Looking Back: August 12, 2011

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1986: Lawson's Department Store closes on Main Street

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, 2001
Lesley Worrall
(from left), Jared Andrews, and Sarah Smithattended the Governor’s School for the Arts at Transylvania University in Lexington....Terry Fox was Shelby County High School’s new volleyball coach....In 1999, Simpsonville volunteer firefighter Tim McClure heavily lobbied Fiscal Court magistrates for an EMS unit to be stationed in the western part of the county. More than two years later Fiscal Court magistrates approved it, saying the increasing population in the area warranted it....Robert Trotten of Shelbyville won a silver in the 50 freestyle and gold in the 50 backstroke, the 50 breaststroke, relay and the 200 freestyle at the Blue Grass State Games. Matt Flanagan won a gold in the 50-meter back, 50-meter breast, 50-meter freestyle, 50 fly, 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay. Joshua Keith Botkins received a silver medal in kata; Kevin Asay, won a bronze in horseshoes; and Tristan Grigsby was a bronze medal winner in kata....Births: Catalina Francisco Hernandez, Aune Trae Quinn Johnson, Dalton Scott King, Alexandra Kay Rogers, Zachary Paul Warner....I’m one: Joshua Riddell, Nicole Kailynn Bruner, Elaine Grace Coursey, Amanda Jo Wyatt, Logan Allen Yount....Deaths: Cecile Cook Jewell, 77; Helen Downey Christopher, 85; Aleen S. Gray, 84; Fred Forest Miles, 79; Genevieve Perry Travis, 91; Stanley Waits, 43 ;Ollie J. Stivers, 85; Hollis Bentley, 81; Linn Thomas Stout, 36.

15 years ago, 1996
LeNita White
(left) made the all-statement tournament basketball team with teammates Tiffany Hornsby and Camryn Whitaker....Simpsonville was being considered for a $200 million assembly plant that could create 500 full-time jobs and a $25 million annual payroll. The Shelby County Industrial Foundation was to hear about Project Freddie, the foundation's code name for the plant....Dr. Ron Waldridge II(left) looked over charts with his father, Ron Waldridge. He joined his father's practice at Waldridge and Powers on Zaring Mill Road after years of medical school and residency programs....Farm Service Agency declared Shelby one of four Kentucky counties eligible to receive emergency loan assistance because of damages and losses caused by storms in May. Strong winds, heavy rains and hail demolished 30 farm buildings and 350 acres of crops and damaged 50 more farm structures here....Catilin Sue Mullins, 3-year-old daughter of Mike and Dorinda Langley Mullins, qualified as a state finalist in the 11th annual Miss American Princess Pageant in Richmond, Va. She is the great-granddaughter of Jack and Bessie Langley of Shelbyville....Chris Wise, 18, could someday be a Hollywood hit if his dream to make it in the movie business were to come true. He applied for admission to the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, Calif., and was accepted....Keith Medley joined Citizen's Union Bank's staff working in the lending department....I'm one: Kristopher Stone, Adam Todd Willard....Deaths: Martha Lee Klein, 88; Walter Lee Prewitt, 57; David F. "Ted" Pearce Sr., 82; Emma Frances Perkins Scofield, 89; Erchall B. Shouse Jr., 52; Beatrice Heaton Redding, 84.

25 years ago, 1986
Gov. Martha Layne Collins put on a yellow construction hat and joined a group of dignitaries to break ground for a new industry in Shelby County – Industrial Powder Coatings Inc....Mary Overfelt joined W.A. Smith Realty as an agent....Martha Ruble, 22, who had worked with The Springfield Sunsince June in an interim role, was named advertising manager of the 4,200-circulation newspaper. Earlier that month she was an advertising intern with The Sentinel-News....Tony Spugnardi was named the advertising representative for Kentucky Press Service Inc., the business affiliate of Kentucky Press Association. He was a former sales representative with The Sentinel-News....Stanley G. Lawson and his father, Wesley, opened a department store in 1914 that carried the Lawson’s name in downtown Shelbyville. Stanley's son, Jack, took over the business in 1955. Jack's daughter, Eve, bought the firm in 1981. Eve Lawson-Lewis has announced that Lawson's would be closing its doors. The two employees who had been with the store the longest were Doris Tinsley and Bessie Stone....The Shelby County sheriff’s department burned 7,786 marijuana plants discovered in three locations around Shelbyville worth $1.5 million on the street....Stephanie Renee Manica was nominated for the second year to have her achievements published in Who's Who Among students who were juniors or seniors....Grants totaling more than $35,000 were awarded to four Shelby County agencies from the WHAS Crusade for Children....Nancy Davis opened Granny’s Antiques, which features antiques and collectibles, in Finchville on KY 55 South....Linda Bright joined the commonwealth’s attorney’s office as a paralegal....Marjorie Ruhl and Belinda Pruitt opened Shelbyville Day Care Center on KY 53 South in the former Huber Tractor Rental building....Brent Aldridge was named to Who’s Who Among American High School Students....Births: Brian Randall Cook, Kathryn Ann Christian, Matthew Michael Ray Lisby, Grant Douglas White...Deaths: Mary Lyons Sharp, 79; Caroline (Dolly) Rodgers Stucker, 76; Lewis Wilson, 79; Sarah Hall Cinnamond, 86; William L. Carpenter, 65; Walter Wilborn, 68; James Morgan Moore, 68; Orville Gene Walker, 53; Robert Luce Wilkins, 34; James F. Riddle, 60; J.W. Milligan, W.B. “Rosey” Masters, Guy Fortner, Sherman Ray Harrison, Martha Pearl Foster Sanders.

