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Looking back: May 24, 2013

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1943: Big settlement in deadly U.S. 60 bus crash

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
The smell coming from the school buses next fall won’t be French fries. Beginning in August, Shelby County’s school buses will be fueled with a 2 percent mixture of biodiesel, which is made primarily with soybean oil....Jordan Marcum signed his letter of intent to play golf at Campbellsville College. Tyler Henry signed with Georgetown College....Winning first place in the Isaac Shelby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest were Greggory Bryan, eighth grade, and Baxter Matthews, sixth grade....Rev. Dr. Mallonee Hubbard, pastor of Simpsonville United Methodist Church from 1990 to 1994, retired....Births: William Daniel Atherton, Garrett Tyler Borgman, Dillon Taylor Fields, Franco Salazar Velazquez....I’m one: Morris Bryant III....Deaths: Mildred C. Payton, 85; Richard Atkins “Dick” Tygrett, 76; David Dwight “L.D.” Armstrong, 37; J.C. Buckley, 85; Charles L. Davis, 87; Mary S. Gambrel, 81; Connie Sue Wood, 52; Marcella Boyd, 92.

15 years ago, 1998
Gov. Paul Patton visited Shelby County to kick off the "Buckle Up Kentucky" campaign at the new I-64 rest area. Officials reported that 54 percent of Kentuckians wear seat belts, compared to the 68 percent national average....The American Cancer Society sponsored its third annual Relay for Life at Doyle Stadium at Shelby County High School and brought in $27,958 for cancer research....Jean McGrew, who had been teaching French in Shelby County for 25 years, was named the Murray State University Outstanding Teacher; Staci Eddleman, Spanish teacher at SCHS, also received an award – from the Jefferson County Teachers Association....Casey Hinkle and Jonathan Ford were among only 7,400 of the nation's students to earn merit scholarships....Despite hearing residents voice their concerns for a hour, the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission approved the preliminary plans for the proposed mobile home park on Mack Walters Road....The Shelby County Community Golf Charities was created with its primary focus to help the family of a local youngster who was diagnosed with a critical medical conditions. But the non-profit organization expanded its mission to include assisting all the young people of the community. The third annual golf scramble raised approximately $38,000....One Stop Auto Shop, a new auto repair garage, was opened by Steve Grigsby at 201 Clay St....Births: Julianna Marie Leach, Lucien Sean Uhlman....I'm one: Rachel Diane Ashby, Justice Scott Lear....Deaths: Dianna Lynn Roberts, 44; Evangeline Herrick Harris, 92; Charles Edward Harper Jr., 46; Elizabeth Gaddie LaVon, 82; Verlie Beatrice Riley Phillips, 91; Dr. Homer D. Petrou, 64; Dallas D. Freeman, 49; Clyde Landon Wills, 81; James P. Booth, 68; Shirley R. Goodlett Sutherland, 57.

25 years ago, 1988
Kathy Woods
and Shawn Taylor were named Scholastic All-Americans....SCHS junior Brad Bowman was named to the 1988 Governor's School for the Arts....Before Leon Mooneyhan even takes office as school superintendent, he would have to grapple with several key personnel vacancies. Shelby County High school Principal Sam Chandler and East Middle Principal Clyde Tharp signaled a desire to advance to the central office, to fill vacancies created by the retirement of director of pupil personnel Glenn Wooters and administrative assistant Bill Scott....Cadet Robert Daryl Woods was placed on the Commandant's List of military excellence at the U.S. Air Force Academy....Whitney M. Young Job Corps center accountant Marlene Green was named RCA's staff member of the year at its national conference in New Jersey....After being whisked to Scott County Hospital and then to Jewish Hospital and into surgery, 19-year-old Jeff Glass has his arm back. He lost his arm in a 1-car accident on his way home with friends from a tractor pull in Georgetown. The arm was torn off between the right elbow and shoulder....Jennifer Fehribach was awarded the $500 scholarship given annually by the Men's Club of Annunciation Catholic Church....Cindy Beckley took over as new FFA leader....Ruth Mitchell woke up to find her bed on fire. Her 3-year-old daughter had found a cigarette lighter and, while playing with it, caught the bed clothes on fire. Mitchell was given first aid by Shelby County EMS after she burned her foot....Michael LeCompte was chosen as the 1987-1988 Star Greenhand....A head-on collision between a Toyota pickup truck and a school bus killed 27 on I-71 near Carrollton brought anguish and pain to a Shelbyville family. Rev. Steve Cloninger, pastor of Shelbyville's Grace Assembly of Church, his wife, Martha, and three children mourned the death of his nephew, John Pearman....Other deaths: Eleanor Duncan Busey, 64; Margaret "Billie" Brooks Evans, 76; John David Freeman, 88; Malcolm Langley, 75; William Paul Gill Sr., 76; Robert Lee Miller, 62; Evert B. "Fuzzy" Suter, 65; George Robert Blakemore, 87; James Curtis Scearce, 75; Margaret Wells Allen, 84; Nellie Evelyn Welker Waddell, 78; Sharon Collins Tindall, 40.

