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10 years ago, 1999
With temperatures holding strong in the 90s for the past few weeks, the heat became an oppressive fact of life, and Kentucky farmers were paying the price....Katie Nadene Cook, granddaughter of Ralph and Lillian Wade, was a second runner-up in the Anderson County Fair Queen contest....Treana Redd was a finalist in the "Be a L'Oreal Kid" talent search contest and won a four-day, three-night trip to New York where she auditioned to appear in an ad campaign for L'Oreal Kids hair care products....Tanner May was picked from hundreds of babies to do a still photo shoot for Pampers diapers....Finchville Baptist Church celebrated its 200th birthday with a Bicentennial Celebration....Shelbyville attorney Ben G. Matthews was honored as 1999 Senior Counselor during the Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention in Louisville....Lesia Hardin was named the new driver for the Library Bookmobile. The first and longest-serving driver was Helen Lawson of Waddy, driving the library on wheels from 1955 to 1978....Birth: Braden James Skinner....I'm one: Jenna Kay Danielle Brewer, T.J. Newton....Deaths: Agnes Laverne Harris Beach, 50; Lydia B. Davis, 65; David Lowe Heitzman, 67; Orbin F. Wood, 84; Evelyn Louise Pearson Hedges, 64; Johnnie Hedges Jr., 71; Paula Denise Spencer Sullivan, 44; Jane Elizabeth Highland, 77; Mary Willie Reed Stucker, 89; Elizabeth Yates Garmon, 89; Eloise Mackey, 74; J.H. "Jay" Martin, 81; Ken Murphy, 60; Brion Lee McCardwell, 41; Phillip R. "Phil" Stivers, 54.
15 years ago, 1994
Sheila Hawkins, general manager of radio station WTHQ-FM (101) and vice president of Shelby County Broadcasting Inc., announced plans to run for president of the Democratic Woman's Club of Kentucky. She was immediate past president of the Shelby County Democratic Woman's Club....Jonathon Swindler, University of Kentucky graduate, was one of eight students who won second place in a national engineering contest....Vivian Overall's dream resurfaced as she retired from 30 years with state government and headed for Berea College as a sophomore. "My dream after 34 years is becoming a reality," she said....Lisa Wilder was the new owner/manager of the Main Street Restaurant....Thelma McGuire opened TAM Antique Mall....Births: Jordan Thomas Morris, Amy Elizabeth Curtsinger, Morgan Elaine Darby, Michaela Elizabeth Dempsey, Shannon Leigh Harover, Cody Lee Warford, Amanda Renee Rucker....Deaths: Anna K. Whitehouse Butts, 86; Lowry P. Vest, 74; Carl "Boots" Thomas, 80; Della Faye Wall, 71; Mary Katherine Acors Robertson, 71; Eva McAnelly, 85; George D. Kyser, 69; Paris E. Early, 97.
25 years ago, 1984
Jim Murphy, a 1982 graduate of Shelby County High School, signed to play baseball at the University of Kentucky during the 1985 season....Tommy Settle and Scott Beard won the KGA two-man championship at the Shelbyville Country Club....The Trolley Stop, Simpsonville's newest restaurant, held its grand opening alongside the town's homecoming festivities....Citizens Union Bank started a cash-generating promotion to issue 2,500 direct-mail letters containing a CUB Cash bill worth $1 off any $10 or more purchase at participating merchants....Paul Hornback was named one of 10 Kentucky semi-finalists in the Phillip Morris Outstanding Young Tobacco Producer program....John C. Scott, clerk of the Kentucky Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, was elected president of the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks....Crestview Nursing Home sponsored an open house to display its renovated building to the public....Births: Steven Chase Willard, April Dawn Puckett....Deaths: Clara Williams Anderson, 73; Zelma Prather Young, 84; John W. Bland, 67; Alma Purvis Wilson, 64.
