Looking back: June 6, 2014

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1974: Highway 1871 changes to Rocket Lane

By Sharon Warner

Information was gathered from previous years of The Shelby Sentinel, The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News. You can reach the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com.


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10 years ago, 2004

Shelby County was bruised but not battered by a triple round of storms that passed through the region over six days. News stations in Louisville reported sightings of tornadoes in Shelby County, in both Finchville and northwestern Shelby County, but official said they received no reports of tornadoes touching down, but two houses were heavily damaged by high winds in the Peytona area…. In a ceremony sponsored by the state’s Transportation Cabinet, a new number was added to the highway deaths memorial at the Interstate 64 Welcome Center. The 2003 fatalities were 931 – up from 2002’s number of 917 highway deaths…. For the first time in Shelby County High School’s history, four students graduated with weighted GPAs of 5.0 or higher: Jeremy Miller, 5.05; Jessica Decker, 5.03; Cooper Russell, 5.0. Kevin Wilson, with a 5.15 GPA, was chosen valedictorian…. Sheriff’s deputies stopping a man for careless driving near Bagdad discovered in a yellow plastic bag more than a pound of they believe was methamphetamine. “We still have another test to do, but it’s very probably meth,” said Detective Jason Rice. The street value was approximately $20,000…. Shelby County’s John Hinkle had a time of 4:26.87, his season’s best, and planned to try and duplicate that win at the State Meet at the University of Kentucky…. Births: Clara Grace Bell, Dennon Gauge Crain, Kamerin Baleigh Farris, Michelle Flores-Carrion, Kadence Layne McGaughey, Isaiah Joseph Rock, Shawn Thomas Rodriguez, Lucas Aleczander Smith…. I’m one: Tristen Dreshan Beach….Deaths: Judy Pearl Armstrong, 59; Viola Moore Ellis, 95; Earl Y. McDowell, 68; Erin Lee Tinsley, infant daughter of Gary and Cori Tinsley; Nick “Blue” Johnson, 79; Barbara N. Tirbs, 74.

15 years ago, 1999

Phyllis Blackaby,Wright Elementary School teacher, earned the Teacher of the Year award….The piece of land on Veechdale-Simpsonville Road, two acres that Pilot Truck Stop sits on, sold for $2.5 million to Atlantic Financial Group in Dallas. 24 years ago, it brought $10,000…. B.C. Hatchett was to serve a three-month internship with the News and Photo Service at Philmont Boy Scout Camp in New Mexico. A sophomore photojournalism major at Western Kentucky University, he will leave for his summer position as a photographic technician…. Kerri Richardson helped Western Kentucky University's forensics and debate team win a national and an international competition. The Shelby County High School graduate, now a senior at WKU was part of the team that won the competition in Rome..... Shelby County High School marching senior band members receiving awards were Krista Perry, Robbie Whitaker, Chris Wiles, Kim Calvert, Kelly Lapp and Charity Weichert..... Lindsey Logan, Chris Rogers, and Brady and Brian Webb won the ninth annual Shelbyville Board of Realtors Golf Scramble. Jim Gaither won the longest drive contest, and Brian Webb hit a tee shot was closest to the pin. The scramble raised close to $4,000 to fund a college scholarship for a graduating senior..... Births: Claire Catharine Dale, Henry Atherton and Logan Keith Jelsma, Spenser Michelle Pauline Webb, Aaron Duvall Devers.....I’m one: Joanna Lee Jackson…. Deaths: Kimberly Ann Graves Schultz, 38; Leon Glass, 78; Thelma Lucille Lisby, 75; David Wayne Banta, 43; Hallie Dunavan Dowden, 89; Muir Gene Howser, 64; Harold Nethery, 80; Ben Franklin Moore, 83; Sarah Catherine Payton, 74; Bess Bowler Wright, 88.

