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10 years ago, 1999
Shelby County native Martha Layne Collins was the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Louisville Area Extension Homemakers held at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville....Tori McGuire was the winner of the New Star Discovery Most Beautiful baby contest in the 7-14-month category held in Frankfort. Madison Cook was first runner-up in the 14-36-month category and the winner in the prettiest smile category....With 180 walkers, 23 teams, the proceeds for the March of Dimes WalkAmerica were $14,161, with more money coming in....The Family Activities Center was the lucky benefactor of the annual 5K Santa run, receiving $10,000 from the annual Santa Run sponsored by Shelbyville's Boy Scouts Troop 164....Dr. Paul Salmon was the new organist and choir director at St. James Episcopal Church....Hi-Point Shopping Center on Boone Station Road was bought from Lexington's Clear Creek Properties - the developer of the shopping center - by Kosmar Inc. of Louisville, with plans to build a second strip mall when retailers show interest in establishing stores there....Births: Kourtney Marie Danks, Alysha Dawn Hardin....I'm one: Robert Thomas Harris....Deaths: Sadie Alice Aldridge, 90; Helen Brown Blockson, 85; Ricky Dewayne Brown, 36; J.W. (Jack) Bryant, 91; Michael "Mikie" Keith Goins, 24; Katherine Smith Zaring, 79; Junius Hampton Terry, 83; Sarah Saunders Starks, 85; James McClellan Angeline, 72; Joseph L. Johnson III, 19; Wallace Ray Lee, 65; Sharon Lee Rogers Roberts, 33; James Edward "Ned" Taylor, 64.
15 years ago, 1994
Martha Perry was named the volunteer coordinator of the Literacy Program of Shelby County....Suzanna Marcum, 34, a former Shelbyville resident, joined the city police force as an officer....The Heritage Fall Festival's Parent Teachers Association deposited $5,498 in receipts from the event. The favorite fund-raiser was Jerry Kehl's collecting the most money to kiss a pig....Raegen Andriot was crowned Shelby County High School's football Homecoming queen. The junior class won the football Homecoming parade's first contest with it's "Douse the Dragons" creation....Amy Head placed 21st as the Girls' State Golf Tournament wrapped up at Elizabethtown Country Club. Head, a sixth-grader, the second-youngest player in the tournament, shot a two-day 33-over par 177. Emily Scearce tied for 23rd at 179....Max Heath, vice president and executive editor of Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., was elected as a recipient of the NNA's prestigious Amos Award for 1994....Vapors ignited by a motor caused a minor fire and temporary shutdown at Ichikoh Manufacturing....Birth: Kelsey Demi and Mychaela Bree Hall...Deaths: Ollie Thomas Hawkins, 72; Ella R. (Bea) Harlow, 56; William Carter Black, 61; Mary Anne McMenana, 74; Jamie Robinson, 22; Shelby LeRoy Chapman, 55; Virgie Kelley Price, 90; Mariam Hall Baker Ragan, 84; Ernest Leonard Shingleton Sr., 50.
25 years ago, 1984
The Shelby County jail was packed to overflowing after 22 persons were arrested in a state police investigation of illegal food stamp use in Shelbyville....Simpsonville planned to see a new elementary school at the 12 acres south of U.S. 60 near the Veechdale Road interchange that the Shelby County Board of Education bought for $96,000 in 1982....Work began on the indoor flea market near Simpsonville, with hopes of something much bigger coming in the next few years. Jim Oakes hoped to see what he called a miniature King's Island spring up on the 300-plus acres surrounding the 28-acre tract at the intersection of I-64 and Veechdale Road....Officers elected for the Shelbyville Kiwanis Club were James R. Ashby, president; Paul Whitman, vice president; Woodrow Briscoe, secretary; Paul Sonnheim, treasurer. Directors were George Williams, Bill Tucker, Bucky Dalton, Bill Yount and Will Wooten....Royalty crowned during the Bagdad festival were Erica Sheets, queen; Greg Shouse, king; Carrie, princess; Matthew Johnson, prince. Wright Elementary royalty were Jason Honaker, king; Lori Bohannon, queen; Peggy Mathis, princess; Chauncey Johnson, prince....Birth: Michael Todd Brooks....Deaths: Lloyd A. Prevallett, 78; Jones Porter Vares, 68; James Guthrie, 70; Zerelda Baxter Matthews, 82; Lelia Mae Roach Kendall, 80; Sidney Mahuron, 98; Frank Sommers, 88; Rueben B. Casey, 71.
40 years ago, 1969
Officers of the Clark Homemakers Club were Mrs. Ralph Conner, president; Mary Katherine Rhea, vice president; Mrs. Murry Trumbo, secretary-treasurer....George Rogers, 9, a fourth-grade student at Northside Elementary, won first place with his pony in a pet show....Officers elected for the FBLA at Shelbyville High School were Sherry Floyd, president; Patty Bryant, vice president; Cecie Peace, historian; Ruth Ann Parker, secretary; Carolyn Murphy, treasurer; and Betty Ellis, sponsor....Shelbyville High School Key Club officers were Jim Hundley, president; Mike Miller, vice president; Lee Kinsolving, secretary; and Mark Ballard, treasurer....Denise Sutherland was crowned queen during the Shelby County Homecoming celebration....Briggs Lawson was named vice chairman of the House of Delegates for the Kentucky Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults....The men behind the operation of the new Shelby County Vocational School were Edgar Vaughn III, school coordinator; and Fred P. Trammell, superintendent of the Shelby County Board of Education....Serving our country: Sgt. Michael L. Cox took his basic training at Fort Knox, then trained in Alabama for 10 weeks training before leaving for Washington and then to Vietnam....Deaths: Iva Newell Lea, 87; Elizabeth Ellis, 95; Bertha Underwood, 92; Ethel E. Wyatt, 71; Mollie Ann Veech; William Thomas Wade, 56; Thomas Jefferson Morris, 83.
