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10 years ago, 2003
The United States Department of Agriculture predicted this year’s tobacco crop to be the smallest since 1874....Betty Jean Chatham, who had been organist and pianist at First Baptist Church for 50 years, was honored at the church....After a year away from Shelbyville, Dr. Dale Senior returned with a new group and new technology. The cardiologist, who was part of the Heart Specialists at the University of Louisville, performed non-surgical procedures, which could involve stints and balloons, to treat coronary artery disease....Troy Ethington and April Ethington joined the ERA Smith Team Realtors....Births: Emily Paige Allen, Kyrah Chaelyn Harris, William Brooks Horsford, Henry Boone Jesse, Hailey Madison Mills....I’m one: Jeremy Lee Price Jr., Matthew Jacob Koostra....Deaths: Laura Mae Mitchell Cosby, 88; Berthie Catlett Hayden, 86; Arnetta Kingcade Johns, 86; Nancy Snider, 81; Virginia O. Sparrow, 87; Sallye W. Tucker, 72; Alma Jean Williams, 56; Virginia L. Yount, 90.
15 years ago, 1998
Being a volunteer at Northside Elementary led Sondra Powers into the classroom on a full-time basis. "As I end my teaching career I will probably do volunteering again as I did 25 years ago," she said as she made her plans to take early retirement....Long-rumored to come to Shelby County was a Cracker Barrel family-type restaurant appeared to be almost a certainty....Linda Wells received the National Vocational Technical Honor Society Award....Opposing forces were waging a land and air battle in Shelby County over what could become the state's second-largest general aviation airport....Megan Clark was crowned Miss Shelby County Fair Teen, and won the Miss Congeniality award. Karen Mullins was crown the Fair Queen, with Kara Sageser named Miss Congeniality....Rev. Burney Manning was the new pastor at Bagdad Baptist Church....Kim Coffey was promoted to circulation clerk at The Sentinel-News....Star Banc Corporation and Firstar Corporation announced a definitive agreement to merge through an exchange of shares valued at approximately $7.2 billion....John C. Miller, president of the 1998 fair board, hadn't missed a Shelby County Fair since 1954....Births: Dakota Allen Johnson, Abigail Alexandria Jones, Lindsey Marie Kays, Chase Cameron Wills, Hannah Marie Smith, Jonathan Guthrie Yeary....I'm one: Addison Grant Cheak, Sabrina Marie Pratt....Deaths: Delbert H. Craig, 78; Fred W. Duncan, 82; Corine Long Griffin, 87; John Elvin Murphy, 76; Ruby Watts Richardson, 79; Odis Wayne, 82; Jason Thomas Willard, 21.
25 years ago, 1988
City councilman Dave Eaton had a chance to stay cool at the 4th of July celebration at Clear Creek Park. He was submerged more than 40 times in a dunking booth, a project which raised $250 for the pool bubble committee....County volunteer firemen battled 84-degree temperatures during the evening while fighting a fire at Probus Motel on U.S. 60 West....A weekend police raid on a College Street house led to arrests of six Shelbyville men and the confiscation of booze and money....Unbeknownst to the appreciative crowd, the fireworks display at Clear Creek Park was marred when several rockets blew up on the ground. The explosion sent pieces of a metal tube flying more than 200 feet, injuring two Shelby County volunteer firefighters....About a dozen Shelby County farmers and as many reporters and photographers gathered at the fairgrounds one morning to meet a truck filled with free hay. The plan was to give 10 farmers about 40 square bales each, a modest amount but perhaps enough to feed a small herd for a week....His contract called for him to start as school superintendent July 1, but Dr. Leon Mooneyhan decided to tackle some paperwork and meet his new staff a few days early....Melody Ellis was appointed Metro United Way area director for Shelby and Oldham counties....Ginger's Breadhouse Deli opened and owner Ginger Anderson hoped her venture would be a favorite with the downtown lunch crowd hungry for a sandwich....The federal government allowed drought-stricken farmers in Shelby and 13 other Kentucky counties to buy reduced-cost livestock feed...."Dolly Parton" announced plans to come to the Shelby County Fair. A closer look at the country music star revealed a shadow of a beard on her cheeks, chest hair protruding from beneath the collar of her shirt and a much deeper voice than fans were accustomed. David Lee Perry Sr., a retired Shelby County farmer's masquerade as the country star, was the highlight of several dances in recent years and would be up for competition in the all-male revue beauty contest at the fair....Birth: Markus Stephenson Reed....Deaths: Janie Moss McPherson, 75; Bessie Miller "Buncy" Jackson, 68; Troy Alan Atha, 25; Rev. Bailey Fulton Davis.
