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1973: Finchville chosen as top airport site

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, 2003

On her way to work at the Cooperative Extension Service, Dana Jenkins sometimes waited on Mount Eden Road for 20 minutes to get through the intersection at I-64; Cathie Wiegand, who worked at the Commonwealth Bank branch on Mount Eden Road, said she has set on the ramp for up to 12 minutes waiting to get onto Mount Eden Road. A 5-car fender bender was blamed was blamed on impatience as drivers waiting a long time to get off the interstate. Traffic engineers fixed a bad detector on the eastbound ramp that seemed to relieve some of the tie-ups in the morning....Kevin Hayes Wilson, a senior at Shelby County High School, was one of 72 students in the United States to score a perfect 36 on this summer’s ACT....Police officers of the new Shelbyville Police Station, said they noticed and heard strange things – doors in the building open and close by themselves, and bangs are heard as if someone is beating on the walls. Wendy Rutledge placed a teddy bear on stairs after what she believed was a ghost grabbed her and was believed to have said, “Why didn’t you bring me a toy?” Secretary Carla Gravett’s bottom desk drawer opened, without help, all the way out. It was believed to be the ghost, maybe of a child....George Poulter retired from the Kentucky Department of Transportation after 16 years of service....Births: Ashley Renee Pulliam, Mallory Renee Steverson....I’m one: Kyle James Sorrells, Ethan and Emily Curtis....Deaths: Vincent O. Mickie, 53; Mary Brainard Bell Mitchell, 83; George Thomas “Tommy” Marshall Jr., 85; Everett Raisor, 87; Greg Ferris Servi, 40; James Walter “Jim” Sherley, 64; Donald Kirk Thrap, 89; William J. “Bill” Moffett, 77; James Murphy, 28; Albert Marion Bryant, 82; Clay V. Young, 71.

15 years ago, 1998

Roy Catlett had devoted his life to agriculture. However, after Sept. 3, the 60-year-old, who had served 31 years as Shelby County's Cooperative Extension Agent for Agriculture, would retire. "At my age I'd rather walk out than be carried out," he jokingly told friends when he made the decision....Bob Blair retired as principal of Southside Primary but was back in the school system as the interim coordinator for the Family Resource Center at Heritage Elementary....The 1998 WHAS Crusade for Children collected more than $5.5 million – of which $105,000 was earmarked for Shelby County agencies....Led by the serving of Bessie Tinsley, Shelby County High School's volleyball team opened its season with its first-ever victory....Julie Kinsolving was named Realtor of the Year....Katayama American Company Inc., a local supplier to the auto industry, announced plans to build a 40,000-square-foot addition to its Shelbyville plant, which was expected to create 110 new jobs....Births: Alyssa Shea Epperson, Linda Marie Smith....I'm one: Mary Elizabeth Ridgway....Deaths: Lillie Mae Berry, 85; Paul R. “Bud” Hall, 76; Waneita T. Kephart, 82; Mary J. Moore, 86; Thomas Lee Smith, 93; May M. "Sweetheart" Thompson, 87; Cecil Cheak, 70; Oscar Thomas "Tom" Kays, 88; Maxine Frances Coleman Smith, 70.

25 years ago, 1988

As tears streamed down her face, Hope Wilson graciously accepted a crown to become the ninth Miss Black Pageant queen....Science Hill Inn extended its hours with a new liquor ordinance that would allow the restaurant to sell liquor by the drink. Sarah's was also affected by the ordinance that allowed restaurants that seat at least 100 people and hotels that sleep at least 50 people to apply for the license....Mike Tipton joined the Republic Bank of Shelby County as vice president....MD Electric Company opened its doors at 2108 U.S. 60 East past Shelby County High school. Owners were Alton Webb, Jim Dobson and Barry Marston....Bill Hisle was named general manager at Casa Grisanti Restaurant at 1000 East Liberty St....Nine candidates filed for school board seats held by incumbents John Doyle Wilson, Jim Henson and Linda Scearce, each of whom decided not to seek another term....A Japanese industry, Katayama Lugygo Ltd., signed a contract to buy 30 acres in Midland Industrial Park with the intention of locating an auto parts plant there....William K. Evans, 55, was seriously injured in a 5-vehicle pile-up in Graefenburg which closed U.S. 60 for three hours....Births: Adam Bradley Redmon, Jack Charles Freeman, Emma Christine Smith....Sharon Patricia Reynolds, 40, was described as a person of courage, a fighter, someone who was determined to live – even though the odds were against her. The wife of Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Bruce Reynolds died after a 6-week struggle. After five surgeries at Norton Hospital it was discovered she had an aneurism....Other deaths: Rebecca "Beck" Smith, 92; John William Cummins, 74; Nelson Riker Newton, 56.

