Looking back: Feb. 22, 2013

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1973: Man drives car into Minnis’ home

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, 2003

The Dorman Preschool Center picked up $42,000 at a fund-raiser at Claudia Sanders Dinner House to go toward retiring the debt on the Northside Preschool Center building, which the Dorman Center purchased from the Shelby County Board of Education....Bobbie Wills, administrator of Crestview Health Care Center and Crescent Place Assisted Living facility for the last eight and half years, retired to complete her masters degree in health care administration. She may do consulting work for other health-care facilities....Births: Ian Alexander Nation, Logan Suter West, Jaina Iris Mundok....I’m one: Bryanna Renae Gardner....Deaths: Bernie Ray Graybeal, 58; Bonnie Pearl Irwin Adams, 84; Ann Mitchell Dunavan, 79; Melvin C. Fritsch, 59; Odell Richardson Horn, 82; Gladys Wallace Jones, 99; Geneve Moore Sanford, 85; Catherine McClain Woods Wollam, 92; Odell Richardson Horn, 82; Ernest Humes, 82; Eva Hughes Jones, 84; Rev. Cecil F. Lea, 89; Mary Catherine Slaughter, 91; Jean Layman Wyatt, 64.

15 years ago, 1998

Helen Morgan and William George were named valentine queen and king at Shelby Manor Health Care Center....Shelby County High School's boys' freshman basketball team ended its season on a 6-game winning streak, including avenging one of its two losses this season in the championship of its invitational tournament....It wasn't pretty, but Shelby County High School's girls' basketball team broke its 2-game losing streak with a 42-36 beating of North Bullitt....Tom Jeffery was the owner of the newly remodeled Eeez Sparkle Car Wash on Haven Hill....John Kubran was selected as the new Shelbyville police chief....Promotions at Citizens Union Bank included Donna Miller, senior vice president/controller; George Borders, first vice president; and Stacey Crowder, executive assistant and marketing officer....Births: Lorena Paige Barrett, Sarah Ann Myres, Sydney Elizabeth Rogers, Olivia Grace Tucker, Laura Elizabeth English....I'm one: Lindsay McCormack Smith....Serving our country: Nadir R. Numan took part in a 2-week-long Naval exercise that involved 4,000 sailors and Marines aboard three warships. He was stationed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Mount Vernon, and his next stop would be the Arabian Gulf....Deaths: Edward Lee Smith, 56; Ernestine Bell, 62; Marshall "Jack" Kenneth Smith, 70; Patricia Faye "Patti" Biagi, 48; Mabel Wise, 63; Nancy Byrnside Harrod, 63.

25 years ago, 1988

Some businesses and residents who live just outside city limits may have to pay for city services. The change could come because of a new law making it harder for cities to annex nearby areas....Republic Bank's explosive growth and Shelby County Trust Bank's sluggish performance highlighted the local banking scene for the 1987 year. Citizens Union Bank grew moderately and still leads the pack in assets by a wide margin, wand the Bank of Shelbyville came off a good year with hopes that that the deep pockets of its new owner would prompt continued growth in 1988....Shelbyville Police Chief John Miller announced the resignation of Det. Mike Mulhall and the promotion of Rick Yeary from patrol officer to a detective....Bob Montgomery, former Shelby Countian, was elected as one of eight Outstanding Young Citizens of Birmingham, Ala....Pam Pridemore opened a tax service for individuals and small businesses....Dr. William Martin Skaggs opened a cardiology practice at the Tri-County Medical Center on Hospital Drive....Woodside Travel acquired Frankfort's oldest and largest travel agency, Capital Travel....Andy White remodeled a former liquor/beer store on North 7th Street to serve as office space for Greenleaf Landscape Center – a branch of White Landscaping Co., located on KY 55 North....Teretha Moncel Murphy, a student at the Hair Design School of Louisville, was named the 1988 winner in Lexington during a student hair design competition. She is a 1986 graduate of Shelby County High School....Elizabeth Pulliam was elected to the American Murray Grey Association’s board of directors for a 3-year term....Births: Caylin Sue Murphy, Sara Beth Ruble, Asia Marie Harrod, Richard Ruben Tingle....Deaths: Ernest Andrew Durham, 69; Billy Thomas Barnes, 18; Ernest Andrew Durham; Billy Thomas Barnes.

40 years ago, 1973

Stephen Rappreplaced Jack Threlkeld as manager of the Shelbyville office of South Central Bell....A charter was established to organize a scouting unit for handicapped children, under the supervision of Hugh Leachman, Lindsay Lapole, Eugene Pflughaupt and C.P. Nash Jr....A car crashed through the front of the home of the Albert L. Minnis home in Simpsonville. A Louisville man was jailed and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Eight feet of the auto was inside the house and caught fire, pinning the man inside and leaving considerable repair work ahead for the Minnis family....The new Shelby County Law Library, made possible by the gift of law books of the late Judge Coleman Wright, was dedicated in special ceremonies in circuit court....Briggs Lawson was named chairman of the 1973 Easter Seal Campaign for Shelby County....Honored by the East Kentucky Power Cooperative with the "Builder of the Year" Award, Albert Moffett was featured in the cooperative's magazine....W. Horace Brown was named local chairman of the 1973 National Engineers Week with "Engineering....A Better Environment Through Technology" as the theme....Deaths: Daniel P. Bolin, 86; Ethel McCall Sullivan, 65; Ralph Howser Sr.; John William Thornton Sr., 42; Eva Cain Thompson, 98; Lillian S. Curry.

