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10 years ago, 2003
Two Shelby Countians, Mary Gaylord McClean and the late Charles Cook, were among the inductees into the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show Hall of Fame....At a quarter-million dollars, not only did a Finchville Farms Country ham shatter the ham auction record at the state fair’s Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast – it set a new precedent....Motorists were bewildered by the volatility of gas prices when stations raised prices from $1.59 to $1.71. Prices had been about $1.49 per gallon. Industry analysts said the blackout that hit the northeast and midwest contributed to boosting the price of gasoline here....Cheryl Hood of Coldwell Banker Rogers Realty was named Realtor of the Year. Torrey Smith was installed as president of the Shelbyville Board of Realtors....I’m one: Alexandria C. Bramblett, Valerie Susan Wright, Maya Rose Dalton....Deaths: Victoria Inman Bolin, 83; James Herbert Canida, 86; Jesse Lee Clark, 83; Betty Haggard, 68; Joe Carroll Hensley, 37; Betty Nicholson, 78; Michele Dolan Vest, 52; Lillian Lyons Williams, 92; June Morgeson Wollert, 78.
15 years ago, 1998
Archie Ware, 67, was named king of the Senior Prom during the Shelby County Horse Show; Virginia Perry, 78, was named queen....He had designed sets, painted, acted and even donned makeup and fake nails for the role of Zenia, a woman disguised as a Haitian maid, but this time David Pilkinton was in the director's seat for the production of God's Favorite at Shelby County Community Theatre....Kentucky State Police continued to investigate the disappearance of $2,500 in bond money from the Shelby County Detention Center....Robbie Houchin, 24, was named assistant professional to head pro Mike Riley at Weissinger Hills Golf Course....Annexation for the proposed Cracker Barrel location on KY 53 just north of I-64 has been worked out, but plans for the restaurant and three other tracts at that site needed zoning approval....C.W. Harlow retired after 46 years in the gas business. He opened Big 3 Gas Company, running the business on U.S. 60 just west of Shelbyville for 33 years....Receiving Master of Arts degrees at Georgetown College were Cynthia Skellie, Rachel Beth Crain, Tracy Coffee Gayle, Robin Renee White and Amy Lynn Gaines....Keith Stratton joined RE/MAX Performance Realty....Births: Richland Lashon Beckley, Logan Andrew Duncan, Austin Bradley Jennings....I’m one: Haleigh Elizabeth Glore, Chase Douglas Likes....Deaths: Lola Adams Stivers, 83; Leonard McGaughey, 63; Catherine Hedges Reynolds, 80; Isabelle Atlas, 94; Hazel Pettit Peyton, 73; Tommy R. Small, 49.
25 years ago, 1988
Steven Lee Cook of Shelbyville performed with Eddie Rabbitt and Patty Loveless during the state fair....U.S. Marine Sgt. Melody Willard Dodge of Japan was awarded the Naval Achievement Award for the second time in two years. Both time the honor was given for dedication and patriotism above and beyond the call of duty. She was the daughter of Fran Willard....H.B. Smith Co. of Shelbyville joined Key Associates....Kentucky State Police Lt. John Witt was promoted to captain. He entered the KSP Academy on May 25, 1975....Clayton Brooks pulled the oars in the final push to a first-place finish in the rowing competition at Camp Crooked Creek. He was a member of Boy Scouts Troop 164, and along with Mike French, who rowed the first half of the race. They competed in the water carnival held on closing parents' night of each week's camping....Deaths: Carl Palmer, 66; Ronald Adams Thomas, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney A. Thomas.
40 years ago, 1973
The new coordinator of the Shelby County Vocational School was Edward L. Smith, a former teacher at Shelby County High School....Pic ‘N Pay Store, the largest self-service shoe chain in the southeast, had grand opening in the Governor’s Square Shopping Center, next to Ben Franklin....Delegates from Shelby County who attended the 1973 Kentucky Youth Conference were Darlene Tinsley, Ernest Cochran, Laura Hamm and Pam Spencer....Thieves damaged the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. After taking $10, the only thing they were able to take with them, the damaged everything they could find, including telephones, 2-way radios and the burglar alarm systems. Cal Schmidt, president of the company, announced that two days of repairs had to be taken to replace all the wiring....Serving our country: PFC Larry Woods was recognized for the fine job he had performed during the Sergeant Missile Annual Service Practice at NAMFI Crete, Greece, with the B Battery Firing Platoon....Deaths: Ralph R. Bullard, 51; William David Blankenship, 18-year-old son of Roemary Baker Wood and William Goebel Blankenship; Herbert Perry Long, 68; Lena Hall Glenn, 86.
