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10 years ago, 2002
Kathy Davis, East Middle School instructional assistant, wrote a poem. and it was published in “Celebrate! Educators Speak Out!.” The Other Woman’s Lamentwas the title....Kentucky State Police Commissioner Patrick Simpson presented Sgt. Phillip Crumpton with his promotional certificate at a ceremony in Frankfort. An 11-year veteran of the state police, Crumpton also was recognized for graduating from the Sergeant’s Leadership Academy....Jeff Butts blazed his trail toward the Eagle status after sprucing up the Lakeview Trail at Taylorsville Lake in Spencer County....Antonia Slaughter, 17-year-old senior at Shelby County High School, was named beauty queen at the Martinsville Fellowship Day on Labor Day....Vernon Sanders opened Sanders Antiques at 320 Main St. in Shelbyville....Births: Valerie Susan Wright, Maya Rose Dalton, Jade Nicole Price, Alyssa Helena Hance, Ethan Samuel Mason....Deaths: Mary Dean Knoppe Dunn, 52; Albro Hall, 83; Ollie Burns Masters, 88; William Hughes McGee, 69; Richard Lee “Buddy” Sipes Sr., 65; James G. “Jim” Thurman Sr., 77; James Lay, 81; R. Dean Davis McGruder, 83.
15 years ago, 1997
Jonathon Ford and Casey Hinkle were among 15,000 students nationwide chosen the National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists....The New Mount Zion Baptist Church celebrated the 12th anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Kilen Gray, along with his wife Cassandra....J.W. Hundley, 102, received his 60-year Masonic pin. Receiving 50-year pins were Guy B. Lea and Dr. S.D. Weakley; 40-year pins went to Bobby Harrod, James Johnson and Charles Masters; 25 to Frank Cowherd, William Welch and Gayle Harper....Heather Blankenship was the new bookmobile librarian for the Shelby County Public Library....Births: Alan Eugene Gordon, Darryl Dwayne Jones Jr., Mary Elizabeth Ridgeway, Jacob Randall Smither, John Fox Stevenson, Kelsey Taylor Woods....I’m one: Jonathon Morgan Coffey, Tristan Lane Perry, Tyler Glen Osborn....Deaths: Ruth Greenwood Cumberledge, 72; Judy Ann Witt Eades, 49; Fred Estes, 78; Charles Grant Graybill, 96; Lou Ann Ethington Harper, 85; Herbert T. Jennings, 89; Ronald O. James, 49; Carroll J. Kiefer, 69; Gus Mischler, 83; Rose Wells Witherspoon, 71.
25 years ago, 1987
National merit semifinalists were seniors Holli Bradford, John Pulliam and Laura Kerr....Two calls in less than a week to the Simpsonville Volunteer Fire Department involved potentially dangerous chemicals....Judy Gorrell, who has been teaching school this year without textbooks, relied on copies of The Sentinel-Newsand discussion of continents and oceans as reference material. The enrollment projections caused a delay in ordering textbooks....Elected during the Campaign '87 at Northside Elementary for 1987-88 were Brad Nelson as president and Christus Hays as vice president....Jim Wright was the new assistant coach to help Shelby County High School boys' head basketball coach Ed Mason. Norris Beckley, Lowell Ashby and Paul Smith were the para-professionals hired to assist Mason....Val Guth returned from the West Bank after a month-long work-study program designed to broaden Americans' views of the Middle East....Gerald Wilkins, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound basketball player with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association, spoke out against drugs during an appearance at the Shelby County Community Center....Tim Stivers was the new salesman at Long Motors in downtown Shelbyville....Brenner's Gallery moved from the north side of Main to the south side in the former site occupied by Beveled Edge. The owner of both shops was Carol Payton....Steve Cloninger was elected president to the Shelby County Ministerial Alliance. Clay Smith was secretary/treasurer and Sally McClain was vice president....Wal-Mart department store in Midland Center donated $50 toward items to be used by Shelby EMS for a decontamination chamber for calls involving hazardous materials....Koko Kamata was part of the Open Door Student Exchange program. She was the seventh house guest Vivian Overall(seated) had welcomed since 1982....Robbie Houchin set a course record for the 1600-meter run and the Shelby County boys' middle school team won over Carroll County in a cross-country meet at Clear Creek Park. Houchin, an eighth-grader, covered the course in 7 minutes and 27 seconds to take 3 seconds off the previous record....Deaths: Madeline A. Webster, 73; John Arthur Boldin, 87; Ruby Cox Marion, 85; Elizabeth Blaydes Walters, 70; Sam S. Watson, 52; Ethyle Ricie Money, 90; Mildred Wilborn Lancaster, 74; Patsy Ann Lanham Milburn, 50.
40 years ago, 1972
Ralph and Lillian Wade purchased Roberts' Country Store on the Mount Eden Road from Elizabeth Roberts....The double celebration of Colonel Sanders' birthday and the kickoff for the county park was a big success. The event was held at the Shelbyville Country Club....Bobby Swindler was named the new manager of Ehrler's Farm Dairy Store on U.S. 60 West....Shelbyville's Special Education teacher, Tina Tipton, was asked to participate in the 1972 state conference for Teachers of Exceptional Children to the held in Louisville at the Seelbach Hotel. She is in charge of a group entitled Teaching the Trainable Mentally Retarded....Peggy Harrell, daughter of former Shelby County High School Coach Bill Harrell, was named first runner-up in the Miss National Teenager Pageant in Atlanta....Bill and David Miles of Bagdad exhibited the champion in the Senior FFA Division and also the 2-year-old Futurity winner....Deaths: Pearl Spurlock Ogden, 76; Gracie Lee Wilson Hedges, 50; Hallie Dees, 75; Emitt C. Slucher, 85; Thelma Haydon Roberts, 59; Gorda Catlett, 84; Bertie Roberts, 90; Mary Lee Sampson, 78; Mrs. Elmer McClain.
