Looking back: Jan. 30, 2015

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1955: Douglas Catlett, 13, saves boy's life; 1975: 'Gas pains' may hit some local industries; 1990: Semi-truck drags car following collision

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, 2005

Rob Byers won the Triple Crown in the world of American saddlebred shows: the Lexington Junior League Five-Gaited Championship; the Five-Gaited Grand Champion at the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show; and in November the Five-Gaited Gelding championship at the American Royal in Kansas City…. Shelbyville teen Reece Bors made it to the final four in ENDURANCE Hawaii, the reality competition series that aired on Discovery Kids on NBC…. Courtney Roberts was the new president of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce…. Hollye Renee Clark and Laura Wills were among the six Derby Festival Princesses chosen to act as ambassadors for the 2005 Derby Festival…. Frank Jeffcoat and Rich Ellis both received the 2004 Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Award. The annual award was given to the officer in each department in Kentucky who made the most DUI arrests…. Shelby County jailer Bobby Waits took over as president of the Kentucky Jailers Association…. After working for the Shelby County school system for 33 years, Deputy Superintendent Tina Tipton decided to step down, because she wants to see the world…. Shelby County High School senior Mallori LeCompte was crowned Shelby County’s basketball homecoming queen at halftime at the Rockets’ game against Woodford County…. Ruby Lewis received a plaque for 22 years of dedicated service at Child Town Inc…. Births: Braden Hunter Burkhead, Jessica Jean Nunez, Neshawna Nesha Whitehouse, Seneca James Hale Jr., Jaelyn Reese Stovall, Arianna Skye Wells, Lily Noelle Bruck.… I’m one: Isaiah Michael Byrne, Megan Clare Ellis, Anderson Connor Smith…. Deaths: Hazel Herrell James, 77; Louis T. “L.T.” Peniston, 85; James William Hackney, 73; Ross Immitt Ausmus, 88; Nancy LeMaster Barnett, 77; Louise Turner, 77; Phyllis Chisholm, 68; Amy Fletcher Maxey, 73; Carolyn Mae Johnson, 65; Frances “Pat” Bryant, 86; Carl Wallace Herndon, 81; Phyllis Kent Aldridge Chisholm, 68; Mabel Cowherd Newton Felts, 87; Lizzie Mae “Winner” Robinson, 67; Donald P. French, 70.

15 years ago, 2000

Boy Scout Troop 164 held its second-annual 5K Santa Run and donated $14,000 from the run to the Family Activity Center.... Someday Shelbyville would be able to spend the interest from a $1 million trust on Clear Creek Park thanks to the late Charles Benton Long. The city would get the benefit of the trust after Long's only surviving child, Judy Long Lansill, dies.... Smith-McKenney Drug Co. Inc. was recognized in Drug Topics magazine – the news magazine for the pharmacy industry – as an "independent superstar" for exceptional merchandising, advertising and promotion.... Births: Lucille Reaugh Mathis, Aaron Christopher Samples, Kendra Kay Brown, Elaina Marie Eshbaugh, Katherine Grace Horsford, Brooklyn Danielle Perry, Calista Ann-Louise Price, Shelby Leann Moore, Shelby Mackenzie Arnold, Cameron James Mitchell Thurman, Olivia Frances Sutherland, Amy Sanchez, Sarah Renae McDowell.... I'm one: Megan Elaine Banks.... Deaths: Stella Mae Green Clark, 98; Deloris "Dee" Calvert, 65; Lula Grubbs, 79; Theodore Thomas Harper, 90; Virginia Stone Hedden, 89; Charles C. "Handyman" Gibbs, 82; Sara Carolyn LaRoche, 71; Mark L. Minnis, 27; Nell Price Witt Neel, 107; David M. Sempsrott, 44; Janice Waits, 79; Lee Roy Ensminger, 75; Theodore Thomas Harper, 90; Sterling Brown Smithers, 80; John Earl Abbott, 67; Paul G. Bartlett, 82; Sammy Pryor Calhoun, 76; David S. Sykes, 54; Gladys Martin Flynn, 81; Charles Howard Stauffer, 61; Davis A. Cox, 43; Anna Jane Shouse Glass, 89; Glenmore Powell, 85; Ila L. “Pat” Sheffield, 65; Cecil I. Porter, 74; Jerry W. Arnold, 69; David Young Horine Sr., 92; Cecil I. Porter, 74.

