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10 years ago, 2003
Michael Collins, 55, CEO of Taylor County Hospital, took the helm of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. The move is effective in mid-February to replace John Marshall, who left JHS in December to take over a hospital in Dickson, Tenn...Beth McCoun and Ola Gordinier opened Yoga Oasis at 210 Main St. in Simpsonville, offering one-on-one classes, including passive workouts for chronic pain by using props such as braces and pillows....Crystal Monroe took over the Firehouse Bar B Q restaurant on Mount Eden Road just south of Interstate 64....Deaths: Florence Cook Carlisle, 91; Janie Elizabeth Disponett, 90; Louie Paul Martin, 55; Fred Kenneth Kelly, 67; Jason D. Sawyers, 20; Wanda Hill Scrogham, 58; Marion Watson, 69; Robert McClanahan, 89; Al E. Wilson, 89.
15 years ago, 1998
Belinda Bensonwas named the Shelby County dog warden. She was assistant animal control officer for 4 years. Dale Figg was tapped as assistant dog warden....Ronald R. and Susanne deCharette Van Stockum gave $100,000 for an endowment fund to benefit Shelbyville. The money joined the Moses Ruben Fund, Harriett Poynter Musician Scholarship Fund, Harriet Poynter Scholarship Fund for an African-American student, the Shannon Family Fund and the Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks Endowment Fund....Shelby County Junior Miss Becky Foley won a $300 preliminary scholastic achievement award at the Kentucky Junior Miss Program in Lexington....Former Frankfort Mayor John R. Sower of Shelbyville announced his candidacy for the 20th District Senate seat vacated by retiring state Sen. Fred Bradley (D-Frankfort)....Joseph L. Johnson III was awarded the Eagle Scout distinction for designing, obtaining materials and directing the construction of a storage building for New Hope Baptist Church....Births: DeAndreius J'Quan Cochran, Calvin Maurice Lewis Jr....I'm one: Emily Elizabeth Wise....Deaths: Lula Virginia Edington Brown, 85; Erman Reasor Jones Sr., 89; Shirley Gay Goodwin Kinker, 58; Thurman Dallas Miller, 74; Will Murphy, 1-year-old son of Rewa L. Lynk and Michael E. Murphy; Dorothy Gordon Phillips, 89; Doris Jean Gaines Robinson, 44; Martina Wright Semones, 80; George M. Nilles, 71; Walter Bradford, 70.
25 years ago, 1988
Despite the flu and missing a day of rehearsals, Shelby County's Junior Miss still came out a winner at the state finals. Holli Susanne Bradford was the 1988 Kentucky Junior Miss first runner-up....Robert Gumbert was the new minister at People’s Chapel....Larry Paden was named vice president/general manager of Landmark Community Newspapers Inc....Patti Segretto opened Sharper Image hair salon at 714 Washington St., the building formerly used by Ken W. Marshall Company, in Shelbyville....If you've got an electrical need, chances are it could be found at Electric City on Main Street, across from First Christian Church. With their store open for more than a month, co-owners Gary Tapp and Ron Webb stocked up on appliances for customers....Shelby Riner opened a real estate office in Shelbyville....Stephen L. Collins was an associate with the law firm of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie and Kirkland in the firm’s Lexington office....Carla Aldridge planned to participate in the Miss Kentucky County Fair Pageant....Births: William Allen Goins, Nicholas Alexander Ellis, Zachary Paul Waits....Deaths: Amelia Shipman Cooper, 90; Mae P. Estes, 85; Maudie Peak Gregory, 88; Margaret McCarty McAfee, 77; Minnie Garrett Morton, 94; Walter Ramsey, 80; Cecil W. Turner, 67; Chalmer B. Caudill Sr., 87; Amanda Jean Bailey, infant daughter of Darrell and Donna Jean Bailey;
40 years ago, 1973
The Kentucky Charolais Association elected Charles Druin of Simpsonville as its president....John W. Landrum was named manager of employee relations for General Electric’s Transformer and Distribution Equipment Division at Pittsfield, Mass....Denise Payne, freshman at Western Kentucky University, was named to the dean’s list....Shelby County High School was represented by Ronald Cheak and Shelbyville by Keith Harris in the Kentucky All-State Choir performing in Owensboro. Participating with 400 other students from throughout the state, this was the second year that Cheak, a baritone, and Harris, a sophomore, made All-State.....John W. (Jack) Merrill, newspaper advertising executive with a background of 18 years of experience, was appointed director of planning and development for Metro Newspaper Service....Birth: Craig Calloway Schmidt....Deaths: Evelyn Lefler McClease, 52; Julia Parker Graybeal, 84; Mary Walters Ellis, 76; Lucy A. Rodgers, 66; Harry B. Lyon Sr., 60; Louise Ross McDowell; Frank Anderson Loving; Robert D. Booker, 75; Mrs. Sydney Tyler Millard.