55 years ago, 1957
Members from Bagdad who won the Future Farmers of America poultry judging competition at the Kentucky State Fair for the fourth consecutive year were Maurice Belwood, Bobby Moore, Coach Fred D. Trammell and Benny Bailey, who was also the top man in individual competition....Donald Turner's 3-year-old Ayrshire cow was tops in the 4-H show at the state fair. He won the showmanship contest for Ayrshire Breed....Mrs. T.B. Shaver won 15 blue ribbons in the African Violet competition at the fair and the grand sweepstakes prize on her collection of house plants....Laban Jackson was appointed Dan Boone campaign chairman for the Boy Scouts finance drive, including the counties of Shelby, Henry, Trimble and Carroll....The Simpsonville Future Farmers of America came out victorious with 821 points in dairy-cattle-judging at the state fair. The individual high scorer was Bobby Smith of the Simpsonville chapter, 294 out of a possible 300 points....Mrs. Edmund Noland was commissioned by Gov. A.B. Chandler to serve as a delegate to the governor's second annual Conference on Education....By unanimous vote the Business and Professional Women's Club selected Catherine Rucker as Business Woman of the Year....Birth: Lester Thomas Ford, Mark Edward Kerr, Gary Hart Allen, Ann Grider Slyke....Serving our country: Spec. 3 James H. Bruner, 25, was assigned as a mail clerk in Company D of the 7th Division's 34th Infantry in Korea....Deaths: Charles W. Henry, 29; Neville Broughton, 35; Weaver Middleton; Mary Pryor Taylor, 86; Florida Lambert Shaver, 73; Frederick Saunders Robertson, 82; Emma Cottrell Choate, 79; Guthrie D. Bramlett, 30; John W. Driskell, 65.
60 years ago, 1952
Luray Jewelers celebrated the formal opening of their new and larger store at 537 Main St. in Shelbyville (formerly Kroger grocery store building)....Almeda Weaver, who was with the Shelby County Health Department for more than two years, accepted a position in the Division of Clerks and Records with the department. Mrs. Waddy Jesse replaced her as clerk with the local unit....Only one case of polio was reported. Hopes were high that the dreaded disease was on the decline....Dolly Wheeler entered Transylvania College, having won one of the college's top voice scholarships.
70 years ago, 1942
The Shelbyville Red Devils started their 1942 football season with a 6-0 victory over the Harrodsburg Pioneers....The car of Alvin Cook of Mount Eden was forced off the road by a hit-and-run driver between Mount Eden and Southville....A suit for $3,000 was filed in the Shelby Circuit Court by Sarah Kaltenbacher against the Southeastern Greyhound Lines for alleged injuries received in July on the Midland Trail....Robert Swindler, employee of the Shelby Motor Company, was burned about the left arm and leg when a can of gasoline became ignited near where he was at work....Serving our country: Dorothy Bowlby, former music teacher at Science Hill, was in the Pacific war zone as a Red Cross worker....Navy Ensign Philip H. Arbogast was lost on routine gunnery flight from a naval air station at Norfolk, Va. A search by Naval aircraft and Coast Guard vessels failed to uncover any trace of his plane....Robert H. Price Jr. was promoted to private first class....Davis Shouse, who had been in the U.S. Army for two years and was in Northern Ireland, was promoted from staff sergeant to technical sergeant. He had been overseas since June....Deaths: Jefferson Pace, 79; Delitha Isbell Sayles, 82.
80 years ago, 1932
Interurban railroad asked City of Shelbyville to lower the $500 yearly rental on right-of-way through town because of poor business....A fire that threatened to destroy several homes at Clayvillage leveled a 2-story residence and garage of E.M. Miller. Neighbors and the Shelbyville Fire Department saved the store building and home of J.C. Vannatta. A bucket brigade used up all the water from three wells....The 156-acre farm of W.C. Hanna, located in the northern part of the county, was sold to Wirth Ellis of Eminence for $10,000....George L. Pickett was appointed chairman of the State Game and Fish Commission, paid $2,500 a year; Amgrose Dudley was appointed chairman of the State Public Welfare Board at a salary of $5,000 per year....Birth: Henry Jackson Ford....Deaths: Joseph Alexander Logan; Sarah E. Tucker; Mrs. Logan Watson; James Warren Coots, 73; Tildon Miller, 55.
90 years ago, 1922
A motor bus line was established between Shelbyville and Lawrenceburg, with two roundtrips a day....Allen Dale Farm’s Jerseys won all of the championships and grand championships and took first premium in all of the classes except for the 2-year-old heifers at the Lexington fair....The northern part of the county was visited by a high wind of nearly cyclonic proportions. Many barns, silos and, in some instances, residences were considerably damaged. W.C. Brooks lost two barns and Louis Roberts, W.H. Mitchell, Luther Woods, Asa Bryant, Joseph Williams and Raymond Thomas also lost barns....Deaths: Simeon Shuck; Henry Gorin, Eva Bruce; Allen Elston Hughes; Annie O'Neal, 60; Armond Mahoney, 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.Z. Mahoney.