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10 years ago, 2003
Jane Bennett was given the Helen Crabtree Equitation Instructor of the Year from the United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) almost a year to the day Crabtree died....Named to the dean’s list were Leah Aubrey and Kristin Meschler at Murray State University; Emily Doyle at University of Kentucky; Stephanie R. Allewalt, Augustana College; Charles Adams and Rachel Hedden, Transylvania University; Curtis R. Head, Marshall University; Amy E. Head, University of New Orleans; and Alexander Young at University of Louisville....Senior Anna Watts was crowned Shelby County’s Homecoming queen during halftime of the Rockets’ game against Lafayette....Federal agents picked up 24 undocumented immigrants in Shelbyville during a morning raid after the Immigration and Naturalization Service agents came to town with a list of names and addresses of five immigrants who had ignored court orders to leave the country....Martha Murdock was nominated for “Horsewoman of the Year” by the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horse and the International Arabian Horse associations....Barbra Sowder was honored by Revere Packaging for 30 years of service....Births: Graci Jean Bradley, Melissa Ann Fields, Marcus DeShaun Kemp, Heaven Nicole Redmon, Andrew Truman Shader, Keaira Lee Wylie, Kaneah Mashea Jazzilyn Bailey....Deaths: Lura Roland Sr., 82; Nina Pearl Best, 88; Eleanor Vance Burnett, 90; Thomas V. Grasch, 54; Beulah Clubb Mitchell, 93; Fannie Salyer, 93; Marion Kesler Garris, 87; Geneva Tingle Ritchey, 88; Angela M. Rzepka Stine, 89.
15 years ago, 1998
Michael McCardwell, an art teacher at Henry County High School, won a $5,000 Al Smith Fellowship award from the Kentucky Arts Council....Authorities were investigating a discovery of infant skeletal remains at a home on Rolling Ridge Way....A 5-acre tract on Boone Station Road was to be the site for the new Shelby County Volunteer Fire Department....Joe Stucker opened his new furniture store at 115 Washington St. -- Furniture and More offered medium- to high-end furniture at discount prices....Judy Young joined Coldwell Banker Rogers Realty as a sales associate....Lisa H. Griffith was the new office manager at Miller Chiropractic....Cheryl Sutherland Deal was the new office manager for RE/MAX Properties East in Louisville....When Jenny and Steve Harker were forced from their Orphans Lane home after their garage caught fire, they were upset about losing the family car and truck to the blaze. But nothing could have prepared the couple for the shock when they returned to their home only to find it blown to pieces. Arson was being pursued as a possible cause....Births: Nicholas Shane Rion, Garrett Logan Clark, Bryan Taylor Singleton, Madison McKenzie Todd, Caraline Aspen Baughman, Ethan Cole Corley, Chase Skyler Dempsey, Angelina Faith Nicole Ruble, Kyran Luke Truax....Deaths: Lillie Mae Lay Wise, 69; Roger Myron Cleveland, 79; William Duvall, 95; Ira Duncan "Dune" Ellis, 71; Richard Clinton Logsdon, 68; Louise Avery Hedges, 52; Mary Elizabeth Davis Hinds, 89; Leroy Lewis, 65; Dorothy Aldridge Mahuron, 64; Vincent P. Newton, 68; Julia Miller, 69; Ethel Popp, 65; Mildred Wallace Pryor, 89; Avery F. Smith, 90.
25 years ago, 1988
Shelby County had a message for visiting Oldham County and the rest of the Eighth Region girls basketball teams trying to take the Rockets' regional crown – "don't lick your chops just yet." Shelby County beat one of its chief threats to the region championship, Oldham County, 44-41, in overtime before 600 fans at Rockets gym....Theresa Brace was the manager of Midland Laundry and Cleaners, the third laundry in Shelbyville....Martha Moffett was one of the youngest to be named a Realtor of the Year in Shelbyville. Now she made another note in history books -- the first female president of the Shelbyville Board of Realtors. Other officers and directors were Bill Willard, Bill Land, Jane Sutton, Doug Aldridge, Jimmy Willard, Jeanne Bohannon, Carole Hill and Linzie Craig....Velinda Fowler and Judy Scrogham were the managers of Midland Wine and Liquor, which opened next door to Midland Laundry....Kim Jay was the Conservation District essay winner. Jenny Hager was the post contest winner....A shoot-out is shaping up among three local groups for the right to run an FM radio station in Shelbyville. Plans for an FM station based in Eminence were moving ahead, meaning that the number of radio stations focusing on Shelby County would jump from two to four....A new slate of officers was elected for the board of the Agricultural Extension Service. They were John Miles, chairman; Robert Wilson, vice chairman; Brenda Miller, secretary; Steve Hornback, treasurer. Other members were Judy Best and John Rothenburger Jr. and Shelby County Judge-Executive Bobby Stratton....Deaths: Dempsie C. Poe, 93; Hettie Taylor Nichols, 90; Landon Charles Murphy, 63; John William "J.W." Hammond, 82; Wilson Allen, 83; Franklin Pierce Brown, 71; Ora Aileen Waterfill Ray, 74; Martha Laura Comnick Penrod, 84; Lavaughn Keeling MacGregor, 84; Charles E. Larberg, 84; Bernice R. Casey, 77; Richard B. Spaulding, 79; Georgia Belle Roberts Carter, 82; Katherine West Dempsey, 75; George E. Hoar, 70; Kerby Jennings, 84; Eddie LaFollette, 91; Anna Lee Roberts, 99; Ora Aileen Waterfill Ray, 74; Margaret Jamison Reynolds, 61; Corinne Jennings Rowlett, 85; Frances Christine Simpson, 72.
