Looking back: June 3, 2016

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1961: 1st Shelby County Music Festival at SCHS

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, 2006

Ronald E. Waldridge, M.D., a physician at Shelby Family Medicine, was named Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians' Citizen Doctor of the Year for being dedicated to his patients, as well as his community…. After a lengthy discussion, board of education members granted Shelby County teachers half of what they were hoping for. Local teachers got a 1 percent district-funded raise – above the state-mandated 2 percent for the 2006-07 school year…. The Owen County Lady Rebels out-hit the Lady Rockets 5-3, but the Lady Rockets put the numbers on the board and won the 8th Region opener 4-0…. A flurry of hits in the first and fifth innings propelled the Shelby County High School boys’ baseball team over Grant County in 8th Region quarterfinals, beating the Braves 10-3…. When Southside Elementary made its grand re-opening to accommodate for overcrowding at Clear Creek and Painted Stone, a new principal joined the staff and helped lead the school. Sue Ellen Caldwell, the student support specialist at Painted Stone, was named principal of Southside…. Shelby County High School seniors Jackie Ward and Justina Ellis were Shelby County High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian…. Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Edward Whitworth joined law enforcement recruits from 17 other agencies across Kentucky to graduate from the Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Law Enforcement Basic Training Academy…. Birth: Andrew Thomas Chesser…. I’m one: Alaina Carlene Reed…. Deaths: David Allen Cox, 43; Melvin Aldridge, 75; Lillian Irene Bratton, 80; Geneva Sparrow Hagerman, 77; Sarah Ruth Smith Hammonds, 81; Martha Mae Watts King, 83; Junior F. LaFollette, 79; Ellen Ann Sullivan, 66.

15 years ago, 2001

Duncan Hinkleand Marjorie Pilkinton were named the valedictorian and salutatorian of the 2001 graduating class of Shelby County High School.... Metro United Way honored Perry Day, CEO of Shelby County Trust Bank, and Patty Smith, materials secretary for the Budd Company, at its Salute to Hometown Heroes banquet.... Angela Parrett was awarded a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.... Nursing home residents at Shelby Manor Health Center would soon have to get used to new faces. The nursing home on Mack Walters Road announced it was closing, leaving 105 elderly without a home and about 120 employees jobless.... Kent Stevens retired from Heritage Elementary after six years as principal.... Births: Nicholas Alexander Brooks, Zachary Ray Jones, Makayla Michelle Dale Montgomery, Charles Logan Stivers.... I’m one: Lauren Elise Mackey, McKenzie Leann Reed.... Deaths: Thomas Heyward Hodge Jr., 84; Charles E. “Jake” Ritter, 73; Clarence “Clyde” McClain, 45; Robin Lee Peach, 37; Charles Freeman Ingram, 81; Anna Belle Brackett Russell, 91; Virginia Webb, 80.

25 years ago, 1991

Judy Wrightand Dallas Tipton were voted drivers of the year by their fellow bus drivers of Shelby County.... The Shelby County volunteer firefighters purchased a $150,000 rescue support vehicle.... The Shelby County Rockets captured the eighth region baseball final over the Walton-Verona Bearcats, 13-1.... Shelby County High School's track teams each finished in the top 10 at the state meets. The Lady Rockets finished in the 10th place and the boys placed eighth or ninth in the meet.... Jennifer Pridemore was named valedictorian and David Reynolds was class salutatorian at Shelby County High School.... A fallen tree limb started a fire that damaged the basement of a Shelbyville house on Memorial Day. The limb broke two of the cables that feed electricity to Mrs. Frank Logan's house at 115 Adair.... Pat Howard retired after working as a librarian in the Shelby County School System for 27 years.... A bigger and better Kroger store and a K-Mart store was planned to be among the attractions from Clear Creek Properties Inc. to move into Hi-Point shopping center.... Shelby County High School student Lucy Madigan was awarded a K.W.C. Presidential Scholarship for her outstanding high school record and for her achievement in Kentucky Wesleyan College's Scholarship competition.... Bill Dixon retired after teaching band for 30 years.... A Shelby District Court jury of six women found a Shelbyville man innocent of assaulting a police officer but guilty of resisting arrest.... A Shelbyville boy was in critical condition after taking a shotgun blast to the chest. It wasn't clear what happened to the 14-year-old in his home in Meadowbrook. "I was told it was an accident. And there's a very good possibility it was," said Kentucky State Police Det. Claude Owen.... A man was sentenced to 23 years in prison for the August 1990 robberies of Oasis Market in Simpsonville and JT's Market in Shelbyville. In addition, Circuit Court Judge Harold Y. Saunders sentenced him to five years for the July 1990 burglary of Young's Market, Bagdad.... The driver of a BFI garbage truck that struck and killed a Shelbyville woman in March was cleared of reckless driving charge.... Births: Brent Thomas Mathis, Shaun David Hamlin, Stephanie Marcette Rose, Joseph Lee Robbins, Tyler Cameron Richardson, Lacy Kay Jones, Patrick Logan Darby.... The one phrase that kept popping up when people tried to describe George B. Van Huss was, "He was a man of convictions." The compliment came from his pastor where he was active in church as well as the county judge-executive with whom he worked eight years as magistrate. The 75-year-old died at UMC/Shelbyville after an illness.... Other deaths: Artie Mary Lee, 82; Jessie Sanders Horton, 77; William Gay Cinnamond, 67; Sarah Harlow O'Nan, 87; Sally Ann Reed, 84; Dale W. Chapman, 76; Selbert D. “Bob” Kendall, 57; James A. Boone Sr., 74.

