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10 years ago, 2002
Albert Minnis, public works director, was named City Employee of the Year....Re/Max Performance and Family Financial hosted an open house and building dedication at 30 Stonecrest Ct. The building was Gil Lawson’s idea before he was killed in an accident a year earlier. Owners of building were Rick Alberson, Ron Caughron with Family Financial; Kristian Ruble, Steve Hornback and Doug Aldridge, with Remax. Emily Lawson, daughter of the late Gil Lawson, greeted people at the front door during the event....Ten Shelbyville and Simpsonville businesses were robbed during a heavy rain. Some glass doors were kicked in and others were pried open....Steve Biagi and his brother Robert celebrated the 75th anniversary of Biagi’s, the downtown appliance store that began as a tire and battery outlet opened by their grandfather, Annibele Biagi....Births: Kaiya Nichole Smith, Mason Lee Teague, Trevor Presley Way, Haley Marie Wilson, Zachary Andrew Gutermuth....I’m one: Vincent Tyler Jennings....Sheri Carey, 40, of Finchville, was killed in a four-vehicle collision on I-64 near Simpsonville....Other deaths: Emily Bacon Bird, 101;William Floyd Aldridge, 78; Sheri Kaye Carey, 40; Elmer “Tay Joe” Finley, 66; Betty C. Floyd, 76; Reta Ann Johnson Heaton, 82; Carroll DeWitt Henry, 80; Heather Marie McCease, infant daughter of Jerry Jr. and Teresa Downey McClease; James Walter Pidgeon, 83; Melvin Shelburne, 61; Frances Lillian Smith, 86; Dr. A.D. Doak, 95; Robert C. Ricketts, 67; Jeff Ruble, 35.
15 years ago, 1997
Wanda Lott Collins launched the Collins Consulting Group, a training and development service that offered consultations, retreats, seminars and workshops to businesses/industries, religious organizations and women....Denny Lucas, Joe Oechslin and Bob Smith, with close to 100 years of experience among them in the farm machinery business, were the new faces leading Jacobi Sales into the 21st Century....Breamon Jerome Harris was the winner of the Hornet Club Labor Day baby contest. He is the son of Rev. Leslie and Melissa Harris....Randy Hunt received a plaque from the Shelby County Board of Education for his Teacher of the Year accomplishments....Jane Meyer was the girls’ physical education instructor and cheerleading coach for Shelbyville High School until the school merged with Shelby County High School in 1975. Her Red Devils blood then turned true blue for the Rockets. The Homecoming football game was dedicated to the 82-year-old, who had never missed a Homecoming....The Sentinel-News’ women’s golf scramble at Weissinger Hills Golf Course brought in $1,700 for the high school girls’ golf team....Births: John Darrell Hatter, Jeffrey John Reese, Samuel James Willard....I’m one: Haley Shyann Spillman, Austin Phillip Bland, Charles Lucas Kramer, Skyler Daniel Woods....Deaths: William Alwyn Miller, 87; Alyene Spies McBride, 82; Lois May Green Hudson, 97; William J. Wilkerson, 87; Nelson Jefferson, 59; John W. Hocker Sr., 96; Terry Shaw, 36; Jean Simpson, 59; J.R. “Buck” Crafton, 75; David R. Foust, 85; Rebecca Ruth Perry, 44; Willie Mae Moore, 79; Laura Mae Marattay, 91; Rosalie Marshall Hanna Smith, 87.
