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10 years ago, 2003
The Shelby County Courthouse was evacuated shortly after 11:35 a.m. after a phone call to the circuit court clerk’s office from a woman who said there was a bomb in the building. Sheriff Mike Armstrong said nothing was found….The Luci Center received a $25,000 grant from the Fred B. and Opal S. Woosley Foundation….Eight non-profit organizations shared $31,000 in Moses Ruben grants….Clear Creek Golf Course hired Roger Galatin as the pro and course manager when Tom Nelson retired….Births: Brendan Michael Chambers, Jacob Ralph Jones, Dylan Steven Lay, Garrett Tracy Raisor, Bailey Christopher Robinson, twins, Lauren Elizabeth and Lindsey Gayle Vest….Deaths: Vivienne Shelburne Boswell, 99; Bertha Mae Davidson, 64; Lillian Fay Fischer, 79; Sandra Carole Holcomb, 61; Ruby S. Hoskins, 96; Dorothy Deakins Kelly, 80; Walter Mae Leathers, 96; Georgia Mae Marlow, 64; Lois Ann Price Meade, 49; Frank Mills, 84; Rosie L. Powell, 64; Patricia Ann Peterson, 48; Luther Redmon, 64; Robert C. Stratton, 89; Debbie Hayden Williams, 47; Charlotte Terry Schooler, 71; Mabel Lewis, 55;
15 years ago, 1998
Farming had always been in Rusty Tipton's blood. He was named president of the National Young Farmers Educational Association at its annual conference....Kate Biagi (right), Shelby County High School freshman, was named Volunteer of the Year for Crestview Health Care Facility nursing home. Bobbie Wills, administrator, presented the gift....The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts troops of Shelby County collected more than 6,000 pieces of food for the Food Pantry at Operation Care and the Henderson House Mission....Roy E. Weeks III was appointed mortgage loan officer at Shelby County Trust Bank’s main office….Long-time real estate broker Larry K. Rogers spun off his agency's commercial sales into a separate division, located in the same building as Coldwell Banker Rogers Realty at 820 Main St. in Shelbyville....Shelby County's Junior Miss Ashley Elizabeth Hedges would be competing in the Kentucky Junior Miss Program in January....Shelby County Organized for Preservation and Enhancement Inc. (SCOPE) was started in 1988, celebrating 10 years in existence....Stephen Speer, a seventh-grade student at Living Water Christian School, won the school-level competition of the National Geography Bee and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship….Births: Emily Nicole Gilbert, Adam Michael LaFeir, Lane Thomas Reese, Fredrick Lee Smith, Luis Perez Hernandez, Brandon Devoe Smitha, Jordan Scott Mathus, Keri Lynn Perry, Jamison Taylor Woods....I'm one: Sheldon Bailey Curry, Garrett Scott Tinsley....Deaths: Lisker Burdin Franklin, 78; Ruby Collins Wainscott, 70; Opal Reeves Best, 87; Bluford Jesse Branscom, 51; Geraldine Cox Ogden, 78; Henry B. Sanders, 51; Mary Belle King Bradley Sebree, 58; Evelyn Ann Batts Tracy, 68; Sidney Forrest Phillips, 85; Roy William Waits Jr., 56.
25 years ago, 1988
Who would have envisioned that a farm boy growing up in western Shelby County 25 years ago would one day be the second-in-command of one of the more successful National Football League teams this season? Jim Miller, 40, a native of Clark Station, was in his third year as the vice president of administration of the News Orleans Saints franchise....The Shelby County boys' and girls' swim teams, both in their inaugural year, notched their first ever wins in a double meet against North Hardin and Fort Knox....Charles Clifton was the new vice president at Shelby County Trust Bank....The Rev. Louis Coleman's campaign for decent housing for the poor got an important boost from local ministers. More than a dozen ministers toured rundown housing in Martinsville with Rev. Coleman....After nearly 60 years in the business, Bill Thompson, retired to his favorite fishing hole. He had bought his father's share of the business on Henry Clay in 1966 and C.P. Nash bought Robert Walters share, and the corporation of Thompson and Nash was formed....The school board approved a Peytona site for the new elementary school and arranged to buy a second piece of land for future expansion....Duanne B. Puckett and Roy V. Catlett received awards from Kentucky Farm Bureau. Puckett won the Communications Award and Catlett won the Public Relations Award....Deaths: Frank A. Tygrett, 81; Roberta Blair Walters, 89; Jefferson Michael Follettie, 23; Myron Angeletti, 87; Gerald D. Stone, 31; Sam Hahn, 90; Christine L. Cottrell, 89; Jane Harris Hardin, 76; Rev. Frances Cochran; Hugh W. Gray.