25 years ago, 1990

Mike George, (from left) Janice Lester, Mike Tiptonand Bob Walters received promotions at Republic Bank. George, Tipton and Walters were promoted from vice president to senior vice president at Republic Bank. Lester was promoted to vice president from assistant vice president.... Dr. Robert Hamm retired after 44 years of setting broken bones, performing surgery and prescribing medications. Family Physicians Enterprises announced plans to begin construction on a new office building adjacent to the hospital in April.... Cindy Gardner won the state 4-H clothing championship in 1976. Now the wife of Steve Moore, Henry County Agriculture Extension agent, she won the Kentucky Farm Bureau Style Revue.... Five employees and one director received recognition for years of service at the Annual Shelby Rural Electric Awards Program. Service pins were presented to Doris LeCompte, 30 years; Don Thomas, 25 years; Atwell Shelburne and Roy "Pid" Smith, 20 years; Cliff Bramblett and Mike Clark, 10 years.... David Malin was the essay contest winner sponsored by the Shelby County Conservation District. Poster contest winner was Allison Franklin.... Family Physicians Enterprises announced plans to begin construction on a new office building adjacent to United Medical Center.... A passing motorist had to inform a semi-truck driver that he was dragging a Firebird on I-64, unaware that a Firebird had hit him and that the car was crushed under the back of the semi, almost touching the truck's rear tires. The Tennessee driver, who had fallen asleep, was charged with DUI.... United Medical Center received a dual license from the state to operate eight acute-skilled care beds. It was the only health care facility in Shelby, Henry or Spencer counties to have Medicare-certified skilled care beds.... Ron A. Cheak was hired as choral director at Centenary United Methodist Church in Shelbyville…. James Yocum of Shelbyville was appointed as a member of the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Standards Review Commission by Gov. Wallace G. Wilkinson.... Carrie Weaver became the sole owner of National Sign Company, U.S. 60 West.... Shelbyville's new FM radio station hit the air waves and Tom Hardin hit the streets as the sales manager for it and the AM station, WCND.... Charles E. Watson was struck by a train as he backed a forklift across railroad tracks at the Leggett and Platt plant. The employee of the plant since 1975 was airlifted by STAT Flight to Humana Hospital University of Louisville and listed in critical condition.... Shelby Fitness Center gave $185 to Big Brothers-Big Sisters based on a $5 donation per new membership.... Kenny Mitchell joined Craig Realty Company as a real estate agent.... Gov. Wallace G. Wilkinson announced a $30,724.64 state grant from the Area Development Fund for the construction of a community center in Shelby County.... Janice Becker was elected president of the Shelby County Woman's Club. Other officers elected were Cindy Green, first vice president; Laura Massey, second vice president; Carolyn Chesher, treasurer; Rena George, recording secretary; and Kim Obermeyer, corresponding secretary.... Because of an erratic offense, Shelby County High School girls' coach Jim Wright's game plan of late has been to wear down the opposition with a full-court pressure and an in-your-back-pocket, man-to-man defense. They won over Franklin County, 66-59.... The Sentinel-News editorial department received a second place General Excellence from the Kentucky Press Association during the annual awards dinner. The employees won six first-place, one second, two thirds, and five honorable mentions.... Maxie's Shoes, located in Village Plaza, closed its doors after almost four years of operation.... John Barnett received an award with his invention, which planted soybeans before harvesting wheat.... Births: Samantha Keri Lacefield, Austin Shain Nutter, Ethan Wayne Turner, Amanda Kay Haydon, Anthony Lee Catlett…. Deaths: Annie Mae Murphy Cook, 75; Henry H. “Bill” Gaddie, 73; John E. “Babe” Rogers, 62; B.E. Garvey Davis, 87; Kenneth Mahoney, 67; James H. “Perk” Perkins, 74; Henry Johnson, 59; Frank Daily, 75; James G. Ethington, 63; Gilbert Ray Crume, 82; Virgil Davis, 79; William Edward Maddox, 74; Kenneth Mahoney, 67; W.J. Phillips, 79.

