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10 years ago, 2003
Police were searching for a man who robbed a Shelbyville drug store of 200 Oxycontin tablets. The suspect pulled a revolver on a worker at Rite Aid Pharmacies in Governors Square about 2 p.m. and made off with also Percocet and Hydrocodone. He rode off on a bicycle, but then police think he drove away in a pickup....With blue, pink and yellow chalk, Rena Wong and Ivan Ortega wrote “peace,” “justice” and “welcome” on the sidewalk in as many languages as they and bystanders could muster. Arrows pointed toward the education building at the Catholic Church of the Annunciation as a way of welcoming the approximately 100 immigrant freedom riders who were stopping in Shelbyville from San Francisco and bound for rallies and lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C., and New York....Louis Caldwell and Daniel Kinter opened the Wal-Mart Portrait Studio in Shelbyville. The technology allows them to show customers the shots before they buy the pictures....Births: Emma Justine Daily, Nicholas Ryan McLaughlin, Robert Eugene Holcomb Jr....I’m one: Jack Sammons, Amber Marie King, Emma Lyn Ottersbach....Deaths: Howard Quire, 70; Barbara J. Edington, 49; Ellen Louise Bailey, 60; Patricia Ann Harrod Goodman, 62; Virginia Rankin Hardesty, 99; Bennie Lee Hawkins, 63; George E. Littrell, 84; James Howard Morgan, 71; Charles Ray Wright, 57; Steve H. Woods, 84; Mary Russell Medley, 96; Marvin C. Meyer, 74; Mary M. Thornton, 74.
15 years ago, 1998
Malia Waits was crowned Shelby County High School's 1998 football Homecoming queen....Five new instructors joined the staff at the Shelby County Area Technical Center. They were Tom Nix, Mike Clark, Tony Webb, Jim Cash and Fred Haagenson....John Muenks, former University of Louisville swimmer and Louisville Male coach, was the new swimming coach at Shelby County High School....Sisters Mary Lynn Gentile and Susie Greenburg opened a boutique, Louisville Stoneware, in Shelbyville, in the Galleries at Science Hill, and were the first licenses for Louisville Stoneware....Cracker Barrel was ready to start building on its property on Mount Eden Road near I-64. This site, as well as the rest of the 7.5-acre development, was given final approval for its subdivision plans....Shelby County was slated to get its sixth golf course by September 2000 as the University of Louisville was planning an alumni club near Simpsonville....Births: John Dylon Aldridge, Austin Dean Colvin, Rebekah Jane and Elizabeth Catherine Jarboe, Erin Michelle Vires, Kayleigh Nichole Browning, Nancy Catherine Clark, Raymond Rose Hargrave III, Luke James Hedges, Daylen Thomas Hocker, Michael Douglas Mitchell Jr., Nadia Jovita Reyes, Tyler Blake Stinson, Alexis Carol Teters, Hannah Nicole West, Tyler Kelly Zimmerman....I’m one: Dakota Chase Bailey, Abigail Nicole Stivers, Ashley Nicole Clay....Deaths: Leslie Lee Aldridge, 78; Edgar Harrison Gee Sr., 76; Samuel Puckett, 84; Estelle Glore Crawford Woods, 73; Jessie Wayne McKinley, 16; Robert L. Stout, 75; Clara Ann Breitenstein, 60; C.W. Porter, 83; Kyland Lee Smither, 43; Edward George Ziegler, 92; Edwin R. Pulliam, 85; Kyland Lee Smither, 43; Zula Cranmer, 83; Robert H. Beach, 83.
