Justice Department closed the Waddy Group Home next to the truck stop site....John David Myles was the new attorney for the Shelby County Board of Education....Treana Redd was cast in a spring and Easter commercial for Bacon's and McAlpin's department stores....Cindy Mosher joined the staff of Shelbyville Physical Therapy....Lori Angela Bohannon was honored at the spring awards banquet sponsored by the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants....Clayton Wesley, 16, planted seeds for 2,000 trees along Lake Shelby for his Eagle Scout project....Births: Nicholas James Tucker, Rachel Hope McDonald, Sabrina Achie Hance, Kenneth Bradley Martin, Megan Rena Moffett, Elijah Thomas Wojcik, Albert Lawrence Jordan Jr., Matthew David Dalton....I’m one: Mikayla L. Marshall, Rachel Elizabeth Odom....Deaths: Margaret R. Hornback, 87; Margaret P. Cheak, 90; Alberta Martha Kelley Chilton, 85; Frank B. Conn, 82; Allen Cecil "Tubby" Sullivan, 58; Genevieve Dunavent Tichenor, 94; Maurice "Dutch" Edward Woods, 75; Lawrence Elliott Anderson, 40; Mary Virginia Brock, 55; Goldie B. Landers Gunn, 85; Margaret Goyer Moffatt, 84; Debra Sue Moore, 32; Katherine Wentworth, 70; James Taylor Wright Jr., 66; Eula Swigert Patterson, 87; George Franklin Pigg, 64; Ralph G. Tindall, 76; Mary Margaret Codey, 70; Mary Frances Finley, 91; Gary N. Bolin Sr., 44; Woodrow W. "Billy" Bramblett Sr., 74; Sarah Frances Arbogast Harden, 80; Gregory Dewayne Elzy, 43; Jimmy Ricketts, 68; William S. Hawkins, 65.
25 years ago, 1988
While just two of the 44 candidates for school superintendent work for Shelby County schools now, at least five more have local ties – William K. Evans, Jack D. Fugate, Bill Gordon, Betty Lindsey and David Melloan....About 1,200 customers of Shelby RECC were without service when high winds caused trees to tear down lines....Patty Blackaby was promoted to assistant manager at Beagle's Restaurant on KY 55 South....Joyce Ford, 35, of Travisville was shot while jogging around the Village Plaza area as she normally did each night after work. The bullet ricocheted off the concrete sidewalk before hitting Ford in her left calf. She was scheduled for surgery to remove bullet fragments, but the bullet would remain....Shelbyville businessman Harold Tingle was presented the Kentucky Army National Guard Minuteman Award....A group of three Shelby County residents planned to put up $60,000 of their own money to jump-start the proposal to build a 9-hole public golf course at Clear Creek Park. The benefactors wished to remain anonymous....Lisa Hedges and Connie Van Meter were named Scholastic All-Americans by the National Secondary Education Council....Births: Abigail Lee Burks, Mark Andrew Zoeller, Anthony McIntosh, Matthew Adkins Eskridge....Deaths: Elizabeth Walker Chenault, 69; Timothy Thomas, 35; Columbus Bohannon, 70; Brian Raymond McClain, 58; K.E. Ellis, 78; Lester K. Bishop, 84; Jerry Thomas Smith, 22; Vesta Oller Brown Coleman Stamper, 79; Edna Abrams Bowles, 85.
