Looking Back: May 11, 2012

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1987: 7 from Shelby carved into Vietnam memorial

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
Will Dees
(seated, center) signed his letter-of-intent to play for Thomas More College. Others present were (back row, from left) SCHS defensive coordinator George Cottrell, SCHS head coach Todd Shipely; (front row) Jenny Dees (left) and Curty Dees....Brandon Bruner (right) signed to play football at Cumberland College. His stepfather and mother (from left) Randy and Sherrie Dawson, looked on....Chosen as finalists for the $20,000 Pflughaupt Scholarship were Jeannie Doi, Shelby Elizabeth Ellis, Casey Hinkle, Jarrod Lopez, Kathy McCardwell and Candace W. Robinson....Shelby County senior Jon Way won the offensive lineman-of-the-year the past two seasons and would now take his abilities to Union College in Barbourville....The winners of the Farm Bureau Art in Agriculture contest were Andrea Burgess, Nicholas Lentini, Taylor Menard, all of Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy; Juliana Cruz, Northside; Jalyn Stewart, Southside; Colin Hughes, Northside; and Johnny Avila, Southside....Two Shelby County High School students were named National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Charlie Adams and Katherine McCardwell each received $2,500 to help pay for college....Nathan Riggs joined Mathis, Riggs and Prather Law firm as an associate....Births: Autum Grace Bailey, Victoria Nevaeh May Harris, Noah Thomas Hamblin, Aaliyah Nicole Cranmer, Lea Grace Botkins, Makayla Grayce Perry, Elijah Jacob Mayes....I’m one: Willow “Grace” Julianne Murphy....Deaths: Mary Jane Eddie Delhommer, 85; Dallas Ogden, 83; Willie A. Penn, 97; Florence Rucker, 82; Arlene Smith, 72; Shirley Ann Tipton, 62; Edward Cottrell, 64; Norris C. Harp, 83; Prentice Jennings, 76; Minnie Raney Purvis, 101; Dorothy Ellis Thomas, 76.

15 years ago, 1997
Fred Wiche
received the honor of being in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. He was cited for almost 40 years of work as a news writer, reporter, anchor and farm and garden director with Louisville's WHAS radio and television....Almost 200 fifth-graders participated in the county's first Nature Fest program, sponsored by Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Shelby County Public Schools at Lake Shelby....Lisa Bentley (right) was chosen Volunteer of the Year for Shelby County Public Schools. Paula Firestone, volunteer coordinator, presented the award....The city and county appointed former mayor Neil Hackworth to a second term on the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission....As golfers hit the links in a scramble at the Shelbyville Country Club, the benefactor was scrambling to fight cancer. Michael Long was 14 when he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor five days before Christmas in 1995. Since then, he has endured countless treatments, some of which had been experimental, making him a pioneer in medical history, and like some pioneers, he had to struggle to live....Births: Aaron Kolt Bitzer, Megan Hope Persinger, William Ivers, Danaria Leeshay Lewis.......Deaths: Ralph Cook, 65; Eugene Vernon Jennings, 87; Eva Joyce Belwood Sanders, 67; Carl Sanford Spears, 52; Kodie Allen Tindle, infant son of Robert and Crystal Huffman Tindle; Howard Tilson, 88; Samuel T. Ritchie Jr., 82; Beulah Lee Wooldridge "Granny" Bain, 77; Eva Clark Long, 69; Lucille Peyton Reed Benge, 83; Conda Shuy, 78.

25 years ago, 1987
Briggs Lawson
, a retired businessman and community leader, was recognized by the City of Shelbyville for his years of service as the 1987 Citizen of the Year....Roscoe Scott Jr. was singled out for his work for the police force and for the city of Shelbyville and was named Employee of the Year....Billowing clouds of toxic smoke rose from the wreckage of an overturned tanker on Interstate 64 east of Waddy causing the evacuation of homes. The 8,000 gallon tanker ruptured, then exploded, sending debris more than a quarter mile from the area....O.L. Moore Scholarship finalist were Deborah Smith, Leo Tucker, Holly Creamer, Lance Tucker, Byron Dunsmore, Tim Ramsey and Joel Thompson....The names of Benjamin L. Barrick, Charles I. Carter, Edwin H. Hardesty Jr., Stanley G. Lawson, William T. Thompson Jr., James L. Travis and Hubert E. Waford were among those inscribed on the Vietnam Memorial replica in Frankfort....Shelby County High School Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble received a silver rating in a national contest sponsored by Music Maestro Please Inc....Dogwood trees, donated by the family of the late Paul Schmidt to the Shelbyville Jaycees, were planted to the entrance of the Shelby Business Park....Doyle Timothy Walls, 1986 graduate of Shelby County High School, was recruited by the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs to play basketball....Jennifer Eileen Biagi was chosen for membership in Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Kentucky....Foreign exchange student Marthe Bisson stayed with Dr. Anita Kotheimer and husband, Mike Kirk, keeping house and babysitting the couple's two children. She is a native of Vendome, France, visiting the United States via Shelbyville. Gonzalo Manchon of Madrid, Spain, stopped in Shelbyville while touring the United States....Births: Jimmy Wayne Mitchell, Lindsay Nicole King....Serving our country: Shelbyville resident Joe H. Howard received his gold oak leaves after he was promoted to the rank of major in the Kentucky Army National Guard. He was serving an active duty tour with the Kentucky Guard as Assistant Inspector General....Deaths: Harold E. “Hal” Lorey, 62; Minnie Crafton Harrod, 77; Chalmay "Junior" McClain, 26; Evalyn Johnson Henninger, 83; Margaret C. Phillips, 87; Jeanette E. Davis, 68; Stephen Wilson Lowry, 66.

