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10 years ago, 2004
The Shelby County Fair brought home the big trophy and the title “Most Progressive Fair in Kentucky” from the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows’ annual convention in Louisville – an honor the local fair had not won since 1967….For the second year in a row, the Shelbyville Fire Department was awarded a national FEMA Assistance to Firefighters grant….Jewish Hospital Shelbyville named its ambassadors for the first quarter of 2003 – JHS President and CEO Michael Collins; Michelle Waford; RN Janet Sanders and RT Steve Moffett….Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty was named chair of the 2004 Shelby County Friends of Scouting campaign….Walt Reichert, associate editor for The Sentinel-News, and John Friedlein, former reporter for the newspaper, started a business – Clear Creek Photography & Editorial Services in Simpsonville….Frank Jeffcoat was hired as deputy, according to Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong….I’m one: Matthew Jordan Ennis, Matthew Robert Erhard, Brooklyn Faith Sloan….Deaths: Katherine Mildred Bowman, 71; Viola Coomer Steele, 96; Leon “Bill” Herndon, 74; Margaret Louise Lay, 64; William Bryan Samples Sr., 50.
15 years ago, 1999
Brandon Brown, junior at Shelby County High School, received his all-state trophy at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association All-State Golf Banquet....Morgan Jean Perry Ryan was a pretty big name for someone so small but befitting a celebrity. Weighing 7 pounds 3 ounces, she was the first child for Angela and Troy Ryan and the first baby of the new year....The cost of stamps increased to 33 cents for mailing letters or bills weighing 1 ounce or less, an increase of a penny....Tina Tipton was honored by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, the Shelbyville Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation as the 1998 recipient of the Sam Walter Business Leader Award....Betty Curtsinger's desire to give back to the community where she grew up prompted her to throw her hat into the political ring and eventually be elected magistrate for District 5....Flying J Travel Plaza in Waddy, just off Interstate 64, opened....BellSouth celebrated its 15th anniversary....Births: Dalton Bailey Yeager, Destiny Mashae Bolin, Amanda Reese Felsberg, Samuel Hayes Harrod....I'm one: Garrett Logan Clark, Chase Skyler Dempsey, Savannah Lee Slusher....Deaths: Joanna Grace Domhoff, 3-month-old daughter of Joseph E. and Diane Domhoff; Emory Lowell Hughes, 78; Lowry Gillock, 91; Joel Adams, 88; Charity Lewis, 88; William R. Sisk, 67; Elbert Morgan, 81; Edith B. Shouse, 81; Jessie Lee Burgin, 92; Eva Lou McIntosh Wolfe, 84; Elizabeth T. Zaring, 89; Allen Lowry Gillock, 91; Mina Carol Sparks Tinsley, 68; Clifford Whitt, 87; Ethel Gill Baker, 88; Nannie Elizabeth Jones, 88.
25 years ago, 1989
The Shelby County 4-H Achievement Program was held at Wright Elementary. Abby Chanda, Kim Markham and Daria Robinson received silver cup awards for their winning County Record Books. The most coveted of all the awards presented was the award given to Outstanding Boy and Girl – Robbie Wood and Jean Johnston....Pharmacists David Puckett of Shelbyville and Ben Scott of Lexington bought the W.T. Froman Drug Company in Taylorsville....Shelbyville residents on Nora and Ada avenues were awakened one morning by a foul smell and then by sheriff's deputies and city police knocking on doors after a fire at the Vanguard Pacific Metal Builders plant forced a 2-street evacuation....Crestview Health Care Center’s director of social services and activities, Dana Marshall, 25, is taking a position as the assistant director for Jana Mason’s licensed physical therapist office in Louisville, and Louada Moore is taking her place….Births: Brian Lee Meers, Katherine Michelle Jones….Deaths: Roy Beatty Smith, 66; Claud Edward Wayne, 74; Edna Mae Jones Smith, 85; Carrel Glenn Adams, 44; Hazel Simpson, 67; Ronnie Tindall, 47; Freddie Lee Roberts, 73; Mary Snider Roberts, 91.
40 years ago, 1974
Tom Vannatta officially was made jailer of the Shelby County jail….Dorothy Coffman, Realtor, was elected a regional vice president of Women’s Council of Realtors of the National Association of Realtors….Redd Crabtree of Simpsonville was re-elected as president of the United Professional Horsemen’s Association for 1974….The recipient for the Good Citizen Medal from Shelbyville High School was Marsha Elaine Cardwell….Shelbyville High School barely slipped past the Eminence Warriors in a 60-57 battle….Ruby Hoskins was named Woman of the Year by the Shelbyville Business and Professional Women’s Club….Birth: Jeffery Dale Perry….Deaths: Walter V. Cox, 60; Lester Sharp, 88; Lucy Stewart Nethery, 80; Ella Whitaker Gaddie, 93; Gilbert T. Wood, 60; Clara Watts Bryant, 77; Mrs. George H. Borde Jr., 57.
