Looking Back: June 8, 2012

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1997: Child abducted from car at convenience store

By Sharon Warner

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



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10 years ago, 2002
Despite sweltering temperatures pushing 90 degrees, firefighter Gary Moncur (left) kept his Dalmatian suit on, hugged kids and danced with adults in the parking of Wright Elementary, all to help raise money for the WHAS Crusade for Children. Also helping with the event was Luke Morris. The county brought in $135,548.46....A ground-breaking was held for a $160,000, 2-story pavilion to be built on the south side of the show ring of the Shelby County Fairgrounds. The 112-by-38-foot building almost would triple the space provided by the two tents that had been set up for the Horsemen’s Club activities at the Shelbyville Horse Show....The county fire department won first and second places at the Firefighter Olympics during Bagdad Days. Competitors were Mathew Burgin, Donald Baker, Jeff Tennill, Len and Laura Gillis, Robbie Thurman, J.J. Jenkins, W.D. Chesher, Renee and Ron Hinkle, and Billy Mahuron....Births: Maggie Ruth Armendariz, Charles Aden Reader, Christopher Cowan Walker....I’m one: Breanna Grace Tindall, Karley Elizabeth King....Deaths: Alexander Bruce Marshall, 75; Juanita Cohel Riddell, 81; Orba Lee Gregory, 83.

15 years ago, 1997
Gayle Atchison was the new president for the Shelbyville Business and Professional Women's Club. Other officers were Mary Yeager, first vice president; Wanda Hawkins, second vice president; Norma Murphy, treasurer; Cecilia Piccini, recording secretary; Betty Walls, parliamentarian....The community was still reeling from the abduction of an 11-year-old child from the backseat of her mother's car at a convenience store after the mother left the car unlocked and running while she ran into the store to pick up breakfast.  Her car was stolen. "People think it can't happen here...," police Capt. Stewart Shirley said....Sarah Beth Cook and Jerrett Barnes survived a crash in Louisville. Cook was revived after a Louisville firefighter and EMS worker, who was also sitting in the traffic, got to her, and she was not breathing....Thirteen years earlier, Living Waters Christian School began with only 33 students. With 190 students today, eight were graduates from the high school level....Birth: Connor Clay Cunningham....I'm one: Ethan Ray Ramsey....Deaths: Beasler Allen Gilreath, 78; Alecia Ann Harrod, 31; Frances Kirchner Kelly, 66; Violet Clemmons Newton, 93; Geoffrey Anderson Lea, 67; Lyda Secrest Morris, 85; Charles Kephart, 83; Louis Manning, 76; Frances Edmondson Simpson, 90; Jesse Harp, 84; Herman Lewis, 71; Jeffrey L. Casto, 43.

25 years ago, 1987
Alice Jesse and her sister-in-law, Jackie Jesse, were the new owners of The Old Cabin, the log cabin gift shop on North Seventh Street....Roy V. Catlett, Shelby County Extension Agent for Agriculture, was awarded the 1987 R.J. Reynolds Award for Excellence in Extension at a banquet in Lexington....For 18 years, the estate of O.L. Moore awarded a scholarship to a Shelby County High School senior who excelled in academics. It wasn't until the principal said the student was considering a career in chemical engineering that Tim Ramsey received a nudge from a fellow classmate and his face lit up with pride as he received the $8,000 scholarship....James G. Bennett, meter reader for the Kentucky Utilities in Shelbyville, celebrated 30 years with the company....The rain didn't dampen the festive spirit among those attending the Budd Company's official groundbreaking for a $100 million plant. The company planned to hire 400 people during the next two years....Mary Ann Bergen joined United Medical Center as a dietary department head....For 14 years, Ed Mason waited in the wings for his chance to become a high school head basketball coach. The waiting came to an end when the Shelby County Board of Education selection Mason, 46, as Shelby County High School's new boys' coach. The Rockets won the regional tournament....Deaths: Betty Lee Shannon Melear, 69; Herman Ray Reynolds, 38; Franklin B. "Judge" Vaughan Sr., 77; Mary H. Durr, 52; George Richard Falkland, 58; Frances Casey Peach, 60.

40 years ago, 1972
Hugh Biagi of The Biagi Company was awarded the Accredited Technician Certificate of the Frigidaire Division of General Motors....Stephen Kincaid received a research and teaching grant for graduate study at Pennsylvania State University. The grant has a value of $5,120 per year....Kinnaird R. McKee was the youngest man ever to be nominated for rear admiral in the U.S. Navy. McKee, 42, a 1951 graduate of the Naval Academy, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James McKee....Mrs. Walter Wilborn was honored with a tea at Gleneyrie School, where she had taught for 32 years of her career. She retired after 34 years in the teaching profession....Winn-Dixie's 25-cent grocery list: Del Monte peaches, 29-ounce can; Colonial sugar, 5-pound bag; Arrow bleach, gallon bottle; Deep South mayonnaise, quart jar; Morton cream pies, 14 ounces; Thrifty Maid tomato juice, 28-ounce can; Lilac towels, big roll; Dixie Darling cake mixes, 19-ounce packages; Deep South apple jelly, 10 ounces; head lettuce, 17 cents per pound, no head more than 25 cents; Minute Maid orange juice, 6 ounces....Births: Richel Delyn Hall, Ben Lewis Jennings, Nancy Sue Davis....Deaths: Margaret Howser Finney, 62; Florence S. Marshall, 93; Ann Rigo, 74; Clarence Jamison, 76; Walker Wilson, 88; Ora Whallon, 82; John Kenneth Whisman, 44; Charles William Tichenor, 21; Fannie Hayes Mickey, 62; Minnie Grimes Roberts, 83; William T. Baskett, 87.