40 years ago, 1972
A familiar sight around Shelbyville was “Footsie” Connor making the rounds to check the meters. Violators now had to fork out a big fine if they didn’t pay on time....Bonnie Burks Gossage of The Sentinel-Newsstaff was the recipient of a coveted award of the Kentucky Farm Bureau....Rev. Ronnie Summers, native of Vincent, Alabama, assumed duties as pastor of Waddy Baptist Church....A fish hatchery, near Morehead, was named for Shelby County's Minor Clark....A letter was sent by the editor of The Sentinel-Newsand the executive vice president of WHAS-TV to Louisville Police Chief Edgar Paul to protest the posing of police officers as newspeople at an anti-war rally in Louisville....Dorman Training Center held an Open House at the First Baptist Church to show the classrooms and the accomplishments of the children....John David Myles was awarded the Chautauqua Scholarship for the summer of 1972 for the state of Kentucky....Mike Casey was a member of the 11-man Amateur Athletic Union basketball team touring the Russian cities of Moscow, Kiev, Vilinius, Tallin, Leningrad and Trilisis and the 6-week trip listed Germany, Italy, France and London, England on the itinerary....Tom Craig, James Golden and Glenn Wooters turned the first shovelful of dirt, marking the beginning of construction of the new Church of Christ located across from the Fairgrounds on the former Dr. C.E. Palmer property. The house will serve as the parsonage....A house on the farm of William Riester on Simpsonville road near Finchville was damaged after being struck by lightning....Serving our country: Staff Sgt. Donald R. Whisman is a member of a unit that earned the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award....David V. Jamison was promoted to sergeant in the U.S. Air Force....Deaths: Minnie Heilman Marshall, 91; Charles Thomas Ethington, 41; Mrs. Howard Demming, 74; Elizabeth Craycroft Florence; Homer B. McClain, 56.

55 years ago, 1957
Everett Riggs
resigned as Chief of the Shelbyville Fire Department because of ill health....Two superiors, six excellents and one good were the ratings by Shelbyville students at the Kentucky High School Festival's piano and vocal sections at the University of Kentucky....The 26 seniors of Bagdad High School left for their trip to Washington and New York....Seven members of the Waddy Chapter of Future Farmers of America attended the district FFA awards banquet honoring members who had achieved superior rating in their FFA contests....Vocal and piano students from Simpsonville, Bagdad and Waddy High Schools received superior, excellent and good ratings....The Bagdad FFA chapter entered 14 contests at the North Central Kentucky District of Future Farmers of America meeting and brought home eight superior, three excellent and three good ratings....Births: Linda Sue Ludwig, William Davidson Hower, Edgar Vaughan IV, Betty Ellen Price....Serving our country: Army PFC Edwin M. Sea was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division in Germany....Jacob M. Smith was promoted to specialist third class at Ladd Air Force Base, Alaska, where he is a member of the 2nd Infantry Division....Army Pvt. Clarence Pulliam was a member of the 7th Infantry Division in Korea. He was a rifleman in Company L. of the division's 31st Regiment....Two Shelbyville High School students, William B. Stevens and John B. Molitor Jr., were killed and  a 1957 Buick Special was smashed and burned to a complete loss after it went off the Bagdad Road north of Shelbyville and struck a tree....Other deaths: Ruth Neville; William Adams Simpson, 68; Parrott Perry Collins, 65; Henry L. Zilhart, 68; M/Sgt. Garvin Gregory, 33; Mrs. R.C. McDonald, 87.

70 years ago, 1942
Eighteen hundred men between the ages of 45 and 65 years registered in Shelby County for possible war duties. The total exceeded by nearly 200 the estimates given out by the State Selective Board....Roy Hardesty Jr., who was a qualified gunner in the 305th Squadron, U.S. Air Corps, and stationed be Bowman Field, Louisville, was promoted to the rank of Corporal....Shelbyville won one superior rating, three excellent and two good award at the annual high school music festival at the University of Kentucky....H.B. Kinsolving III completed his pre-medical course and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va....Nick Riner, 21, student at the Citadel  in Charleston, South Carolina, and a member of the R.O.T.C., was promoted to the rank of sergeant....Deaths: Scott Hartford, 66; Edwin Crawford, 79; John Heilman, 74.

80 years ago, 1932
Deaths: Elmira Hill Stout, 66; Lewis Myers, 73; Katherine Camelia Kenney Bondurant, 93; the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Bentley.

85 years ago, 1927
A stock barn on the farm of W.J. Brown, near Pope's Corner was destroyed by fire along  with a quantity of feed....Mary Hunt Jones, widow of Shelby W. Jones, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry N. Lockridge....Charles A. Brown, 81, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.B. Turner in New Albany....J. Frank Beard, a farmer, died at his home near Long Run.

90 years ago, 1922
The Kentucky Grand Lodge of Masons purchased three farms, 111 acres of land in all, on the State Pike, between Crescent Hill and St. Matthews at a cost of $72,500 as a site for the new Masonic Widows and Orphans Home. Approximately $1 million was subscribed for the erection of the home....Deaths: Martha Gowen Spaulding, 62; Mrs. James Parrott, 61; Laura Whitehouse.

95 years ago, 1917
At a special meeting of the Shelby Fiscal Court, the contract for reconstructing 7.5 miles of the State Pike, 5 miles east of Shelbyville and running to the Franklin County line, was awarded to James T. Gregg and Company. The contract for concrete culverts and bridges on the road to be constructed was awarded to H.K. Bell Co. of Lexington for $1,585.