Looking Back: Nov. 7, 2008

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By Sharon Warner

1968: St. Nick gifts going to Armed Forces in Vietnam

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, 1998

The seven residents who filed as candidates for property valuation administrator were given 60 seconds to persuade voters to write in their name on the ballot for 1998. They were Nancy Barnett, LaMar Hundley Jr., John Mathis, Brad McDowell, Charles Moody, Jane Sutton and Leo Young... The Friends of the Library annual book sale reaped about $1,100, which topped the previous year's sale... Tommie Kendall, Shelby County High School junior cross country runner accepted one of 80 invitations by World Sports Exchange to represent the United States in two 6.2-mile races. His first trip outside the United States would take him to London, Windsor, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford for sightseeing... Tanner Chase May won the New Star Discovery Pageant in the 0-7 month category held in Frankfort. the 7-month-old son of Vicki Sanford-May and Craig May was eligible for the state competition in June... Michael D. Clayton was named district conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, formerly the Soil Conservation Service in the Shelbyville Field Office... Births: Hannah Elizabeth Brock, Victoria Laurice McGuire...

Deaths: Douglas Eugene Hedges, 47; Harry Thomas Nethery, 67; Helen Grace Dancak Harris, 78; Rosalind Elizabeth Ford, 82; William Joseph Broughton, 51; Harry T. Nethery, 67; Juanita Brooks Davis, 84; Charlton Phillips Nash Jr., 67; Jason Dwayne Wilder, 19; Chuck Druin Sr., 61; Douglas Eugene Hedges, 47.

15 years ago, 1993

A fire and explosion in a sawdust collector shut down Ledco Inc. plant for the second time in two years. Four employees were treated for smoke inhalation at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville... Steve Eden defeated incumbent Simpsonville Mayor John Frazier, 109-98, in the general election... Dana Jenkins planned to attend the National Sew It With Wool contest in Reno, Nev. after winning first place in the senior division of Kentucky Make It Yourself With Wool contest... "We've run in rain, wind and cold conditions," said Larry Wingfeld. "But I've never seen high school cross country run in four inches of snow." The Lady Rockets finished runner-up in the region, while the Rockets placed fourth in the Girls' Region Two Cross Country Championship... What spins the wheels for Shelby County economy? -- tobacco. Last year Shelby County ranked fourth out of 120 Kentucky counties in tobacco production, turning out 12.95 million pounds which generated revenue of $23.5 million... The Shelby County High School Marching Band was named grand champion of the Carroll County Marching Band Festival... Births: Kayla Marie McClain, Dylan Mackenzie Gravett, Meagan Taylor LeCompte, Brandon Gene Roberts, Brittany Nichole Hill, Tyler Wayne Case, Joseph Nieves Olvera, Morgan Elizabeth Whitehouse...

"He's made a little brown-eyed girl very happy," said Carolyn Chisholm Waford. That was how she felt when she described the death of her husband, Tommy, referring to him joining their daughter, Vanessa, in heaven. She was killed in June 1989, and her father was heart-broken that her killer was never convicted... Other deaths: Clyde Cooke, 68; Julia Shockley McConnell, 74; Sally Kate Ayers Yeary, 78; Mrs. Albert Davis, 90; Lester "Tommy" Rogers, 57; Dr. Lewis W. Martin, 94; Lewis Estle Cook Jr., 58; Renae Shawntez Tinsley, 21; Margaret E. Murphy, 65.

25 years ago, 1983

Shelby County qualified for the girls' state cross country meet for the first time ever by finishing second in the Fourth Region meet at Seneca Park in Louisville... Royalty at the Bagdad Elementary Fall Festival were Roger Smith, king; Johnna Montgomery, queen; Kristina Moore, princess; and Tommy Hill, prince... Sandra Felty was the newest addition to Northside Elementary's teaching staff... David Rafferty and Melissa Bergman were the overall men and women's winners in the 3.1-mile Run for Education through downtown Shelbyville... Bill Petter joined Republic Bank and Trust Company as controller... The Encore Shop, which carried previously owned clothing, opened at its new Main Street location in the old Furniture Unlimited building... Ray Walters was named the new manager at Kroger in Governor's Square shopping center... Winners in the Halloween costume contest sponsored by Granny's Attic were Ricky Wayne, first place; and Lane Covington, second... Births: Preston Neil Hanna, Jessica Leigh Washburn...

Deaths: Homer E. Long, 73; James Albert Smith, 67; Clifford Perkins Cole Sr., 74; Mrs. Corinne Gunn Riggs, 87; Mrs. Martha (Mattie) Smith Haydon, 94; Marvin Haskell Satterly, 80; Thomas A. Lewis, 76; Mrs. Eunice Church Dahl, 89.

