Looking back: July 24, 2015

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1990: Friends rally to keep Hedden 'at home'

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

Steve Wortham, a paramedic with Shelby County EMS and former director of services for Yellow Ambulance of Louisville, was chosen to be the county’s new EMS director…. Hannah Foote, a senior at Shelby County High School, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Chicago. She joined 350 other high school students from around the country with an interest in medical careers…. Local graduates were Andrew “Drew” Roberts, Bachelor of Arts from Sanford University; Bradley Barnett and Matthew Wade, both graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown College…. Travelers on Ky. 53 North (La Grange Road) had to ease up on the gas pedal – at least in the Chestnut Grove area. The state highway department put up 45 mph speed limit signs, dropping the speed limit from 55 miles per hour. The new speed limit covers the stretch of Ky. 53 between Geoghegan Road and the bridge over Little Bullskin Creek…. Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenbuger was elected chair of the newly formed Kentuckiana Regional Planning Council (KIPDA)…. James R. Rucker joined Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company as chairman and CEO…. Local Realtor Barry Webb joined RE/MAX Performance Realty…. Births: Noah James Maxwell, Olivia Grace Thompson, Beckah Raeanne Myers, Gabriela Marie Cantha, David Thomas Drew, Cecilia Marie Jones…. I’m one: Mara Alena Potts, Macie Robinson, Charity Rose Sloan, Halen Brooke Thompson, Blake Neal Wilson, Alexander Dean Clements…. Deaths: John “J.B.” Martin, 66; Ray Finney, 78; Carla Jean Long Gilreath, 56; Jeff “Fuzz” Berry, 44; Jessie Earl Shields, 65; Mamie Crittendon Mickie, 100; Rev. Dr. Rual T. Perkins, 90; Howard Charles Scherffius, 94; Reginald Lynn “Reggie” Stone, 41.

15 years ago, 2000

Remy Alexis Kennedy, 6, and Ty Stephen Perry, 7, were crowned Shelby County Fair Little Miss and Mister.... Boris and Gunner were two German shepherds owned by the city police department that officer John Bailey was trying to get into county schools for drug searches.... Leland Ratcliffe, Derrek Richardson and Anne Bowersox were winners for Southside Elementary for the Young Authors competition.... Sen. Marshall Long (D-Shelbyville) received the “legislative champion” award…. Grand champion for the Shelby County Fair Baby Show were Cameron Gage Arvin, under 1 year; Lauren Amber Whitinger, under 18 months; Austin Dean Colvin, under 2 years.... After Joe Thompson and his crew are done hammering, driving home bolts and pouring concrete, visits to Wyatt's Woods in Simpsonville may whip you into shape. The county school board approved Thompson's Eagle Scout project to build exercise stations – such as a balance beam, log jump and chin-up station – along the trail behind the elementary school…. Eric S. Watkins of Shelbyville contributed to the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet's readiness by participating in a military exercise known as Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2000, in and around Hawaii…. Births: Miles Edward Megibben, Abigail Lynn Thames.... Deaths: Clarence Anderson Catlett, 72; Edith Virginia Wilson, 94; Ben Murray Jr., 71; Mary Audra Reams Eades, 80.

25 years ago, 1990

After the death of his mother, Jimmy Hedden, thought he might have to move to Pittsburgh, Pa. to live with his sister. But with help of friends and family, the 54-year-old was able to continue his daily ritual of riding his red bicycle around town, visiting with people, and occasionally giving a "ticket" to someone he sees committing a traffic violation... In what at times took on the atmosphere of an auction, Shelby County Fiscal Court heard the final bid from two cable television companies before awarding MW1 Cablesystems Inc. the contract... Eric Broughton, 16, won second place in the male piano solo category of the International Accelerated Christian-Education Competition held in Flagstaff, Ariz... Shelby County residents started paying a 3 percent tax on all utilities. The expected $700,000 revenue from the tax would be used to replace school cuts that were made in April and to implement the district's Five-Year Education Improvement Plan... James L. Hodges was the new general manager of Cencom Cable Television... Shelby Manor Health Center received the "superior" rating for personal care, the highest rating for a level of patient care provided to residents of a long-term care facility... Bo Hornback, Kyle Dawn Smith and Katherine Michele Nutter walked away winners in the Little Miss and Mister contest at the Shelby County fair. In the baby contest, the best baby age six-12 months was Michael Owen, the best baby age 12-18 months was Taylor Creed Powell and the best baby age 18-24 months was Curt Merrifield. Other first-place winners were Megan Colston, 6-12 months; Rebecca Oates, 12-18 months; and Holly Nicole Fridley, 18-24 months... Lance McKinley placed seventh in beef reasons and eighth in individual rankings, which netted him the 15th overall best livestock judge in the state. Placing in the top 15 also meant an invitation for Top 12 Week where livestock judges battle for the four top spots on Kentucky's livestock judging team.... In Saturday night's horse show, Supremacy's Solution, owned by Mr. and Mrs. James Whiting of Simpsonville, took first in the five-gaited championship. Mean Streak, also ridden by John Biggins but owned by Dr. Tim Nance of Simpsonville, won the three-gaited championship.... Deaths: Walton A. “Walt” Robins, 73; Arizona Kendall Pilcher, 74; Lillie Moffett Ruble, 96; Archie Wilson, 80; Katherine B. Peterson, 80; Betty Louise Rucker LaMar, 62; Thomas Wilson, 74.