55 years ago, 1958
Robert L. Green, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Green of Shelbyville, was named manager of Greentree Farm in Lexington....Edward Lay of Simpsonville was appointed for a 3-year term to serve on the Shelby County Farmers Home Administration Committee with present members Tate Bird and Steve Howerton Jr. The retiring committee member was Paul Fry of Bagdad....Bobby Arnold was among the scholarship winners for the 1958-59 school year at Indiana University....Paul C. Moors and Joseph P. Lawrence of the Gravity-Magnetic Survey were in Shelbyville conducting a geophysical survey under Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute through the University of Wisconsin on an Air Force contract. The final aim was to create a gravity magnetic map of the United States using gravity E magnetic values measured at every 8 to 10 miles....Victoria V. Gilbert left for Los Angeles, where she would attend three conventions: the American Bar Association, the National Federation of Women Lawyers and the International Association of Women Lawyers....Birth: Benita Lynn Dawson....Serving our country: Billy R. Puckett of Bagdad was promoted to private first class, one of 34 Central Kentucky reservists....Deaths: Leslie Reese Mason, 57; Patrick M. Hackett, 87; William Vincent Connor, 70; William L. Brooks, 23; Lister E. Tinsley, 85; Nora Smith Hall, 76; Claudia W. Bowman, 77; John Huston Wilson, 71; William Hobert Campbell, 43; William H. Youmans, 51.
60 years ago, 1953
The Shelby Sentinelcarried a picture of Mary Jane Wilborn demonstrating KU's new 2-radio system that connected the main office with the company's trucks serving the district including Shelbyville....Harold Y. Saunders, general chairman, announced that the annual tobacco festival would be Oct. 14....Three men were bound over the grand jury in connection with the wounding of Jimmy Thornton, a private guard, at a skating rink dance.
70 years ago, 1943
The late John W. Parker’s 300-acre farm, located on the Smithfield Road, was sold to the Rutledge Brothers for $30,000....Cpl. Earl Puckett, who was wounded in December in North Africa, was brought back to the states and was treated in the U.S. Army General Hospital in New York. A brother, Pvt. Huston J. Puckett, was somewhere in Sicily, and another, Pvt. James A. Puckett, was stationed at Miami Beach.....Pvt. John Corn was stationed in Hawaii....John S. Kirk was promoted to captain....Promoted to the rank of corporal were Pfc. Sanford T. Duncan of the Army Air Force; Charles E. Roberts; Pvt. Gilbert Barrickman; Pvt. William Stout, in the Tank Destroyer Division, U.S. Army; Pvt. William Conn....Pvt. Dwight Scrivner, U.S. Army Air Corps, was presented with a silver medal for double honors for marksmanship....The parents of Lt. James R. Craig received a letter stating that he was well and fine after taking part in the drive in Tunisia and also in the Sicilian invasion. He was commander of a tank unit....Mrs. William Greenwell received a phone call from her husband, Pvt. Greenwell, that he had returned to the states from North Africa and was in Halloran hospital, at Staten Island, N.Y....Deaths: Edward Allison Wilborn, 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wilborn; Ellerzene Burk, 74; Julia Arnett Scearce, 79; William Homer Shouse Jr., 13-year-old son of Homer Shouse; Cynthia Harrod Kesler, 80.
80 years ago, 1933
D.L. Green, A&P store manager, was in charge of the new, combined store the company opened at 520 Main Street....Deaths: Mrs. James Scott Middleton; Elizabeth Perrin; George W. Devine; Ben F. Bodkin.
90 years ago, 1923
Luke B. Hansbrough sold his 100-acre tract on the Burks Branch Pike to Carl Heinecke for $13,500....Deaths: Mrs. Johnson Taylor; Carrie Meeks, 60; Leslie Hall, 31, native of Shelby County; Mrs. Jack Roberts; Mrs. D.B. Spurgeon.