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Even though Moses Ruben died more than 30 years ago, his legacy lived on through grants given in his name twice a year. Six grants totaling $32,765 were given from the Moses Ruben Fund to five agencies -- Dorman Center, Helping Hand, Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, Leadership Shelby Class of 1997-98 and Shelby County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Council....The Budd Co. was ranked 10th in Business First's listing of number of local employees among the area's largest manufacturing firms....Domino's Pizza moved uptown, opening its carry-out and delivery store next to Cubert's Qwik Stop on the 1000 block of Main Street....Flying J, a Utah-based company, opened its Travel Plaza in Waddy....The Chamber of Commerce had a new option for Christmas gifts. "Gift certificates, which came in denominations of $10, were a good way to keep money in Shelby County's economy by patronizing local businesses," said Kelli Borders, Chamber of Commerce executive director....Holiday travelers enjoyed lower gas prices now, but experts predicted that customers could be paying more after Christmas. In Kentucky, the average price per gallon of 87 octane, regular unleaded self-serve was 98.45 cents per gallon before the Thanksgiving holiday, but that number had been "spiraling down..." -- 77.9 cents....Denise Armstrong marked 25 years at Smith-McKenney drug store....Births: Olivia Judith Donnelly, Kalie Mae Roberts....
Deaths: Lisker Burdin Franklin, 78; Emma Jean Clark Jesse, 71; Irene Lea Krepski, 85; Mrs. Vivian M. Smock, 91; Lola Lee Fortner Bohannon, 91; Rosa Ann Heightchew, 90; Katherine Jennings Miller, 68; Mary Delphia Dale, 90; Walter Howard Johnson, 71.
15 years ago, 1993
Ottis Turner can't say enough about his new steel-framed house, under construction on Frankfort road east of Buzzard Roost. It's "fire-proof" and built to last. "I've got a yuppie, tree-hugger's dream," said Turner. "You could turn a termite and pyromaniac both loose there, and they'd be neurotic..." Emily Magan was elected president of the Centre college chapter of the American Chemical Society....Rev. Kilen Gray began work as human resources and community coordinator for the Shelby County Board of Education replacing Dr. Wanda Collins, who left to head the Louisville chapter of Clothe A Child....Joe Solomon headed up a successful 1993 Shelby County United Way campaign which raised $267,000 for local organizations....David Stone, D.V.M., joined Horizon Veterinary Services in Simpsonville....Births: Steve Edward Lewis, Rachel Leeanne White....
Deaths: Ray Atchison, 76; Melissa Ann Chesher, 20; Alverta Marie Lange, 73; Bertha Mae Shouse Bailey, 80; Anna Mae Bond, 87; Jack Durrett, 68; Mary Alms Philpot, 75; Albert E. (Mutt) Jeffries, 90; Christine S. Burkhead, 78; Robert Dudley Grayson, 47; Terry Blanton Sharp, 79, James Edward McLaughlin, 94; Lillie Case Black, 81.
25 years ago, 1983
Dennis Giles, a former Shelbyville High School teacher, was the first to undergo ceramic hip prosthesis surgery at King's Daughters Hospital. Following the surgery Giles, for the first time in five years, could move without pain....The 1983 edition of the Entertainers collected more than $1,900 to benefit the Shelter House for mentally handicapped adults....First Christian Church called Dr. Bruce Merton as its new minister....Students at Wright Elementary collected $1,098 for St. Jude's Children's Research Center....Shelby County 4-Her Shelly Casey of Mount Eden had the highest paying burley of the FFA/4-H tobacco show and sale receiving a total of $532.86 for her entry....Shelby's third week total tobacco sales were 9,348,207 pounds for $16,448,644.78, an average of $175.95....Tenie Cubert and her daughter-in-law, Lisa, opened Country Corner....Helen Foster purchased the Two G's Fashion Shop on U.S. 60 West and changed the name to "Helen's Fashions Outlet..." Births: Nicole Dyan Collins, Lucas Allen Shouse....
Hundreds came to pay respects to Shelby County sheriff Tom Lincoln and his family. Lincoln, 55, died of an apparent heart attack just minutes after he was sworn in as president of the Kentucky Sheriff's Association (KSA)....Other deaths: Rev. Albert L. Kinder, 82; Lawrence Houchin, 86; Millard E. Cook, 53; James "Marty" Nation, 21; Margaret "Peggy" Reed Renfro, 32; Bright McCampbell, 72.
40 years ago, 1968
Bartley A. Greenwell, native of Shelbyville, was appointed sales manager of the Midwest Region Industrial Division of the DeLaval Separator Company in Chicago, Ill....The tobacco market was strong but the quantity of tobacco brought to warehouses was down. On the local market the tobacco Board of Trade listed the second week's total sale of 6,049,752 pounds for an average of $75.04....Birth: Daren Michelle Dennie....Serving our country: Pfc. James David Simpson, who was injured in Vietnam in August, was back with the U.S. Army and stationed in Annthu, Vietnam....Pvt. Robert G. True arrived in Vietnam....Marine Pfc. Douglas Melvin Allen, 18-year-old son of Mrs. Dorothy Allen, was killed in action while on patrol in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam for three months....Deaths: Walter Lee McMillan, 77; Mrs. Alice Sullivan LaBelle; Mrs. Laura Cottrell, 95; Edmon Lee Smither, 65
50 years ago, 1958
The FFA Tobacco Show and Sale was held with 102,194 pounds selling for an average of $69.89....Smith-McKenney held a grand opening celebrating the opening of the new store....Robert Baxter, senior of Shelbyville High School, tied for 13th place among 1,178 in a national French contest, sponsored by the National Association of teachers of French....The Shelbyville Red Devils won over Eminence, 58-57....Drs. H.G. and T.D. Williams moved their office to the Odd Fellows Building on Main Street between 4th and 5th....Shelby County was selected the outstanding ASC county in the district....Deacons elected at the First Presbyterian Church were Logan Brown, Sam Crawford, Tom Giles, Lamar Hundley, Laban Jackson, John Kalmey, Robert Matthews Jr. and Ralph Mitchell....The biggest decline of the season hit Kentucky's burley tobacco market slashing the average to near $66 a hundred pounds. In Shelbyville a drop of $2.83 hit, cutting the average to $65.61, selling $985,822 pounds for $646,839.70....Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Jennings received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter, Karen Carol....Sp-3 Johnny Long returned from Germany where he was stationed with the United States Army for 18 months....
Deaths: Mr. Phil Walker; Mrs. Betty Huffman, 85; Mrs. Cora Wilson Stewart, 83; Oliver Roland Sr., 70; Glave Sims, 48.
60 years ago, 1948
Max Rouse and J.L. Coots were named supervisors of the Soil Conservation of Shelby County....A traffic signal was installed at the intersection of Tenth and Main streets by the City with permission of the State Highway Commissioner....Mr. Purcell Lee was elected vice president of the Monument Builders Association.
80 years ago, 1928
Sparks falling on the roof of the residence of Roy Hardesty on First Street, caused an alarm to be turned into the Fire Department....Fire destroyed the residence of Billie Cook in the Cat Ridge neighborhood with a loss placed at $3,500 with no insurance....Col. Harry D. Martin purchased the Jesse Gathright farm of 450 acres on Finchville Pike at $85 per acre....Mary Elizabeth Roberts, 14-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett S. Roberts died at the family home on the Benson Road....Dr. Samuel Ellis, 57, native of Shelby County, died at his home at Eminence....Miss Mary Brooking Cochran, sister of R. Owen Cochran, well know here, died at her home in Louisville.