Looking Back: November 6, 2009

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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, 1999

John Miller received the state title in Air Pistol at the 1999 4-H State Shooting event....Matt Flanagan finished in his age group with a bronze medal in the 50-meter backstroke, grabbing third place out of 33 competitors with a time of 46.38 seconds. He also earned two fourth place finishes and two 10th places in the Senior Olympics....Kentucky Eye Care at Village Plaza moved inside the shopping center, and Tumbleweed, which took over the vision center's former building, would serve chops, steaks and seafood grilled over mesquite by April

Deaths: Jesse Earl Helton Sr., 63; Lucille Blanton Fraley, 68; Delbert Lutes, 52


15 years ago, 1994

After smoking for 40 years, Bill Hedges smoked his last cigarette 10 years ago. The 60-year-old Shelby resident had the first-of-a-kind, "lung shaving" surgery. His emphysema, which began in 1983, became worse to the point that saying more than a few words at a time left him breathless....Running for school board were Leo Young and Alma Hardesty in District 1; Eddie Mathis, Dixie Durr and Peggy Perry in District 4....Elizabeth Alley was the new extension agent for horticulture for Shelby County....Mary Stratton was the new principal at the Shelby County Technical School....Ground was broken for a new $934,975 Kentucky Army National Guard armory located at 50 Stonecrest Court off U.S. 60 on the east side of Shelbyville near the site of the new Citizens Union Bank building....Births: Zachary Bryce Lingle, Frank Patrick Hargadon....I'm one: Rachel Leeanne White, Heather Marie Shouse, Brianna Thomas Hood....

Deaths: Bernadine Reidy, 75; Roy Edward Whitehouse, 43; Burnett Mayfield Cheak, 76; Lucien Hunter Sr., 68; Sarah Frances Jones, 73; Clifford Allen, 82.


25 years ago, 1984

Workers of the Department for Human Resources had an anatomical doll which represented male and females that could make the discussion flow a little easier for young sexual abused children....Shelby County High School Coach Tom Becherer was the 18th winningest among the state football coaches....Peoples Bank won the 12-and-under soccer league tournament....The list of accomplishments achieved by 17-year-old Sarah Bland, Shelby County cross-country runner, was almost as long as the races she competed in and the outside athletic organizations she belonged to. She had two more goals to reach before calling her final season fulfilled. "I want to place in the top 15 in the state meet and hopefully break an 11- minute race in the 3,000 meters," she said. She won the Mid-State Conference and regional meets.


40 years ago, 1969

Dr. Wyman Porter rolled to an impressive victory in the contest for mayor of Shelbyville. The optometrist, a former councilman and past president of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, outpolled Al Blakemore by more than 500 votes....Officers for the Shelbyville High School Future Homemakers of America were Joyce Campbell, president; Debbie Chambers, first vice president; Robin Eggen, second vice president; Carmelita Covington, treasurer; Ruth Burge, historian; Morris Anne Adams, parliamentarian; Jan Wakefield, song leader; Anita Payne, recreation leader; Pamela Pridemore, reporter....Serving our country: Pvt. Leonard Gayle Kemper was inducted into the U.S. Army in June 1969 and was serving with the 17th Army in Nuremberg, Germany; Charles A. Davis was promoted to sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He was a sanitation specialist at Misawa AB, Japan and assigned to the 475th Civil Engineering Squadron, a union of the Pacific Air Forces;; Seaman Apprentice William H. Miracle, USN, was serving aboard the destroyer USS Stormes at Norfolk, Va. He had served in the Pacific during World War II, the Korean Conflict and in Vietnam....Deaths: Irene Lillard Maddox; Sawyer A. Smith, 85; Ora Belle Meadows, 62; L.D. Hawkins, 60; Fountain Dearner, 71; Huston J. Puckett, 47.


55 years ago, 1954

The Shelbyville Laundry was burglarized, and $135 was taken from the fireproof filing cabinet in the office, leaving about $10 in coins scattered over the office floor....Birth: Diane Swindler....Raymond Lewis, 41, of the Bagdad community, was killed and two others seriously injured in an automobile-train collision at Mulberry crossing on the Bagdad Road. Other deaths: Norbert Edwin McKay, 62, husband of Eulah Guthrie McKay; James Franklin Wilson, 79, father of Herman Wilson; Viola Wilson Alford and bath daughter, wife of Lawrence Alford and daughter/granddaughter of Robert Wilson; Minnie Arington Lewis, 79, wife of Thomas D. Lewis; Ray Owens, 58, brother of Mrs. Dudley Payne.


60 years ago, 1949

Sara Ann Kerr, sophomore in the Simpsonville High School, was crowed queen of the 1949 tobacco festival. Jimmie Wright, senior at Simpsonville High School, was king....Lendel R. Winners was the new manager of Lerman Bros....Sam Liss was appointed the new manager of the Lincoln Department Store....Briggs Lawson was again selected as Kentucky's Delegate to the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults....Birth: Roger Keith Bemiss....Deaths: George Burch, 79, cousin of Valois Routt Kinsolving and Mrs. C.B. Caudill; Lula G. Watson, 80, mother of James Watson and Anna W. Wilson; Mary Jane Ritter, 63, wife of Hendricks Ritter; Mrs. Willie Kenney Bon Durant, aunt to Ben Estes.


70 years ago, 1939

King and Queen of the tobacco festival were Marie Strange and Maurice Eugene Jesse Jr., both of Waddy....Hello world: John Anthony Hudson; Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Redding announce the birth of a son; Mr. and Mrs. T.R. Wilson were receiving congratulations upon the birth of a daughter....Dr. Malcolm L. Sams, 59, chief medical officer of the Veterans Administration of Louisiana and brother of Melvin Sams.


75 years ago, 1934

Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Jennings received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter at King's Daughters Hospital....Congratulations were extended Mr. and Mrs. William Duvall of Finchville upon the birth of a daughter at King's Daughter's Hospital.


85 years ago, 1924

The Kentucky Realty Auction sold in two tracts the J.A. Stanley farm of 270 acres on the Zaring Mill Pike 4 miles south of Shelbyville, owned by Allen Davis. The tract of 120 acres with an 8-room house was purchased by J.A. Ragan of Winchester at $142.75 an acre....E.J. Doss purchased the new residence on Kentucky Street from Joseph B. Turner....Mr. and Mrs. Jeptha B. Bright received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter, Lucy Mae Bright.


95 years ago, 1914

Charles S. Wills sold to Mrs. Taylor Boswell a new brick cottage on Ninth St., between Main and Washington for $3,000....Robert C. Haley sold to Charles Carter his farm of 142 acres, 8 miles south of Shelbyville near Figgs Store for $11,360....W.W. Jesse purchased for his daughter, Ida Hurn and Minnie Taylor, two cottages on Goodman Avenue for $2,200....George W. Smee, 60, died at his home in the Burk's Branch neighborhood.