40 years ago, 1973

Bridwell Terhune moved into his new hair style shop in Village Plaza Shopping Center. Sam Hinkle was one of his early customers....The Shelby County High School band returned home with the first-place trophy from Hemlock Band Camp at General Butler State Park in Carrollton. Named Mr. and Miss Music were Bruce Willis, trombonist, and Anne H. Maxwell, field commander....A Finchville site was selected as the No. 1 choice for the proposed Louisville-Shelbyville airport. The other choices, in order of preference, were Shelbyville, Bellview and Smithfield, with the expansion of Standiford Field as the last alternative....William Michael Popp of Shelbyville was a member of the graduating Kentucky State Police Cadet Class 47....Gary Jones, who lost both legs in an automobile accident several months earlier, purchased a pre-cut home and with the help of an abundance of friends was having the home assembled....Paul LeCompte resigned his position with Shannon Funeral Service and purchased an interest in Hall-Taylor Funeral Home....Newspapers publishers all across the state were cutting corners every way possible to conserve newsprint when paper shortage was a reality in Kentucky....Denise Puckett was crowned 1973 Miss Waddy Ruritan....Lamar Hundley Jr. served as manager of the new agency in Shelby County, Magruder-Wood Insurance Co....Deaths: Glenna Combs Dixon, 52; Goldie Perkins Berridge, 59; R. Grafton Cayce; James R. Ritter, 92; William Chris Graybeal, 92; Annie Wade Kesler, 92; Morris T. “Tom” Wood, 83; M.J. Stevens, 56.

55 years ago, 1958

Charles Henry Wills was a graduate of the College of Law in Emory University, Atlanta....The finals of the State Croquet Tournament were played on the Shelbyville court, with Junior Sassar and Don Scanlon of Liberty defeating Clayton Baker and James Eddington of Shelbyville in three games out of five....Maurice Cole, who returned from a tour of duty in the Army, was the new assistant Shelby County agricultural agent. He replaced Al Wilson who enlisted in the Army in August....Winn-Dixie grocery list: Del Monte or Astor brand coffee, pound 65 cents; nugget whole or halve peaches, four cans $1; Swansdown, white, yellow or angel food cake mix, four 8-ounce packages $1; Land O'Sunshine butter, pound 59 cents; Fischers Mellwood sliced bacon, pound 65 cents; U.S. No. 1 Russet baking potatoes, 10 pound bag 59 cents; frozen Banquet pot pies, five for $1....Births: Anetra Ann King, Cynthia Lynn Crump....Serving our country: George H. McDonald, seaman, USN, served aboard the submarine USS Piper, which made its 8,000th drive off New London, Conn., its home port....Deaths: Gertrude Hopewell Gill, 75, widow of George W. Gill; Lillie Dale Moore, 78, native of Shelby County and a resident of Finchville; E.F. Poe, 90, retired farmer and father of Dempsie C. Poe; Margaret Lawrence, 81, resident of the Bagdad community; Walter Duncan Morgan, 66, retired mechanic and prominent resident of Simpsonville; Anna Moesser Ellwanger, 90, widow of William P. Ellwanger; Ben M. Pollard, 94, retired farmer.

60 years ago, 1953

The Shelbyville Red Devils dropped their opening game, 13-0, to Fort Knox....The city council appointed Ben Matthews as city judge to complete the unexpired term of John W. Lawson, who had been compelled to resign because of poor health....Fifty-nine pints of blood were given during the regular visit of the Bloodmobile to Shelbyville; 14 of the donors were from Roll Forming....Thieves broke into the Pan-Am Station in the Highlands and escaped with about $100 in cash and four boxes of cigars. The station was owned and operated by Jack Gray and Louis McDavitt, both of Shelbyville....The Shelbyville National Farm Loan Association announced plans to build an office building costing between $30,000 and $40,000 at the corner of 11th and Main....Deaths: C.S. Shelburne; Hobert Lyons.