40 years ago, 1975

County Judge Fred Bond signed a proclamation endorsing January as Jaycee month. The local chapter president was Nick Woods and Jaycee Month Chairman was Tom Tyler.... Having won the syndicated "Cappy Dick" weekly coloring contest an unprecedented 10 times, 12-year-old Matt Rogers, realized a long-sought goal winning in national competition. The secret of winning, he said, was to create, no just color, the contest pictures.... The "ridiculously high price of coal" is the cause of higher electric bills, Tom Schroeter of Shelby RECC told the Rotary Club at its meeting.... Ben G. Matthews was a member of the team which won the five-day Regional Swiss Team Duplicate Bridge event in Frankfort.... Attendance at the high school level had deteriorated in Shelby County. Glen Wooters, director of Pupil Personnel for the Shelby County School System announced that up to 7 percent more absentees per month was common when compared with past years.... Ed Catlett, one of the latest Boy Scouts to reach the rank of Eagle Scout, was one of the highlights of the annual dinner for Scout leaders in the Dan Boone District. The dinner was held in Shelbyville.... Although it was still early for local natural gas company officials to predict the exact effect of recent cutbacks in allocations from their pipeline company, it seemed some local industries could have been affected.... Larry Thomas Sparrow became the third generation of ordained Christian minister in the Sparrow family in a ceremony at Port Charlotte, Fla. His grandfather, Otha T. Sparrow who was formerly of Shelbyville, delivered the charge.... After forcing open the door during a raid of a residence on Bradshaw Street, State and Shelbyville Police confiscated over 18 cases of beer and 14.5 pints of whiskey.... Ken W. Marshall took his five years experience in real estate, three years experience in home building, and his newly earned broker's office, and put them all together and opened his own construction company and real estate business. The office is in the addition of the Farmers and Traders Bank Building, 605 Main St.... A rabid fox was killed on the Barbara Prewitt property on Bagdad Road.... John Stephen Mathews was elected Bandsman of the month for December at Shelby County High School.... Shelby County had an estimated loss of $323,000 due to fires during 1974, according to the fire department estimates. There were 358 fire runs made during the year by the seven fire departments who make up the Shelby County Fire Association.... Martha Heightchew was crowned 1975 Homecoming Queen.... Two suspects in a West Virginia slaying were arrested in Shelby County on I-64. The 20- and 21-year-old were held on fugitive warrants.... A check for $350 was presented to the Shelby County Homemakers toward the new floral hall that was built at the fairgrounds last year. Decorative plaques made from the old boards of Floral Hall were made and sold by the Homemakers....Births: Patyn Gray Smith, Daneen Marie Lentuni, Carmen Soulsby, Derrick Jason Goodlett…. Deaths: Robert W. Collins, 84; Hattie Jackson Marshall; Margaret Tinsley Streable, 65; Avery B. Holcomb, 77; Ralph T. Howerton Sr., 71; Nora Johnston Busey, 84; Roy Clayton Mitchell, 59; James Russell Gregory, 48; Herman Samuel Davis, 76; Elmer Goodwin, 89; George W. Stratton Sr., 78; Bessie J. Whitehouse Murphy, 76; Howard Niemeier; John Pace, 82; George Andrew Lacefield, 72; Virginia Doyle Whisman, 77; Isadore Sanders, 89; Rosalee Perkins Baker, 59; Ector Aynes, 91; James E. Bruner, 72. 

