Looking back: April 18, 2014

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1954: Blonde hitch-hiker robs man of $45 on U.S. 60

By Sharon Warner

1989: Finalists for the first Shelbyville High School Alumni Association scholarship selected


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, 2004

Matasha W. Allen, known as “the little mockingbird” composer, conductor and performer, made her operatic debut at the 75th annual Spring Arts Festival at Fisk University. A senior vocal performance major, she played a minor role in an excerpt from “The Magic Flute,” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart…. The Outlaws, which opened a motorcycle club on Seventh Street in August, tried to put on a kindler, gentler face to get the media to focus on the club’s charity work, such as the Easter run for homeless children in Louisville…. Aaron Wiggen graduated from Weeblos to Boy Scouts during Troop 470 Blue and Gold Banquet…. Kevin Wilson was one of nine Kentucky students chosen as a semifinalist for the 2004 Presidential Scholars Program….

I’m one: Zachary Neal Houchin, Jayden Bradley Poe, Kelsey Baker…. Deaths: Alfred T. Donnelman, 58; Mary Etta Howser Lee Finn, 90; Mildred Ruth Mahoney, 67; Beverly L. McCarty, 82; Mary Anne Moore, 73; Cheryl Jean Snider, 59; Gertrude “Trudie” Turner, 80; Sandra “Sandi” Jean Withrow, 38; Charles Williams, 61; Ophelia Allen Thurman, 66; Verda Maxine Bowman Williams, 83.

15 years ago, 1999

Jonlyn Scrogham of Simpsonville competed in the Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee in Louisville…. Cargill Fertilizer and Sparrow's Farm Service were combined under one roof: Miles Farm Center. Miles Enterprises of Owensboro bought out the two long-standing Shelby County businesses.... Sheila Fawbush was the new Cooperative Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences…. Convenience was the hottest thing in banking according to Amy Preher, director of sales and marketing at Shelby County Trust Bank. And, for Shelby County Trust, the latest convenience product was its online banking service.... Dr. David Campola opened his chiropractor office in the Hi-Point business complex on Boone Station Road.... While those opposed to the Plum Run development won a battle at the February zoning meeting, another skirmish may be on tap as developer Hunt Garner and his parent company, D.R. Horton Inc. asked Fiscal Court to review the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission's recommendation and override it to allow the development.... Shelby County's boys' varsity cheerleaders placed fifth out of 15 teams at the University of Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum for the Kentucky Association of Pep Organization Sponsors' (KAPOS) State-At-Large Cheerleading competition.... Phil Bell aced the 238-yard No. 2 hole at Henry County Country Club using a 5-wood. It was the second hole-in-one for the Shelby County High School assistant football coach and teacher and former head baseball coach....

Birth: William Zachary Paul Husband, John Tyler Walker.... Deaths: Delores Jean Tinsley, 47; Eric C. Peyton, 19; P. Elaine Hill, 69; Joanna Faith Holmes, 6-day-old infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Holmes; Larry Spencer McNeal Sr., 49; Gene A. Douglas, 65; George Freeman Fogle, 54; Maude P. McClain, 86; Larry Spencer McNeal Sr., 49; Dillon Carl Lee Porter, infant son of Gregory Lee Porter and Melissa Ann Downey; Frances L. Sallee, 78; Shelby D. Sheets, 63; Allie Mae Spears, 94; James Donald Washburn, 61.

25 years ago, 1989

Donna Burgin Brock was named Nurse of the Year at Frazier Rehabilitation Center in Louisville. She is the daughter of Dollie and John Ellis of Shelbyville and the late Edward Burgin... The five finalists for the first Shelbyville High School Alumni Association scholarship were Beth Willard, Anna Simpson, Melissa Eggen, Holly Wood and Chris Rodgers. The seniors at Shelby County High School competed for the $1,000 scholarship, which was awarded to a descendant of a graduate of Shelbyville High School which closed in 1975 when the city system merged with the county.... George Harris operated a pawnshop on East Washington Street for more than 20 years, Jimmy Adams ran an auction center on Eighth Street for more than 20 years. After Harris and Adams closed their business, Ruth and Tom Hodge mixed the best of both worlds and opened the Shelby Auction Center in Harris' former building near First Street.... Keith Coulter, Shelter Insurance Company's agent in Shelbyville, was honored as one of the company's top producers in life insurance sales.... First Baptist Church converted a house at Second and Bradshaw into a mission on May 7, 1941. Eight years later, the mission became a church. 40 years later, Highland Baptist Church was the home to 630 residents.... Rebecca Jo Clark was awarded a 1989 Pastors' Christian Leadership Scholarship at Georgetown College....

