Looking Back: Feb. 1, 2013

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1973: POW Ben Pollard released in Vietnam

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

Aaron Edelson was named the 2002 Outstanding Young Alumnus by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture....Harvey Sutherland Jr. was named the Outstanding Cropper Farmer for 2002 by the Cropper Ruritan Club....Brandon Ogden and Amanda Dawson graduated from Bluegrass Challenge Academy at Fort Knox in December after successfully completing a 22-week residential program that follows core components of basic education, citizenship, lifecoping skills, job skills, health and hygiene, physical training and community service in a quasi-military environment....Shelby County Magistrate Tony Carriss was appointed as a board trustee for the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) Advance Revenue Program board as the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association (KMCA) representative to the KACo’s board of directors....Roy Bailey, owner of Bailey’s Service Center on Hill-N-Dale Road, received a plaque as a Carquest Excellence Award’s national nominee....Births: Noah Dayle Baumgartner, Margaret Crystal Burk, Kanden Da’Shon Farris, Grayson Spencer Foley, Taylor Grace Lyon, Brooklyn Faith Sloan, Charity Taylor Woods, Steven Alexander Banta, Angelica Louana Marie Brown, Megan Renee Satterwhite....James Alvin “Jay” Carriss died of a fatal heart attack shortly after confronting teenagers who were allegedly burglarizing his store. Three 17-year-old boys faced charges in the Southville man’s death....Other deaths: Frederic Chapman, 66; James H. Snow, 74; Andrew J. Gibbs, 84; John T. Andres, 67; Edna Bernice Nicholson, 68; James Cecil Richardson, 67.


15 years ago, 1998

Shelby County Fiscal Court gave $8,000 to the Mount Eden Ruritan Club for the playground and new building under construction on property owned by the Ruritans on the grounds of the horseshoeing school on KY 53 South....Four firefighters were promoted within the Shelbyville Fire Department. Willard "Tiger" Tucker, with the city department 9 years, was named assistant chief; John Hance, firefighters for 23 years, was promoted to sergeant; Troy Ethington, a firefighter for 13 years, was named captain for the city department; and Chris Miller, who had just started with the city department after having been with East 60 Fire District for 7 years, was promoted to lieutenant....Officer Gary Kuhlman and Officer Kelly Cable completed training and were prepared to take to the streets of Shelbyville as new police officers....Mary Kinderman, 69, retired as tour coordinator and newsletter editor for the Aging Program at Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency....Lisa Cheak, full-time manager, and Sabrina DeZern, assistant manager, opened a franchise of Curves in Shelbyville, a fitness facility exclusively for women, which was co-owned by Jennifer Lamkin....Six-year-old Treana Labre' Redd and 4-year-old Tymber Logan Redd appeared in a regional Kroger commercial....Births: Ryan Noel Goodlett, Victoria Ann McDonald, Savannah Lee Slusher, Hannah Ruth Sutherland, Ryan Carter Welch....Deaths: Dorothy Marie Breeden Abbott, 62; Clifford M. Black, 91; Harold Dean Covington, 77; James Zoeller Downs, 87; Annabel Willhite Hoagland, 87; Ollie Dean Lowry, 95.