40 years ago, 1973
Fred W. Bond, who had served his ninth year as city police judge, announced his candidacy for the Shelby County Judge....Vicki Yates and Deborah Clubb were among 10 finalists during the state Dairy Princess Banquet and Contest in Louisville....The old Henton-Scearce house, one of the county's Heritage homes, was saved from destruction by a fire after considerable damage....Conservation officer Roy Toon was named "Outstanding Officer of the Year" for the third district, by the League of Kentucky Sportsmen, which presented Officer Toon its annual award....Thomas S. “Bob” Watson was nominated as Radio Man of the Year for his news coverage by the Louisville Bar Association....Birth: Jennifer Leigh Heady....Deaths: Mabel Ruth Shelton Golden, 60; Dudley Ward Fay, 88; Mary Virginia Woods Mickey, 72; Ada Whortenbury Mathis, 76; Curtis Austin Wade, 89; David A. “Doc” Harley, 62; Clarence Kelley Horton, 70; Virgil E. Darland, 68; Joseph Edward “Tuck” Bryant, 80.
55 years ago, 1958
Alex B. Veech, Finchville, director of cooperative, was one of three Kentucky farmers who received a sterling silver bowl for his contribution to Kentucky Agriculture over the years....Approximately 200 people attended the annual dinner meeting of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce held at Finchville. Rev. J. Edward Cayce was toastmaster. Four new directors, William Shannon, T.R. Kaspar, Robert Pearce and Charles L. Bradbury, were elected for 3-year terms....J.B. Cook, deputy sheriff, reported that thieves broke in the meat house of Johnny Grubbs near Hatton and carried off four hams and two shoulders....Bobby Moore, Bagdad, was a district winner from Shelby County in the 1957 Soil Conservation Essay Contest sponsored by The Courier-Journal, The Louisville Times and WHAS in cooperation with Conservation Association and the State Department of Education....The budget planning committee of the First Baptist Church of which Ray P. Weller was chairman, presented a record $104,000 budget to the church....A.B. Veech Jr. was elected as vice president during the annual meeting of the Bourbon Stock Yard Marketing Service....Mary Lloyd Puckett was selected "Ideal Freshman Girl" at Murray College. She had the wholesome spirit and fun-loving personality that typifies the hypothetical "American Girl”...Stewart F. McBrayer, banker at Lawrenceburg for 18 years and formerly of Shelbyville, accepted the position of assistant cashier with the Citizens Bank in Shelbyville....Approaching a half century of service to mankind, the "dean of Shelbyville physicians," Dr. A.C. Weakley retired....Stephen Jones of Columbia accepted the post as new assistant manager of Lincoln's Department store....Dr. Jerald E. Adams, who was associated with Dr. M.D. Klein, opened an office in the Smith-McKenney building, formerly occupied by Dr. A.C. Weakley. He will do general practice, surgery and obstetrics....Southern Bell appointed Hazel Simpson to be assistant dial chief operator of the Shelbyville Group of exchanges....Births: Teresa Jo Russell, William Hanna Lanier, John Griswold, Randolph Scott Terry....Deaths: Tommy Taylor; Agrosto Hankins, 74; Charles Foster, 72; Steve B. Hazelwood, 91; Edwin H. Patton; Blanche K. McWilliams; Bettie Sullivan Burge, 93; William Henry Landers, 76; John A. Holmes, 83; Lettie West Shawhan, 93; Melitta M. Gibson, 70; Charles Wickliffe Edmondson, 73; Cale J. Hardesty.