40 years ago, 1973
Nancy Kathleen Easley
of Shelbyville High and Ann Rutledge Hayes of Shelby County High school were selected to attend Kentucky Girls State at Morehead State University. The juniors will have their expenses paid to attend the 27th annual Girls State, which is under the leadership of the American Legion Auxiliary. They will be given a comprehensive view of the duties and rights of American citizenship....About 60 employees at the Shelbyville branch of American Air Filter Company went back to work after an 8-week strike, after a new contract was accepted by both management and employees....Stephen W. Radcliffe, a 1962 graduate of Shelbyville High School, received a Master of Arts in education degree at Eastern Kentucky University....Michael Ray Perry joined the junior membership ranks of Holstein-Fresian Association of America....Betsy Gilbert Wells of Shelbyville was in intensive care at Suburban Hospital in Louisville after she and five others were injured as their car was struck by a train at the U.S. 31 E. bypass crossing in Glasgow....Birth: Troy Huston Clark....State Sen. Mack G. Walters, 56, died at King's Daughters Hospital after an illness....Other deaths: Carlos Milton Prunty; Ormsby King Hackley; Hiram Bright, 79; Thelma Lake Fortner, 55; G.L. Howerton, 75; James Thomas Watson, 83; Ethel Payne Lisby.

55 years ago, 1958
Bonnie Holmes
was valedictorian of her class at Waddy High School....Road projects worth $518,000 were approved for Shelby County....Paul D. Eakins graduated from recruit training at the Naval Training Center, San Diego, Calif....Cora Ellen Poulter received a scholarship presented by the Murray Home Economics Club....Ulah Y. Wadlington's colonial home on the corner of 8th and Bland was sold at auction by the Baronet Realty Company to C.N. Tichenor for $14,100....After an extensive study, chairman Fred White and the budget planning committee of Simpsonville Baptist recommended a record $16,500 budget goal for the coming year....The Biagi Company and Dr. and Mrs. W.P. Hughes gave an air conditioning unit to King's Daughters Hospital....Births: Kendall Fortune Bell, Susan Wakefield Willis, Deborah Arline Riester, Patricia Lynn Whitaker....Deaths: Mae Garrison Davis, 85; James Lowry Bullock, 84; Elizabeth Phoebe Smith, 39; Mayme Day Tichenor, 71; Jesse G. Cowles; Margaret E. Pevler, 86; Kissie R. Rearden, 81; Joseph B. Griffin, 65.

60 years ago, 1953
Repeated protests by city officials brought words of reassurance from Frankfort that the new Washington Street o1-way route would be completed by Sept. 1. Work had begun on the new road two years....A former Shelbyville High School standout, Martin Deim, junior at Centre College, pitched his school to four victories while losing one game and batted .400. Centre posted a 10-3 mark, its best in many years....Joe Wakefield announced his candidacy for mayor of Shelbyville. Other candidates included Harold Y. Saunders and William T. Chenault....1st Lt. Charles Gildart, grandson of Mrs. George L. Willis Sr., was appointed an aide de camp to Maj. Gen. William L. Barriger....Betty Boyd Roe, junior at Shelbyville High, was to speak in Murray at the State Convention of the Future Homemakers of America.