70 years ago, 1943

The days of scorched fields and crops, hauling of water that farmers have endured for the past months were gone after a heavy rain of an inch or more. However, three barns were destroyed in an electrical storm....Goodyear Service Store, located across the street from The Sentinel, moved its office to 617 West Main St. in the building formerly occupied by the City Cafe....A 35-year-old man was arrested by Shelbyville police for prowling through the home of Mrs. Everett Riggs. When asked what he was doing there, he said he was looking for the post office....Births: Patricia Ann Shields, Billy Mack Gaunce....Serving our country: Donnie, a 16-month-old Scotch shepherd dog belonging to Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Pace, was accepted through the Lexington recruiting station for the U.S. Army and was sent to Fort Royal, Va., for training....Lt. Robert S. Roberts, co-pilot on B-17 flying fortress, sent a letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Roberts, that he had landed safely in England....Paul T. Barnett of Bagdad was promoted to first lieutenant....Judge Coleman Wright was promoted to the rank of master sergeant in the U.S. Air Corps....Deaths: C. Fred Coffman, 80; Varnie R. Moore, 47; Mary Bell Brawner, 29; Rosa Stifel Ruh, 77.

80 years ago, 1933

Four hijackers seized an A&P truck on Veechdale Road and looted it, after binding and gagging the driver....Thieves forced a door and stole 200 pounds of sugar and a barrel of flour from T.H. Hardesty and Sons grocery, four doors from the police station....Admission to the Kentucky State Fair were adults for 35 cents and children for 10 cents....Mayor Paul Schmidt promised additional night policemen after a series of disturbances and assaults had taken place on Clay and Washington streets....G. Murrell Middleton and Ralph Gilbert were locked in a bitter battle for a seat in the state legislature....Ann Tipton Howser succeeded Mary Anna Watson as head bookkeeper at the Shelby County Trust & Banking Company....In county elections: Harry F. Walters unseated county judge George L. Willis Jr. 4,097 to 2,328; Coleman Wright whipped John Dawson Buckner for county attorney, 4,056 to 2,457; and the sheriff's ticket headed by M.M. Haley prevailed over the W.A. Smith group, 3,493 to 3,093; Ralph Gilbert ran past Murrell Middleton for state representative, 4,408 to 2,171....Death: A.C. (Cam) Long Jr., 43; Dudley H. Botts; Mrs. J.F. Payne; Milton Roberts; J.S. Wilson; Nannie Bright.

85 years ago, 1928

The Austin L. Moore Realty Company sold a house and lot on Beechwood Avenue for Mrs. Willie S. Ratta to Stanley Schooler for $5,800....At a meeting of the Shelby County Democratic Committee held with 22 of the 34 precinct members present in person or by proxy, Judge E.H. Davis was elected chair, to succeed George N. Thompson, who resigned, and Richard Randolph was chosen secretary....Schuster Bros. of Louisville, one of the strongest teams of that city, defeated the Simpsonville baseball team, 2-1....Deaths: Dr. Joseph Glass Venable, 52, Presbyterian Minister.

90 years ago, 1923

Charlie M. Perkins sold his residence on Adair Avenue to T.R. Webber for $8,000....A general campaign began under the direction of Joseph D. Hall to raise $16,000 to pay off the indebtedness on the King's Daughters Hospital....Henry H. Denhardt announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor. He was well-known in Shelby County....Deaths: Thornton Johnson Sr., a retired farmer.

95 years ago, 1918

A 3.25-pound bass, the largest taken in a local stream for the season, was captured above the water works by Harry N. Lockridge....Wakefield, Riner and Downs sold 608 acres of land near Charleston, Inc., in three tracts; one of 128 acres to J.C. Bright of Shelbyville at $60 per acre; another of 253 acres to W.J. Kesler, Bagdad at $68 per acre; and the third of 229 acres to Joseph Hieatt of Louisville at $50 per acre....Deaths: Addie Cinnamon, sister of C.C. Cinnamon; Sara West Marshall, 60; Richard Burton, 88.