25 years ago, 1988
Bobby Hudson went to work for Shelby County Trust Bank in 1959 as a teller. More than 28 years later, he was promoted to executive vice president. He had been senior vice president for 18 years....Saying it was "time for good and bad things to come to an end," Shelbyville Fire Chief Arthur Alexander, 46, submitted his resignation to Mayor Neil Hackworth....The Diet Center, a trademarked weight-loss plan, opened its new location at 510 Washington St. in Shelbyville. Owner Kitty Vish’s center joined the 2,300 locations in the United States, Canada and England....Shelby County had raised about $20,000 of its $50,000 goal for United Way with this year's campaign not even halfway complete. United Medical Center had raised $7,310 from employee payroll deductions plus $1,000 from a recent street fair. Crestview contributed $300 from a recent fair plus $1,500 from payroll....New officers installed for the Shelbyville Kiwanis Club were Bob Phillips, president; Mark Dean, vice president; Woody Briscoe, secretary; Paul Sonnheim, treasurer; and, as directors, Fred Bond, Randy Watts, Eugene Lindsey, Mike Simpson, William Wooten, Richard Money and Herman Whitaker....Shelbyville was one of 58 to receive the Certified Cities award from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. This was the city’s seventh year to be honored....Shelbyville City Clerk Bobbie J. Brenner received Kentucky Municipal Clerks Certification at the Kentucky Municipal League Conference....Birth: Cheryl Marie Scott....Deaths: James A. Pidgeon, 76; Amos E. Gordon, 68; Ezra Jones, 86; Cecil C. Eakins, 67; Mary Blanche Hardin, 68; Jerrine Banta, 54; John Thomas Bodkin, 61; Mary Ann Graves McKnight, 61; Mary Elizabeth Yank Beach; Edna Toland Horine, 70.
40 years ago, 1973
Edgar Vaughan III was promoted by the state Board of Education to the position of supervisor with the Bureau of Vocational Education....City and county government officials took a stand against what they considered pornographic literature on Shelbyville's magazine racks. Magazines such as Playboy, Oui, Penthouse, Gallery and Cavalier no longer were available in town....Tom Finnell was appointed the local agent for the MFA Insurance Companies, home offices at Columbia, Mo. He was a member of the Waddy F&AM Lodge 662 and the Waddy Ruritan Club....Malcolm Blevins of Village Plaza Shopping Center announced the addition of the Cherry House to the center....Bobby Early, David Miles and Greg Sageser were members of the Kentucky 4-H team, which placed third in the 4-H Judging Contest at the Pennsylvania All American Dairy Show. Miles was sixth overall, and Early was eighth....Births: Laura Beth Gordon, Eric Kent Broughton....Death: Edward Smith.
55 years ago, 1958
James R. Price was employed as secretary-treasurer of the Shelbyville National Farm Loan Association by the directors to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Dan Conley....First Baptist Church had a note-burning ceremony. The final payment was made during September on the new pastor's home on Ashland Avenue. The home was purchased in 1957 from Mr. Alvin Ethington....Jeptha B. Tracy, owner of Tracy TV and Appliance, left for Cuba, an all-expense trip for 1 week he received through the sale of Gibson Refrigeration Company products. The company was holding a conference in Cuba....Harvey L. Duvall of Finchville and Dudley Scearce of Shelbyville were elected to the Board of Directors during a Southern States Shelbyville Cooperative meeting....Mack G. Walters, Shelby County tobacco and dairy farmer, was appointed commissioner of rural highways to succeed J.B. Wells Jr., who resigned....Ruthie May, a filly owned by Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hinkle, won her race during the Governors Day at Keeneland....James Lea, senior of Shelbyville High School, was named a semifinalist in the 1958-59 National Merit Scholarship competition....Joachim Elterich of Cologne, Germany, who was taking a post graduate course at the University of Kentucky, visited Mr. and Mrs. Mark Scearce and Mr. and Mrs. William Scearce. In 1954, he was a guest of International Rotary in the United States for 6 weeks. He attended Boone University in Germany....Deaths: John Plunkett; Albert Herbert Tinsley, 83; Elizabeth McGruder Erickson, 85; Hattie Black; Mrs. A.H. VanHuss, 86; Lucy Johnson Smith Morris, 87; Fannie Edwards Bohannon, 83; Vina Overton Buckman, 87; Lucille Strobel, 65.
60 years ago, 1953
James B. Thompson and J.W. Dotson began a new ready-mix concrete company, located east of Shelbyville on U.S. 60....The Shelbyville Red Devils dropped their fourth straight, 20-7, to M.M.I. Jake Smith scored the Devils’ lone tally on a 25-yard dash....Mr. and Mrs. Harold Major received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter, Marilyn Loyd....Deaths: Charles Scott Weakley, 75, prominent retired Shelby County farmer and for 34 years connected with the Farmers and Traders Bank; Minnie D. Maddox; Lily Ware Cornelius.
