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10 years ago, 2003
Evan Settle, former Shelbyville High School head basketball coach, was recognized as one of the top coaches in 8th Region history at the boys’ tournament....Winners in the Shelby County Soil Conservation District contests were 9-year-old Michaela Manley of Wright Elementary, art; and 17-year-old Carrie Beth Wallace of Shelby County High School, essay....Troy Witt was named deputy judge-executive....Thirteen student musicians and two faculty members from Morehead State University were robbed at gunpoint at their hotel while on tour of Tatui, Brazil. Among those were Jennifer Peterson, a sophomore, and Jared Andrews, a freshman, who were with the MSU Symphony band....Mayor Steve Eden was chosen Simpsonville Citizen of the Year. Former Shelbyville mayor Marshall Long was named Shelbyville’s Citizen of the Year....Daniel Welker, Cornerstone Christian Academy eighth-grader, finished second in the Derby Festival Spelling Bee competition in Louisville....Births: Madison Lynn Elder, Justin Tyler Grasmick, Ricardo Gutierrez, Mya Nynnete Lopez Rodriguez, Conner Johnathan Webb....Deaths: Elva Jewell Cox, 72; Hazel Crawford, 95.
15 years ago, 1998
Jane Meyer and Bob Ashby were crowned queen and king during Valentine Day celebrations at Crestview Health Care Center....Matthew Smith had the winning essay chosen by the Isaac Shelby Chapter Daughters of America Revolution....Six Shelby County students qualified for the state Governor's Cup academic competition. They were Kent Barnett, Jonathan Ford, Jarrod Lopez, Kathy McCardwell, Sean Raleigh and Ben Ray....Brian Webb was promoted to vice president as the West Frankfort banking center manager of Republic Bank and Trust Company....Matt Maxwell, coach of Living Waters Christian School, was named the Kentuckiana Christian Athletic Association Girls' Basketball Coach of the Year....Sarah Beth Cook was named to Who's Who in Kentucky Future Business Leaders of America and Who's Who in Region 3 FBLA, and she won second place in the Miss FBLA event....Births: Jasmine Dannyelle Chesser, Leah Morgan Hulker, Cameron Michael Likes, Samantha Ann Richard....Deaths: Howard Thomas McAllister, 81; Chester L. James, 78; Frances Akins Cardwell, 73; Stella Perkinson Deweese, 85; Ruby Pearl Nation Hudgens, 54; Nancy Hopkins Kirchner, 57; Hamilton "Skip" Livingston Lyone III, 72; Lesie L. Tate, 81; Dawson Buckner Tucker, 79; Anna Margaret Wainscott, 69.
25 years ago, 1988
Winfred and Georgia Loving were named father and mother of the year....Gil Lawson began working for Craig Realty as part of a very hectic schedule. He also worked for the state social Services office in Taylorsville and managed a video store in Louisville. Also joining Craig Realty were Henry Cook of Waddy and Wanda Clark of Bagdad....Thomas Everhart planned to proceed with his plans for a development on KY 55 South that he called an "airstrip" but that opponents referred to as an "airport.”…The cheerleading squad at Living Waters School had a successful year, winning third place in a regional competition among other Christian schools. The group also raised more than $200 to fight cystic fibrosis....A human flood of 20,000 teachers swept into the capit0l to demand that Gov. Wallace Wilkinson support more school funding and teacher benefits. The massive turnout included about 200 sign-toting, slogan-chanting teachers, principals and administrators from Shelby County....The SCHS girls' varsity cheerleaders won the regional championship and will compete in the State Tournament the end of March....Births: Erin Nicole Barker, Melany Lea Carter, Bryson Tyler Beach...Deaths: Victor B. Chandler, 93; Lillian Dean Whitehouse, 79; Joseph Claud Wills, 65; Dewitt Thomason, 64; Doris Jean Wilson Scrogham, 39;
40 years ago, 1973
Shelbyville High School principal Mel Chandler presented Nancy Easley with a certificate for Superior Achievement she received at the Regional Speech Contest....Some $2,500 was allocated to the Retail Merchants Association by Shelby County Fiscal Court, a grant that came from federal revenue-sharing funds....Judy McDowell was appointed treasurer of the city of Simpsonville. She replaced Lynn Connor, who retired after having served since 1970....The sanctuary of First Baptist Church was well-filled for a Thanksgiving service for the safe return of Lt. Col. Ben Marksbury Pollard from the Vietnam prisoner of war camp. It was also a memorial service for the 10 young men from Shelby County who gave their lives in Vietnam – Paul McGaughey, Benjamin Luther Barrick, Charles Ira Carter, James Leonard Travis Jr., Hubert Earl Warford, Stanley G. Lawson, Lonnie Wilson Banta, Edwin H. Hardesty Jr., William Porter Thompson Jr. and Philip Scott Glass....Birth: Ann Wilson Mathis....Deaths: Ernest Taylor Estes, 82; Rev. Landen C. Stratton, 74; Mary Morton Dray Pinkston, 58; Jesse Lee Bohannon, 69; Lena Unger; Phyllis Eaton; Paul J. Crane, 64; Lester Hedges, 81; Carolyn Wilder Dunning, 78; Mrs. Adolf Christensen Jorgensen, 78.