55 years ago, 1954
Miss Martha Lane Hall was crowned queen of the 1954 Tobacco Festival. Edwin Eggen was crowned King. Joy Lewis and Roger Bailey were crowned princess and prince of the festival....Southern Bell Telephone Company came out with a new "hands-free" telephone that included a microphone and loudspeaker arrangement....Margaret Hornback, superintendent of nurses at the King's Daughters Hospital, was named Business Woman of the year....James E. Rogers, 22, was promoted to corporal while serving in Germany with the 5th Infantry Division....Deaths: Dulvin Foree Thornton, 83, native of Shelby County and former State Legislator; Isaiah H. Harrod, 76, father of Melvin L. Harrod; Emma Maddox Stewart, 93, member of the Shelbyville First Christian for 74 years and the oldest member, mother of Mrs. Shannon Ross Shipman and grandmother of Mrs. William Chenault; Virginia Lewis Scearce, 64, prominent educator; Ola M. Tye, a partner in Tye & Wells Road Construction Company of Eminence and mother of Mrs. William Gibbs; Bertha Slemmons, 76, native of Shelbyville.
60 years ago, 1949
Births: Daniel Linwood Brown, William Patrick Burnett....Deaths: Wingate W. Cooper, 60, native of Simpsonville
70 years ago, 1939
Although no official action was taken by the Shelby County Farm Bureau, sponsor of the movement, it was indicated that federal grading of burley tobacco would not be inaugurated on the Shelbyville market for the 1939-40 auction sales season....Deaths: Ira H. Morrison, 45, a one-time Shelbyville druggist and clerk; Rufus D. Kendall, 45, husband of Loula Holmes Kendall; Wallace Garrett Layson, 33, farmer, warehouseman and member of the Republican executive committee; S.E. DeHaven, 82, former Oldham County judge and state senator from the old Oldham-Shelby district.
75 years ago, 1934
Congratulations were extended Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Robinson upon the birth of a daughter, Alma Joyce....Announcement was made of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Baker....Raymond Taylor, painter, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Taylor, died at the King's Daughters Hospital....Bernice Durr Moesser, 63, died at her home at 9th and Main streets....Hiter Reddish, 85, retired businessman of Harrisonville, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.R. Easley....Hester Katherine McCormack Arterburn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCormack of Shelby County, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. George N. Smith in Chicago.
85 years ago, 1924
J. Herbert Maddox and Henry Maddox formed a partnership in the real estate and insurance business with offices in the basement of the courthouse....Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Hardesty received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth Frances Hardesty....Margaret Snider Nation, 86, died at the home of her son, John Nation near Southville....R.K. Matthews, 47, brother of the Rev. Carl S. Matthews, died at his home at Eatonsville, Ga.
90 years ago, 1919
Eleven Shelbyville people narrowly escaped death or serious injury in Georgetown when a train hit the pickup truck in which they were riding....Joseph Burton Hedges, 35, son of Johnny Hedges, 59, who resided near the fairgrounds, was found after 25 years. Joseph was placed in an orphanage at the time of his mother's death, and his father never knew by whom....Jane T. Kent of Bagdad was the new president of the State Federation of Business Woman's Circles of the Baptist Church....Mollie C. Barriger sold her residence and lot on South 10th Street to James S. Neal for $4,000....Orie Z. Riggs bought of W.R. and W.B. Middleton at Cross Keys, 100 acres of land on State Pike for $14,000....The City Council passed an ordinance permitting right turns on red lights in Shelbyville....Alex B. Veech was elected director on the central and western Kentucky Board of Southern States cooperative....Births: Carol Sue Tipton, Karen Charlotte Richards....Captain Matthew S. Martin completed a tour of duty with the Air Force on Okinawa....Deaths: Fannie Mae Warford Fry, 74, native of Shelby County and resided on the old Taylorsville; William Crawford Fields Jr., 45, well known farmer of the Simpsonville area; H.C. Ensminger, 86, resident in the Todds Point neighborhood; Mrs. J.E. Nunn, formerly of Shelby County, died in Colorado of pneumonia; John H. Swigert, 67, a farmer and resident near Finchville; Peter Palmer, retired farmer, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Peter Melear, near Cropper; Jessie B. Kinchloe, 77, died at a New Albany Sanitarium, following six weeks' illness; Erasmus Foree Ditto, 80, well-known retired farmer, died at his home at Eminence; Samuel Gayle Samples, 35, truck driver and former resident of Shelby County; Christian Barham, well known here where he judged horses at the Shelby County Fair.
95 years ago, 1914
W.H. Roe of Shelby County sold to E.H. Taylor Jr. of Frankfort, a Hereford bull calf, Ruechampton IV, 6 month olds, for $1,000....A water, light, heart and power franchise for a term of 20 years was sold at public auction to the Kentucky Utilities Company for $500....Mr. and Mrs. George N. Thompson received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter....John Coleman, 84, formerly of Shelby County, died at his home in Louisville....David Downs died at his home in Pleasureville.