25 years ago, 1989

David Eaton,an eighth grade algebra teacher, took part in a handicapped awareness program and was confined to a wheelchair from the time school began, 7:30 a.m., to the final bell of the day, 3 p.m., and again that evening for a three-hour long city council meeting.... The public was invited to tour the Budd Company. At full operation, Budd planned to employ 400 people on two shifts and expected 100 trucks in and out of the Brunerstown Road access on a daily basis.... Robert Leonard was awarded the $500 scholarship given annually by the Annunciation Parish Men's Club..... Bagdad Baptist Church celebrated its 100th birthday.... Melissa Bland was awarded the $10,000 O.L. Moore Memorial Scholarship during Senior Awards Night.... Vanissa C. Waford, a 1989 graduate of Shelby County High School, received a $1,000 scholarship from the Shelter Insurance Foundation..... Three prisoners at the Shelby County Jail escaped by climbing up through the chimney. Jailer Harold Skelton and Deputy Allen Burgin had just escorted the three to the third floor where they could use the weights or play ping-pong. Burgin went back downstairs to make other cell checks, during which time the three made their way to the basement, broke open the boiler room door and made their escape.... Frances Cottongim received the Service to Preservation award for more than 20 years as a volunteer to identify and preserve the historic resources in Shelby County..... The late Bruce Sweeney would not be forgotten in Simpsonville. The life-long educator who died in June 1988 was remembered in a ceremony at the new Simpsonville Elementary School.... David Osborne, a deputy sheriff in Daviess County, was shot in the line of duty. The 1974 Shelby County High School graduate, who had been with that sheriff's department for more than seven years, was serving a restraining order.... Birth: Cecilia Faye Weihe..... Deaths: Raymond O. Morgan, 70; James Leonard Travis, 69; Susie Miles Zaring, 91; Katie Hall Dirks, 81; William M. Guinn, 66; Arvie Jewell, 81; Norma Lee Calloway Guinn, 62.

40 years ago, 1974

Robert Doyle was awarded the “Outstanding Citizen” honor for helping the Shelby County School system…. Jim Golden, who was retiring after teacher 40 years, was presented the “Outstanding Teacher” award …. Sam Potter announced plans to retire at the end of the summer as Superintendent of the Shelbyville schools, but will continue his efforts to improve our commonwealth's education system by working with the Donald K. Shelton and Associates architect firm out of Lexington.... Jim Wallace left Shelby County to become superintendent of Gallatin County schools..... One of the most dedicated educators and friend of the students in Shelby County, James Golden, retired as assistant principal at Shelby County High School. He had a long career of teaching spanning 40 years... Sonya Gillon was the first place winner at the Northside Spelling Bee. Martin Warford was the runner-up.... Gov. Wendell Ford officially made Highway No. 1871 Rocket Lane on May 9.... Carla Turner was recognized as valedictorian of her senior class and Kitty Morris was salutatorian at Shelby County High School.... Lee Kinsolving was named bank branch manager of People Bank in Village Plaza.... Alan Akridge, D.M.D., opened a new dentist office in Village Plaza.... Deaths: Tavie McGaughey Whitehouse, 82; Cora Lee Dusini, 69; Lottie Samples Broughton, 65; Arlene Brown Morris, 74; Edward William Tharp Sr., 74; Walter F. Haydon, 75; Elizabeth Berryman Hayes, 91; Grace Lindley McCubbins, 75.