55 years ago, 1958
Pat Travis, 19-year-old niece of Paul Johnson, well-known barber of Shelbyville, won the title of Kentucky Derby Festival Queen in Louisville....Jane Connell was among the Kentucky students who had been placed on the dean's list in the University of Kentucky's College of Arts and Science....The Brotherhood of the Simpsonville Baptist Church gave a banquet at the church honoring the Simpsonville basketball team. A trophy was presented to Tommy Allen for activity in the church, character, contribution to his team and leadership....Serving our country: Pfc. John F. Long participated in a field training exercise with the 3d Armored Division in Germany....Army Spec. 3rd Class Richard H. Morrison participated in a 2-month maneuver with the 39th Infantry at Fort Greely, Alaska....Deaths: William Greenland Middelton, 83; Danny R. Lefler, twin son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Lefler; Mrs. W.L. Swetnam; Elizabeth Tingle Shelton, 88; Crit M. Arnold, 68.
60 years ago, 1953
Shelbyville Red Devils defeated Owensboro, 65-64, in the first round of the state basketball tournament. Joe Bowles was scorer, with 23 points....Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Hundley Jr. received congratulations on the birth of a daughter, Lydia Ray....Pattie Jane Bird, 56, died at King's Daughters Hospital from injuries received in an automobile accident on KY 55.
70 years ago, 1943
Shelby County Farm Bureau protested that the government planned to raise the ceiling price on corn from $1 to $1.08. The group also opposed moves by the Agriculture Department to lower hog prices while increasing the price of feed to produce them....Contributions in Shelby County's Red Cross War Fund Drive totaled $4,767.40, with nearly $3,000 more to go to reach the quota of $7,300....Mrs. W. Estill Lynch was named executive secretary and home service secretary of the central office for Red Cross home service, which opened on 5th Street....Serving our country: The Navy offered American women a chance to serve their country in shore positions. Women from 20 to 36 with two years high school could qualify for WAVES....Sgt. Harry M. Cunningham was seriously wounded Feb. 22 in Northern Africa....Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Earl Harris, who had been missing since the fall of Corregidor, was a prisoner of the Japanese. Capt. Charles Irvin Garrett was also a prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines....Pfc. James Gilbert Cook arrived safely in Australia....Myrtle Puckett received a letter from the War Department that her son, Corp. Earl Puckett, who was wounded in the North African area, was convalescing....Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Meeks received a wire from the War Department that their two sons, Sgt. James and Corp. Robert Meeks, had been missing in North Africa since Feb. 20....Capt. Edward Francis Gudgel was stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Northern Africa....Deaths: Ollie Duart Glenn, 70; Robert Bellwood Sleadd, 76; Mae Drane Lutz, 58; Mary Underwood Flood, 65; Clarence Lemuel Wright, 76; Nancy Morgan Young, 62; Sarah Stucker Hammond, 81; Hallie Hall Baker, 72.
80 years ago, 1933
Fiscal court slashed all county salaries in half, following recommendation of the Taxpayers League....Loans of $25 to $300 were made on crops through the County Agent’s office to farmers unable to get credit from any other source....Jigsaw puzzles were the rage....Otis Holeman returned to take charge of the meat department at the Piggly-Wiggly store after several months at Lexington. J.M. Flanagan of Paris succeeded Ray Penn as store manager....Shelbyville was being considered as the site of Sherman and Sons clothing factory after the Louisville plant was destroyed by fire....Deaths: James E. Stegar; Rev. Walter S. Willis.
85 years ago, 1928
Deaths: William T. Sleadd, 70; Bettie Willett Mallory, 80; Amanda Doyle Alexander; Charles L. Hoodenpyle; Mary Wright Blythe; John Geoghegan, 62; Christopher C. James, 68; Clarence Hall, 53; Mary McDonald, 75; Robert H. Wiggington, Finchville; Augustus Shelburn, 85.
90 years ago, 1923
The 75-acre farm and improvements belonging to the Hansbrough Brothers, 3/4 of a mile north of Peytona on the Bagdad and Harrisonville Pike, was sold at auction to George and Luke Hansbrough for $5,400....Deaths: Anna Rebecca Snyder; Corinne Rodgers Perkins, 19; Richard Y. Cowherd, 71; Andy S. Crabb, 74.
95 years ago, 1918
Wallace and Downs sold Louis Pollard’s 127-acre farm in the Chestnut Grove neighborhood to R.S. Scobee for $165 per acre....Deaths: William David Middleton; Joseph, 18-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hall; Rebecca VanNatta; Nancy E. McClain; John T. Foreman, 69; David B. Todd, 65.