40 years ago, 1973
James B. "Butch" Dunsmore was promoted by the Farmers Home Administration to the position of county supervisor to serve in the local FHA office....William A. Tucker, formerly of Spencer County, joined the Bagdad Roller Mills Inc. team in management and sales....A bit of the wild, old West came to Shelbyville when the Shelby County A&M Association produced its first annual Shelby County Rodeo....Lisa and Teresa Rutledge were admitted to Children's Hospital, Louisville, with extensive burns received when an aerosol can exploded. The girls and their mother were burning trash when Mrs. Rutledge was called away from the scene for a short time. The aerosol can, which had been returned to the Rutledge's store as not operating, apparently became heated in the fire and exploded....Janis Lane Tingle of Henry County was named Miss Shelby RECC. Roxanne Bohannon of Shelby County was runner-up....Kroger grocery list: U.S. Government graded choice bone-in round steak, $1.39 pound, Freezer Queen frozen mini meals, all varieties, three packages $1; U.S. Inspected fresh country cut-up mixed fryer parts, pound 59 cents; discount special banquet frozen cream pies; large California strawberries, quart box, 89 cents....Deaths: Clent Snyder, 83; Warren Bohannon, 67; Campbell C. Turner, 75.
55 years ago, 1958
Deedy Irwin had the lead in "Can Can," the opening show at the new Fort Worth Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas. She was the first Shelbyville girl to blaze the trail in the theatrical world and on Broadway....William Gibbs fired a two under par 70 to take medalist honors in the annual Club Tournament at the Shelby County Golf Club....It was believed that 1,100 bales of hay stored in a large implement shed on the farm of Mrs. J. Archie Bell, near Finchville, caused a spontaneous combustion. The fire destroyed the shed and the contents of a tractor, mower, cultivators, plows, wagon carts and other farming tools with an estimated loss of between $4-$5,000....The Grand Champion, a Brown Swiss female of the Shelby County Fair, was owned by Brice and Lucille Brown and shown by Brown. The Browns, who own Rhododendron Farm in Shelby County, carried off top honors at the fair this year....Todd Duvall was the winner in the Junior Champion Holstein show of the Shelby County Fair....Births: Natalie Lillis Roberts....Serving our country: SP/3 Curtis L. Willard who was stationed at Yuma, Arizona, came home to spend a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Willard, before leaving for Fort Dix, New Jersey, where he will leave for overseas....Deaths: Milton Arnold; James Carroll Raymond, 84; Estill G. Hopper Sr., 68; Lula Vaughan Sudduth; Grace Baldwin Chartier, 73; Mary Geiger Lawson; Anna Beryl Garrett; Paul Roland Wilson, 57.
70 years ago, 1943
A frozen food locker plant would be located in Shelbyville just as soon as some 500 lockers were sold....Four houses on Bradshaw, near Third, which adjoin the present buildings of Long and Weller, were purchased by the firm from D.J. Jesse....Mary Sue Barnett was one of 80 college young people preparing at Pottstown, Pa., for a summer of Youth Caravan service under the auspices of the Board of Education of the Methodist Church....Births: Michael Robert La Prade, Donald Lea Turner....Serving our country: Lieut. John M. Sturgeon III received the Distinguished Flying Cross. Records showed that his piloted a Liberator that destroyed an 8,000-ton Jap merchantman in the Bismark Sea and he was co-pilot of a Liberator which sank a 6,000-ton enemy transport off Cape Oxford in February....Sgt. James M. Howerton graduated from the Wendover Aerial Gunnery and Fire Control School at Wendover Field, Utah....Pvt. Paul J. Neel was promoted to technician, fifth grade (corporal-technician) in the Cost Artillery, Fort Brady, Mich....Pfc. William Yount was promoted to the rank of corporal....Major Stanley H. Hankins, who was a prisoner of the Japanese, was moved from a prison camp in the Philippines to Hutten camp at Mukden, Manchukwo....Arthur Lucian Johnston received his silver wings and was added to the A.A.F. Armada which was carrying relentless warfare to the Axis over measureless global areas....Pvt. Walter C. Hawkins was promoted to the rank of private first class....Deaths: Jake Smither, 66; William M. Gaddis, 70; Charles Snider.
80 years ago, 1933
The hitting of Stiff McGaughey and Lee Smith featured Shelbyville's 7-6 win over Bedford in the North Central Kentucky League....Deaths: George W. Sacrey, 75; Charles Connell, former cashier and director of the recently-closed Peoples Bank & Trust Co.; Frances Smith Price; Sue Henning.
85 years ago, 1928
The Simpsonville baseball club defeated the Clifton Athletic Club by a score of 4-0....Charles Perkins was given a surprise birthday party on his 79th birthday....Death: Col. C.B. Sullivan.
90 years ago, 1923
The Farmers & Traders Bank, in addition to declaring its regular quarterly dividend, donated $100 to the King's Daughters Hospital and gave each of its employees a bonus of one month's salary....Deaths: Prof. Thomas B. Threlkeld, 74-year-old native of Shelbyville and educator for more than half a century in central Kentucky; T.F. Ridgeway, 70.