40 years ago, 1976


Were you one of the first Dairy Doll contestants? If so, you would be in this May 1969 picture of the contestants. E-mail sharonw@sentinelnews to identify the participants. The photo was taken from the May 27, 1976 issue of The Sentinel-News.

Tom Casper,21, senior at the University of Kentucky, interned under the immediate supervision of Roy Catlett, Shelby County agent.... The Shelbyville Business and Professional Woman's Club was named runner-up for the National Business Women's Week Award during the Kentucky Federation of BPW Clubs convention in Louisville.... Shelby County High School's "Hi-Q" team overwhelmed Oldham County's four-man entry and moved into the year-end television tourney only to lose in its first outing to Ballard.... Shelby County High School held graduation ceremonies with 281 students receiving diplomas; 225 graduated from East Middle School; and West Middle School had 235 graduates.... Dr. Leslie Newton Richardson received a Doctor of Optometry degree at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis.... Howard Logan hit the fairway dead-center, chipped and dropped in a par putt for a 71, and first place in the boys' state golf tourney at Fort Knox.... Four Shelby County players from the team that went to the semi-finals of the State Tournament signed scholarships with junior colleges in Eastern Kentucky. Vince Chambers and Robert Bo Jones signed with Pikeville Junior College, and Dean Chambers and Clyde Marshall signed with Lee Junior College.... Joan Skelton was elected president of the Christiansburg Homemakers. Peggy Clark was vice president and secretary-treasurer was Thelma Smith.... Birth: John Aaron Dale, Nathan Thomas Riggs, Leslie Maddox Mathis…. Serving our country: E-3 Alvin M. Ethington completed his basic and AIT training at Ft. Jackson, S.C. and Ft. Polk, La., and was assigned to the 87th Inf. Div. in Baumholder, Germany.... Damon Lee Likes, 15, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Likes, died in a drowning accident in the Kentucky River near Lock 5 in Anderson County.... Other deaths: Mrs. Albert L. Dietrich, 82.

55 years ago, 1961

Marilyn Jones Johnson was among the 329 graduates awarded degrees by Western Kentucky State College at Bowling Green. She majored in art and received her B.A. degree.... Sue Campbell, a freshman majoring in biology and chemistry at Eastern Kentucky State College in Richmond, was honored by being initiated into Cevens, a National Honorary Leadership Society for sophomore students.... Shirley Ann Pigg Lewis received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Nazareth College.... Sue Bradbury received an Associate in Arts degree from Stephens College, Columbia, Mo.... Lester Catlett, operator of Ashland Oil Station at Ninth and Washington streets, was hit on the head with a blackjack by two youths. Realizing he was not seriously hurt they broke and ran.... Attorney Ben G. Matthews was named president of the Young Lawyers Conference at the Kentucky State Bar Association.... The first Shelby County Music Festival was held at the Shelby County High School with approximately 1,000 people attending.... Bruce Sweeney, principal of the new Shelby County High School and first president of the Simpsonville Lions Club, was named Governor of District 43E at a meeting held at Owensboro. The district was composed of 57 clubs.... Brig. Gen. Adriel N. Williams, class of 1938, Eastern Kentucky State College in Richmond received the "outstanding alumnus award" at the Alumni Day dinner.... Mary Louise Foust was one of six CPAs appointed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Wendell P. Butler to an 18-member committee to study auditing of school districts in the various states.... Mary Hardin Davis was a candidate for degrees to be awarded at the 110th Commencement Ceremony held at Christian College, Columbia, Mo.... R.C. “Dick” Travis, native of Shelbyville and technical representative of the Burley Tobacco Growers Association, returned to the Philippines and Formosa to assist manufacturers in the two countries in developing an American-type blended cigarette using burley.... Paul Mahuron was elected vice president of the district FFA.... Berry Smith was named reporter for the 1961-62 District FFA.... Births: Craig Marshall Simpson, Margaret Teresa Biagi.... Serving our country: Army Capt. John K. Gwinner arrived on Okinawa and was a member of the 9th Logistical Command.... Specialist Four William H. Saunders, 24, participated in Exercise Mayflower, a Seventh U.S. Army medical field training exercise in the Struttgart-Munich area of Germany.... Deaths: Leonard S. Taylor Sr., 67; Pauline Thompson Smith, 71; Jessie J. Wright; Richard LeRoy Whitehouse, 84; Robert Edward Weber, 68; George F. Cook, 93; Paul Floyd, 57; Amelia Petry Hall, 89.