40 years ago, 1973
Tommy Watts (right) was awarded the Most Improved Player trophy for the Junior Pro Trainer League after the finals were played earlier this month. He and Jim Brammell of Eminence, who was named as the Most Improved Player in the Varsity division, were selected by the coaches of the Junior Pro Program at the Pleasureville Athletic Club....With the resignation of the advertising director of Hoof Beats, official publications of the United States Trotting Association, in order to enter private business, Hunt Garner was appointed advertising manager. At 25, he was the youngest person to hold this position in the history of the magazine, which had a monthly circulation of 45,000....Alan Butler was the winner of the Pinewood Derby held at the United Methodist Church. He received a trophy and ribbon....Shelbyville was growing more and more with the construction of two shopping centers on each end of town, additional subdivisions throughout the county and a new industry, the Valley Tow-Rite Division of the Scott and Fetzer Company....Kenny Clouse, a 1972 graduate of Shelby County High School, signed a grant-in-aid with the basketball champions of the Ohio Valley Conference, Austin Peay....Billy Joe Toon was named Outstanding Conservation Officer of the Year....Keith Stratton was hired as field representative for the First Kentucky Production Credit Association....Births: James Emery White Jr., Melissa Love Schmidt, Aric Maddox Moussette, Kelly Ann Hammond....William Lee Ware, who underwent a kidney transplant on April 1 at Jewish following fifteen months of treatment on a dialysis machine, died....Other deaths: Kirby Smith, 89; Robert Bryant, 83; Ernest C. Brewer, 82; Ambrose Woods Sr., 71; Mary Elizabeth Waugh Roache, 83; Mary Lowry Wright, 79; William Byars Goodknight, 72; Nannie Bell Stratton Shouse, 83.
55 years ago, 1958
William E. Matthews and his family returned from a 2-year stay in Vienna, Austria, where he was with the American embassy....Ted Igleheart, newly elected president of the local Jaycees, took office. Robert Swanson was elected first vice president, Roland Thompson as second vice president, Joe Cox as secretary and Robert McAllister as treasurer....Thieves broke into Long Silo and Block Company on 3rd Street and took an electric typewriter, conventional typewriter, electric adding machine and other office supplies. The loss reached about $1,000....James Leeds, manager of Begley Drug Company, left to take over the operation of his new drug store, which he purchased in Midway. Calvin Dunavan was named the new manager of Begley Drug Company. He had been with the company for eight years....Charles W. Wilson was elected president of the Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity at the University of Kentucky....Lightning struck a tree in the yard at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Moesser on U.S. 60 West. The bolt not only split the tree but also blew out three windows of their living room....Patsy Johnston, a junior in the Shelbyville High School, won a superior rating in prose, group 1 at the Kentucky High School Speech Festival in Lexington. Also, a member of the Future Teachers Chapter of SHS, she was elected vice president of the Kentucky Future Teachers Association....The Cunningham farm located on U.S. 60 East of Shelbyville was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Scott Dunn of Louisville for $435 per acre....George Harris sold his restaurant on Equity Street to L.P. Cline of Louisville....KY 55, which goes through Shelby County, was designated as the "Sergeant York Trail," in honor of the nationally known Sgt. Alvin York of World War I fame....Juliet Poynter was awarded a citation for "Achievement in Human Rights.”…Deaths: Ernest Malcolm Davis, 83; Margaret Currens Cunningham, 78; Emma Lillard Lucas; John McCurdy, 82; Mahala Burner Wayne, 75; Ora Ethington Marshall, 84; Stewart M. Smith, 70; Robert Allen Goodlett, 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Clyde Goodlett; Fannie Fern Offutt Honerkamp, 82; Nannie Bell Collett; Bertha Mae Buckley Cheek, 75.
60 years ago, 1953
The Shelbyville City Council passed a resolution to move the Martinsville dump to a tract of land on the Taylorsville Road so that the site may be used as a playground....A meeting was held to organize an archery club in Shelby County. The name chosen was Shelby Bowmen, and Dr. A.L. Heise was elected temporary chairman, with William Moore as temporary secretary-treasurer....Rev. Wayne Ward, pastor of the Finchville Baptist Church since 1937, resigned to become an assistant professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville....Ernest Threlkeld, member of the Shelbyville High School Key Club, was elected secretary of the Kentucky-Tennessee District Key Club International at the seventh annual convention....Jane Blakemore and Alice Poe were selected to be included in the annual Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.