60 years ago, 1953
The televisions at Settle's store and at Poe and Ruff's drew crowds to see Eisenhower inaugurated president....Give your old license plates to Kiwanis for Korea scrap metal drive....Search party of neighbors found Charles L. Lawrence, missing Rockbridge farmer, dead in a field, victim of a heart attack....Rev. Robert L. Anderson was new pastor of Centenary Methodist Church....Because of the previous summer's severe polio epidemic, the Shelby chapter of National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis was $7,598 in the red....James M. Sampson, 61, who started New Peytona Garage and conducted the business for 30 years, died of a heart attack....Other deaths: Horace W. Williams; Marion Harper; Ollie Perry; Wallace Burge.
70 years ago, 1943
Mrs. Ralph Scearce was elected president of the Kentucky Federation of Homemakers. Mrs. Ben Allen Thomas was name one of the directors....Clayton Samples, prominent grocer and businessman, received his commission as Postmaster of Bagdad. He had been acting postmaster since May 15 when he succeeded Gus Perkins....L.G. Thompson was the new manager of the local A&P store....Births: Joseph Stewart Franklin, Camilla Daniel Simrall....Serving our country: Pvt. Clay Cornelius Jr., who was stationed in Northern Africa, was promoted to corporal.....PFC Harvey Sanders, U.S. Army Air Corps, was stationed in England....Michael Tisza was promoted to private first class in the quartermaster section at Fort Custer, Mich....Lloyd Bennett Rouse, seaman second class, returned on convoy duty to Africa....Tyler Long was promoted to major with the tank forces in Africa....Deaths: Emmett Logan Adams, 58; Bertha Campbell; William Henry Hedges, 84; Cale Young Rice, 70; William Todd Collins, 25; Mary Newton Helm, 86; Annie Lee Stephens Mountjoy; William Hanna, 77.
80 years ago, 1933
Tobacco prices slumped to $8.80 the final week of sales after holding around $9 since Christmas. Ray Wakefield, market supervisor, reported the season’s sales total at around 25 million pounds....Guy Downs announced the sale of the Ensminger farm near Simpsonville to A.H. Brummett of Todds Point for $26 per acre....Deaths: Harry N. Lockridge, 55; Mrs. Ben Bodkin; William Earl Wainscott; Mrs. Fred Edington.
85 years ago, 1928
A.C. Long, president of the Shelby County Trust and Banking Company, was struck and knocked down by a speeding automobile as he was crossing a street in Bogalusa, La., while visiting his son, A.C. Long. He was badly bruised....Local tobacco market averages were: Globe, 840,050 pounds at $26; Planters, 110,025 pounds at $28.65; Farmers House, 187,310 pounds at $31.01; and Burley House had 41,390 pounds at $23.07....The Woman's Club of Shelby County celebrated the 135th anniversary of the founding of the city with a banquet at the Christian Church....At the annual meeting of the Shelby County National Farm Loan Association, J.G. Goodman was elected president; Milton Fullenwider, vice president; and Burnett Wallace, secretary-treasurer....Deaths: Homer Franklin, Mollie Dees, Mary Shouse McCarty, A.J. Coleman, Rev. Lewis Nathan Thompson, Mary Charles Offutt, Sallie (William) Tipton, John Will Searcy, Minnie Gray McDonald, James P. Thacker, John A. Holton, M. Elizabeth Burton, Jennie Ann Ballou.
90 years ago, 1923
A vacant lot in the tobacco district owned by the Star Warehouse Company, incorporated, was sold at auction to C.L. Walters and D.T. Long for $5,100....At the Liberty Warehouse, 55,635 pounds of tobacco were sold for $17,078.43, an average of $30.60. Prices ranged from $8 to $48....Birth: William Paul Deiss Jr....Deaths: Russell Guthrie Childs, 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. B.W. Childs; Samuel G. Hagan, 71; Charlotte Bell Logan, 75; Thomas L. Hornsby; Flora F. Hansbrough; Ruben Skelton.
95 years ago, 1918
A large harvest and storage of natural ice for summer use was urged and accompanied by the statement that unprecedented demands for ammonia by the Army and Navy, indicating a shortage of producing ice in refrigeration....The season's record was broken when a basket of tobacco sold at $1 a pound. It was part of a crop of 1,980 pounds grown by Leo Gibbs, which averaged $35.13 per hundred pounds, prices ranging from $9 and up. A total of 237,280 pounds sold at an average of $24.47....Mr. and Mrs. Claude Heilman received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter....Deaths: John King; Beverly Johnson Chapman; Scott S. McCarty; Mary Gordon Logan; George W. Hedges, 62; William D. Hulett, 66; Elizabeth Wallace.