60 years ago, 1956

Robert W. Smith,in charge of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Shelbyville was one of five men to graduate from the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Kentucky.... Julia Craig Stapleton completed the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree at Union College, Barbourville.... Charles E. Connell was one of 16 winners of annual Centre College prizes presented to freshmen, sophomores and juniors at "Honors Convocation".... Mary Margaret Daniel was one of 390 candidates for bachelor of arts degrees at Wellesley College’s 78th annual commencement exercises.... William Miller was selected president of the Simpsonville Lions Club. Other officers are 1st vice president, William Tichenor; 2nd vice president, Billy Jones; 3rd vice president, William Shouse; secretary, H.H. Henninger; and treasurer, Harvey Lee Duvall.... John W. Smith, in charge of St. James' Episcopal Church, was one of five men to graduate from the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Kentucky…. Births: Dianna Gail Swigert, Ann Rutledge Hayes, Marty McClain.... Serving our country: Robert D. Kemper was scheduled to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md..... Sgt. James D. Williams was a member of the 4th Infantry Division in Germany.... Eugene B. Hall received his Columbia Military Academy diploma at the 51st commencement exercises at Columbia, Tenn..... 1st Lt. Charles R. Ferguson, fighter pilot in the 430th Fighter bomber Squadron, 312th Fighter-Bombs Wing, Clovis AFB. (TAC), New Mexico, left with his squadron for a six-month tour of training duty in France.... Deaths: Billy Bemiss, 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Bemiss, who have been living in Arcadia for about three years, died of burns received as a result of an outdoor grill at his parents’ home. His mother, formerly Thelma Coghill of Bagdad, received burns on the hands in attempting to extinguish the flames in his clothing; Maude Bayless Hope, 75, widow of John Hope and aunt of Mrs. W.H. Cook; Ernest Wrage, father of Mrs. A.L. Heise; Lillian Spaulding Whitaker, 76, widow of Elijah Whitaker; Nina Moudy Smith, 45, wife of Rudy Smith; Mary Alice Stailey, 86, grandmother of John Wray; Fred L. Hedges, 74, father of local daughter, Mrs. Roy Barlow.

70 years ago, 1946

Dr. S.G. Bandeen, Shelbyville, was the new president of the Jefferson County Purebred Livestock Association at the annual meeting at Bourbon Stockyards.... Among those discharged from the armed forces were: Chas. E. Cooke, Joseph C. Wilmoth, Ernest H. Scearcy, Jas. F. Morris, Chas. B. Long Jr., Chas. G. Hornback, Earl Sorrels, Jno. R. Van Arsdale, Rudolph C. Moore, John W. Nethery, Wm. David Acree, Orlester New, Glen F. Cape, Harold Lloyd Snider, E. Powell Puckett, Marshall K. Smith, Guthery Burgin, Stewart T. Edgar, Lloyd Buntain, Clarence E. Rogers, Miner P. bottom, S. Scott McClain, Chester T. Baker, Kenneth O. Wright, Turner N. Bright Jr., Jas. Madison Morton, Ralph W. Mitchell, Lloyd Earl Layman, Wm. S. Robertson, Ben Allen Thomas Jr..... Deaths: Dr. A.E. Bell, 47, eyes, ear, nose and throat specialist, native of Eminence; Hart Wallace, prominent citizen of Shelbyville.

85 years ago, 1931

The Globe Tobacco Warehouse Company purchased four lots on Clay Street from Mrs. G.A. Armstrong and another on Kentucky Street from Emma Hocker for the purpose of extending its floor space. The cost of the new structure was estimated at about $1,000....  Harold B. Stanley was elected secretary at the annual Convention of Rural Letter Carriers of the 8th District held at Wilmore.... R. Lee Shannon received his appointment from Gov. F.D. Sampson to the position of member of the State Board of Embalming in Kentucky.... Birth: Jane Anderson Blakemore, Anna Jean Riddle.... Deaths: Fannie Craveson, 68; Archie Cowherd, 47; Jesse Jacob Fidler, 50.

90 years ago, 1926

James Gregg purchased the Globe Tobacco Warehouse at auction for $16,000. C.S. Capito was the purchaser of the 18 lots at $60 each and a three-room frame residence.... The L&N canceled its Louisville morning and evening trains from and to Bloomfield.... The city council let the contract for the concrete resurfacing of Main Street from 11th to Magnolia avenues.... Gov. Fields appointed Harry F. Walters of Simpsonville to fill the magisterial vacancy caused by the death of Squire James W. Reed.... Dr. H.W. Tribble resigned the pastorate of the Cropper Baptist Church after six years.... The Shelby County Fair Board elected John H. Snyder and Thompson R. Webber directors to succeed W.M. McMakin and W.H. “Ben” Maddox, resigned.... Dr. Charles E. Palmer won the Shelbyville Gun Club's first trophy shoot.

95 years ago, 1921

Death: Susan Katherine Moore.