40 years ago, 1975

General Mark Clark presents Laban Jackson with a promotion star back in 1944, making him a Lt. Colonel. Labe and Carol Jackson, members of the Fifth Army brass who fought in the war in Italy, attended the 30-year reunion in Rome... Attempting to solve bus routing problems consumed a considerable portion of the Shelby County Board of Education's regular monthly meeting. The problems arose when new schedules were needing following the closing of Mount Eden and Finchville schools... Bobby Hudson of Shelby County Trust Bank accepted a painting of "The Trooper Island Wildcat." SCTB donated $100 for a boy from Shelby County to spend one week at the island located on Dale Hollow Lake... Shelby County Fiscal Court awarded two contracts for the repair and repainting of parts of the courthouse for a total of $6,932... Bobbie Brenner resigned as a Shelbyville police officer. "Some people in Shelbyville have been very nice to me or I wouldn't have stayed as long as I did," said Brenner. She planned in remain in law enforcement, working in Frankfort... Burton Sagesar won five different classes ranging from Holstein junior calf to 3-year-old Holstein cow at the second show in a series of dairy shows designed to promote an interest in dairying to today's agricultural-minded youths... Sally Bond Fay, editor of The Sentinel-News since its formation in 1972 by the merger of the Shelby Sentinel and The Shelby News, resigned her post... Tony "Cotton" Nash signed a full basketball scholarship to Union University in Tennessee.... Mrs. Josie Shuck was named assistant loan manager for Kentucky Finance... Bruce Beach, Joseph Wayne Martin, David Turner and Terry Overall went with the Kentucky State Police on Trooper Island at Dale Hollow.... Deaths: Louise Jackman, 85; James Perry Jr., 66; Mrs. Zilpha Collins Perkins, 70; J. Herbert Coffman; Mrs. Phoebe F. Perkins Jamison, 91; Mrs. P. Harry McCrory, 73.

55 years ago, 1960

Larry Bailey of Bagdad showed his grand champion female at the district black and white dairy show held at the Shelby County Fairgrounds... Mary Louise Foust, local certified public accountant, was appointed to serve on the Management Services Committee of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants... Debbie Gilbert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Gilbert, remained in a coma after undergoing a tonsillectomy at the King's Daughters Hospital on June 30... Dean Frank Welch was the guest speaker at the official opening of the Gro-Green Fertilizer Plant south of Shelbyville on Hwy. 55.... The City Hall, fire department building and large parking lot were sold at auction to the Shelby County Trust & Banking Company. The city hall brought $10,800 and the parking lot $5,750. The property had been in the hands of the city for about 100 years and originally was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Sylvanus Aldrive.... Hubert Gordon was promoted to security director of Stewart Dry Goods in Louisville.... Births: Joseph Phillip Moss II, Gayle Ann Moore, Gordon Elmore Jr., David Saurest Russell…. Deaths: Two antenna builders from Shelby County plunged 180 feet to their deaths from the top of a radar tower being built for the Federal Aviation Agency near Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Buford Howell, 20, and Ronnie Jesse, 19, both of Shelby County, were installing a beacon light atop the tower when they fell; Nancy M. Wells of Simpsonville; Walker Lewis Moore, 78; Charles M. Cheak, 89; Mary Jernigan, sister of R.L. Jernigan; Mrs. Beauty B. Dadisman Cook, 66; James W. Barnes, 35.