70 years ago, 1943
Two barns, a corn crib, milk house and harness shed at the home of Charles F. Wooldridge on the Mount Eden Road, were destroyed by fire of an unknown origin....J.C. Cunningham, former teacher at Winston-Salem, N.C., replaced Herbert Ockerman, as principal of Mount Eden school....The third Shelby County War Loan drive finished with Man O'War speed, flashed past the wire a winner, to go over in its quota some $50,000 or more. It reached the staggering total of $685,081.06, the largest amount of money ever gotten together on a public drive in this county....Births: Ralph Seldon Mitchell, James Douglas Garmon....Pfc. Floyd Summers was promoted to the rank of corporal....Bishop U.V.W. Darlington and his wife were notified by the War Department that their son, Tech Sgt. Urban V.W. Darlington, 38, was killed in action somewhere in the Southwest Pacific. His brother, First Pilot Officer Julian Darlington, 26, had been reported missing since a bombing flight over the Rumanian oil fields....Sgt. Roy S. Ritchey landed safely in North Africa....Pfc. Everett D. Ried was promoted to Tech 5th grade as a result not only of his personal diligent efforts and cooperation in the maintenance of the Battalion's superior standing but of his demonstration of the positive qualified of leadership....Capt. Jim Bright Buchanan, a veteran of many air battles in the Pacific, was back in the states for the first time in many months. He was in 61 combat missions....Deaths: W.D. Dawson, 75; Dr. Thomas Eugene Bland, 79; Lucy Duncan Allen, 86; Mrs. William McQueen, 22; William H. Hedges, 25; Robert Joseph VonBokern, 11-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis VonBokern; Dr. George H. Holman, 87; Sylvester Ray, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Mitchell.
80 years ago, 1933
Marlbank Farm (Elmer H. Doe, owner) auctioned herd of 56 Jerseys, at $65 to $135 per head, some were registered....The Waddy Baptist Church dedicated its new addition....D.S. Cunningham of Shelby County was elected president of the Independent Milk Producers' Association....The death of M.M. “Bud” Haley, 45, World War veteran and recently named Democratic nominee for county sheriff, shocked the community. The county Democratic committee selected Forest Barnes to succeed him on the party ticket.
85 years ago, 1928
Five shares of Shelby County Trust and Banking Company sold for $116.50 per share....The Locust Grove baseball team defeated the Merrimac Battery team of Louisville, 20-18....Death: Bertha Gabhart, wife of A.C. Gabhart.
90 years ago, 1923
Allen Barnett, Shelbyville native and Rhodes Scholar, accepted a mastership at Massie School near Versailles....The City Council raised the salaries of city firemen to $95 per month and the chief to $100. Everett Riggs and Roy Sacrey were elected apprentice firemen....A new triple-combination 750-gallon pump, chemical engine and hose motor car, arrived in the city. It was $12,500 and the most modern fire engine available for a city of Shelbyville's size....John K. Todd traded the residence he purchased from Walker Daniel on East Main Street to Mrs. E.H. Wise for her residence on Brown Avenue....Deaths: Jennie Murray Stewart, 79; James P. Adams Sr., 71; John H. Johnson.
95 years ago, 1918
At an adjourned meeting of the Board of Council, the ordinance previously introduced changing the denomination of the sewer bonds from $100 to $500 was adopted. The resignation of Policeman R.P. Cox was accepted. Policemen salary was increased from $2.25 to $2.50 per day....On court day, plug horses sold for $40 to $60 and 60-to-100-pound shoats from $7 to $12 per head....Leo Gibbs won championship for both 1,917 and 1,918 acres of burley tobacco at the state fair in Louisville. His eight entries earned six blue ribbons and two reds....Master Commissioner C.F. Beard sold, under judgment of the Shelby Circuit Court in the case of Emma O. Sheiter vs. William Tinsley, a house and lot on west side of 7th Street to Mollie Veech for $2,225....George N. Thompson was elected vice president of the Kentucky Retail Grocers Association at its session in Louisville....Death: Henry Ochs, a well-known farmer of Spencer County.