55 years ago, 1960

George Ann Carpenter,president of the Shelbyville Business and Professional Woman's Club presented a check to cover the cost of a set of encyclopedia to Lee Roy Anderson, newly reelected president of the Student Council at Southside School. Becky Long was the retiring president.... There were about 15-20 men working on the new building, which will house Briel Industries Inc. of New Albany, Ind., and with the season permitting operation was announced to start in Shelbyville in April.... Jack Green, line coach at Tulane for the last six years, resigned to accept a similar post at the University of Florida. The All-American guard at Army in 1945 was a guard for Shelbyville High School.... A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a 5-room house on the farm of Boyce Ratcliff. The house, occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Sanford, was located on the Hempridge Road, about eight miles from Shelbyville.... Mrs. E. Clarke Dawson, the former Martha Yates McKee, retired from teaching after 32 years of service.... The city was urged to leave their "porch lights on" to light the way for the many mothers who were soliciting contributions for the Polio Drive. Mrs. Roland Thompson Jr. was chairperson of the Mother's March and had hopes that the response would be the largest Shelbyville had ever had.... Betty Jean Ruble represented Shelby County at the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Show Inc. at the Kentucky Hotel.... Horace S. Cleveland, Henry County farmer and Shelbyville tobacco warehouseman, was one of Kentucky's prominent agricultural leaders, to receive the Golden Sheaf Rural Service Award for contributions to the state's farm economy in Lexington.... Mr. and Mrs. Ray P. Tucker, Finchville, were one of six farm families to receive the Progressive Farm Magazine's Master Farm Family award for achievement in farming, homemaking and citizenship at the Farm and Home Week session in Lexington.... Judy Shouse was chosen as the 1960 Better Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow in Waddy High School....

Births: Mary Lee McElvain, Martha Haggin Broadbent, Tena Shree Devary…. Serving our country: Army Specialist Four John S. Tucker, 23, received a safe driver award while assigned to the 3d Armored Division in Germany.... Navy Ens. Robert M. MacGregor graduated from the basic Officers Submarine School at the Naval Submarine Base, New Long, Conn. During the course students were trained to perform duties as junior officers aboard submarines of the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Pacific and Western Pacific Fleets.... Army Pfc. Bobby L. Wade qualified as expert in firing the M-1 rifle while serving with the 4th Armored Division in Germany.... Deaths: Marshall B. Puckett, 44; Susie Frances Huff, 72; Anna Roberts Casey, 66; Holly A. Morris, 86; Ada Scottow; Mary Wiley Bohannon, 72; Sue Bryant Perry, 87; Henry Roberts, 72; Harrison Phillips, 87; Frank Thomas Davis, 68; Edgar Willis Smith, 80; Henry G. Cleveland, 70, retired merchant and well-known resident; Mrs. Sam Abbott, 84; Franklin Keller Brock, 91; William P. Knight, 81; Ollie Taylor, 57; Rebecca B. Davis, 75; Mrs. Johnnie S. Bond, 64; Mary Puckett Adams, 83.

60 years ago, 1955

Douglas Catlett, 13, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Catlett and eighth-grade pupil of the Shelbyville High School, heroically saved another child's life. Hillis Stivers, 13, who was on his sled going down Clay Street could not stop and was headed into an automobile. Douglas called his attention to the approaching car and when he failed to stop, jumped into the path of the vehicle and pushed the sled and boy from the roadway.... W.H. McGinnis, East Main Street, one of Shelbyville's prominent retired businessmen and farm operators, received his Sunday school attendance pin for 30 years of regular church school attendance.... Mary Louise Foust, lawyer and certified public accountant, announced that she would seek the Democratic nomination for State Auditor.... The City of Shelbyville employed Simpsonville Constable Sam Morris to serve as a patrolman on the police force to take the place of Barney Franklin, who resigned.... Births: Sherry Kay Nichols, Irvin Louis Dawkins…. Serving our country: Cpl. Clinton Wood,who had been in Germany since August 1953, was expected to arrive home sometime in February.... Pvt. Robert L. Hardin joined the 9th Infantry Division in Germany as part of the U.S. Seventh Army.... Annie Warford received a phone call from her son, Pfc. Eddie Warford, who was serving with the 25th Division in Hawaii. He went swimming on Christmas Day.... A1/c Charlton Nash Jr. arrived at Camp Kilmer, N.J. after three years in Germany.... A1/c Kenneth Crump arrived from a year and half service in northern Africa.... Cpl. Claywood Stivers was reassigned for duty with the 24th Infantry Division in Japan.... Deaths: John B. McGee, husband of Hattie Lee McGee; John H. Delling, 64, father of James Delling; Roland Mason Tillman, 51, husband of Willena Puckett Tillman; Chris C. Mahuron, 85, brother of Ed Mahuron; Mary Elizabeth Akins, 76, sister of John Watts; Myrtle Palmer, mother of Lucien Palmer; George Wainscott, 77, retired merchant; Agnes Elizabeth Swinney Connor, 35, wife of Lynn F. Connor; Katie Cowherd Skelton, 70, wife of L.D. Skelton.