Scout news: Stephen Walker of Boy Scout Troop 164, Centenary United Methodist Church, received his Eagle Scout award in a Court of Honor in the church sanctuary... Henry Rowlette, Nathan Reed, John Moran, Mark Roberts and Tom Scanlan, members of the Rattlesnake Patrol, Cub Scout Pack 133, advanced to Webelos rank.... Cub Scouts from Pack 133, Centenary United Methodist Church, took three of the top five places in the recent Pioneer District Pinewood Derby, where 91 boys competed in the four-county district derby at Bloomfield. Mark Roberts was first, Jason Wilder, second and John Moran, fourth place.... Deaths: George Washington Gash, 78; Alvin W. Ethington, 82; Ernest Smith, 86.

40 years ago, 1974

Winners in the Shelby County Upper Elementary Science Fair for Biological Sciences were Candi Fallis, Ralph Richardson and Ronnie Gardner. For Physical Sciences the winners were Joyce Patterson, Johnny Casey, Stacey Allgood and Jimmy Langston... The sun came out and so did the walkers, all 915 to participate in the second Walkathon sponsored by the Shelby County Vocational School FBLA Club.... Two Shelbyville policemen, Stanley Greenwell and Scott Barnett, were recognized by Gov. Wendell Ford for their efforts in locating Albert Layne, preschool-aged son of Mrs. Dottie Cozine, who was somehow lost in the downtown area of Shelbyville... The Shelbyville Business and Professional Women's Club members announced names of the delegates to the Girls State convention. Kim McCarthy, Shelbyville High School, was selected... Tim Thomas was named the New Youth Minister at Shelby Christian Church....

Birth: Stacy Ann Mitchell…. Serving our country: U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Daniel M. Perry arrived for duty at Kadena AB, Okinawa. The 1968 graduate of Shelby County High School was a radio operator, assigned to a unit of the Air Force Communications Service…. Deaths: Lloyd Palmer, 60; George Surbur, 72; George Cockrell, 71; Mrs. William Dohn, 77; Nellie O'Nan Cook, 75; Frank Thomas Hornback, 62; Lillian Moore Rhea; Ethel Walker Ruff, 82.

55 years ago, 1959

William T. Chenault was named veteran chairman for Bert Combs-Wilson Wyatt team in Shelby County.... Guy B. Lea was elected president of the Shelbyville Tennis Club…. Buck Creek School near Finchville, the last surviving one-room school, was announced to close at the end of the school year…. Linda McBride of Shelbyville High School won a superior, the highest rating, at the state Speech Festival in Lexington…. Waddy Jesse of Shelbyville opened The Shelbyville Auto Supply Company at the old ice plant on Main Street by Clear Creek…. Leroy McMullen was elected vice president of the University of Kentucky chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho social fraternity.... William Crayton and Charles Simpson were given honorable mention in 8th Region by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association... A farm of approximately 240 acres located on Beech Creek near Waddy was sold at the courthouse to settle the estate of Agrosto Hankins. Elmer Bolton of Waddy paid $15,000 for the property... Harold Gray of Bagdad was notified by the State Federation of Music Clubs that he was selected as one of the young musicians who were scheduled to appear on WHAS-TV. Young musicians were chosen from those receiving a superior rating over the state... Elmo Head, retiring principal of Shelbyville High School, was guest of honor at a dinner given by members of the high school faculty at Old Stone Inn…. Edgar Gee Jr., student of Mount Eden School, was awarded a gold plated trophy in basketball for making the highest percentage of foul shots in the Fifth and Sixth grade tournament. His foul shooting was 18 out of 28....

