Looking Back: August 31, 2012

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1952: Polio claims 1 teenager in Shelby County

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, 2002
Shelbyville police officer Toby Lewis was promoted to sergeant, meaning he would be a shift supervisor. He is pictured with his police dog, Gunner....Ally Hargrave was the first place winner in the Northside Elementary Accelerated Reader program....Ruby Lewis was named the 2003 Shelby County Junior Miss after a panel of judges gave her high marks for her song-and-dace routine, the fitness program, her answers to interview questions and her scholastic aptitude. Ashley Mowery was first runner-up....The Budd Company switched logos for name recognition – ThyssenKrupp Budd Company....Simpsonville city commissioners voted to hire Mary Kearney as the city’s new parks and recreation director....Shelby County deputies were flying high to bust marijuana growers, hacking down about 2,000 plants, which, at maturity, could have had a total street value of $4 million. The growing season for marijuana plants in Shelby County lasts until early October....Winning first places in 4-H divisions at the Kentucky State Fair were Austin White, 4-H Junior 2-year-old division with his cow, Dumpling; Rachel White, white shelled corn; and Adam White, best of hay....Births: Kaetlynne Mackenzie Henson, Joseph Aaron Mansfield, Alexis Nichole and Kayla Brooke Bruner....I’m one: Cory Michael Rogers, Caleb Allen Ward, Wesley Lin Adams Jr....Deaths: Verna Stratton Riddle, 94; Connie Cook, 54; Henry L. “Tapp” Johnson, 51; Michael Lee Kelley, 35; John W. Gordon, 55.

15 years ago, 1997
Matt Flanagan
won the ice cream-eating contest and took third in the pie-eating competition at the Kentucky State Fair for the senior's competitions....Shelbyville Mayor David Eaton saluted Duanne Puckett for her leadership and commitment to her hometown by declaring Aug. 24 Duanne Puckett Day....Tiffany Paige Hardin was born July 24 at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville with a unique birthmark on her forehead, one in the shape of a heart....Redd Crabtree won his third 5-gaited world title on Zovoorbij. This 11-year-old foreign-bred stallion joined his other world titlists, Will Shriver in 1976 and Cora's Time in 1978....Lillian Sorrels received a certificate recognizing her as the outstanding retired teacher....Carolyn Hundley Smith was named the 1997 Realtor of the Year. Charles Bates was the new president of the board of realtors....Claudette Long opened the "Something Unique" shop at 526 Main St. Ann Porter was her assistant, and Dot Shelburne was the sales representative....Births: Kalie Lynn Dalton, Alyssa Renae Hammond, Jalen E'Man Harris, Benjamin Joseph Hutchins, Jessica Raquel League....I’m one: Hannah Noel Barbour, Kaylan Monique Nigh, Meika Hamblin....Deaths: William "Skip" Ellis Cumberledge, 72; Chris Aline Ward Carey, 30; Lewis Garland Davis Jr., 84; Shirley Jean Yeary McKinney, 43; Elda Knutson Richardson, 72; Carroll Ray "Doodle" Sanford, 51; Mary E. Steuart, 90; Mary Frances Wheeler Waddell, 74; Bertha L. Wheeler, 87; Joseph H. Yates Sr., 68; Cecil Chandler, 77; Violet Lucille Lewis, 76; Ruth Rohr, 51; Charles T. Wakefield Jr., 75.

25 years ago, 1987
Linda Woodward's
tee shot on the 85-yard, par-3 hole landed on the elevated green and found a way into the cup for her first hole-in-one....An early morning fire destroyed a house on Benson Road. About 26 firemen fought the blaze for almost three hours. Herb Perkins, who has owned the house for about a year, said that no one was living there at the time, and he didn't know how the fire could have started....Les Meadows Jr. retired from Shelby Rural Electric Cooperative after 40-plus years as a journeyman lineman, crew leader and construction foreman....Bobby Hudson, Shelbyville City council member and senior vice president at Shelby County Trust Bank, was appointed to the Greater Louisville Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors....Donna Jones, 17-year-old senior at Shelby County High School, was crowned during the Miss Black pageant at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. The other finalists were Subrenda Johnson, Ronda Phillips and Anita Mock....Col. William K. Hudson was decorated upon retirement from the U.S. Army, culminating more than 28 years in the military....The congregation of Beechridge Baptist Church observed the 175th anniversary of the church....Subdivision developments were on the increase. Painted Stone Farm plans for residential lots were announced and Finchville residents opposed the Parrent Lane subdivision and development proposition....Births: William Hays Hopkins III, William David Grisby, Courtney Nicole Nichols, Amanda Nell Wheeler....Deaths: Caroline Wakefield Lorch, 69; Gayle Austin “Ned” Mitchell, 55; Nellie Catlett Robinson, 78; Carrie Kesler, 100; Mrs. Van E. Arvin, 99; Anna L. Fortner, 73.