40 years ago, 1968

Samuel D. Hinkle IV was endorsed for a Rhodes Scholarship by the Washington and Lee University faculty. Top scholar in his class, he made straight As throughout his 3.5 years, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received its Sophomore Award for Scholarship... Tons of St. Nick's gifts were going to members of the Armed Forces in Vietnam by special ship, thanks to a joint Pentagon-Post Office venture... Mount Eden Fall Festival royalty were Karen Richardson, queen; Jeffrey Burgin, king; Pat Linville, princess; Ricky McKinney, prince... Marvin E. Powers, 30, was the new manager of Jerry's Drive Inn on U.S. 60 West... Births: Eleanor Marie Barnett, Harry Hollis IV, Luke Martin...

Deaths: Mrs. Sarah Davis Dry, 85; Joseph Edward Slucher, 84; James McAfee Warford, 41; Walter Beckham Shaver, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Beckham Shaver Jr.; Mrs. Atha Shaddock Pulliam 72; Rickie Carl Black, 18-year-old grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Bodkin.

50 years ago, 1958

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hardesty Sr. sold their grocery store building on West Main to Mr. Lindsey Logan and sons... Billy Gravett, manager of Maraview Farms on Antioch Road, received the Golden Milking Stool trophy... Mrs. Louise Watkins McChesney, widow of a former University of Kentucky student, was awarded a bronze medal by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission at Pittsburgh for her husband's efforts to save a fellow student's life... Army Sgt. Hubert C. Martin, 30, was assigned as a medical aidman at the U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Eustis, Va. In the Army since 1946, he served in the Far East... PFC Wade Martin was assigned to the 24th Division's 46th Infantry in Germany...

News was reached here of the death of Mrs. David M. Walkers at her home in Washington, D.C. She was the wife of the late Rev. D.M. Walker who for 15 years was pastor of the First Christian Church... Other deaths: William F. Minch, 86; Mrs. Mildred Katherine Hankins, 67; Mrs. Ella Downey Schindler, 79; Sharon Kay Robinson, 3-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Robinson; Samuel G. Kennedy, 80; Mrs. Elizabeth Howard Williams, 85; Jennifer Lynn Cox, 7-week-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul T. Cox; Mrs. Maggie McClain Johnson, 64; Mrs. Cynthia Ann Osborne, 91.

60 years ago, 1948

Landon Garrett of Waddy, Cadet 2nd Lt., and Grover C. Ethington, Cadet Capt. were outstanding as military students at U of K R.O.T.C. Cadet Corps... King and queen candidates of the Tobacco Festival Contest were: Bagdad, Anita Goins and Don Hardin; Cropper, Jane Parke and Gene Moore; Finchville, Emma Jean Hancock and Thomas McGee; Gleneyrie, Jerry Reed and Walter Reed; Henry Clay, Tyna Hedges and Billy Smith; Mount Eden, Nancy Rice and Stephen Foster Collins; Shelbyville, Nancy Boswell and Johnny Buckner; Simpsonville, Velinda Hedges and Phillip Vogel; Waddy, Adaline Murphy and John Burnett Meeks... Edward Hays was presented the Eagle Scout Badge at a meeting held at the Methodist Church by Troop 164.

80 years ago, 1928

The Simpsonville baseball team defeated the fast going Locust Grove team in a twin bill for the championship of Shelby County... The College of Agriculture appointed H.R. Jackson, chairman of the Pulliam Train that left for the National Dairy Show at Memphis, Tennessee... Mrs. A.H. Cook was elected president of the PTA of Harrisonville. Mrs. E.W. Cook, vice president; Mrs. J.B. Houtchin, treasurer; and Mrs. W.R. Easley, secretary.

90 years ago, 1918

Benjamin Dudley Robinson, 63, died at his home on East Main St... Miss Lucy Tinsley, 75, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Hinkle... Miss Frankie Chesher, 79, died at King's Daughters Hospital... Miss Virginia Sullivan Rivers, niece of Mrs. Graham Brown, died in Louisville... Mrs. Mary Henry Thomas, wife of W.J. Thomas, died at Chenowith, the Thomas home, five miles north of Shelbyville... James H. Hackworth, 91, one of Shelby County's oldest native born citizens, was struck by a Southern Railway freight train and died as he was being removed to the rsidence of his son, Jr. Lester Hackworth, Waddy... Rev. J.J. Fitzgerald, for 11 years pastor of the Catholic Church, died in New York City, of heart trouble... News was received by Mrs. J.P. Easley of Harrisonville of the death of his 2-year-old grandson.