40 years ago, 1971
Go Boys Mary Ace won the 3-year-old Walking Horse Class at the Shelby County Fair. Trained and shown by Walter Bruner of Shelbyville, the horse is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Landon Goins of Bagdad....An early morning fire destroyed all the merchandise in the front part of the Stratton’s Grocery and Sporting Goods Store. Bobby Stratton announced plans to be back in business in the rear section of the burned store....Mark Smith of Farmers and Traders was player of the week. He had a home run double to lead his team past Middletown, 13-11, in nine innings....Robbin Lynn Daily won first prize for best girl baby and grand champion, girl or boy, under one year at the Shelby County Fair. Kelli Michele Beumer won first place in girl baby under two and champion. Teddy Williams won best boy baby under one and Sidney Mark Sullivan won first in the best boy baby under two....Ann Beach was the winner of the 1971 Maverick given away at the Shelby County Fair....Jimmy Glenn Terhune graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. He was a 1965 graduate of Shelby County High School....Births: Whitney Logan Roberts, James William Nance....Serving our country: John F. Stewart, 22, was promoted to Army Specialist Four near Aschaffenburg, Germany....Colonel William T. Conder was decorated with the Meritorious Service Metal at Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam....Deaths: Charles Hilary Sherrard, 67; Sidney J. McClain, 79; Delbert Cook, 63; Jessie Elna Baker; Sallie Morgan Hornback, 83; Hattke Bertha Hamblin Johnson, 68; Earnest Thomas Rogers, 67; Jessie Jewell Smith; Walter Pulliam; William T. Gray; Delbert Cook.

55 years ago, 1956
For the first time in the 30-year history of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce Week will be observed in Shelbyville and Shelby County....Crowned queen of the Shelby County Fair and Horse Show was 16-year-old Virginia Wright, a Shelbyville High School senior, sponsored by the Shelbyville Laundry. Runners-up were (front row from left) Jane Kaye Smith, Mary Hawkins, Theresa Nethery, Sue Bradbury, Lyland Green, Joyce Cliff; (back row) Nancy Claire Smith, Virginia Wright, Jean Montague, Sally Temple, Lou Crawfordand Becky McCormack....Shelby County Fair baby show winners were: best girl baby, under 1-year-old, Cindy Lee Gaines, Sherry Lynn Rodgers, Vernell Thompson; best boy baby was Morris Alan Searcy, Robert Lee Ethington Jr., Keith Anthony White. Best girl baby under 2-years-old, Denise Elaine Hightower, Linda Jo Sutherland, Lisa R. Ballard; best boy baby, John Samuel McGinnis Jr., Henry Morton Cook, Ricky Dean Wood. Champion babies were Cindy Lee Gaines and Denise Elaine Hightower....Frances Frye won 52 blue ribbons in 4-H events at the Shelby County Fair. She won the trophy for Best All-Around 4-H Club member....Harold Hawkins and Leonard Louden resigned from Shelbyville Police Department. Sam Morris, former constable and former patrolman assigned to parking meters, was employed to succeed Hawkins....A yearling saddle bred colt was named Shelby News by its owner, B.P. Eddie, a well- known horse breeder...Deaths: Mary Ann Priestley, 94; Charles E. Wray, 67; Nancy Melear Moffett, 75; Alex Logan; Frank D. Calvin, 71; Ben Wallace Lowry; Lenora Hughes Gatewood; Elsie Proctor Neel; Emmett Owen, 51.