55 years ago, 1957
Betty Sue Waits,
a 1957 graduate of Waddy High School, was recognized for her record attendance. She had attended school every day except one of her 12 years....Ben Staples began to perform the duties as clerk for the unexpired term ending in January....The Shelby County 4-H team won a red ribbon in the district during 4-H Week in Lexington. They were Nancy Claire Smith of Simpsonville; Mary Harden Davis, Shelbyville; Judy Robinson, Henry Clay; Edna Wayne McMillan, Simpsonville; Peggy Van Meter, Bagdad. Judge team winners were Buddy Bowles and Roy Moore, both of Shelbyville; and James Price of Simpsonville....Jimmy Chappell, Leroy McMullan, James Mitchell and Neal Long, all with the Simpsonville FFA, were awarded their Kentucky Farmer degrees....James Lester Swigert received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Centre College....Jane Connell was named Valedictorian at Shelbyville High School....Steve McClain completed his Webelos training and was presented his Webelos Award and will go into Boy Scouts....A long-awaited report on downtown parking problems and the possibilities of additional parking space was surveyed by the Retail Merchants Association. Three new parking lots were recommended: between Wigginton's and Briggs-Hower store on Washington Street and two on Clay Street areas located behind Newberry's Store and between the Reid Poolroom and the Rothchild office....A petition urging that U.S. 60 be four-lane between Eastwood and Frankfort was presented to the state Commissioner of Highways by the local Chamber of Commerce....Deaths: Arthur J. Roberts, 61; Mary Corbin Baker, 54; Frank Hampton, 61; Philip Norborne Nicholas Sr., 56; Russell Robb; Pope J. Haggard, 50; Dr. P.C. Knoppe.

60 years ago, 1952
J. Lee Mershon of Shelbyville received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Kentucky Wesleyan College....Edna Moffett purchased Sally's Beauty Shop at 609 Main Street, located in the same building with Maidie's Style Shop....A new Steiden Super Market located on U.S. 60 and Peachtree Street opened....David P. Davis, 75, merchant with the firm of I. Davis in Frankfort for more than half a century, died at the King's Daughters Hospital after a lingering illness....John James Lancaster, 88, died at the residence of his daughter, Tom W. Watson at Simpsonville.

70 years ago, 1942
Robbers who broke into the Lincoln store in April were apprehended and a Covington man admitted theft of clothing in three states and gave other helpful information to other recoveries, but refused to name three other men he said were in the burglary ring with him.....The Shelby County Board of Health unanimously re-elected Dr. F.L. Lapsley as county sanitary inspector....At the 4-H Club style revue held in connection with the current Junior Week activities on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Thelma Martin of Shelby County, won a red ribbon for her party costume....Births: William Thomas Aldridge, John Garfield Burt, Donnie Gene Bramblet....Serving our country: Mr. and Mrs. Theo Lewis received a cablegram from their son, Lt. Lindsey C. Lewis, who was in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, that he had landed safely in Australia....Lieutenant Joe Lyle Gordon, 22, was killed in action, with the Army Air Force, somewhere on the Pacific front....Harold Sanders, 21, left to begin his training in the Naval Air Corps, Iowa City, Iowa. He graduated from Transylvania College with an A.B. degree and in addition he completed one year in the University of Louisville School of Law....Elliott C. McCoy, who was in Company B 22nd Armored Engineers Battalion, stationed at Camp Cooke, Calif., was promoted to the rank of first sergeant....Herbert M. McGaughey was promoted to corporal, according to Col. Thomas L. Gilbert, commander of the Lubbock Army Flying School, Lubbock, Texas. He was with the 499th School Squadron at the large advanced twin-engine flying school and works on the line to "keep 'em flying”....Deaths: Ellen Lea Baker, 85; Guthrie T. Logan; P.D. Crawford, 72; John H. Cook, 43; Elinor Olive Payne, 59; James A. Cameron, 84.

80 years ago, 1932
At it’s regular meeting the Shelbyville Board of Council increased last year’s tax levy of 72 cents to 75 cents this year on each $100 of the assessed property of the city....E.J. Cowherd and E.L. Watson, telegraph operators at the Southern, received gold medals for 25 years continuous membership in the order of Railroad Telegraphers....Burnett Wallace, president of the Deposit Bank of Shelbyville, was appointed as Deputy State Banking Commissioner to wind up the affairs of the Mount Eden Bank, that went into voluntary liquidation....Birth: Bettie Joe Snider....Deaths: Sallie Best Elder, 71; Mary A. Stout, 87; James S. Masters, 81.

85 years ago, 1927
Eugene D. Harbison, 69, died at his home on South 7th Street....Corda Belle Julian, 57, widow of John Julian, formerly of Shelbyville, died at her home in Louisville....Mary Hill Daugherty, widow of J.R. Daugherty, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Amos Parker in St. Louis.

90 years ago, 1922
Decoration Day observance in Shelbyville consisted of a parade of the J. Franklin Bell Post of the American Legion from the Post headquarters to Grove Hill Cemetery, which the exercises took place....Deaths: Mrs. Allen Nagel; Sarah Rice Grubbs, 75; James Goins, 68; William Huston Owens, 75; Lizzie Veech.

95 years ago, 1917
Sarah Hardesty, 76, wife of Shelburn Hardesty, died at her home at Mount Eden....George Chinn Blythe, 22-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Blythe, died at the family home at Graefenburg.