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10 years ago, 2000
The Kentucky State Data Center in Louisville released preliminary numbers that said Shelby County's population had exceeded the 30,000 mark. The number - an estimated 30,552 in 1999 - was a 23.1 percent increase in population since the 1990 census that set the county's residents at 24,824....Troop 164 members receiving the Eagle Scout award were Justin Gallrein, Austin Green, Joshua Searcy, Michael Padgett and Matthew Phoebus....Mary Andriot took first place in the fourth-through-sixth-grade division of the Kentucky Junior Duck Stamp Program....Wayne Reese, principal at Simpsonville Elementary School, was one of two principals in the region to receive the Patronus Award, the highest honor given by the Louisville Writing Project....Births: Shelby Lynn Shepherd, Dominic Mellas Fields, Jacqueline Lesley Solis-Lopez, Bobby E. Shaver III, Brennan Thomas Whisman, Jacob Tyler Griffin, Chelsey Paige Clark, Tyler Lee Tinnell, Isaura Alexandria Jeronimo, Paige Nicole Peterson....Deaths: Thomas E. Moffett, 78; William Kenneth Hawkins, 59; Lawrence Lea, 64; Ann Jamison, 81; Diane Needham, 53; Bratty Marie Powell Wilson, 83; Troy Cook, 88; Virginia "Granny" Shaw, 74; Ann Gordon Wilborn, 83; Ida Florence Sanford Reynolds, 77; William Kenneth Hawkins, 59; Ann Jamison, 81; Christine Stump, 72.
15 years ago, 1995
Residents were upset over KY 55 widening plans. James L. "Bud" Wakefield said it would come within 53 feet of his home on Eminence Pike....High school juniors chosen for the Governor's Scholars program were Josh Buffolino, Gentry Easley, Jim Insco, Kerri Richardson, Ryan Smith, Bethany Smith and Jayne McCombs....Four members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 307 were the first in Shelby County to receive silver awards -- April Hundley, Jaclyn Hensley, Erin Yount and Angela Gajdzik....Duanne Puckett, editor of The Sentinel-News, was named the Media Advocate of the Year based on a nomination submitted by Bobbie Smith, executive director of the Shelby Development Corporation....Shelby County Tourism Director Charlie Kramer was named the "outstanding dairy promoter in the state" by Eric McClain, local manager for the American Diary Association....Births: Emily Marie Nix, Thomas Scott Hawkins....I'm one: Eric Harley, Raven Janel Raisor....Deaths: Ann Tipton Trimble, 89; Beryl Campbell, 72; Alma Jean Cook Rudder, 56; Clarence Sparrow, 91; Yohance A. Winburn, 17; Jose "Joe" Zaragoza, 36; Edith Roberts, 84; Ruby Sutherland Dennis, 81; Anna Jean Barrett, 44; William Edgar Brown, 60.
25 years ago, 1985
Clyde Tharp, Shelby County High School assistant principal, was chosen by the board of education to replace Rudolph Collins as principal at East Middle School....The Rev. Louis Coleman and more than a dozen supporters marched into the Shelby County Board of Education meeting to address a message that Shelby County High School Principal Sam Chandler wrote to the graduating class....The National Weather Service determined that a moderate-force tornado passed through the Whitney M. Young Jr. Residential Manpower Center during the storm that struck Shelby County....The Shelby County Community Theatre announced a 5-year plan of expansion, which included a new auditorium, renovation of the existing facility and renovation of the recently purchased 2-story brick house next door....For providing the best overall programming by a local Business and Professional Woman's organization in Kentucky, Nancy Sears, 1984-85 president of Shelbyville BPW, was presented an award at the annual convention of Kentucky BPW....David T. Garrett was among the graduates from the University of Kentucky Medical School....Troy Wayne Kuhl was awarded a general scholarship at Georgetown College....Three boys playing with fireworks accidentally started a fire that destroyed the Clear Creek Park barn and teen center....Contestant for the June Dairy princess title were Vicki Sanford, Nancy Wilson and Kathy Nethery....Ernestine Jennings, English teacher at Shelby County High School, was chosen as SCHS teacher of the year....The Shelbyville Business and Professional Women's Club honored three graduating senior girls for their accomplishments -- Anissa White and Teresa Eades won the Senior Girl award, and Kim Kincaid received a scholarship....Wade Hembree became the second State Farm Insurance agent in Shelbyville....Pat Montgomery moved her shop, The Beveled Edge, to 536 Main St. -- located between Lawson's and Verna's Jewelers....Apple Tree Learning Center opened in the old post office, property of First Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Seventh and Main....Bill Winburn was named vice president of Huber Tractor....Birth: Robert Stevenson Moore III....Deaths: Mary Long Randolph, 89; Earl "Red" Duvall, 59; Richard John Hopper, 78; Edwin Logan Brown Sr.; Dorothy Ellen Richardson, 58; Clara Alma Rodgers Maddox, 81; Media Murphy Richardson, 96.
40 years ago, 1970
An educational survey was to be conducted locally by an out-of-state agency to determine the feasibility of a merge of the two local school systems....Young's Food Market in Bagdad was under new management with a new name. Garnett Newton and James Bailey bought the business from John A. Young and renamed it B&N Food Market....Tommy Sampson announced this week that he resigned his position with Shannon's Funeral Home and would continue his plans to provide a private ambulance service for Shelby Countians on a subscription basis. He was working this month in cooperation with local funeral home who would terminate ambulance services July 1....Dennis Long placed third out of 160 contestants in the Valley View golf tournament in New Albany....Neil S. Hackworth was commissioned a second lieutenant upon completion of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Kenyon college, Gambier, Ohio....Deaths: James Earl Griffin, 36; Lorinne Vawter Catlett; Harold William Hoskins, 60; Bertie Masters Carter, 81; Willie Miller McClain, 68; Elizabeth "Lizzie" Jenkins Smith, 73; James Robert Turner, 54.