70 years ago, 1943
A large colonial structure 101 years old of Callaway Bright on Smithfield Road was destroyed by fire....C.A. Dinkler purchased the Hardesty grocery building, located next door to The Sentinel, from the T.H. Hardesty’s heirs for $7,000. The remainder of the T.H. Hardesty estate was sold at auction. The home on U.S. 60 West was sold to C.R. Weakley for $9,000; the house on 8th Street to John S. Snider for $2,275; the house on 9th Street to R.G. Courtney for $2,510; the lot on Kentucky street to Tommie Burd for $355; the store building at 416 E. Main Street to Charles Dinkler for $7,000; the store building at Mount Eden, which was owned by T.H. Hardesty estate and John Hardesty, to W.T. Temple for $1,435....Lillian Stout, former superintendent of nurses at the King's Daughters Hospital, joined the nursing staff at the Shelby County Health Department....Births: Cecelia Lora Sams, Randolph Meredith Lynch, Florence Ann Watts, Woford Helm Fields....Wade W. McCoy, former editor of The Shelby News, was placed in charge of the press section of the entire European theater of operations holding the rank of captain and stationed in London....Pfc. J. Wm. Eggen was promoted to corporal. This was the second promotion for him in two months....Cpl. Larry Mathews was promoted to the rank of sergeant....Louis Frederick Jr., U.S. Army, was promoted to the rank of captain....King Walters, U.S. Navy, was promoted to pharmacist's mate and assigned to duty with the Seabees....Word was received that Sgt. H.P. Hedden had arrived safely overseas....Pfc. Austin Minch, U.S. Army Air Corps, was promoted to corporal technician in the Quartermasters Corps. This was his second promotion in one month....Corp. R.D. Long, Air Corps, was promoted to the rank of sergeant....Wallace Radcliffe, former assistant cashier at the Farmers & Traders Bank, was promoted to sergeant....Robert Way, U.S. Marines, was promoted to corporal....Pfc. Brian E. Risk was transferred from Australia to New Guinea. He was a laboratory technician in a U.S. Army Portable Hospital....Deaths: Jasper Ware, 83; Laura Branson Duff, 79; James H. Ritter, 55; Minnie Stone Hinkle; William Brawner, 89; Dorinda Ramsey, 82; Mary Allen Baker, 86; Clara Mae Smith, 19; Susan Alexander Wells, 78; William H. Stiglitz, 79; Virginia Pearce Runyan, 88; Lynn Davis Robinson, 10-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Robinson.
80 years ago, 1933
Postal workers had their pay cut a total of $3,300 locally as part of President Roosevelt’s economy program....L&N railroad reduced fares to 2 cents per mile....Deaths: Mrs. Charles M. Lewis; David Harland Kinser; Thomas Connell.
85 years ago, 1928
The bridge spanning the railroad cut near Finchville collapsed. The rock base supporting the heavy upright timbers gave way, and the entire structure careened over to one side....Daniel Prewitt, 12-year-old son of J.W. Prewitt, principal of Gleneyrie School, won again in The Courier-Journal Spelling Bee contest for Shelby County....Deaths: Martha J. Shelburne, widow of Seymour Shelburn; Bernice Shuck, 22, daughter of J.W. Shuck; Eliza Emma Sharp, widow of William Sharp; James M. Ragsdale, 88; Austin Bramblett; James Allie Pearce, 53; Simpson Finnell, 74; William Cantrill, 64.
90 years ago, 1923
A tenant house on the farm of George F. Keene on the Finchville Pike, occupied by Reuben Young, was destroyed by fire....J.T. Logan purchased Forrest Coots' residence on Bland Avenue for $7,000....Births: Henry Thompson Hardesty, Katherine Maddox Stapleton....Deaths: Daniel Calvert Dunavan; Tandy Bruce Schooler; Gertrude Hein Hicks, 35; Achille W. Dubourg, 52; Paul Wilson Davis, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Davis; Mrs. C.H. Wilcox.
95 years ago, 1918
The total sales of tobacco at the local loose-leaf houses were 11,214,170 pounds, divided among the four houses as follows: Star, 3,610,905 pounds; Burley, 3,192,290 pounds; Farmers, 2,233,276 pounds; Globe, 2,177,705 pounds. The average price for 11,214,170 pounds was $27.02 per hundred....Deaths: Cordelia Tipton Sawin, wife of Elder P.W. Sawin; Joseph H. Hood, 83.