40 years ago, 1973
Burley rode high, wide and around the dollar mark on the Shelbyville market, but failed to climb to the historic, all-time record of $1.08 established on the local loose-leaf auctions just 54 years ago. Harry Wills, market supervisor, said the highest he has heard of tobacco selling this season on the Shelbyville market, or anywhere else, was $1.05 a pound....Joseph Brinkman, a sign painter, was a patient at King's Daughters Hospital of Shelbyville after having a stroke. The paralyzing effect damaged his right side, which left him speechless and without use of his right hand....Jim Ellis, a former Boy Scout who became an Eagle Scout, returned to Shelbyville. He was the new District Commissioner for the Dan Boone District and put his knowledge about Scouting to its best use, helping youth who were interested in scouting. O.J. "Skip" Jennings was the assistant Boy Scouts district commissioner of Shelby County....Shelbyville Mayor Wyman B. Porter and Chief of Police Edris Belcher were named as defendants in a civil suit filed in U.S. District Court by the publishers of Playboy and Oui magazines. It contends that they denied the publishing companies their rights to freedom of the press and due process of law....Years and even decades of discussion and speculation over a possible merger of the Shelbyville Independent and Shelby County school systems ended when the state board of education ordered the merger of the two systems, effective Jan. 1, 1974….The Shelbyville Red Devils B-team clinched their fourth victory of the year in a second half comeback against Mount Sterling when they outscored their guests 14-1 in the third quarter. This treak of scoring handed Marnell Moorman's Militia a 41-30 victory....Mayor Wyman Porter stepped down to make room for Marshall Long....Deaths: Eddie Lee Davis, 69; Frances McKay Franke, 68; Elizabeth Haydon Chase, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip S. Chase; Olivia Elliotte Witt, 67; Charles Grub.
55 years ago, 1958
Shelby County Attorney William H. Hays was elected president of the Kentucky County Attorney's Association to succeed Charles M. Cox of Nicholas County. Shelby County Judge Ralph Mitchell was re-elected secretary-treasurer of the Kentucky County Judges....The Mathews Used Furniture Store moved next door to the Shelby Sentinel office....Christmas gift checks totaling more than $50,000 went to employees of the Kroger Company in this area....Martha Layne Hall, senior at University of Kentucky, was named one of 21 girls selected to compete in the 1959 Maid of Cotton contest.....The Sunday school pupils of the First Baptist Church pledged $72,849.40 of the 1959 budget of the church....Tobacco sales were steady on the local market with its average being off only 6 cents to $65.58. There were 905,780 pounds sold for $593,965.84....Horace S. Cleveland, farmer and cooperative leader, was reappointed as a member of the 7-man Louisville District Farm Credit Board for a three-year term....William Henry Board, 48, was burned to death in a fire that destroyed a tenant house on the farm of Christine Merchant, between Bagdad and Christiansburg....Other deaths: Pauline Fawkes Tharp, 62; Sallie Bell Oglesby, 91; Bessie Wills Collins, 67; Elizabeth Jane Coursey, 90; Kellie Brown McCalin, 58; Dora Conn Bland, 87.
60 years ago, 1953
The city’s second traffic light was installed at 10th and Main. The first one was a 7th and Main and the next light will be at 3rd and Main, now served by a blinker….Deaths: Frank Sallee; Sam Rice; William A. Phillips.
70 years ago, 1943
Serving our country: Mr. and Mrs. Allen Taylor received word that their son, Pfc. Ray C. Taylor, U.S. Marine Corps, was wounded slightly in the right arm while engaged in battle in the South Pacific....Jacqueline K. True was promoted to the rank of seaperson second class in the WAVES....Alma T. Belk had two sons and daughter serving with the armed forces. They were Lt. Howard G. Taylor with the Anti-aircraft Division of the U.S. Army; Lt. Martha A. Knudson, Army Nurses Corps; and Robert W. Taylor, seaman 1st class assigned to the Atlantic Fleet and had seen service in the seven seas....Deaths: Marvin Hunter McIntyre, 65; Mrs. Bertie Davis, 64; J. Frank Barnett, 81; Mrs. Sallie R. McDade, 67; Mrs. Roxie Ann Brooks, 85; Brenda Lucille, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Richardson.
80 years ago, 1933
A&P manager J.A. Jones swapped pistol shots with bandits in a $16 holdup. Bullets struck two bystanders in street-crowd on opening day of the tobacco market….Deaths: Leroy Johnson; Eva Lena Moore.
85 years ago, 1928
The vacancy in the position of clerk for stamp and general mail delivery at the Shelbyville Post Office, because of the death of Nancy Robertson, was filled by the appointment of T.P. Nicholas....The Shelbyville loose-leaf tobacco market opened and the average for the day was $31.60 per hundred....Deaths: Edward Augustus Sales, 76; Anna M. Fraser, 52, wife of Peter Fraser; Jordon Harris, well-known farmer, uncle of Eugene Wells.
90 years ago, 1923
The new Shelbyville Woman's Christian Temperance Union was organized with the following officers and 31 charter members – Mrs. Melvin Sams, president; Mrs. J.T. Wright, vice president; Mrs. Harry Collins, secretary; and Mrs. David B. Bell, treasurer....The tobacco barn on the W.M. McMakin farm on the Mount Eden pike was destroyed by fire, along with 6 acres of tobacco….Deaths: Mrs. W.P. Henderson; Mrs. H.C. Ensminger; Kent C. Barber; Lewis Lawson, who spent nearly all his life in Shelbyville, where he was at one time a city council member.