Serving our country: Edward E. Ritchey was promoted to specialist four in Germany, where he is a member of the 724th Ordinance Battalion.... Deaths: Arthur Moore, 36; Tom Howell, 81; Robert L. Stout, 51; Thomas Hendricks Johnston, 76; James Forrest Sutherland, 55; David Earl Hankins, 58; Lewis H. Gruber, 66; Carden M. Brachey, 44; Charlene Mary Derringer, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Derringer; E.H. Rodgers, 73; Maude Bullock, Thomas L. Spradling.

60 years ago, 1954

The first Shelby County Hereford sale was considered very successful by Hereford Association members. Total money transactions amounted to $10,000 for 44 animals, for an average of $220 per animal.... The Kentucky State College Board of Regents approved a $206,434 budget for the Lincoln Institute.... Three men who robbed the Pewee Valley Bank of $1,058 apparently made a clean getaway. Their automobile was reported seen near Simpsonville and was traveling toward Shelbyville at high speed.... Dr. A.L. Birch, veterinarian and horse owner of Shelby County, was the owner of Timely Tip, a brown colt, winner of the Arkansas Derby and leading candidate for the Kentucky Derby of 1954.... Paul Johnson, owner and operator of a barbershop on Main Street between 4th and 5th streets, caught a 6.75-pound largemouth bass in Clear Creek.... A blonde female hitchhiker, described as 22-to-25 years old, about 5-feet-2 and weighing about 110 pounds, pulled a gun on a Lexington man en route to Louisville, forced him to take his clothes off and stole $45, leaving him with only his shoes, shorts and shirt.... Steiden Easter grocery specials: Ocean Spray cranberry sauce, two cans for 38 cents; fresh full-dressed frying chickens, cut up and pan ready, 45 cents/pound; large crisp Pascal celery, two stalks for 29 cents; large iceberg lettuce, two heads for 29 cents; Argo vacuum-packed coffee, 1-pound can, 99 cents; Superbrand grade "A" large fresh eggs, 49 cents/dozen; Del Monte peaches, 29 cents; Charmin toilet tissue, four rolls for 25 cents; Pepsi-Cola six pack, 25 cents (plus bottle deposit).... The Shelby Sentinel classified specials: 20-inch girls' bicycle, $9. Phone 762-W; take over unpaid balance of $77.40 on 12-piece bedroom outfit.... Brazin's one-day paint sale: DeHart quality decorative enamel, pint for 79 cents; quarts $1.29; gallons $4.39....

Serving our country: Pvt. Albert L. Frye arrived in Pusan, Korea, for duty with the 84th Engineer Construction Battalion. His unit was helping to rebuild American installations destroyed by the big Pusan fire of last November.... Deaths: Barbara Carol Crafton, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Crafton; James William Cardwell, 80, retired farmer; Bessie McConnell Spears, 71, wife of Robert H. Spears; W.F. Hays, 80, husband of Anna Bell Hays; Clarence Albert Hamilton, 80, father of Della C. Hamilton

70 years ago, 1944

More than 200 pupils attended the Regional Music Festival held at Shelbyville High School. Thirty-two events were held throughout the day and 11 schools were represented.... 34 members from the Bagdad Chapter Future Farmers of America brought home first district honors from the District Future Farmers Contests held at Jeffersontown.... Deaths: Bettie K. Allen, 86; Lieut. Paul True Barnett; Lulie Shannon Harbison, 50.

80 years ago, 1934

Birth: Donald Hugh Washburn.... Deaths: Clinton M. Greathouse, 81; Alvan Harbison; Mrs. John W. Hughes; Robert H. Graham.

90 years ago, 1924

Four shares of Citizens Bank stock sold at auction for $170.50 per share.... John M. Moore, president of the National Fidelity Bank and Trust Co., Kansas City, Mo., a former resident of Shelby County, was caught after a shortage was found in his books of $600,000… Births: Charles W. Stout, Helen Grant Ritchie…. Death: Dr. M.H. Webb, 83.