Looking back: March 1, 2013

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1998: Huge fire destroys ‘dream 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, 2003
Great Escape Theatres, based in New Albany, planned to break ground for an 8-theater complex at the Breighton Business Park in March and have it up and running by early October....Goodwill administrators plan to locate a $1 million retail and donation center in Shelbyville. A 10,000-square-foot building tentatively was scheduled to open in September at the intersection of Boone Station Road and Mount Tabor Court....John Wieland was named the new director of the Shelby County Campus of Jefferson Community and Technical College....The threat of war and other factors pushed the price of gas from $1.48 per gallon to $1.68....Births: Ty Richard Foree, Abigail Leeann Nelson, Robert Wayne Pitcock, Chance Lee Rogers....Deaths: Robert L. Connor, 85; Vella Mae Rodgers Gordon, 83; James “J.B.” Hill, 80; Harold G. Nichols, 61; Mary Louise Snider Samples, 78; Ernest Humes, 82; Mary Ruth Ritter Cox, 85.

15 years ago, 1998
Jonathan Ford
and Casey Hinkle were selected as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholars competition....The Shelby County High School Rockets boys' varsity cheerleaders repeated as 8th Region champions of the Kentucky Association of Pep Organization Sponsors' state-at-large championships....Mary Potter, president of Proud Mary's booksellers, was appointed domestic relations commissioner for Shelby and Spencer counties....A reception was held at City Hall to honor Jerry Nichols, who retired after 20 years with the Shelbyville Public Works Department....Mark and Susan Groves were a month away from having renovations completed on their dream home on Todds Point Road. A fire, with flames seen 2 to 3 miles away, changed all of that....Shelby County High School boys' basketball team turned in one of its most impressive wins of the season thrashing Nelson County, 73-57, in Bardstown. “We needed this win" was the assessment of Jim Wright, the SCHS girls' basketball coach, when the Rockets romped over Carroll County, 71-49, to conclude the regular season at Rockets’ gym....Births: John Richard Cromer, Katelyn Michelle Davis, Lucas Duncan Beasey, Jonathan Blake Shelton, Katie Rochelle Grubb....I'm one: Raygan Keturah Kilby....Deaths: Kathryn Winlock Dugan, 97; Jane Elizabeth Waltz Marshall, 88; Ellsworth W. Kesler, 79; Pearl Denny Logan, 101; Pauline Jeffs, 83; Nellie Frances Reed Fister, 81; Sonia R. "Sissy" Walker, 60; Everett Downey, 72; William Bernard Sanford, 61; William Gaston Ryan Sr., 76.

25 years ago, 1988
Receiving the Star Scout award from Troop 164, Centenary United Methodist Church, were Anthony Wilder, Mike French, John Swartz and Quinn Parish. This is the third highest in Boy Scouting...Finchville native, Jeffrey Miller, had an open house at 921 Washington St. The chiropractor took his first patient....A couple of years earlier, a wood burning stove caught a 3-bedroom Burks Branch Road home on fire. Shelby County Volunteer firefighters were able to put out the fire without much damage. This week there was no such luck for Vonda and Earl Kelley. A strong, gusty wind spread a fire quickly over the roof and through the house. Although the brick remains, the interior is ruined....A family of three was left homeless when their home in Bagdad, owned by Sheriff Fred Ruble, was destroyed by fire on the same site another house burned nearly 50 years ago....Mary Ann Richardson, fifth-grader at Cropper Elementary, took a deep breath and calmly spelled "acquaint" in the 90th round to win the annual county spelling bee....Unwelcome visitors overturned about 90 tombstones at Indian Fork Cemetery causing approximately $2,000 in damage....Birth: Paul Edwin Clark II, Matthew Kenneth Mitchell, Stephen Robert Fox Jr.....Deaths: Martha Robertson Applebaum, 79; John B. Ellis, 76; Paul Stivers, 64; Flora Bolin Snider, 82; Josephine Doyle Wilson, 86; Cecil B. Arnold, 69; Betty Lail Powell, 59; William "Bill" Muncy, 65.

40 years ago, 1973
A tragic fire hit a corner building in New Castle, completely destroying the offices, machinery and equipment at the newspaper office of the Henry County Local. Jim Owen, editor-general manager of the paper, was admitted to Shelbyville's King's Daughters Hospital, suffering from shock. He had just been dismissed from hospitalization for a kidney ailment earlier in the week....The Biagi Company celebrated their 46th anniversary....Stephen Hornback and Betty Nethery were presented 14K gold rings for being the outstanding senior boy and girl during the 4-H Achievement Program....Despite delays caused by bad weather, zoning difficulties and contractor hold-ups, the 78-year-old L&N Depot began its one block trip to the corner of 7th and College streets....Births: Laurie Ann Hedges, Lisa Michelle McCann, David Clayton Jr....Deaths: Etha Scruggs Donohue, 76; Alice Hoover Perkins, 84; Jesse V. Ratcliff, 94; Vernon Eugene Childs, 57; Tom Netherton, 78; Mary June Blackaby Trotter, 75; Lovell Whortenbury, 74; Rose Hollingsworth Barnes, 68; Edward Newton Case, 86; Purvis Woods, 78.