55 years ago, 1959
Farmers and Traders Bank elected Coleman Wright as president, succeeding the late William A. Scearce….The March of Dimes campaign was headed by Lynn Miller and Homer McAlister….Stewart F. McBrayer, assistant cashier of the Citizens Bank, was appointed agricultural chair of Shelby County for the Kentucky Bankers Association….Deaths: William G. Wayne, 77; Laura Elizabeth Lichtenfels, 43; Roy Owens, 63; Caleb Kelley, 79; Nancy B. Adams Gravett, 100; George W. Caudill.
60 years ago, 1954
An automobile with a total of 75,000 miles – three times around the world – was the 1951 Chevrolet, No. 4 Taxi, still operated by Hinkle Taxi....Ray P. Weller was elected president of the Kentucky Association of Fair and Horse Shows....J. Franklin Bell Post No. 37, American Legion honored Harold Y. Saunders, Shelbyville's mayor, with a dinner....Alva Doris Ethington, graduate student of the University of Kentucky, was elected president of the Psychology Club....Linda Jo Bruce, eighth-grade pupil of Cropper School, was a page in the House of Representatives at Frankfort....According to Richard Randolph, treasurer of the Shelby County chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, the fiscal year ended with a deficit of $7.23 and outstanding bills of more than $2,500....Henry Wallace, native of Shelby County, was in Shelbyville visiting relatives and friends after more than two years in Europe and the Near East. He planned to leave for Latin America for a 5-year stay as a representative of Time magazine....Serving our country: Lt. Maurice R. VanMeter, stationed in Korea with the Army, was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant....Cpl. Robert L. Ethington returned home after 14 months service in Korea....Pfc. Maurice J. Clark was serving with the 25th Infantry Division in Korea....Deaths: Eva Johnston Coombs, 62; Sally Ann Walker, 83; Bobby Donald Inghram, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Inghram; Charles Ann Arsdale, 75; Virginia Lee Pearce, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Pearce; Elva Orr Hardin; Lee Jeffries, 69; James Landon Murphy, 19-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Murphy; Eliza F. Shipman.
70 years ago, 1944
Shelby County's Fourth War Loan Bond Drive started with a quota of $540,000....County Judge Coleman Wright, on leave for Army duty after completing Officer's Candidate School at Ann Arbor, Mich., was promoted from 2nd lieutenant to 1st lieutenant and assigned to the judge advocate general's office in Washington....L.G. (Pop) Smith sold one half interest in Smith-McKenney Drug Company to Harold E. Hogg of Louisville....The Presbyterian church installed the following new deacons: Henry Bell, William Wallace, Thornton Johnson, J.J. Blankenship and Herbert Kelley....Shelbyville High Red Devils defeated Manual basketball team of Louisville, 31-28. This was their 10th consecutive victory and their 12th of the campaign against only two defeats. Shelbyville players were Johnson, Mosley, Matthews, Kays, Brown and Schmidt....Cameron Brown, 88, one of Shelby County's oldest farmers, died at his home on Eminence Road....Frederick R. White, 61, died suddenly at the L&N freight yard while pursuing his duties as freight clerk….Cameron Brown, 88, one of Shelby County's oldest farmers died at his home on Eminence Road.
80 years ago, 1934
John E. Brown was elected president of the Louisville Bank of Co-operatives, a new federal institution....C.K. Crossfield and his daughter, Ritchie Crossfield, were killed in an automobile accident, en route from their home in Gadsden, Ala., to Miami. He was the father of Mrs. Henry Harp of Shelbyville....Jennie Logan petty, widow of Ludlow F. Petty, prominent in politics in Shelbyville and Louisville, died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Lexington.
85 years ago, 1929
Judge E. Davis was elected chair and Richard Randolph as secretary of the county Democratic committee….New Exchange Club officers were Robert F. Matthews, president; George L. Willis Jr., vice president; Lindsey Logan, treasurer; and Guy R. Downs, S.B. Moxley and Jeptha Bright, directors….The tobacco market averaged $35.38 before the holidays….Elected as the new Chamber of Commerce directors were Thompson Duncan, Burnett Wallace, Adolph Abraham, Charles F. Beard, John E. Brown and Guy R. Downs. The Dutch Lunch session was presided over by J. Guthrie Goodman at Long and Harden’s….Deaths: Nathan Ware, John Shuck, William H. Harp, John W. Watts Sr., Mrs. Edd Figg.
90 years ago, 1924
Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Hobb received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter. Hobb was the manager of the Universal Motor Co.....Dr. and Mrs. A.C. Weakley announced the birth of a son....Congratulations were given Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Coleman upon the birth of a daughter, Sarah Lee....Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mitchell received congratulations upon the birth of a son....Lee R. Willis, 50, a former resident of Shelbyville, died at his home in Fayette, Ala....Samuel David Glass, 83, died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Clifford Walters.
95 years ago, 1919
A subscriber describes how it feels having the flu: “If you happen to sleep, you dream that the butcher is removing your backbone with a dull cleaver. Every time you get a long breath, it feels like you have swallowed a handful of fishhooks. Your nose gets scars, it runs all day. Of course, I may have just a slight case.”…Deaths: Will H. Roe; Mollie Bryan, widow of Dr. John E. Bryan; Rhea Frierson; Mrs. J.R. Mount.