55 years ago, 1959

The 165-acre farm belonging to the late R.L. Stout Sr. on Hwy. 55, seven miles south of Shelbyville, was sold at auction to J.B. Carpenter Jr. for $50,500…. Robert F. Matthews Jr. was named first assistant attorney general, succeeding Walter C. Herdman.... Frances Tynes, daughter of Finley Tynes, was inducted into the National Honor Society at Page School, Greensboro, N.C.... John Kalmey Jr. and Harriet Ballard with honored for their remarkable memory. The second grade pupils of Southside memorized and recited the children's catechism of 145 questions and answers in full and which included all of the Ten Commandments at opening Sunday school at the Presbyterian Church.... Michael McCoy was elected recording secretary of Phi Kappa Psi social fraternity of Indiana University.... Twins Luther and Arthur Knollenberg visited Drs. H.G. and T.D. Williams, long prominent dentists of Shelbyville, who are also twins and would celebrate their 84th birthday on June 16.... Serving our country: Pvt. Norman Lee Rogers was stationed with the 4th Armored Division in Leipheim, Germany as a tank crewman…. Marine Pfc. Albert G. Fields served with the Third Pioneer Battalion, Third Marine Division on Okinawa in the Pacific…. Army Pfc. Wallace G. Hardin participated in a two-week training maneuver conducted by the 3d Armored Division in Wildflecken, Germany.... Deaths: John Foster Dulles; Vernon J. King, 24; Emma Kate Moore, 61; Ben R. Cox, 79; Rhoda Caldwell Kavanaugh, William A. Cook, Minnie Kelley Jones, Lillie Dowden Woods, William H. Hundley.

60 years ago, 1954

It was the last graduation for five high schools: Henry Clay, Mount Eden, Finchville, Gleneyrie and Cropper. The next year they would be consolidated…. Ryburn Weakley, prominent farmer of the Bagdad community, accepted a position with Walters and Thompson. He announced plans to continue his farm operation in Bagdad.... The city council was studying a dozen bids received for construction a swimming pool…. The local Kroger,  with Sam Gravitt as manager, won first prize over 12 other stores in District 331 in the Clean-Up Campaign..... Ben M. Pollard was among the more than 1,300 graduates completing work in the semester at Purdue University.... Carroll B. Hardesty was named manager of Begley Drug Company and Jim Leeds was assistant manager…. Marty Deim, Centre College senior from Shelbyville, was King of the 50th annual Centre Carnival Pageant and Ball as the opening of Centre's commencement program.... A tennis court project was a sub-project of the new Athletic Field Program at Shelbyville High School.... Charles Connell III was awarded a 4-year scholarship to Centre College in Danville.... Kroger grocery list: Avondale brand peas or corn, four cans for 49 cents; Kroger-cut tenderay beef chuck roast, 39 cents/ pound; rib roast, 7-inch cut, 59 cents/pound; beef roast, shoulder or English cut, 49 cents/pound; Wilson's crisprite sliced bacon, 65 cents/pound; tomatoes, 29 cents/pound; fresh young green onions, large bunch, 5 cents.... Births: Laura Gay Bell.... Serving our country: Second Lieutenant W.D. (Bill) Green completed an 11-week course of indoctrination for Infantry commanders at Ft. Benning, Ga.... Russell Paul Edington, U.S. Navy, escaped injuries on the ill-fated Aircraft Carrier "Bennington" which wrecked by an explosion in which 100 were fatally injured.... Deaths: Virgil Perkins; T.C. Poole; Mary B. Adcock; Fannie Lee Shields; Sherry J. Blumer Sr., 70; Elzona Gordon Dean, 74, widow of the late William Dean; Stanley L. King, 63.

70 years ago, 1944

Death: George Thomas (Bud) Geoghegan, 74, prominent retired farmer of the Todd's Point area.

80 years ago, 1934

The famous old Cross Keys tavern was destroyed by fire…. Federal relief labor made it possible for the city to repave Clay and Washington streets…. Birth: Bobbie Miles Lee.... Deaths: Sallie Kiefer Rothchild, 89, native of Germany and one of Shelby County's oldest and most valued citizens; Preston Crawford; Walter E. Hundley.

90 years ago, 1924

It was a cold May, with frost…. The old Colonial Hotel building, Seventh and Main, was torn down for the building of the new post office. It was originally Stuart College, built before the Civil War…. Birth: Hugh Sewell…. Death: Benjamin F. Boswell, native of Shelby County; Amanda Newton; Jesse B. Washburn.

95 years ago, 1919

The temperature was down to 44 for a siege of “blackberry winter….” A bandit who held up Dr. L.A. Turner and rifled Smith-McKenney cash register was caught in Louisville…. Deaths: Oscar Farmer Jr.; John A. Newton; Mrs. H.R. Powell; Mrs. J.S. Hinkle.