Looking back: March 8, 2013

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1953: Racing allowance denied Shelby track

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, 2003

Catherine Elizabeth Ervin and K.C. Folsom interviewed for the prestigious Begley Scholars Program at Lindsey Wilson College. They were among 56 Kentucky high school seniors invited to compete for the selective scholarship program....Jewish Hospital Shelbyville named Holly Husband its new director of public relations, replacing Tamara Shumate, who left to become a nursing director at a hospital in Lexington....Lisa Matthews and William E. Matthews accepted a plaque giving the Historical Federation of Kentucky’s 2002 Media Award to Back Home in Kentucky. William Matthews was the co-owner of the magazine, which had its marketing office in Shelbyville. Lisa was the marketing representative....John Wieland was appointed president of the new Jefferson Community & Technical College Shelby Campus....Deaths: Elizabeth Taylor Cook, 83; Beulah Mae Curry Samples, 93.

15 years ago, 1998

Bowersox Vision Center was awarded the vision services contract for six correctional facilities by the Kentucky Department of Corrections....Willie Willard received the Master Salesperson of the Year award at Sam Swope Honda. Nine out of 119 salespeople received this award by the ownership group....Paula and Bobby Moore were the new owners of Farmers' Supply....RE/MAX Performance Realty received the "1997 Most Improved RE/MAX Office of the Year Award" for the state of Kentucky. In addition Doug Aldridge, Dean Burk, Steve Hornback, Gil Lawson and Kristian Ruble were recognized for individual achievements....Josephine "Mama Joe" O'Nan, a member of the Smith-McKenney Drugs family for almost 27 years, retired....A'z Floral Designs moved to 811 Washington St....Longtime employees Greg Hayse and Marilyn Fister bought Smith-McKenney Drug Co. Inc. from William "Shug Hickman and Bill Borders....Births: Jacob Stephen Coleman, Katie Rochelle Grubb, Jonathan Blake Shelton, Ashley Brooke Cain, Morgan Taylor Perry....I'm one: Hope Mary McKenzie Turner.....Deaths: Virginia R. Allen, 81; Ocie Lee Bradley, 75; Randy Douglas Fink, 18-month-old son of Leslie and Jane Lawson Fink; Mary Katherine Hume, 61; Mary Elizabeth Forston McCray, 75; Jacob Carrington "J.C." Moran, 78; J.W. Payne Jr., 80; William Bernard Sanford, 61; Robert Grant Stallard, 90; Pagie Q. Wares, 76.

25 years ago, 1988

An unarmed man wearing camouflage clothes, his face painted green, snatched nearly $4,000 from a Waddy Truck Stop worker about to deposit the money in a bank. The bizarre incident had puzzled state police officials, who had no suspects....The school system's version of "Who's on first?" continued as lame-duck superintendent Otis Reed resigned to take a state job. The board voted to put assistant superintendent Ed Smith in the top job until a new superintendent was hired....Bob Blair donned a wig and a wedding gown to get married. The Southside Elementary principal posed as a bride for a womanless wedding that served as a fundraiser for the school, which was thought to be the first of its kind in Shelby County. However, Pauline Shaw notified The Sentinel-News that her husband, Frank Shaw, was the "bride's mother" for a wedding sponsored by Bagdad PTA in 1959....Thomas Barker Jr., president and general manager, Shelby Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, was elected secretary-treasurer of National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation....Debbie Hardesty was promoted to junior accountant at Shelby RECC....Birth: Samanthia Deann Kidd....Deaths: James Willis "Dog" Stone, 71; Roy Brewer, 74; Stella L. Hundley, 91; Watt Headen, 80.

40 years ago, 1973

Lt. Col. Ben Pollard had spent six years as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese and was in the second group of Americans released following the peace agreements....The Shelby County Rocket B-Team downed Henry County, 51-45, to advance to the finals of the B team tournament to play Shelbyville, which defeated Eminence, 51-27.....The Shelby County Rockets squeaked by Eminence to reach district finals, 59-54, and the Shelbyville Red Devils lost their grip, losing to the Henry County Wildcats, 59-40, in the other district semifinal.... Both Shelbyville's Varsity and B-Team cheerleading squads took top honors in the 30th District competition held during the tournament games at the Henry County gym.... Capt. Don Bullock returned home after a 2-week tour of Vietnam....A new water district, serving the Fisherville area in Southeast Jefferson County and the Finchville area in Shelby County, was formed....Shelby County Trust Bank's contest, "73 degrees in '73" came to a close when the time temperature on the bank building at 422 Main Street registered 73 degrees at 12:36 p.m. on March 6. The first-place winner was Jimmy Shuck, who registered his guess as 12:30 p.m....The Shelbyville BPW Club celebrated its 24th birthday....Mary Ann Morris was listed as a new member of the Holstein-Fresian Association of America....Births: Michael David Klein, Kathleen King Fuller, Shannon Leanne Bowles....Deaths: Ida Saunders Mahuron, 93; Virginia Morris Brooks, 84; James Q. Shaw, 54; Sadie Lee Lefler, 73; Joe Burke, 62; Gladys V. Russell; James R. Butler, 61; Laura Lee Fisher, 75; Walter Lillard Ray, 60.