55 years ago, 1958
At the close of the tobacco season, 22,832,974 pounds brought $14,199,374.90, an average for the season of $62.19 per hundred pounds and was the third largest burley tobacco market in the world in volume of bales....Pryor Hower of the Hower Lumber Company was elected a director of the Kentucky Retail Lumber Dealers Association....The Shelbyville Red Devils earned their sweetest victory of the season when they downed Frankfort, 63-56....A large, 2-story house on the Bagdad-Peytona Road, owned by J. Ben Lewis, was destroyed by fire....Julian Roberts was named president of the Deposit Bank of Pleasureville....Deaths: Hollie Milburn, 79; Clay Gritton, 58; Ira T. Parke, 90; Hattie Burgin Bruner, 77; George W. Fitzgibbon, 61; May Hartford, 80; Margaret Mitchell Robertson, 79; Stephen R. Hornback Sr., 76; Anna Curtis Powers, 73; Hubert Goodwin, 49.
60 years ago, 1953
Lynn Miller was installed as president of the Kiwanis Club, with Jesse Puckett as vice president; Harold Matthews, secretary; and Louis Ruben, treasurer....Alice Amyx, 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Amyx Jr., was submitted to an emergency appendectomy at King's Daughters Hospital....Ray P. Weller, president of the Shelby County Fair and prominent warehouseman, was elected vice president of the Kentucky Association of Fair and Horse Shows....A 1952 Buick belonging to Paul Walker of New Burley Tobacco Warehouse was stolen from in front of the warehouse and found later almost completely demolished in Richmond. A 17-year-old Indiana youth was arrested for the theft.
70 years ago, 1943
The tobacco season was a glorious one. This and the previous year's crops were the first ones since 1936 in which a profit had been reached for the week. Growers received more than $7 million....H.S. Davis, owner of Undulata Farms on old Taylorsville Road, purchased an additional 240 acres of the former Weissinger estate to bring his present holdings to about 500 acres....Two youths, 12 and 13 years of age, were caught in the Texaco Service Station west of Shelbyville by the proprietor, Earl Brown. They had entered the station through a window....J. Hayden Igleheart Jr. accepted the charge of the Taylorsville Methodist Church....Estelle Marksbury received a cable from her son, Ben Allen Marksbury, U.S. Navy, that he had arrived safely overseas....Ellis Gunn received a letter from his son, Pvt. Joseph E. Gunn, that he had arrived safely in Northern Africa....Births: Barbara Brooks, Virgil Newton Jr., Todd McAllister Hubley, Loretta Jean Jump...Will Harwood, former prominent lawyer of Shelbyville, died at a hospital in Kansas City of pneumonia....Other deaths: Abraham Owen Brannin, 84; Lissie Frances Jones, 59; Woodie Fields, 55; Frank Lynn Harbison.
80 years ago, 1933
Three raids were made in the county by Federal prohibition agents, resulting in seizure of two stills and arrest of six persons....Three land sales were held at the courthouse door, with farms selling from $23 to $57 per acre....Six new directors chosen by Chamber of Commerce were T.H. Byrd, Charles B. Long, Curtis P. Hall, W. Boyd Roe, Robert F. Matthews and Ray Hardesty....Deaths: Mrs. Henry R. Thomason, Mrs. Edgar Sleadd, Inez Chapman, Sam Stapleton.
85 years ago, 1928
E.R. Downs, brother of Guy Downs, effected a big land deal of 700 acres in Nelson County for Louis Guthrie in exchange for six Louisville apartment houses owned by C.R. Doll of Shelbyville for $232,000....A 20-acre farm and residence of H.J. Long, adjoining the new viaduct on Midland Trail at Bonita Station, west of Simpsonville, was sold at auction to J.E. Moore and W.T. Taylor for $7,500....Andrew Jackson Harvey, 60, died at his home on Goodman Avenue....John McClusky, 73, died at a Louisville Hospital of pneumonia.
90 years ago, 1923
Hart Wallace and Company sold the 54-acre farm of Neale Hancock, located on the Joyesdale Pike, to Stanley Gordan of Mount Eden for $9,270....James McKinney, 41, died at his home near Mount Eden....Linnie M. Ellis, 33, wife of Stephen Ellis, died at her home at Rockbridge....Sarah H. McCampbell, 79, died at her home in Waddy....Lemuel LeCompte, 56, died at his home west of town....Sarah E. Cook, 90, widow of Jesse Cook, died at her home in Mount Eden....Lillian Carpenter Williamson died at her home near Millersburg.
95 years ago, 1918
Dr. Clay Grigsby, Louisville surgeon, brother of Mrs. Charles Randolph, was commissioned a captain and left for Fort Oglethorpe, Ga....A picture of the streets of Shelbyville could have been used as an illustration for A Deserted Village. Many county roads were blocked with snow, and city residents ventured out only when very necessary. Temperature was 9 below zero. That came along with the most severe blizzard in the memory of the oldest inhabitants swooped down on this county, bringing first sleet and then 7 to 8 inches of snow and temperature of 16 below....Dr. Charles Felix Dale announced his permanent location for general practice in the Logan Building....Frank Casey's farm of 127 acres on Burks Branch Pike was sold by S.K. and H.C. Riner to Shelby Thomasson of Pleasureville at $225 per acre....Isaiah Whitehouse, 65, retired farmer, died at his home on Washington Street.