40 years ago, 1972
It was a red-letter day for The Sentinel-News as the newspaper new sign was hung out front, officially confirming the Feb. 1 merger of The Shelby News and The Shelby Sentinel....You can bet it was a cold but happy shower the team gave Coach Gary Afterkirk after his Shelby County Rockets defeated Eminence, 20-0, for its first victory of the 1972 season....Judith Hardin Roberts of Pleasureville was one of four women selected Outstanding Young Women for America for 1972....Leroy McMullan was named Realtor of the Year and Bill Willard named Associate of the Year....The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Colonel Sanders Appreciation Day in Shelby County. The event was held at the Shelbyville Country Club and honored the famous Shelby County resident....James Newton was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students....Birth: Clarence William Frazier Jr....Deaths: S. Scott McClain,  62; Jessie Beard Long, 88; Hubert Franklin Young, 68; Julius Robinson, 59; Rev. I.S. Pineur, 76; Isaac Briscoe, 70; Christine (Tine) Weick Gentry, 70; Charles Stevens Jr., infant son of Charles and Martha Barnett Stevens; Bessie Ruben Stern, 82; Mary Pearl Money Jones, 85; Ottis Goodwin, 90; Mary Elizabeth Tinsley, 39.

55 years ago, 1957
Robert C. Baskett
received top honors in his graduating class of Kentucky State Policemen....The Centennial Baptist Church, located at Christiansburg, celebrated its 100-year anniversary and homecoming....Elmo Head was appointed assistant superintendent of city schools and would retain his position as Shelbyville High School principal....With the opening of Shelbyville schools set for Sept. 3, the community was looking forward to the opening of the new elementary school on the south end of 8th Street that was announced to delay its opening to Oct. 29....Ray Jenkins accepted the position of minister of music and education of the First Baptist Church of Shelbyville....Services started at the newly constructed Graefenburg Baptist Church educational building....Robert C. Baskett, 22, was top man in a class of 29 cadets who graduated in Frankfort as Kentucky State policemen....Births: Marvin Marshall Hill, Hubert Cecil Martin Jr....Deaths: Eliza Marshall; Henry Beard, 79; Herbert Allen Walls, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Walls; Ora Brown Vallandingham, 79; Mary Agnes Mudd Lewellen, 88.

60 years ago, 1952
Football practice began at Shelbyville High School with Richard Greenwell as coach and Norman Deeb assistant coach....Polio reaches all-high marks in Shelby, with one death, 24 cases. Death claimed James H. Grey, 15, of Simpsonville.

70 years ago, 1942
Henderson Brothers won first in the Bull Calf and Heifer Calf category at the annual Kentucky Holstein Association show held in Lexington. Jack Durrett placed third in the 2-year-old heifers....Serving our country: The flying fortress pilot who despite a shell-shattered right arm remained conscious long enough to direct his bombardier to a safe landing in England after a big aerial battle over the North Sea was Lt. Richard S. Starks of the United States Army....Elizabeth Guthrie, the Welfare Division of the Medical Unit of the American Red Cross, arrived safely overseas....Lt. Margaret Hornback, nurse, and Lt. Wallace Collins Jr. of U.S. Air Corps sent word to their parents that they arrived safely overseas....Capt. Wade W. McCoy, former editor of the Shelby News, was sent overseas....2nd Lt. Edgar E. Sullivan Jr., Civil Air Patrol, Atlantic City, N.J., was accidentally shot while on duty and died....Other deaths: Wallace Lee “Shorty” Sutherland, 48; Louise Howerton; W. Hardin Rice, 75; Artie Robertson Frye, 67; Lidia Kate Sharp, 64.

80 years ago, 1932
Deaths: Sophia King Carpenter, Tildon Miller, John C. Stivers, Fannie Taylor Maddox, James W. Coots, Mary Pogue Wilson, James Adcock, Louise Roberts Dawson, John Wesley Woods, Beulah G. McGee, Lucy E. Riley, Sue Logan Ritchey, Kate B. Bodkin, George F. Willis, James S. Baskett, A.W. Wash, John A. Brumfield, William Bullard, Frank Holmes.

85 years ago, 1927
Deaths: Elizabeth Hall; Mary Campbell Fullenwider; Mary E. Whitehouse.

90 years ago, 1922
Mrs. L.T. Gruber sold a 2-story brick house and corner lot on the south side of 2nd and Main streets to J.T. Wright for $3,000....Luke B. Hansbrough purchased a house and lot on Washington Street from Hollie Howerton for $2,500....Coots Bros. & Gill sold Robert Parrott's farm of 79 acres and John Parrott's farm of 50 acres in Clark County, Ind. to Robert Kesler, formerly of Bagdad, at $75.50 per acre....S.M. Long was elected vice president of the Central Kentucky Millers Association....Death: Florence Gilmore.

95 years ago, 1917
A resolution was introduced in the board of council for an election to be held for a vote on a bond issue of $15,000 for the construction of a sewage system for the Fairview and Catalpa Court additions to the city and providing for a tax levy sufficient to pay the interest and retire the bonds within 15 years....Six young people were thrown out of the automobile in which they were riding on the Shelbyville Road at Tarascon Station, 2 miles east side of Middletown. Lorena Hardesty was seriously injured, and the others in the car were E. Thompson, Wilson Zaring, Horace Hanna, Mary Hanna and Anna Shipman.