55 years ago, 1958
Sidney Krieger
was appointed local agent for State Farm Insurance Companies, replacing B.A. Logan, who retired after 30 years of service....The Southwind Restaurant was sold to Jerry's Drive-In, a chain of restaurants, according to Mr. Roscoe Kitchen, owner of Southwind Restaurant. There were 14 throughout Kentucky, Indiana and Florida....Herbert S. McDowell of Simpsonville was the new member of the board of directors of the Citizens Bank, Shelbyville....A loss reaching about $8,000 resulted when 21 head of cows and three calves owned by William H. Hopkins were electrocuted by a short in an electric motor when it kicked on to force water through pipes to a watering fountain....Mary Hardin Davis was selected as a delegate from District 3 to 4-H Camp Miniwanca in Michigan....Barry Smith of the FFA Simpsonville chapter won in the North Central District of the Future Farmers of America for his sorghum and soybeans....Birth: John Caldwell Logan....Serving our country: Richard E. Dearinger, gunner's mate third class, USN, visited Auckland, New Zealand, while aboard the heavy cruiser USS Bremerton, en route to duty with the U.S. 7th Fleet in the Far East....Marine Pfc. John W. Chatmond returned to Camp Lejeune, N.C., after 5 months in the Mediterranean area with the 1st Battalion of the 6th Marine Regiment, as part of the NATO forces with the U.S. 6th Fleet....Deaths: Mary Gilroy Ballinger; Ralph Bartlett, 56; Rosa Ellen Crash, 82; Seth Marshall Nones, 88; Rosa Rodgers Lee, 94; Josseph Byars, 44; Ethel Roberts Clark; Charles W. Hedden Sr., 85; Bessie Gordon Burgin, 75; Elzy Allen, 61; Charles E. Carpenter, 84; Sidney Smith, 75; Robert H. Templeman, 81.

60 years ago, 1953
Scott McClain won the smallmouth division of the National Fishing Contest, sponsored by Field and Stream magazine, with his 8-pound-9-ounce bass topping the largest entered from all over the United States....Joe Bowles led the Shelbyville High School Red Devils to a 55-52 victory over Versailles...Harry P. Wills was elected second vice president of the Kentucky Hereford Association....Coach Julian Evans, Walter Taylor and Billy Doule, members of the Simpsonville High School basketball team, were injured when a school bus in which they were riding overturned near Smithfield....Earl F. Collier and James T. Gish bought from Ray Ripley the Dodge-Plymouth Agency....H.L. Vawter, magistrate in the South Shelby District for 27 years, retired....Births: Betty Button Thomas, John Harman Pickett....The body of 1st Lt. Robert Hardin Giltner, 26, was returned to the United States. He was killed in a plane crash in Korea.

70 years ago, 1943
Shelby County's special war fund and membership drive began and the goal was set at $7,300 as compared with $4,000 the previous year....Fire of an unknown origin completely destroyed a coal house and four outbuildings belonging to Mrs. A.J. Skelton at Bagdad, with a loss estimated at $500, partially covered by insurance....Callaway Bright was elected as president during the annual meeting of the Shelby County Farm Bureau. Wise Shipman was vice president; Clarence Miller, secretary; and Ray Tucker, treasurer....Sam D. Weakley Jr., junior in the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, was elected house manager of Omicron chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity at the university....Births: James Boyd Scearce III, Garland Ann Harper....Pvt. Raymond Floyd was promoted to the rank of Corporal....William W. Riddle, who was stationed in Africa was promoted to sergeant....Robert G. Newton was promoted to the rank of sergeant; Pvt. Claude Reed Brown notified his parents of his safe arrival somewhere in North Africa....Pvt. William C. Reese was promoted to the rank of corporal....Shelby County had more than 1,000 men in the armed forces. Joe Logan, George Busey and Billy Thompson were called to the Air Force....W.P. Johnson, principal of Bagdad school from 1922 to 1928, died at his home in Lexington....Other deaths: Mary Payne Durkee, 82; Nancy Jane Redmon, 84; Alexander N. Pearce, 56; Calvin Wright, 66; Henry Goodlett; George Washington Jennings, 83; Mattie Harp Greathouse, 89.

80 years ago, 1933
Blue Ribbon restaurant advertised a 25-cent plate lunch, with meat, three vegetables, rolls and coffee....S.K. Skinner was named a Kentucky Colonel by Gov. Laffoon....State 3 percent sales tax was debated at the courthouse....Deaths: John Edward McClain, Paralee Robinson; George W.P. Gibson.

90 years ago, 1923
The Downs & Moore Realty Company reported the following real estate deals: Wilson Hinkle's farm of 90 acres in Spencer County to Neale Hancock of Shelby County, for $7,100; I.C. Wilson's farm of 101 acres, located 2 miles west of Finchville, sold to Neale Hancock for $100 per acre; house and 5 acres of land at Hansbrough's Station, known as the Hieatt Place, sold for James C. Ray and George L. Pickett to James Baker for $4,250....Deaths: Susan McClain Rogers; Joseph W. Froman, 45; James W. Weeks, 66; W. Shelby Wilson, 75.