40 years ago, 1969
Miss Sharon Yeager and her Jersey were awarded the Grand Champion Jersey ribbon....The Mark J. Scearce Team was champions of the Pony League Tournament....Shelby County Fair baby show winners were, boy under 2 and grand champion, Troy D. Witt; best girl under 2, Karen Waits; boy under 1, Shad Allen Collie; girl under 1 and grand champion, Dawn Michele James....Deborah Dee Jackson received the champion award in the Angus class at the Blue Grass Fair 4-H Club competition; Rita Green received the championship for her Charolais....Mary Pinkston of Smith-McKenney Drug Company was chosen as last week's Sales Star of the Week. This week's star was Mrs. W.H. Reardon Jr., employee of Kroger....A automobile accident accomplished the feat that SEC teams had been trying to do for two years - stop Mike Casey. His broken left leg would be in a cast for six to eight months, ruling basketball out for the 1969-70 season....Serving our country: Army Sergeant Albert H. McDonald, 22, received the purple Heart near An Khe, Vietnam for wounds received in action while serving....Airman Apprentice Edward A. Burgin, USN, was serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga en route to the Mediterranean....Army Specialist Four John D. rice, 26, was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam....Deaths: Joe Edd Bowles, 73; Tina Deakins, 66; Florence Goodman Simrall, 57.
55 years ago, 1954
George L. Wills III, who returned to Shelbyville after serving in the United States Air Force's office of special investigations, Washington, D.C., opened his law office in association with Harold Y. Saunders....Quintin J. Biagi won a place on the dean's list for the College of Applied Arts for his high scholastic achievements at the University of Cincinnati....The board of directors of the Begley Drug Company elected Robert D. Begley, former vice president, to succeed his brother, the late Byron B. Begley, as president of its chain of 16 retail drug stores in central Kentucky....Deaths: William Harrison Taylor, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Taylor; Emmett Mitchell Mills, 26, husband of the former Dorothy Louise Green; J.A. (Long) King, 71, brother of G. William King; George F. Duncan, 79, father of Mrs. Raymond Nilles and Sanford Duncan of Bagdad; James Perry Hellard, 14-year-old son of A.B. Hellard; Samuel Gross O'Nan, 75, husband of Mary Stella Mays O'Nan; William Early, 87, father of Mrs. Edwin Newton, Mrs. Melvin Hardin, Tine Early and John Early.
60 years ago, 1949
Realizing the importance of sanitary steps as a possible means of the prevention of polio, the Shelby County Fair Board purchased D.D.T. and obtained a power spray from the United States Public Health office....Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Amyx received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter, Alice Wilson....Congratulations were extended to a son, Edward Noble Humston Jr....Deaths: Colescott P. Harding, 87; William McClelland Woods, 77; John Fletcher Wight, 87, brother to Will, Duke, Sally and Mary Wight, all of Shelbyville; John Morgan May Sr., 79, uncle of C.M. Bryant; Cecil Franklin Lee, 16-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Lee.
70 years ago, 1939
Hello World: Jan Marie Pearce, sons to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Day, Mr. and Mrs. Howard E. Crump, and Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Bradley...Deaths: James M. Hall, 80, husband of Nettie Wilmoth Hall; Ralph Gilbert, 57, Shelbyville attorney of state and national prominence; Bruner Mathews, 47, brother to Mrs. Walker Huss, Sarah Terhune and W.H. Mathews; Lula Catherine Richardson, 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Richardson.
75 years ago, 1934
The P.A. Pace residence and lot on 3rd Street was sold at auction by Col. P.C. Oldham to Mrs. Roy Morgan....Congratulations were extended to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Casey upon the birth of a daughter....The Rev. Charles L. Milton, native of Shelbyville, died in Chicago.
85 years ago, 1924
Congratulations were extended to Mr. and Mrs. John Caldwell upon the birth of a daughter, Rena Nancy....Mr. and Mrs. Edward Abraham received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter.
90 years ago, 1919
The Shelby County Fair was the largest and best-attended in the history of the association....Ada Dean, teacher of home economics in the city schools resigned, and Laura Lee Jamison was elected as her successor.
95 years ago, 1914
Willis Roach, 78, was struck by a C&O passenger train and instantly killed....The funeral of John Travis, son of Dr. and Mrs. T.D. Williams, was conducted by Rev. Homer W. Carpenter.