1954: Shelbyville Mayor ends time in office after 20 years

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By Glen Jennings

 10 years ago…

In 2009, James Aaron Clark, who admitted to setting nine houses on fire, was indicted on arson charges. Clark, 27, was charged with first-degree arson, which carries a penalty of 20 years in prison to life, and second-degree arson as well as criminal mischief. The severity of the charges was due to injuries a firefighter sustained while extinguishing one of the fires. When Clark was arrested, Senior Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Goodwin said that Clark admitted to setting the fires intentionally and that he had done so to relieve stress, although detectives in the case said he did not intend to hurt anyone. The pattern of fires began in July of 2007 and continued through October of 2008.

Shelby County High School introduced a new cell phone policy. The new rules tightened the school’s existing cell phone policy, stopping short of banning the phones completely, but did strictly prohibit their usage during the school day. The school’s interim principal, Michael Rowe, said the policy was instituted due to students taking pictures and videos of their classmates without consent and sometimes posting those photos on the internet. He added that some students had even used their phones to text test answers to other students. Under the policy, students were expected to turn their cell phones off during school hours. Students found to be in violation had their phones confiscated for 24 hours.

The late Rev. Louis Coleman was honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. Citizenship Award. The award, given to people who embody the spirit and energy of Dr. Martin Luther King, was given to Coleman for his civil rights advocacy and work with the Justice Resource Center in Louisville and Shelbyville. Then governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear planned to attend the ceremony, stating that it was “truly appropriate” that Coleman receive the award.

Shelby County High School honored two of its legends at its homecoming games. The two players, Mike Casey and Terry Davis, both were named Mr. Basketball during their time playing in Shelby County. They were the only two to receive the title. Casey led Shelby County to its first state title in 1966 and would later become a starter at the University of Kentucky. Davis led the state in scoring in 1968 and played for Western Kentucky University. Davis called Casey the founding father of sports in Shelby County. Davis himself scored an average of 35.4 points per game during his heyday.

Shelby County said goodbye to Shirley Estes Bryant; Emma C. Dooley; Michael Wayne Reed; Ralph Leon Thomas; and Lucinda Edgington Way.


15 years ago…

In 2004, the first Shelby County baby of the new year, Christian Jon Moltzan, was born at 11:42 p.m. at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville.

The Sentinel-News promoted writer Walt Reichert to the associate editor position and brought in Terri Miller as a new staff writer.

David Woodcock became the new manager of Shelbyville’s Walmart Supercenter. He brought more than 14 years of experience to the job.

The ThyssenKrupp Budd plant in Shelbyville laid off 20 workers indefinitely, citing “internal productivity improvements designed to streamline operations and make the company more productive.”

Pegasus Satellite Television honored Soundtronics, a local dealer, with its Installation Excellence Award. Henry Byrnside, who owned and operated Soundtronics Satellite Sales and Installation, also managed a local Radioshack.

Shelby County said goodbye to Robert Edward Hughes; Lloyd T. Banta; Ralph Broughton; Doshie Rose Bunch; Regina Beth Casper; Wilma Lucille Stigers Harrod; Carl H. Hedges; Donald Garth Mercurio; Opal Craig Metts; Larry W. Murphy; Glenna R. Nelson; Bennie Marie Lewis Patterson; Hallie K. Chadwell Williams; Walter Alton Derringer; William W. Moffett; Shirley J. Moore-Barnes; and Glenna R. Nelson.


20 years ago…

In 1999, a student at Wright Elementary got to have a dream vacation thanks to the efforts of several residents. Lesley Smith, Sarah Knopf, Ashley Hedges and Emily Bowers raised $300 for their “Make a Dream Come True Project.” The group got the idea for the project from Oprah Winfrey and her promotion of the Angel Network.

Three of the county’s biggest employers announced plans to expand. Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, the Budd Company and Katayama America were working on expansion plans that would spell good news for job hunters, with a combined 170 new jobs between the two auto parts manufacturers. It was unclear if Jewish Hospital Shelbyville’s expansion would bring more jobs as well.

Shelby County Junior Miss Ashley Elizabeth Hedges planned to represent Shelby County and compete at the Kentucky Junior Miss Program in Lexington.

Fifth-grade student Seth Brown of Simpsonville won the school-level competition of the National Geography Bee. His victory put him in line for the chance at a $25,000 college scholarship.

The Fraternal Order of the Police raised more than $6,000 during its Shop with a Cop program. The funds would go to help 34 less fortunate children with their Christmas celebrations.

