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1924: Bagdad High School debate team wins county championship

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, 2004

The winners of the 2003 conservation writing and conservation art contest, sponsored by the Natural Resources Conservation Service were Megan Russell, Cesar Rodriguez, Katie Goebel, Jessica Bolin, McKenzie Bailey, Katelyn McNew, Kaitlin Mullins, Aaron Wiggen, Angel Ballew, Brittany Walls and Matthew Wolfe…. Bryan Slone was Shelbyville’s newest golf pro at Weissinger Hills Golf Course…. After 16 years of snow plows, salt and patching potholes, County Road Supervisor Plomer Wilson called it quits and retired from his position…. Tiffany Broughton, a fourth-grader at Painted Stone, placed in the top 10 at the Level 6 state competition in Henderson and was working on moving up to the next level at Champions Gymnastics in Louisville. She had been doing gymnastics since she was 3…. The local Dairy Queen restaurant brought home a blizzard of awards during the corporation’s eighth annual Gold Star Banquet in Lexington. Joint Venture Partners Bernice and Tom Dixon accepted the awards….

I’m one: Colby Davis Fry, Sparrow Nicole Harrell, Patrick Thomas King, Radari Mondray Lee Jr., Keanna Simone Hale, Adalyn Talia Andrea Jackson…. I’m one: Emma Layne Jones, Elizabeth Maryah Thomas, Emma Claire Browning…. Deaths: William Porter “Bill” Thompson, 80; Margaret Mae Yeary Arington, 76; Timothy Robert “Tim” Coleman, 41; Jack Donoho, 69; Bryan Leigh Armstrong, 45; Susan Gillispie “Susie” Daniel, 92; James Walter “J.B.” Brown, 30; Shelby Downey, 69; James Bruce “J.B.” Lyons, 87; Catherine Tingle Long, 76; Katherine LeCompte Watson, 81; Jack Donoho, 69; Mead Boykin Ferris, 84; Mildred F. Goodlett, 77; John O. Howard, 92; Janice Davis, 94; Ruby Lee Hornbeck, 64; Marie Tapp Rosebrugh, 79.

15 years ago, 1999

Tanya Barnett, Jake Wilson and Josh Martin, Shelby County High School seniors, were chosen as Outstanding Agriculture Students of the Year.... After months of being cited repeatedly for violating state regulations, Shelby Manor Health Center was under new management, and already the changes were apparent.... Allie Hewlett, 12, won a superior blue ribbon and Best of Show for her science project in the Association of Christian Schools Science Fair with "The Real Effects of Fluoride Treatments on Teeth" as her topic.... Tandy Corporation/Radio Shack awarded scholarships or certificates to the 1999 Tandy Scholars. They were Maggie O'Neill, teacher; Darrell Christopher Robinson, nominee; Ann Marie Andriot, Leah M. Aubrey, Ashley Elizabeth Hedges, Darrell Christopher Robinson and Christopher Michael Wiles received certificates.... County poster winners in the Shelby County Conservation District contest were Maggie Bishop, Rebecca Hinkle and Ashton Satchwell; essay winners were James Osborne, Amanda Price-Walker and Billy Adams.... The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management awarded $3,780 to the Shelby County Rescue Squad to buy rescue extrication equipment.... Shelby County East Middle School was one of four schools to receive an award for Excellence in Economic Education for 1999....

Births: Jonathan Eli Dotson, Zachary Taylor Drew, Tyler Scott Thomas McAllister, Hailey Marie Wood, Tymontheius Ajhaunte Brown, Santos Issac Belevin Ramales.... Stanley Briggs Lawson, owner of Shelbyville's Briggs-Bemiss menswear store, died at Crestview Health Care Center at the age of 93.... Other deaths: Davis Wilson Shouse Sr., 84; Ruth Baker, 91; Evelyn Brown Hundley, 92; Raymond Sanders, 85; Cornelia Sallee Bruner, 84; Romie Burgin Casey, 89; Larry David Gordon, 46; Tom B. Hayes, 71; Russell A. Knapp, 61; Woodrow Morris Pulliam, 77; Philip Lee Slaughter, 55; James W. Tinsley, 82.

25 years ago, 1989

Angie Wakefield was selected for membership in the Eastern Kentucky University Chapter of the Lambda Sigma Society, a national honor society for sophomore students…. A Simpsonville man charged with selling false insurance policies pleaded guilty and agreed to pay back more than $10,000 to his victims... Cindy Beckley was recognized as being the Most Improved Player at the Shelby County Lady Rockets’ awards banquet…. Terry Bertram would be plowing an unfamiliar ground as Shelby County's new 4-H agent, but he had many years of hands-on experience as a young 4-H'er.... An ex-convict who maced two Wal-Mart employees during a shoplifting escapade was recommended for a 16-year prison sentence during a jury trial in Shelby Circuit Court....Births: Shannon Corey Sutherland, Brian Shea Farrell.... Deaths: Charles “Eddie” Phillips, 75; Louise Whisman, 73.

