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10 years ago, 2003
Simpsonville City Clerk Debbie Batliner received a plaque from Mayor Steve Eden after her graduation from the Kentucky Municipal Clerk’s Institute in Lexington. She is now a certified Kentucky municipal clerk....Charlie Kramer, local director of tourism, announced this year’s Shelbyville Horse Show generated nearly $2.2 million to the local economy....Austin Hite Hays received his degree from the University of Kentucky College of Business and Administration with a 3.25 grade-point average....Hospice moved from the Shelbyville Business Center on KY 55 to 540 Main St....Dr. Joe Kovall and Wayne Mortenson of Mortenson Family Dental worked on patients for WHAS-TV’s local version of the national Extreme Makeover....”The “Street Party Downtown” took outdoor music to a new level with Shelbyville country/rock/classic rock band New Breed took the stage....Births: Maredith Irene Lyons, Matthew Paul Hicks, Morgan Genevieve Mastin, Ethan Tyler Cox, Emma Madeline Parnell, Shawnacee Kyree Thompson, David Michael Winstead....We’re one: Alexis and Kayla Bruner, Laurel and Katie Black....I’m one: Jackson Slade Goins, Kalina Elizabeth Nason....Deaths: Victoria Inman Bolin, 83; Gilbert Crittenden, 86; Roxie Allen Duvall, 74; Merry Christmas Jewell, 62; Cornelius Bernard “Ekie” Marshall, 52; Sylvia Montgomery, 77; Ethel M. Wares, 61; Mary Susie Kephart Welch, 92; Helen Frances Samples Ware Carrier, 62; Louise Griffin McGinnis, 85; LeChon Lorence Trammer Jr., stillborn baby of Dana Fountaine Crittendon and LeChon L. Trammer.
15 years ago, 1998
Michael Wyant (from left), Dr. Mary Ann Wyant, and Lucy Easley, Jewish Hospital Shelbyville pharmacists received professional recognition by the Kentucky Pharmacists Association....Becky Kemper stayed mentally focused on horseshoes in Nebraska, and it paid off: She became the women's world champion horseshoe thrower. "I've played all kinds of sports before – basketball, volleyball…horseshoes is a mental game," she said. "If you're not mentally prepared, you're not going to do very well."…Lisa Meredith of Simpsonville was hired by the Judge Judy show to travel to courthouses within a 100-mile radius of Louisville, searching for interesting small-claims cases to refer to the show....Len Ashby, senior at Shelby County High School, claimed the Junior Falls Cities Golf Championship....Charlotte Wakefield was hired as office manager at Clear Creek Park....Youth from Centenary United Methodist Church spent a week working with Confrontation Point Ministries in Appalachia to repair three homes....Myra Hardesty was promoted to assistant cashier at Shelby County Trust Bank....More than 120 athletes representing Shelby County competed in the Bluegrass State Games winning 36 medals – 15 gold, 12 silver and 9 bronze....Ronnie Freels, 49, was named president of the international Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners....Les Richardson was the new owner of Clark's Tire and Auto Service....I'm one: Jacob Randall Smither....Deaths: June Gilbert Davis, 78; Albert Elliott, 70; Victor Jennings Brown, 83; Reynaldo Alcadio Sandoval-Calderon, infant son of Vicente and Tonya Cooley Sandoval-Calderon.
25 years ago, 1988
Two new counselors, including one for an experimental elementary school counseling program, were hired. Stephen Watts was the district's first guidance counselor for elementary students, working four days a week at Southside and the fifth day at Northside. Donna Moore was hired as East Middle School's new guidance counselor....Joyce Dudley, United Medical Center's director of nursing, was the Rotary Club's first female member....Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of Todds Point celebrated its 125 anniversary homecoming....Eight thousand pot plants were confiscated on a 160-acre farm. A farmer on KY 1005 called the Shelby County Sheriff's Office with a tip concerning the wild plants where hemp used to be grown....Shelby County received $31,664 from the WHAS Crusade for Children in four grants: Board of Education, $6,400 and $8,164; Resource Center, $14,100; and Dorman Training Center, $3,000....Births: Darren Scott Redmon, Cameron Scott Banta....Deaths: Jeptha B. Tracy, 74; Mildred Yount, 77; Amzy Ball Finn, 82; Noemi Maddox Smith, 82; Clemmie "Jo" Bryant Hawkins, 50; Viola Ivers, 73; Joseph Wilson Lawrence, 71; Lulie Spragens Whitehouse, 61; Ronald Adams Thomas, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney A. Thomas.
40 years ago, 1973
Don Harris, riding You are Love, owned by Copper Coin Farm in Simpsonville and trained by Harris, accepted a silver trophy in the 3-gaited class at the Shelby County Fair Horse Show....The last thing Anne Webb wanted to seem was a “snoop-ervisor.” She was hired by the Shelbyville Board of Education as supervisor of instruction. Her office was on the ground floor of the old Shelby Sentinel building, occupied by the Shelbyville Board of Education. Her working area was mainly the two Shelbyville elementary schools, Northside and Southside, and the middle school at the high school building....Birth: Amy Lynn Dedman....Serving our country: John Dorman returned after serving a year in Thailand with the Air Force....Chief Warrant Officer Edward LeCompte retired from the Armed Forces. He served his country for 21 years in the U.S. Army with two terms in Vietnam, where he received four combat medals and many other medals and awards in the states....Deaths: James Ernest Palmer, 54, of the Snow Hill community was killed when he apparently lost control of his 1962 Pontiac and crashed on U.S. 60 East near the Hempridge Road....Other deaths: Kenneth L. Cook, 57; James Kenneth Woods, 49; Onias Wavery Stucker, 64; Ella Wallace, 74; Ellis E. Gunn, 79; Paul Tompkins Coats, 92; William T. Hayden, 56; Lydia Neal Martin Perry, 72; Alfred S. Joseph Sr., 95; Parker Lee Darland, 34; Monia Harrod Pulliam, 86; Ellsworth Freeman.