70 years ago, 1943
Damages totaling $67,297.65 were awarded in nine suits in the Shelby Circuit Court as the result of a bus-truck crash on U.S. 60 the previous July, when five persons were killed and 10 injured. The total asked in the nine suits was $204,947....A covered bus used to haul laborers and tools to and from the job and owned by the Shelby County Road Department skidded form the slippery pavement and overturned bottom side up in an 8- or 9-foot gulley on Smithfield Pike, 2.5 miles from Shelbyville. Four men were severely bruised....Lindsay Batts, cashier of the Bank of Simpsonville, resigned his position to devote his time to his farm, located on U.S. 60, west of Shelbyville....Serving our country: 1st Lt. Carrol Thomas (Pat) Eddie, stationed in North Africa, was awarded The Order of the Purple Heart, a citation for "extraordinary fidelity and essential service"....Capt. Elizabeth Hansbrough's new assignment was in the Nursing Service Headquarters of the Chief of the Army Air Service Command at Patterson Field, Fairfield, near Dayton, Ohio. This was an honorary promotion over a large number of Army hospitals....Sgt. Ford C. Cowherd was awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster, a war decoration for repeated bravery. He was serving with the U.S. Army Air Force in England....George W. Gill Jr. was promoted to second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army....Chief Petty Officer W.W. Roberts arrived in San Diego, Calif., after being on active duty since November with the Sea Bees in the South Pacific....Pvt. Edwin Phillips arrived safely in North Africa....Joseph Cotter, U.S. Army Air Corps, who was in the Pacific Area, was promoted to sergeant....Pvt. Harold Swindler was promoted to technical corporal....Robert F. Black, petty officer third class, U.S. Navy, arrived safely overseas and was stationed at an air base on an island in the South Pacific....Pvt. Stanley Paul Ratta arrived somewhere overseas safely....Cpl. apt. Clay Cornelius Jr., stationed somewhere in North Africa, was promoted to sergeant....Deaths: Nellie Bligh Watts, 76; Elmer Gale Fortner, 49; James Alford Moore, 69.

80 years ago, 1933
Shelbyville City Council voted to reduce all salaries, a total of $4,000 annually....Tri-County Distributing Company (Oertel’s beer) was granted a license to operate here....William Kinzer was appointed motorcycle patrolman to enforce speed laws....Deaths: Henry H. Stucker; Julius J. McAllister; Mrs. W.A. Brooke; George W. Toombs.

85 years ago, 1928
Principals elected were Elizabeth North, Cropper; J.W. Prewitt, Gleneyrie; V. Graham, Henry Clay; Mrs. J.C. Ray, Simpsonville; W.R. Martin, Waddy....Deaths: Infant of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Figg; Frances Redmon Cardwell, wife of J.W. Cardwell; Minnie Dutton Dunlap, formerly of Shelbyville; Clay Moore; Earl B. Parker, wife of Jesse Parker; Pearl Hinkle, 56; Charles L. Murphy, 33; R.L. Harris, brother of Verna Moore.

90 years ago, 1923
Fifteen shares of Citizens Bank stock was sold at auction at the courthouse door for $172 a share....Mr. and Mrs. Garnett Morris received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter, Florence Elizabeth Morris....Deaths: George Curtis Cook, adopted son of Mr. and Mrs. Simeon Cook; David W. Burton, 62; Malissa Cornish McKinney, 50, wife of William McKinney; Delbert Milton Hill, 63.

95 years ago, 1918
A. Monroe Garr purchased the farm of Capt. J.H. Linn, known as the Digley Bell place....Helen Long sold her residence and 2 acres of land, near Chestnut Grove to Thomas A. Price for $2,800....Marshall Cook accepted the position of assistant cashier of the Bell National Bank at Pineville....The stockholders of the Bank of Shelbyville re-elected the old board of directors, which consisted of Matthews Hall, H.C. Vannatta, J.D. Hal, Edgar Sleadd, W.T. Lyons, Ralph Gilbert and J.T. Riner....Deaths: Calvin Vest, 76; Virginia Money Allen, wife of John J. Allen; G.S. Sandusky; Hallie Tipton Cleveland, wife of Will Cleveland.