25 years ago, 1988

Loretta Bivens didn't want airplanes as neighbors. The developers, Tom Everhart and Curtis Welge, sought a zone change from agricultural to residential from the Taylorsville-Spencer County Joint Planning and Zoning Commission. The project was being reconsidered by the commission in Taylorsville....After an unidentified man called West Middle School to say "there is a bomb in your school," students were evacuated for an hour. Nothing was found....Charles Graybill was honored for perfect attendance at Kiwanis meetings for 41 years....The state gave Colonial Hall Manor nursing home the highest possible health and safety rating when inspectors visited the 57-bed home....Shelby County High School senior Paige Ethington was crowned basketball Homecoming queen. The Rockets defeated Eastern with a 30-point, last-quarter effort....The first 4-H'er of the Year for 1988 was Daria Robinson....Michael Chittum was the new pastor at Pigeon Fork Baptist Church....Rebecca Lee Morris, 16, was selected for competition in the Modern Miss State finals to be held in Bowling Green. She was selected among outstanding young women from all over the state to participate in the activities....Shelby County's junior varsity Rockets jumped out to a 13-2 first quarter lead over rival Oldham County and a 43-38 victory. The victory boosts Shelby County to 9-2 on the year, and it was the first loss in eight games for Oldham....Birth: Troy Allan Brooks....Elizabeth Morton Listerman, 33, was found in her upside-down car in Fox Run Creek, just west of Burks Branch Road. Autopsy results released revealed she drowned, but officials did not know how the 1-car accident occurred.... Other deaths: William Abbett McKay, 64; Florence Reed Chapman, 82; Sarah E. Griffith Kent, 79; Susie Perry Beckley, 91; Wilbur A. "Butch" Blankenmyer, 72; James A. "Jimmy" Akins, 75; Maymie B. Dorsey, 92; Rudy C. Moore, 62; Ruby Thurman Husband, 69; Hester Katherine Perry Miller, 80; Charles E. Larburg, 84; Estill Robert Husband, 86.


40 years ago, 1973

The elusive peace in the Vietnam War finally seemed certain, as the president's announcement of truce and cease-fire was scheduled. Air Force Maj. Ben Pollard, who was a prisoner in North Vietnam since May 1967, when his plane was shot down, was released to come home, along with the hundreds of other prisoners....An L&N train struck a Shelby County school bus in the rear as it crossed the tracks about half a mile east of Cropper. The next few moments saw the school bus overturned with approximately 40 school children on board. All came out of it alive and without apparent serious injury....Shelbyville was recognized with a Certificate of Excellence with honorable mention by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce....Charles A. Turner was named a director of the National Ruritan Club at a convention held in Atlanta....Students recognized by the Isaac Shelby Chapter DAR with a Good Citizen medal were Valerie Griffith of Shelby County High School and Julie Ann Pflughaup tof Shelbyville High School....After 20 years in the kitchen, Evart Catlett retired. She had worked 10 years at Star, 1 year at the Old Globe and 9 at the New Globe Tobacco warehouses....George Thomas Perkins, 65, died in his home. He was associated with the Citizen's Union Bank in Shelbyville for 46 years, serving as vice president until retiring in July 1972....Howard Pearce, 74, well-known Shelbyville business and civic leader for more than 40 years, died unexpectedly at his home....Other deaths: Sandy Burley, 96; Bertha Sparks, 86; Anna Bell Nelson Nally, 78; William Lawrence Morris, 58; Eula Acors Bryant, 81.


55 years ago, 1958

John H. Guthrie, son of Mrs. Agnes H. Guthrie of Shelbyville, was named chairman of the board of trustees for a term of 2 years for the City of Beechwood Village....Simpsonville had won 11 out of its past 12 games after defeating Bridgeport, 76-64. The Bobcats were to play Henry County in the district tournament....The Shelbyville Red Devils had narrow escapes before defeating Owen County, 62-59, and Oldham County, 53-51....Betty Ann Griner was elected president of the American Guild of Organists, composed of organists from Blue Mountain College. Griner, a sophomore, formerly of Simpsonville, is majoring in organ....Officers installed during the meeting of the Boy John Rebekah Lodge No. 30 were: Ruth Lipman, noble grand; Mrs. Ollie Green, vice grand; Frances Scofield, secretary; Mary Ellen Hamilton, treasurer....Dr. J.W. Kresin, a veterinarian from Crestwood who had been practicing his profession at Nicholasville, moved to Shelbyville and opened his office on Greenwood Court....Mrs. John Maloney was elected as the first president of the Auxiliary of the Kentucky Auctioneers Association....Briggs Lawson was re-elected vice president of the Old Kentucky Home Council of the Boy Scouts of America....Ann Moynahan was named to the dean's list at Evansville College for the fall quarter....Dr. Robert W. Hamm, new resident surgeon for Shelby County, started practice and moved into a new office recently erected near the King's Daughters Hospital....Births: Karla Pelfrey, Kenton Craig Goodson....Serving our country: Spec. 3rd Class Billy G. Carpenter was a member of the 7th Infantry Division's 31st Artillery in Korea. Carpenter, 23, was a 1952 graduate of Waddy High School....Deaths: Ambrose Portwood Thurman, 83; Annie Middelton Bullock, 77; Avis Peggy Franklin; Emma Hollis Gowen, 81; Benjamin A. Ritchie, 79; Vernon B. Stigers, 66; Mary Agnes Minch McClain, 48; Victor Hazelwood, 76; Annie Turner Neblett, 91; Charles Bruce, 65; Dr. Ellis Saunders Allen, 81.