55 years ago, 1958

The sale of Series E and H Savings Bonds in Shelby County during January amounted to $62,431. The county's goal was $354,220....Chester C. Miller of Clarks Station neighborhood was honored as the "Citizen of the Year" for 1958 by the Simpsonville Lions Club. The late R.A. McDowell was honored in 1956 and Susan Fields in 1957....Evalyn Covington Ethington succeeded Mrs. Leslie Bailey as extension secretary in the county agent's office....Evan E. Settle III, senior at Shelbyville High School, was commended by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for having demonstrated superior ability and outstanding promise as a result of grades he received on the Scholarship Qualifying Test....Simpsonville defeated Waddy in overtime, 59-58....The Heart Fund drive in Shelby County and Shelbyville reached $1,721.49, with more money coming in....The First Christian Church voted to purchase from Mrs. W.H. McGinnis a building and lot with a frontage of 27 feet on Main Street to be used to build an addition to the education building....The Simpsonville Bobcats clawed Taylorsville's Bears, 71-51, to continue in the eliminations in the 30th District Tournament....Serving our country: Marine Pfc. William D. Wentworth participated in an air, sea and land exercise with the 3rd Marine Division in the Philippines during the first week of March....Army Pfc. Chester J. Bemiss was a member of the 237th Engineer Battalion's rifle team in Germany....Deaths: William Delbert Catlett; Frank N. Neal, 64; Maurice B. Clark, 66; Dr. Lee Kirkpatrick; Dave Lee, 72.

60 years ago, 1953

Four Shelbyville High School students attended the World Affairs Institute in Cincinnati – Alice Guthrie Stivers, Freddie Bond, Sadie Payne and Zoller Downs....The Kentucky State Racing Commission refused a license to conduct running horse meets to the Brentlawn Race Course, located 10 miles west of Shelbyville....Thomas Lee Watts, 23, and James William Campbell, 34, were killed instantly in a head-on collision on U.S. 60. Shirley Jane Hammond, 19 and William Robert Stone, 23, Taylorsville, were badly hurt.

70 years ago, 1943

William Thomas Weaver, pharmacist's mate second class, U.S. Navy, who had been in a hospital in Oakland, Calif., for treatment for Malaria, arrived to spend some time with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Weaver....Capt. Max D. Klein was promoted to the rank of major....Carl H. Hedges was promoted to a corporal....Staff Sgt. Rollyn B. King arrived safely in Australia....Adriel Arnold Ritchie was given a double promotion from staff sergeant to first sergeant....Deputy sheriffs A.E. Brooks and Hubert Gordon captured five escaped convicts from La Grange Prison on the farm of Mrs. Newton on Webb Road, 6 miles north of Simpsonville....Mrs. Ralph Scearce was elected president of the Kentucky Federation of Homemakers....James W. Scofield purchased the one-half interest of his partner, Charles L. Bradbury, in the drug company that the two had operated since 1938....Deaths: John Owen Grubbs, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Grubbs; Sherry Louise Arnold, infant twin daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Arnold; Nannie Mae McClain, 47; John T. Whalen, 86; Dr. Raymond A Kent.

80 years ago, 1933

Banks reopened after a 4-day shutdown ordered by President Roosevelt....Cropper won the 24th district basketball tournament, with Simpsonville as runner-up....Marvin McIntyre, a Simpsonville native, was chosen by FDR as his private secretary....Ballard Wilmoth's grocery was robbed twice in one week after he moved from the McCampbell building to 10th and College streets....Shelby County Fair Board voted to cut the gate fee to 25 cents and end free admittance to stockholders....Shelbyville High girls defeated Ormsby, 17-13, in basketball. The local lineup was K. Sanders, J. Sanders, Buckner, Johnston, Craig, Howser, Adams, Ballard and Bond....In a period of seven years, death had taken six members of Shelby Fiscal Court: J. Will Perkins, J.W. Reed, D.F. Hankins, B.C. Storts, F.P. Hulette, F.R. Wright and E.J. Doss....Deaths: Doss Bailey Riner, Samuel Henderson, Raymond S. Snider, James E. Nethery; George W.P. Gibson, Amanda P. Tucker; Susan Owen Bailey, 94; James E. Tinsley; Lula McKee; Thomas R. Best.

85 years ago, 1928

Ernest Rogers purchased an interest in the barber shop with Curtis Coombs opposite the Hotel Armstrong.

90 years ago, 1923

Dr. Clyde Hall, a registered pharmacist who had been in the drug business in Ashland, purchased a third interest in the firm of Goodman and Hall....Gasoline jumped 3 cents per gallon in six months to 21 cents per gallon....W.F. Minch sold his 2-story residence on the northwest corner of 10th and Main Streets to S.R. Skinner and H.D. Martin for $6,075....The Independent Tobacco Market in Shelbyville sold to date 5,520,715 pounds of tobacco for $1,750,310.51, an average of $28.44 per hundred....Deaths: Susan McClain Rogers; James F. Weeks; W. Shelby Wilson; James Lewis; Ora Rhoads, 18; George B. Crosby; Mary C. Pulliam, 83; Florence Brown McMakin; Lucy Taylor, 2-month-old daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis D. Taylor.