The Modern Woodman of America, a fraternal life insurance society, chose to honor Kevin Burke for his contributions to the community. Burke was the assistant director of Operation Care and was primarily tasked with communication, including interviewing people to learn more about who they were and what they needed.

The Salvation Army raised a total of $19,242.83 from their holiday season collections.

Shelby County said goodbye to Emma Little; Thomas Watson Clements; Dorothy Sutherland Louden; Channing Taylor Tracy, the infant son of Keith and Robin Tracy; and Robert Henry Turner.


30 years ago…

In 1989, Mitchell Tinsley, a basketball player for Shelby County, took his turn at the ceremonial net cutting following the Rockets’ 64-55 win over host Spencer County. It was Shelby County’s fourth win in a row, giving them the title for the Druthers’ Holiday Tournament.

Shelby County’s downtown shuffle, which began in November when Lerman’s-Lincoln Department Store announced its plans to close, continued with the announcement that Smith-McKenney’s owners were thinking of changing locations thanks to a lack of parking and thinning crowds. It was the older of the two local drugstores, the other of which was located in Village Plaza and was not having the same difficulties.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was recognized with a Presidential Award for Private Sector Initiatives in recognition of its efforts to raise the quality of life in Wal-Mart communities and in support of its fundraising for community action groups.

Sherman Riggs’ home was raided while his family slept, marking the second time the family had been robbed in eight years.

The Cabinet for Human Resources gave Shelbyville’s Colonial Hall Manor the state’s highest rating for patient care in a long-term facility.

Shelby County said goodbye to Noreen Mae Ellis; James O. Imel Sr.; Lucille C. Bramblett; Arnoldine F. Hargadon; Edwin Powell Puckett; Mary E. Milburn Lair; Charles Arthur Stokes; Sylvia Mae Murphy Waldridge; Zora Bell Adams Thompson; Mary Dell Troxell; and Robert L. Towson.


65 years ago…

In 1954, Della C. Hamilton, after a 30-year commitment to Shelbyville’s Standard Oil Company, was given a gold service pin with one diamond.

John G. Meehan retired after 48 years serving at the Shelbyville Post Office.

Robert F. Matthews was the outgoing mayor after 20 years of service to Shelbyville. The incoming mayor was Harold Saunders, who would serve a four-year term.

Louis Payne grew an average yield of 102 bushels an acre from five acres of corn.

Warren Rogers Rogers was promoted to Airman First Class. He was a member of the Headquarters Squadron, Maintenance and Supply Group.

James C. Shannon was promoted to corporal. He was serving with the Army’s I Corps in Korea at the time.

Joseph A. Biagi, who had been serving with the Judicial Department of the U.S. Army in Berlin, returned home. He had previously served three years as a member of the U.S. Army in WWII’s European Theatre and completed his prelaw coursework at the Liberal Arts College in Louisville.

Ray T. Cowherd was promoted to Gunner’s Mate third class USN. He was serving aboard the heavy cruiser USS Helena.

Billy G. Richardson, a 21-year-old U.S. Army Private, arrived in Korea and reported for duty along with the 45th Infantry Division.

Pvt. Buddy C. Yount, 21, became a member of the 25th Infantry Division’s headquarters in Korea.

Cpl. James P. Hanna Jr. came home to the U.S. He had served with the Korean Base Section.

Shelby County said goodbye to Pfc. Charles H. McAtee, who was presumed dead after serving with the 25th Infantry, second division; N.J. Cowherd; William J. Greer; Sidney Steiner Smth; Walter Faught; Clarence W. Arnold; Ira Julian Evans; Norman Curtis Moore; Mrs. Alodia L. Strepy Harris; Berry Whitehouse; Ida Belle Smith Yount; Emma Wood; John Wesley Lawson; Margaret Diana Lawson, the 8-year-old daughter of Jack Lawson; Mrs. Yeba Mathews Thomas; Lawrence Kent; Oren Cornelius; Edward M. Hornback; and Aris “Buddy” Hughes.


75 years ago…

In 1944, Minor Paul Bottom, George Thurston Dawson, William Rille Samples, John Arch Clark, Elbert Stanley McGarvey, Ellis Henry Simpson and Roy Mattingly were each accepted for service in the U.S. Army.

Hazel Weakley graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s in home economics and earned an appointment to intern in dietetics with John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.

Shelby County said goodbye to Dr. John Hardy MacNeill, the former pastor of Shelbyville Christian Church.