55 years ago, 1958

A.R. Hardesty was elected president of the Shelby County Fish and Game Protective Association Inc. Other officers were Paul W. Long, vice president; William H. Hays, secretary and treasurer; and directors L.L. McBride, C.P. Hall, George Wells, Jesse Puckett, Everett Hall and Garnett Radcliffe....Murray P. Nicol, a man who had operated his own construction company in Mobile, Ala., before he was 21 years old, retired as president of the Struck Construction Company of Louisville. He was married to Virginia Boyd of Shelbyville....Henry Clay Wildcats overcame Finchville in the finals for the Shelby County Junior High Tournament held at Shelbyville gym and regained the title of County Champs which they had held in 1956....The home of Richard and Viola Purdy of Finchville was destroyed by fire....Kroger grocery list: Fresh hens, plump and tender, pound 39 cents; round steak, pound 79 cents; potatoes, 50-pound bag $1.99; oranges, 8-pound mesh bag 69 cents; cauliflower, large head 29 cents; Pillsbury pie crust sticks, 4-stick package 35 cents; Heinz tomato catsup, two 14-ounce bottles 49 cents; sirloin tip roast, pound 89 cents; Southern Star sliced bacon, 1 pound, 59 cents....Deaths: Samuel Mack Grundy, 68; George Fletcher, 67; Sam McGee, 73; Luther N. Wood, 73; Harry Tyler Purdy, 78; Mrs. H.G. Skiles; James Sheridan Holcomb, 85; Clifford T. Howerton, 70; Pearl McCampbell Cowherd, 79; Larry Wayne Nethery; Mrs. S.M. Grundy.

60 years ago, 1953

The huge, 2-story frame home of James H. Young, well-known resident of Bagdad, was destroyed by fire....Laban Jackson was to head the 1953 Heart Fund campaign....The city's proposed budget for 1953 was placed at $100,000....Shelbyville Red Devils defeated Versailles,  59-40....Sam Liss was elected president of the Chamber of Commerce.

70 years ago, 1943

A 22-year-old truck driver was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the bus-truck crash near here last July and fined $700....Burglars entered the store of W.A. Herrick at Simpsonville and escaped with about 40 cartons of cigarettes, some cigars, all the work clothing in the store, approximately 200 pennies, a revolver and a money box containing papers, valued at approximately $200....A 9-room, 2-story frame home of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Money on Taylorsville Road was destroyed by fire....Births: Tom Wallace Handel, Mary Virginia Vaughan, Allen V. Bailey, Martin Weakley....Serving our country: Marion G. Bohn, who was with a medical detachment at Camp Atterbury, Ind., was promoted from private first class to corporal....Lt. John M. Sturgeon was the co-pilot of a United States heavy bomber on reconnaissance over the Solomon Sea that spotted a 6,000-ton Japanese transport off Cape Orford and bombed it to a standstill....Pfc. Clarence Wilson was promoted to the rank of corporal....Sgt. Rufus C. Litton, 22, a photographer and gunner on a big bomber plane, was reported missing Jan. 3 over Western Europe....Deaths: Lula Ratcliff Hite, 72; Anna A. Burton, 79; Lillie Miles Hammonds, 44; Julia Hays Hopkins; Herman Guy Carter, 49.

80 years ago, 1933

Men older than 38 were being released by the Army....Bob Garner, a local heavyweight boxer, won a knockout over Buck Lewis of Arizona....The Red Devils won seven CKC games and lost two, and helped raise more than $360 in Crippled Children’s benefit games....Deaths: W.P. Johnson, former principal of Bagdad School; George W. Jennings, 83; Mrs. F.L. Durkee; Herman Guy Carter; Mattie Greathouse; Calvin Wright.

90 years ago, 1923

Edgar W. Fullenwider bought the States Oil Company and was the only resident oil dealer in the county with two trucks to deliver kerosene and gasoline....At a meeting of the newly elected Board of Directors of the Business Men's Association, L.G. Smith was re-elected president; Ira Pyles, vice president; and T.F. Poynter, secretary-treasurer....Richard W. Nash purchased from Charles Wills the residence on 8th Street, between Clay and Bland Avenue for $4,500....Deaths: P.M. Booker; Mrs. W.S. Showalter; W. Lee VanDyke.

95 years ago, 1918

Mrs. Luther Hall, Shelby County School superintendent, furnished each of the 65 teachers forms to give to their pupils to distribute to every farmer to obtain an estimate of labor needed during the season....The coal situation in Shelbyville was much the same, but few transport cars being received. So short was the supply that sales were limited to 15 bushels to a customer....Dr. M.A. Purdy was elected president of the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association at Frankfort.