55 years ago, 1958
James Lester Swigert was made a Rogers Scholar by the Rogers Foundation of Centre College. He received a $1,300 academic scholarship for each of his four years at Centre, where he would be studying engineering....Edward L. Fike, formerly of Shelbyville, was appointed state representative of the National Foundation for Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia....A single-engine crop-spraying plane crashed on takeoff and was totally wrecked, but the pilot, William G. Elliott, escaped unharmed. He was piloting the Piper Super Cub when its right wing struck a tree a few feet off the ground....Reynolds V. Chappell, Finchville, and James Benjamin Runner, Shelbyville, were accepted as junior members of the Holstein-Friesian Association of America, Brattleboro, Vt....Serving our country: Army Sgt. Bruce W. Tracy received the Army's Commendation Ribbon while serving on the U.S. Army Hospital staff for his outstanding performance of duties in the emergency room of the hospital at Fort Campbell....Deaths: Charles Emmett Chatham Sr., 55, owner and operator of Chatham Realty & Construction Company in Middletown, died of a heart attack at Kentucky Baptist Hospital....R.E. "Bobby" Kunz, manager of Kunz's The Dutchman Restaurant and other similar restaurants in Louisville and well known here and throughout the country, was killed when his station wagon crashed into a deep ditch just west of Taylorsville Road....Other deaths: Linda Alice Whitehouse, 77; Augustus Owsley Stanley, 91; Georgia Marie Huffman, 37; Charles F. “Karl” Gray.
60 years ago, 1953
Bland "Ticky" Mathews purchased the interest of Robert Gersler in M&W Motors. He joined R.M. Whitworth as co-owner....The Barnett Real Estate Agency reported the sale of Mr. and Mrs. Fulton Smith's home at 1122 Main St. in Shelbyville to Mr. and Mrs. William Shannon....Superintendent of the county schools George Giles was reported in satisfactory condition after undergoing a kidney operation in a Louisville hospital....Deaths: Mary Schuba Codila; Albert Jesse Shelton; J.C. Snavely; David Chadwell.
70 years ago, 1943
The Bagdad chapter Future Farmers of America became second-place winners at Hardinsburg. They were defeated by the Stamping Ground Chapter. Bobby Ashby, Kenneth Ashby, Jimmy Merchant and George Niles received the Kentucky Farmer Degree...."Cedarmore," the residence of Oscar L. Moore, of Chicago and Shelby County, located near Bagdad, was seriously threatened with extinction by fire....Members of Boy Scout troops 161 and 164 left for a week's stay at Covered Bridge Scout Camp under the leadership of Scout Master Archie Ware....Births: Patty Talbot, Jane Maddox Eads....Pvt. Edwin Hall, who was with the U.S. invasion forces going into Sicily, was reported to his family that he was safe and well....Mr. and Mrs. Tim Yancey received a letter from their son, Pvt. Edward Yancey, who was a prisoner of war in Germany....William H. Roberts, U.S. Marine Corps, was promoted to the rank of corporal....Dr. and Mrs. C.W. Elsey received news that his nephew, 2nd Lt. Dutton, was lost in air action somewhere over Holland....Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Weaver received a letter from their son, William Thomas Weaver, pharmacist mate, second class, U.S. Navy, who was somewhere in Australia....Deaths: Mattie Lee Herrick, 78; Lula Dawson Radcliff, 82; G.R. Secrest, 69.
80 years ago, 1933
Briggs Lawson opened a men’s haberdashery in the Petry Building, former site of Logan’s Drug Store....This year’s fair opens with admission reduced to 25 cents, with a 10-cent charge for automobiles....Deaths: Walter Hammonds; W.T. Marcey; Mrs. Urith S. Jones.
85 years ago, 1928
Col. C.J. Brown sold 18 shares of the Capital Stock of the Peoples Bank at Bagdad to W.C. Beard at $146.75....The residence of Jess Swindler and all its contents, near Cropper, was destroyed by fire with an estimated loss of $3,500, with no insurance....The J.T. Logan business property on 6th Street was sold by Austin Moore Realty Company to Dr. W.E. Morris of Southville for $9,750....Robert Owen Rowlett, son of Owen D. Rowlett, member of the County Board of Education, died at a hospital in Harriman, Tenn....John Bramblett, retired farmer, 84, died at his home at Cropper.
90 years ago, 1923
Business Women’s Club was formed with Mrs. M.L. Hall as president and Virginia Lewis as secretary....For the year 1922-23, 2,225 white children were enrolled in the Shelby Graded School District and 328 African-Americans. The high school pupils enrolled were 220 white....The Downs Realty Company sold for the heirs of R.A. Briggs a house and lot near the fairgrounds to Dr. W.P. Hughes for $5,000....Birth: Robert Louis Stout Jr....Deaths: Mrs. Shelby Harbison; Mrs. Johnson Taylor; Carrie Meeks.
95 years ago, 1918
Mary Gordon Warfield, widow of James R. Warfield, died at the home of her daughter, Ruth Revel, in the Buffalo Lick neighborhood....Elizabeth Hanna Vaughan, widow of Ira Vaughan, died at her home at Waddy....Rufus Stivers, reported killed in action in France, was the 24-year-old son of W.J. Stivers.