55 years ago, 1955
The golf team from Shelbyville won the third session of the Central Kentucky Golf League at Picadome. Bill Gibbs and a Picadome resident tied for low honors with 73s. Other local players were Lucien Kinsolving, 78; Howard Logan, 76; Charles Long, 83; Elmo Head, 76; and Clayton Baker, 80....Kinsolving defeated Logan on the 37th hole after tying on the 36th in the Shelbyville Country Club Men's Golf Tournament....Waddy applied to National Headquarters of the Ruritan Club for a charter for the community. W.K. Hedden was president of the 27-charter member club. Other officers were Middelton Jesse, vice president; Guthrie Jesse, secretary; Mitchell McFarland, treasurer; Billy K. Gordon, song leader; Roscoe Wilson, Sgt. at Arms; and Charles McCormack, reporter....W. Carey Thompson was graduated Cum Laude from the University of Louisville School of Law....A thorough scare and fire loss was experienced by Mrs. Jack Crutcher and children when their home at Prospect was destroyed by fire....The state Railroad Commission granted the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Co. authority to discontinue its last two passenger trains between Louisville and Lexington....Deaths: E.J. Bruce, 46; John W. Propes, 44; Nannie Crosby Walters, 90; Frederick Bertram "Bert" Davis, 64; J. Allen Stanley, 79; Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips, 74; George M. Wilson, 84.
60 years ago, 1950
According to data furnished by James A. Alvey, supervisor of the census, for this and other counties in his district, the count to date of the returns of the census taken as of April 1 shows Shelby County has at present 17,899 people....A former employee of A&P Store was charged with store-breaking and held to the grand jury under $2,000 at his trial in the City Court. He was arrested with about $4,000 worth of merchandise, including candy, cigarettes, sardines, salmon, etc.....William C. Dale Jr. was admitted to membership in The Holstein-Friesian Association of America by unanimous vote of the board of directors at the 65th Annual Convention of the association in Syracuse, NY.... Brig. Gen. General William L. Barriger was appointed chief of the service group in the Office of the assistant chief of staff G-4, Department of the Army General....Harold Saunders was elected vice commander of the Eighth District, American Legion, at the convention in Harrodsburg....A report of sales of Series E bonds for the first three weeks of the Independence Drive showed a statewide per cent quota attained at 22.3 percent. Shelby County's quota of 88,000 reached only $7,650 or 8.6 percent....Leroy Walker, R.L. Mitchell and Phil Walker, owners and operators of the New Burley Tobacco Warehouse, State Road East, announced plans to erect a 400-car drive-in theater....Margaret Catherine Meehan and Allie Jean Turner received their state homemakers degrees, which was one of the highest honors that the state can confer upon a high school girl....Drs. H.G. and T.D. Williams were born June 16, 1875. Dr. H.G. graduated from the Louisville College of Dentistry in June of 1900, Dr. T.D. graduated from the same college in June of 1903. The had practiced their professional continuously from that period in Shelbyville....Birth: Michael Francis Shouse....Deaths: James L. Gurlitz, 65; Lillian Weissert Hundley; George W. Tichenor, 66; Cordelia Pulliam Phillips.
70 years ago, 1940
The Shelby News was adjudged the second best "all-around" weekly newspaper published in Kentucky, being nosed out for first honors by J.L. Bradley's Providence Enterprise....J.L. Coursey, trades coordinator at Shelbyville High School for 10 years, tendered his resignation to the city board of education to enter the insurance business at Georgetown. Mary Ellen Wood resigned also....Hello world: Barbara Lynn Baker, William Ellis Sleadd....Deaths: Edward Newton Tinsley, 61, brother of Hiter Tinsley of Spencer County; Hattie Bell Brown, 64, sister of Rose Brown, Mrs. Ben Cox and Lizzie Snider; T. Douglas Chenault, 41, nationally known saddle horse breeder, horse show judge and son-in-law of Dr. and Mrs. E.B. Smith; Charles Money, 54, husband of Agnes Kloppenberger; Rodger Pilcher, 46, husband of Jennie Kendall Pilcher; John W. Moore, 70; Marion Jacob Willard, 59, husband of Mary Ellen Wiley Willard; W.S. Thomas, 87, father of W.H. Thomas.
75 years ago, 1935
Martha Lee McCampbell, 66, died at her home in Waddy....Judge George Breckinridge Shindler, 69, died in Spencer County. He served 24 years as public official in this county, Masons and Eastern Star, of which he was Associate Patron at the time of his death.
85 years ago, 1925
The Board of Supervisors made a net raise of $84,814 on the assessment of city property, thereby increasing the total valuation from $3,559,051 as returned by the assessor to $3,643,865.
90 years ago, 1920
While at work plowing in an open tobacco field on the farm of Charles J. Jennings near Hempridge, Clay Wiley was struck by a bold of lightning and instantly killed. The mule he was driving also was killed, and his plow was torn to pieces....Other deaths: David J. Morlan died at the home of Thomas Morlan; Thomas Middelton, a life long resident of Shelby County, died suddenly at the home of Walker Bickers in Anderson County.
95 years ago, 1915
S. Steiner Smith graduated at Peddie Institute, Highland, N.J....Robert Matthews was elected valedictorian of his class at the Louisville Male High School....Mr. and Mrs. Watt Hardin received congratulations upon the birth of a son....John T. Estes, farmer of the Scotts Station neighborhood died....Hon. Thomas Wells Hinton, 75, died at his home in Burks' Branch neighborhood of heart trouble.