60 years ago, 1951
Harry Largen and Mary Louise Blakemore were crowned King and Queen of the 1951 Shelby County Fair. Other entries were Ben Zaring, Mac Davis, Sue Shaw, William Pearson, Beverly Riddle and Barbara Casey...Ann Howser Trimble was re-elected Circuit Clerk when she defeated Garnett Radcliffe and Guthrie Jesse Jr....Fair results: Sam Arthur Cardwell was the winner of the Greasy Pig Contest held at the Shelby County Fair....Frances Fry was the champion in room improvement arrangement at the Shelby County Fair. She was rated second in number of entries and blue ribbons, won 21 blues, three reds and one white and received $33 in money in all home economics premiums....Jackie Lynn Kent, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kent and held by Joyce Ann Griffith, was the grand champion baby girl, and Steven Lyle Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lyle Miller, was grand champion baby boy....Isaac Lafayette Franklin won first and second prizes in the green burley-tobacco show....Lee Tucker shows his Champion Holstein Cow in 4-H Dairy Projects and received a trophy for showmanship of cattle, and Joyce Ann Griffith had the Reserve Champion in Senior Yearling Heifers and placed second in showmanship....Froman Fry's Angus steer was the winner of the 4-H Baby Beef Project....Birth: Stephen Vincent Biagi....Serving our country: The body of Pfc. Edward J. Wilson, 21, who was killed in action at Chonju, Korea. Sept. 24, 1950, reached Shelbyville and was taken to the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home to await services....Sgt. First Class Earl W. Yount was awarded the Purple Heart Medal in Korea for wounds received in action near Yongchon in June....Pfc. Charles Douthitt who was a prisoner of the Chinese Army for eight months, was well and being treated fine, according to a letter his parents received from him dated June 15....Deaths: Silas Harlow, 73; Bonnie Crawford Inghram, 62; Hallie Moore Glore, 65; Mattie Mitchell Belwood, 62; Allie C. Allen, 80; Jesse W. Jeffries, 73.

70 years ago, 1941
Jackie Byrd and Julian Evans, local tennis aces, were winners of the doubles title in the Bluegrass Tournament at Danville....In the race for county judge, incumbent Coleman Wright defeated Lillis B. Roberts by a total of 1,944 votes. In the tax commissioners race, Forest Barnes Jr. defeated George R. Carpenter by 820 votes. Jeptha Tracy, former city patrolman polled 1,423 votes, defeating his nearest opponent Forest Davis by 437 votes....Birth: Joan Kay Bokern....Serving our country: Gregory Dexter Hedden, senior and majoring in chemistry at the University of Chicago, was reclassified to 2-A in the Selective Service because of an unusual aptitude for research work....After several months or training, Capt. Robert S. Michael,33, Army Air Corps reserve officer, was sent to London as an aviation observer....Deaths: Joseph W. Moss, 38; Ada Adkins Spaulding, 65; Roy Cannine, 35; Clementina A. Smith, 55; James H. Phillips, 84

80 years ago, 1931
Gasoline that leaked from an Essex automobile caused a blaze that destroyed both the barn and automobile on the farm of Hubert Gordon. Loss was placed at $1,500....Ralph Taylor of Taylorsville purchased the interest of Henry Greenwell in the Greenwell-Veech Motor Company, Chevrolet dealers....Death: Alice Hansbrough, 73.

85 years ago, 1926
The Austin L. Moore Realty Co. sold the home of John W. Lawson on Magnolia Avenue to Charles Williams for $6,800....Prof. George W. Saffell Jr. was elected president of the Colored National Funeral Directors Association....The old Webb schoolhouse near Simpsonville was sold at auction by the Shelby County Board of Education for $35....Harold B. Stanley was elected president at a meeting of the Shelby County branch of the Kentucky Rural Carriers' Association. Roger H. Bemiss was vice president, and Rodman Hansbrough was secretary-treasurer.

90 years ago, 1921
Deaths: Pvt. Floyd Tatum, 28; Pvt. Leonard Samples, 28, was killed in the battle of Argonne Forest, France, two hours before the signing of the armistice.

95 years ago, 1916
Andrew Palmer won the first prize of $10 in the Old Fiddlers contest at the Odd Fellows picnic at Taylorsville....Judge P.J. Beard was elected chairman of the County Campaign Committee at the meeting of the Shelby County Democratic committee.