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Looking back: Feb. 21, 2014

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1974: Speed limit lowered to energy-saving 55

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, 2004

Officers of the Red Jewels chapter of the Red Hat Society were Nancy Jones, Doris Riddle, Joyce Hughes, Jean Conder and Dot Hanna….A new local law to set speed limits on county roads at a maximum of 35 miles an hour – with some roads’ speed limits as low as 15 – was tabled during Shelby Fiscal Court’s meeting….Almost 40 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $80,000, was seized during a traffic stop by Kentucky State Police officers Mitch Harris and Todd Maggard. The vehicle was observed moving erratically on eastbound I-64 in Shelby County, and the police canine alerted on the vehicle….Births: Miguel Angel Saucedo Hernandez, Michael Scott Pitcock….I’m one: Kaelyn Elizabeth Chesser, Aaron Clay Harris….Deaths: Arvin L. “Shorty” Wood, 79; James Meredith Daniel, 84; Katlyn Ryann East, 2-year-old daughter of Raymond Jerry Evans Jr. and Katy East; Wanda Sue Farley, 46; infant daughter of Danielle Hawkins and Tommy Satterley; Cesar Gamez Martinez, 37; Carl R. “Jack” Young, 87; Wilma Burchette; William Paul Owens, 64; Leonard J. Slucher, 77; Stanley “Junior” Kincaid, 81.

15 years ago, 1999

Naomi Hamilton and Jesse Stewart were top candidates to win the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association's top individual boys' and girls' awards. The seniors scored more than 1,000 points during their varsity careers at Living Waters Christian School....The Shelbyville Horse Show beat out all other Saddlebred horse shows in Kentucky as well as the nation to win the 1988 United Professional Horsemen's Association National Honor Show....Robert Mackey worked for others for 20 years as a licensed master plumber and decided to open his own business in his home….Nineteen black achievers were recognized during Black History Month celebration at the H.H. Greene Fellowship Center....Tommie Kendall of Bagdad placed about 40th out of 800 runners and around 100th out of 1,500 runners while representing the United States in two 6.2-mile cross-country races at Hyde Park in London, England....Owens Corning at 400 Isaac Shelby Drive, originally established as Soltech here 14 years earlier, closed and redistributed its work to two of the company's Indiana plants....Becky Warner was elected Sweetheart at Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at the University of Louisville....Births: Samuel Jaydon King, Thalia L. Olvera....I'm one: Sydney Elizabeth Rogers....Deaths: Hubert Allen, 63; Jackie Aldridge, 59; Iran Brutus Brown, 76; Joanna Ruth Shaddock, 63; Charles Henry Cardwell, 62; James Lewis Ford, 65; Mathilda A. "Tillie" Hudson, 89; Emma Louise Jackson, 81; Paul Probus, 78; Nellie Tinsley Streible, 93; Bessie White Smith, 91; Dorotha Lula Williamson Cheak, 86; Mary Louise Stull Welker, 85; Virgia L. Tinsley Washington, 75.

25 years ago, 1989

Dennis and Maggie Sparks were Louisville doctors who were offering medical services in the Shelby County area. She opened a dermatology practice in Shelbyville, and he was working with Dr. William Skaggs in his family practice in Taylorsville....Judy Cain came to Shelby County in 1985 as 4-H agent. She left the post as Judy White, the wife of a dairy farmer and wants to pursue that aspect of her life now....Bessie Davis was promoted to operations manager of the local Roses Store....Heavy rain pushed creeks over their banks. John McKeg monitored the rise of the lake all day at his lakefront house off Benson Road. By afternoon, the lake stood 7.6 feet deep where the shore normally began. Clear Creek roared along as 5.65 inches of rain fell in four days, jarring old trees and limbs from the ground and sweeping them away....The newspaper industry lost a legend Feb. 13, with J.S. Moran, 100, died. The grandfather of Sentinel-News publisher Jim Edelen had been in a nursing home since October, but until that time was living alone and working every day at the weekly newspaper in Springfield, a job he’d had for the past 90 years. This made him the country’s oldest working journalist….Other deaths: Dave Daniel Jr., 59; Minnie R. Fry, 94; John Barnett Crabb Sr., 59; Hugh Brown, 48; Mayme E. Abbott, 76; Gray A. Whiteside, 73; Frank Sanders, 83; Dr. John Charles Hedrick Sr., 73; Herbert B. Clark, 86; Mildred Smith Chadwell.