70 years ago, 1945

H.L. Maupin of Lexington was appointed manager of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Team Company's store in Shelbyville.... News of our boys in the Armed Forces included: A/c Clyde Armstrong was transferred from San Antonio, Texas, to Chickasha, Okla.; Pvt. James Fields Tinsley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Tinsley, landed safely in England; Pvt. Charles N. Offutt, injured in the Philippines, was in a hospital in Walla Walls, Wash.; Pvt. William Carl Neel, son of Mrs. Susan Offutt Neal, arrived safely in England; Lt. Carroll Smith notified his wife that he was somewhere in England; Mr. and Mrs. Chalmey McClain received word that their son, Cpl. Clifford McClain, had been awarded the Silver Star; Tech Sgt. Crawford Duke was seriously wounded. He was with Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Mayhall; Pvt. Sam Gray, U.S. Marine Corps, somewhere in the Pacific, wrote to The Sentinel, expressing great appreciation for its news back home; Pvt. Lucien Kingsolving was promoted to private first class; Seaman 2/c Clyde Foster returned to his base at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Gross Isle, Mich., after a visit home.... Pvt. Benton B. Miller, familiarly known as "Junior," was missing in action in the Luxembourg area.... Deaths: John W. Milligan, 86; Judge Oscar Theodore Kaltenbacher, well-known Shelbyville attorney.

85 years ago, 1930

Jess Whitaker, truck driver, was severely bruised about the shoulders, arms and back, near the Planters Warehouse. He was caught between two trucks after cranking the one of which he was driving, while it was in gear.... Deaths: Mrs. Ben Norton of Taylorsville was run down on Main Street and killed in front of Minch's store. Her neck was broken and skull crushed by the impact of a rapidly moving vehicle, whose driver did not stop; Alonzo L. Hall, 76, well-known retired farmer and stock raiser; Charles H. Yount, road worker; Van S. Taylor, retired farmer;

90 years ago, 1925

The Shelby County Fish and Game Protective Association was organized at the courthouse, with 50 charter members. George L. Pickett was elected president; Joe H. Wright, vice president; C.A. Randolph, secretary/treasurer; Paul Long, John M. Casey and H.B. Kinsolving Jr., directors.... The Kentucky Realty Auction Company sold at auction the J.W. Banta farm of 100 acres, located 4 miles north of Eminence, to Ambrose Dudley for $127 per acre.... Births: Thomas Carlyle Morris, Mary Louise Speaks…. Deaths: Mrs. John T. Money; Frank F. Neel; Mrs. J.M. Elwood.

95 years ago, 1920

The heavy sleet caused 12 telephone poles to fall across the State Pike, east of the 3-mile bridge. The damage interrupted in part of the service of the Shelby County telephone company and blocked traffic at that point of the road nearly all morning.... Deaths: R.S. Scobee, 67, well known farmer; John C. Reasor; retired business man; Katherine Payne Botts, wife of Hon. John Botts; Rache A. Whitaker, wife of J.R. Whitaker; Edward Daniel Shinnick, 65, editor and publisher of the Shelby Record; Ada Webber Lewis; Ardeen Birdwell McKinley, wife of Charles McKinley; Mary Elizabeth Harris; Robert Maxwell Campbell.