25 years ago, 1987
Donna Vest (center) was crowned Waddy Harvest Festival Queen. First runner-up was Susan Woods (left), and second runner-up was Amy Vest....A 300-pound block of ice was transformed into a swan by Bardstown restaurant co-owner Bill Pugh. He and John Hall carved the masterpiece behind Winn-Dixie, where it and two other swans were stored for Ichikoh's topping off ceremony at Midland Industrial Park. Approximately 75 attended the ceremonies....C. Hunt Garner was elected to the board of directors of Republic Bank....Shelby County's Literacy Council was one of four in the state recognized by the Kentucky Literacy Commission for its work in fighting illiteracy....Jeff Greenwell was the owner of the Kirby's Sweeper Company that opened on 602 Main St., selling parts and sweepers for the nationally known company which was more than 80 years old....Todd Gaines returned to school after missing two weeks because his car hit an embankment, flipped over and, in the process, crushed two of his vertebrae. He barely missed being paralyzed from the waist down....Christopher Chasteenwas a National Merit semifinalist....Linzie Craig was elected a director at large of the Kentucky Association of Realtors....Jeffrey D. Stivers was named a 1987 Rice-Judson Award recipient by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, where he planned to begin his ministry studies in the fall....Jennifer Fehribach was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students....Bobby Hudson, Industrial Development Foundation president, announced the plans of 1,000 additional jobs available from industries like Budd and Ichikoh, who are expanding....Births: Timothy Lynn Walker Jr., McKinzie Rhea Craig, Ronnie Chad Burgin, Emily Christine Foster, Kayla Renee Goddard....Deaths: James E. Head, 65; Marjorie Buntain, 64; Eldred Sweeney Elliott, 74; Thelma M. Goins, 73; Lillian Beatrice Moore Hopper, 91.
40 years ago, 1972
Mayor W.B. Porter, Joe P. Wilcox and Dyer Rodes staked the sign at the site of the new Ben Franklin Store in the new Governor's Square Shopping Center, east of Shelbyville. Wilcox was the store supervisor, and Rodes was the developer for the shopping center....A dinner was held at the Weissinger Plantation Inn in celebration of Lerman's 53rd anniversary. Kenny Mitchell was the store manager....The Dorman Center celebrated its first birthday....John Palmer Smith was called as minister of music and organist at the First Baptist Church....Birth: Pamela Sue Jamison, Teresa Marlene Pinkston....Winn-Dixie grocery list: ground beef, 5-pound package $3.49; boneless, full cut round steak, pound $1.39; red delicious, large size apples, 10 for 69 cents; all-purpose potatoes, 20 pound bag 98 cents; California vine ripe tomatoes, pound 33 cents....Serving our country: Marine Maj. Walter M. Fitts underwent training with Battalion Landing Team 1/8 in the Caribbean....Joint funeral services for Gladys Williams Black, 51, and her mother, Edith Williams were held at the Baptist Church in Taylorsville. They were killed in a 1-car, 1-truck accident....Other deaths: Rev. Walter F. Huddleston, 80; Estell Littrell Williams, 71; Isabelle Kidwell Symonds, 88; John M. “Bud” Hammond, 78; Stephen Chadwick Stivers, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stivers; Robert L. Gowin, 95; James C. Boothby, 46.
55 years ago, 1957
George N. Lane, assistant cashier of the Shelby County Trust and Banking Company for more than nine years, resigned to accept the post as executive vice president of the Citizens Trust Company in Jeffersonville, Ind....After serving as secretary of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce for the past eight years, Auldon G. Edwards resigned to accept the position of assistant cashier of the Shelby County Trust and Banking Co....J.W. Holland, Shelby County’s Agricultural Agent, was elected president of the Kentucky Association of County Agricultural Agents....Births: Christopher Biagi, Diana Dale Brown, Brenda Sue Hayden, Martha Stout Howser....Serving our country: Army Pfc. Billy G. Carpenter graduated from the I Corps Non-Commissioned Officers Academy in Korea....Deaths: Mrs. J.E. Moore; Estill Perkins Hammond, 55; Audrey Pollard, 63.
60 years ago, 1952
Carl Garner became a member of the Barnett Real Estate Agency....Ray Ripley purchased the garage from Flood-Hundley-Ballard on Washington Street and was the new Dodge-Plymouth dealer....Cecil Gibbs, formerly of Shelbyville, won $40 in cash for his good fishing record of catching 924, 439 of them crappies, during the month of September. Robert Swindler of Swindler Garage caught a tagged crappie for a $10 prize....Mary Louise Foust spoke at the joint annual meeting of the American Society of Women Accountants and American Society of Women Certified Public Accountants, in session at the Shamrock Hotel in Houston....Betty Ann Kasper spent the summer in the British Isles and on the Continent....Birth: Cecelia Diane Pearce....A second fatality from polio in Shelby County occurred when Jesse Whitaker, 26, of Shelby County, died in Louisville.