60 years ago, 1953

Shelbyville had for the first time a Mother's March on Polio. Shelby County had 56 cases of polio in 1951....Rev. Robert Anderson was assigned to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Rev. Lloyd Moody as pastor of Centenary Methodist Church....Jane Blakemore was crowned Kentucky Wesleyan Rose at Kentucky Wesleyan College.


70 years ago, 1943

Judge W.R. Reasor resigned as chairman of the Rationing Board because the added duties of acting county judge plus his law practice took all of his time....A 12-year-old and a 13-year-old were caught in the Texaco Service Station, west of Shelbyville, by the proprietor, Earl Brown, with their pockets stuffed with money and loot. Cigarettes and cigars were neatly piled up as a convenience for a quick getaway....Nine convicts escaped from the La Grange Prison Farm by using a key one of them made. Three were found in a straw stack on the farm of Mrs. Roy Newton on Webb Road, 6 miles north of Simpsonville. Two others were found a mile from the other three on the farm of Roy Peavler, and two were captured in Oldham County....Births: Barbara Gean Brooks, Virgil Newton Jr., Todd McAllister Hubley, Loretta Jean Jump...Deaths: Will Harwood; Rev. Leonard Weakley Doolan, 71.


80 years ago, 1933

Deaths: Hollie C. Bruner; Mrs. R.A. Powell; G.A. Turpin.


85 years ago, 1928

The farm of the late T.P. Bland on the Bagdad and Vigo Pike, containing 232.25 acres, was sold through the Guy Downs Realty Company to E.H. Rothchild and Estill Cline at $91 per acre....Homer Franklin, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. I.L. Franklin of the Mount Eden neighborhood, met with sudden death near Upton in Hardin County, where he had been engaged in road work.


90 years ago, 1923

Fiscal court bought the John Hall farm on State Pike east, which was 80 acres at $180 per acre, to use as a poorhouse farm....Owen W. Moore took over the Ford agency....A stock-selling committee was formed for the proposed new 40-room hotel, and prospects brightened for the $120,000 project backed by Shelbyville businessmen...Deaths: Louise Archer; Mrs. J.F. Campbell; Mrs. Edward Donaldson.


95 years ago, 1918

Lewis French, Elbert Nash and Clifton Youngman joined the Navy at the Louisville Navy Recruiting Station....Food conservationists asked all U.S. households to observe the following: one meatless meal every day, meatless Tuesdays, wheatless Wednesdays, porkless Saturdays and to use less animal fats and less sugar....A large barn at the Shelby Fair Grounds collapsed under the weight of the snow....The Shelby Graded School and county schools, except Simpsonville and Asheville, were closed for the week because of deep snow and to save fuel....Eugene Cowles and J.M. Wakefield abandoned their contemplated hunting trip to Mississippi after receiving a telegram saying there were 8 inches of snow in that vicinity....Rebel Young, who was with the G.R. Kinney Shoe Company in Toledo, Ohio, was promoted to assistant manager, one of a choice of 57 stores....Deaths: C. Ed Neel; Ann Elbert Deiss.