40 years ago, 1974

Richard Randolph, president of the Bank of Shelbyville since 1945, resigned because of ill health. Jack Frazier, formerly a cashier, was elected to fill the position.... Kim Rodgers received a TV for being the top salesman in the 4-H candy sale. Other prize winners were Ivan Cunningham the winner of a bicycle, Jack Gilman who received an 8-tract stereo tape player and AM-FM radio, and Sheryl Wells who won a portable stereo... Whitney M. Young corpsmen received new uniforms, doing away with the Hut 2-3-4 appearance as the former military-looking outfits were discarded for jumpsuits…. Deaths: Mary Lucinda Yager Cunningham, 83.

55 years ago, 1959

Melvin Sams Jr. was named the new chairman of promotion of the Shelbyville tobacco market... Fire destroyed two business establishments and a house trailer in the Highlands. The wind was high and for a time the flames threatened the Old Masons Home and several residences... Albert H. “Al” Owen retired after completing over 42 years of service with the Communications Department of United Fuel Gas Company, Charleston, W.Va. He was born in Simpsonville and received his formal education at Simpsonville and Shelbyville... Girl Scout Troop 194 celebrated its third birthday with a variety show... Shelby Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation held an Open House at the new headquarters building located on Finchville Road at U.S. 60.

60 years ago, 1954

Joe St. Charles and his son, Joe Jr., were the owners and operators of the new Highland Tire and Appliance Store which was at the intersection of Benson Road…. Albert C. Bolin of Simpsonville was named city editor of The Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University campus newspaper in Bloomington.... Margaret Ann Cook, member of Waddy 4-H Club, was selected by the International Farm Youth Exchange program, as its delegate to Brazil for the summer.... The Heart Fund drive went over the top with $170,000. The goal was set at $150,000.... Timely Tip, a 1951 bay colt by the Doge-Door Yock, owned by Dr. A.L. Birch of Shelbyville, won the Arkansas Derby.... Steiden grocery list: beef rib roast, 7-inch cuts, 49 cents/pound; round or sirloin steaks, choice cuts, 69 cents/pound; beef chuck roast, choice cuts, 39 cents/pound; fresh ground beef, 29 cents/pound; T-bone or porterhouse steaks, choice cuts, 89 cents/pound; oranges or grapefruit, 8-pound bag 39 cents; Superbrand grade A large eggs, 55 cents dozen; U.S. No. 1 White Main potatoes, 10-pound bag 29 cents.... Firestone special: 10-cubic foot deluxe refrigerator with pushbutton automatic defrosting, $299.95. Biagi's: 7.4 cu. ft. Frigidaire $179.95 and old refrigerator; Frigidaire electric 40-inch range, $209.95; 11 cu. ft. upright freezer, $289.95; three-speed record player, $19.95.... Births: George Birch Kinsolving, William Hansen Bemiss II... Deaths: Joseph B. Stinnette, 70; James Thomas Webb, 87; Lillian Robertson Clark, 75; Rollo Wayne, 65

70 years ago, 1944

Ben Matthews and Paul Swanson won the state championship in the debate team at Lexington, coached by Sarah Lewis.... The county's champion speller was 13-year-old Frances Jane Phillips, seventh-grade pupil at Mount Eden. She outspelled Dorothy Ensminger of Simpsonville in the finals of the annual countywide spelling bee.... Tobacco barns were wrecked, chimneys, fences and outbuildings were blown over in a violent electrical and wind storm. Damage was estimated at $30,000.... High school principals elected were Bagdad, Fred Trammel; Cropper, James Price; Finchville, James Burnett; Gleneyrie, Frank Miller; Henry Clay, H.V. Tempel; Mount Eden, Morris Chilton; Simpsonville, James E. Golden and Waddy, W.R. Martin.... Serving our country: Three sons of J.H. Dawson of Waddy were in the Armed Forces – Pvt. John Dawson, 33, in England; Rufus Dawson, 24, in the South Pacific; Pvt. Thurston Dawson, 29, in Alaska.... Deaths: Aurelia Fullenwider, 75; Leonidas Webb, 91.

80 years ago, 1934

Alvin Harbison, 62, the youngest and last of a large family of brothers, formerly prominent in the business and social life of Shelby County, died at his home in New York....Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Bohannon were receiving congratulations upon the birth of a daughter.

90 years ago, 1924

Sam Ford sold a building lot 60 by 220 on the southwest corner of Adair Avenue and Walnut Street for $1,000 to Paul F. Schmidt.... The Bagdad High School debate team won the county championship in the countywide series of debates, defeating the team representing the Cropper High School in the chapel of Science Hill..... Deaths: Mrs. Warren Wheeler, a former resident of Shelbyville; Sarah Haden, 91, died at the home of H.S. Samples near Waddy.