70 years ago, 1942
Mrs. Ben Allen Thomas, presided as president during the annual county-wide homemakers meeting, where 225 attended....A collection of 2,100 old phonograph records, sponsored by the American Legion, for the men in the armed forces were sent to RCA Manufacturing Company in Indianapolis., where they were made into new records for the fighting men....William P. Deiss Jr., a student at the medical college of the University of Illinois, was elected to membership in the Alpha Kappa Kappa international medical fraternity....Birth: James Robert Walters....Serving our country: Sgt. Harry M. Cunningham,who enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 1940, landed in Northern Ireland safely. His brother, Pvt. William G. Cunningham, who enlisted in August 1942, was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C....Mrs. A.D. Doak received a cable stating that her husband, Capt. Doak, assistant surgeon of the 12th Air Corps, had arrived safely in England....Gus Sullivan was made supervisor of incoming mail, messenger service and office supplies in the Air Force command at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio....Army 2nd Lt. R.G. Tucker, stationed in Brooklyn, N.Y., was promoted to the rank of lieutenant....Deaths: Lola Nation White, 38; Thomas Prather Nicholas, 70; Effie Logan; S.B. Royster, 80; Lula James Coley, 73; Nancy Ann Nation, 73.
80 years ago, 1932
A new tobacco prize warehouse was being built in the east end, from 3rd to 2nd streets, on the former site of the Howser Coal yards....Shelby boys won all the 26 premiums at the state fair offered in the junior corn show, with students of Henry Clay and Simpsonville dividing the honors....David Adams, Elliott Beard, Eugene Bowler, David Craig, Howard Flood, Cecil Biggs, James Gorman, Enid Jones, Cecil Kemper, Beverly Shrewsbury, Fred Stratton and Walter Upton won state fair trips as The Courier-Journaland Louisville Timescarriers. Some took airplane rides....Two new concrete bridges were being built on the Midland Trail at Long Run and Big Bullskin....Rev. Bailey Davis was called to pastorate of Clayvillage Baptist Church....Deaths: Charles S. Capito, Mattie Kerfoot, Sarah S. Parker, J. Clarence Austin, Joe B. Turner, John Gordon.
85 years ago, 1927
Deaths: Martha Jane Hobbs; Dorothy Louise Brooks, 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Brooks; William F. Baskett, 85; Thomas Stanton Byars, 69; Jerome Carl Moore, 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Arch Moore; Charles Ward, 70.
90 years ago, 1922
Master Commissioner Charles F. Beard made the following sales: In the case of Lena Hardesty against Mary Figg, etc., a house and lot on 10th Street, was sold to Ross Shipman for $3,700; L.T. Drane vs. H.L. Champ, etc., a farm of 111 acres located near Clark's Station, was sold to R.D. Mitchell for $8,700; Lena Hardesty vs. Mary Figg, etc., a house and lot near Figg's Store, to Marvin Figg for $525....Speith, Phelps and Jackson, Hereford breeders from Shelby County, won two championships at the Ohio Fair in competition with 252 exhibitors. Olive Woodford 25th, an outstanding Hereford female, was the Junior and the Reserve champion of the show; and also won the first prize in the Junior yearling heifer class....George Gordon, 60, died at his home on Clay Street....Mrs. T.M. Arnold, 75, mother of Mrs. William Burnett, died at the home of her other daughter in Boyle County....
95 years ago, 1917
Owen and Moore purchased from W.H. Hall the lot and residence on the northwest corner of 5th and Washington streets for $2,800....Deaths: Louis Baker; Sgt. Harry Davidson Powers; Samuel Connor.