60 years ago, 1955

John S. Stoutwas appointed manager of the Shelbyville Group of exchanges of the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company, with headquarters at Shelbyville.... Almost without warning, a flash flood hit Shelbyville. According to Mrs. W.S. Ratta, U.S. Bureau Cooperative, 5.95 inches of rain fell the past week. Flooding at 8th and Main caused heavy damage, and crops were damaged.... Receiving 10-year-service award pins from Shelby Rural Electric Co-op were Homer L. Bullock, George L. Pyles, Guthrie T. Sloan and Allen Brooks.... Becky McCormack, 16-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pat McCormack of Waddy, was selected as a candidate of queen of the Shelby County Fair by the Junior Chamber of Commerce.. The Lions of Simpsonville chose Eula Mae Black, 20, to represent them as a candidate for the Shelby County Fair. Mary Margaret Hawkins was second-place winner.... Eula Mae Black, Elizabeth Sue Holland and Martha Layne Hall are the first three candidates from Shelby County to enter the competition for title of National Orchard Grass Queen… Jean-Pierre Burgat, French agriculture student from Algeria, visited Shelby County for 6 weeks under sponsorship of the Rotary Club... Birth: Thomas Barnett Seelhorst.... Serving our country: Pvt. Carl W. Smith is a member of the 24th Infantry Division in Korea.... Deaths: Ella Smoot Harp, 71, widow of Charles Harp; Thomas Irvin Long, 67; Thomas Henry Miller, 83; Robert Wilson, 77; James Dollins Washburn, 80; Neal Yeary, 77.

70 years ago, 1945

In the annual Fourth of July Golf Tournament, Grover Blaydes and Paul Schmidt tied. Lindsey Logan won first in the ladies competition and Mrs. Marvin Nally tied with Mrs. Allen Applebaum for second place. In the play-off Mrs. Nally defeated Mrs. Applebaum…. News of the boys in the Armed Forces included: Kenneth Sharp, Seaman 2/c completed boot training at Great Lakes, Ill.; Sgt. Joseph G. Logan, transferred from Will Rogers Field, in Oklahoma, to Hunter Field, Ga.; T/5 Thomas A. Ritter released from service under Army's adjusted rating plan; R.A. Justice Jr., grandson of Lola Cook, Simpsonville, enlisted in the U.S. Navy; Cpl. Earl Burgin, who spent 18 months in the Philippines, arrived in San Francisco; S/Sgt. J.H. Dawkins returned from South West Pacific, visited his mother, Mrs. Catherine Dawkins and was then stationed at Robin Field, Ga.; J.T. Casey Jr., U.S. Navy and brother William Broaddus Casey, US. Army, spent leave with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Casey Sr., this being the first time they had been together in 10 years; Hugh Tipton was promoted to MM/3c in U.S. Navy.

80 years ago, 1935

Deaths: Alice Collins Beard, 87, widow of the late Joseph Henry Beard; Burnett Wallace, 17-year-old son of Hart Wallace, who entered the insurance business with his father; Ida Hope Boswell, 79, widow of Dr. Wilton Boswell.

85 years ago, 1930

The directors of the Peoples Bank and Trust Company elected all its old directors, excepting Miles McKee, who resigned some time before... The Business Men's Association gave the public  an exhibition of fireworks at Coots Park... Hon. C.M. Hanna was a candidate for Republican Congressman nomination... Death: Miller Earl, 27 months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bodkin.

90 years ago, 1925

Richard Randolph, past Exalted Ruler of the Shelbyville Lodge of Elks, left for Portland, Ore., to attend the annual session of the Elks Grand Lodge.... John D. Scott purchased from Eugene Cowles his half interest in the building occupied by the Shelbyville Garage on Main Street between 6th and 7th.... Master Commissioner Charles F. Beard sold the Hotel Armstrong in a judgment of the Shelby Circuit Court to the People's Bank and Trust Company for $15,100. The defendant in the action was M.G. Stewart.... Luke B. Hansbrough sold three saddle horses to the French Lick Academy for $750 and a fancy horse to Harry Strauss of Chicago for $345....Deaths: Edna Kathryn Clark, 24, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil P. Clark; Mattie Shipman, widow of George Shipman.

95 years ago, 1920

Two shares of Peoples Bank and Trust Co. stocks were sold at auction at $171 per share.... Luce and Moxley sold fifty-four head of registered Hereford cattle at auction at an average of $660.... Capt. H.B. Kinsolving Jr. opened office for the practice of law on the second floor of the McGrath Building.... Deaths: David J. Morlan; Thomas Middleton, 77; Nicholas Hope; Vivian Driscoll, 15-year-old daughter of Edgar Driscoll.