40 years ago, 1974

Bill Borders (left) was elected president of the newly formed Village Plaza Association, and Shirley Whitehouse was secretary-treasurer….Officers of the local Democratic Woman’s Club are Kay Anne Wilborn, president; Betty Curtsinger, first vice president; Wilma Armstrong, second vice president; Judy Hays, treasurer; Patti Griffin, recreation secretary….All the lead-footed people were asked to adjust to becoming feather-light as the 55-mph speed limit would go into effect on March 1. The energy-saving measure was among the first bills signed by the governor and brought Kentucky in compliance with federal guidelines, which required the speed reduction….Deaths: Corinne Moore Burk, 72; Billie Jean Baxter; Iva Ethington Brown, 90; Mabel Lee White, 70; Walter L. Carpenter, 72.

55 years ago, 1959

Elmo C. Head joined the staff of the Farmers and Traders Bank as assistant cashier….Lawrence Bailey of Bagdad, a senior at Eastern High at Middletown, was one of 18 chosen out of a senior class of more than 400 for the National Honor Society. Burnette Moody, was one of 16 juniors in a class of more than 200 students also honored….Martha Layne Hall finished second in the Kentuckian Beauty Queen contest at the University of Kentucky….Briggs Lawson, a county and district Boy Scout leader, won the Silver Beaver Scout award at special ceremonies in Louisville. This is the highest honor granted by the Council….Dudley Scearce was elected to the board of directors of the Producers Livestock and Marketing Association….Deaths: Katherine Harris, 77; Kevin Harrod, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Harrod; Wilson Thomas Layson, 87; Curtis Cleveland Deakins, 76.

60 years ago, 1954

June G. Davis was named administrative assistant and editor to Ben S. Adams, commissioner of agriculture....A total of $183,213 was paid to residents of Shelby County in public assistance during 1953. It was divided into $130,405 in old-age assistance, needy blind received $1,496 and department children $51,312....Mrs. Craig Schmidt was elected a member of the Republican State Central Executive Committee from the Fourth Congressional District of Kentucky....Serving our country: Capt. Joseph A. Biagi, who returned from active duty with the Army, sent an application to join the United States Army Reserve School in Louisville....Army Pfc. Maurice J. Clark, 26, assisted in the operation of releasing more than 20,000 anti-Communist Chinese and Korean prisoners when they were returned to UN custody last month....Orva L. Richardson, boatswain's mate seaperson, USN, served aboard the Destroyer USS Uhlmann in the Far East....Deaths: Josephine Pulliam Lawson, 65; Collie Moffett, 52; Elizabeth Haight Dugan, 92; Jennie Hudson Pennington, 64; J.L. Clark.

70 years ago, 1944

At the end of the year's basketball campaign Shelbyville was rated second in Central Kentucky Conference standings....The 59th and 60th districts held their annual county tourney at the Shelbyville gym. Scores were: Simpsonville 44, Finchville 24; Waddy 36, Cropper 23; Shelbyville 55, Mount Eden 27; Simpsonville 37, Gleneyrie 19; Bagdad 61, Henry Clay 26; Simpsonville 16, Shelbyville Junior High 14…. With a few more sales for late crops, Shelbyville tobacco market sales amounted to 16,699,956 pounds, which brought $7,238,756.88, averaging $43.43.

80 years ago, 1934

Gleneyrie gym was chosen as the site for the 1934 county basketball tournament….2,000 pounds of tobacco stolen from R.H. Sanford’s barn was found on a truck with Illinois license, near Carrollton….Deaths: Elza Sampson; Jacob Morris Coots; Marcelius W. Webb; John C. Crosby.

90 years ago, 1924

Births: Charles Garnett Cook, John Lewis Chenault, Lowry Thomas Bright….Deaths: Sarah Catherine Kelly, wife of David Kelly; Mary Margaret Roberts, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Roberts of Elk Creek; John Cornelius, 65, died at the King's Daughters Hospital.

95 years ago, 1919

The tide of returning soldiers welcomed home included, from Shelbyville, Sam B. Harbison, Clay Carter, Frank Duncan and Leonard Pierce; Mount Eden, William Cozine, John H. Green; Bagdad, Wise A. Roberts….Dr. M.A. Purdy sold his veterinary practice to Capt. Charles E. Palmer, who comes to Shelbyville from Harrison, Ohio. He served in the veterinary corps, U.S. Army….Deaths: James S. Payne; E.R. Rice; Mrs. B.F.D. Fitch.