Looking back: March 14, 2014

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1959: Voters OK building central county high school

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, 2004

Lisa Matthews received an award of merit – Publications-Brochure or Pamphlet – for the magazine Back Home in Kentucky during the Kentucky History Awards at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort. Ted Igleheart and Bill Matthews accepted an award of merit – Publications-Local or State History – for the Shelby County Historical Society’s New History of Shelby County, Kentucky. Back Home in Kentucky, which was published by Bill Matthews, also received an award of merit, and the Media Award for it’s publication, Lewis and Clark: Corps of Discovery.… “Corey Nichols, senior at Cornerstone Christian Academy, was named a National Merit Finalist from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation....Jewish Hospital Shelbyville added a new dual-head nuclear medicine camera that cuts in half the time it previously took to get images of hearts, lungs, gallbladders and other body parts – the LightSpeed 16-slice computer tomography (CT) system....The Shelby County Rockets slipped by Anderson County, 46-35, in the girls’ 30th District Championship game at Henry County High School. The boys finally got over the Anderson County hurdle with a 69-51 victory. The Rockets edged South Oldham 72-70 in the first round of the 8th Region Tournament....The Cornerstone Bulldogs scored their second consecutive Kentucky Christian Athletic Association girls state title with a 49-44 victory over North Harden Christian School. Bekah Hamilton, player for Cornerstone Christian Academy,won the KCAA Miss Basketball award.…  Births: Alan Raul Alarcon-Ortega, Brooklyn Nycole Patton, Kaeleigh Shae Phillips, Anna Sophia Richardson, William Joseph Satterley, Dakota Thomas Shuck....I’m one: Kali Ann Bowie....Deaths: Mae Aleen Brown Catlett Anglen, 72; Lois Elaine Stivers Hall, 78; Phyllis Branham, 81; Dorothy Cox Hammond, 82; Mildred Williams Harper, 90; Maurice “Larry” Miller, 65; Gene Douglas Smither, 75; Melinda Sue Woods, 30; Donald L. Birchler Sr., 66; Luther Hayes McCoy Jr., 54.

15 years ago, 1999

When the 1998 Shelby County Metro United Way campaign topped its goal (more than $500,000), chairman Pat Hargadon donned a grass skirt and did a hula dance at the victory breakfast....Top spellers from all area schools competed in the countywide spelling bee sponsored by The Courier-Journal. Jonlyn Scrogham was the winner after spelling nasal....Clear Creek Park bought 11.86 acres off Burks Branch Road from Ernestine and Melvin Moffett for $59,315 thanks to a $62,960 grant from the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund....Samantha Newton hit two crucial free throws with six-tenths of a second remaining to give Shelby County Rockets girls a heart-stopping, 55-54 victory over host Bullitt East in the Eighth Region Tournament Championship....The three new police officers patrolling Shelbyville streets were Joey Davis, Frank Jeffcoat and Jason Hundley...."Fight fire with fire," was the instructions Jim Wright gave to his Shelby County High School girls' basketball team going into the Eighth Region Tournament semifinals against defending champion South Oldham. Shelby won, 74-60....Shelby County Rockets advanced to the region final for first time in five years after their victory over Grant County, 77-49, in the semifinals of the Eighth Region Tournament....Former Shelby County teammates Lance Ashby and Jeff Long were key members of Milligan College’s (Tennessee) men’s basketball team, ranked No. 5 in NAIA Division II....Births: Megan Elaine Banks, James Oliver Bradley, Sarah Elizabeth and Michael Anthony Miller, David Hayden Price....Deaths: William Thomas Bohannon, 78; Raymond Hudson Bridges, 75; Jacqueline K. Dunn, 84; Thomas "T" Howell, 74; Paul Mac Glore, 62; Benny Lee Hardin, 52; Dorothy Parrett, 66; Allie Watts Kennedy, 83; Myrtle W. Morgan, 101; Gladys Davis Spurlock, 61.

25 years ago, 1989

Realtors group President Jimmy Willard presented plaques to Joyce Nay and Judy Smith of W.A. Smith Realty Company for successfully completing all courses and requirements for the designation of Certified Residential Specialist....Heady's Dry Cleaners assumed the building once occupied by Sanders Cleaners on Washington Street between 8th and 9th streets....Robbie Hart's Star rank and Keith Kidwell's First Class rank led the advancements in Boy Scout Troop 164 last month. Jim Insco and Daniel Chesser moved up to Second Class....When she was released from the hospital last November, liver specialist Dr. Richard Wright told Angie Doyle to avoid two things – getting cut and having a car accident. The 18-year-old, who had Wilson's Disease and needed a liver transplant, was in a car accident after watching the Rockets basketball team take home the district championship in Henry County....Kristina Kephart was the winner of the Daughters of American Revolution Isaac Shelby Chapter essay contest....Nationwide Imprinting Corporation purchased a new two-color Hamada offset press that will print two colors in one pass at speeds up to 7,200 IPH....Matt Chandler, a senior at Shelby County High School, was selected by the Kentucky Weslyan College Honors Scholarship Committee to receive a presidential scholarship of $10,000....To bring Shelby County teachers' salaries up to par, the Shelby County Task Force on Excellence in Education Committee on personnel recommended they get a pay increase. This and other recommendations were presented to the board of education as part of a 109-page task force report on the status of Shelby County schools....Birth: Christopher Michael Rodgers....Deaths: Mary Emma Puckett, 81; Blanche Sea Bohannon, 78; Ray Burton Nethery, 68; Lillie Bolin, 77; Peggy Gallagher, 29;

40 years ago, 1974

Bobby McDowell, native of Shelby County and 1961 graduate of Shelby County High School, was appointed as a member to the Shelby County School Board....All across the nation there is a new fad in running – streaking. A college student home on spring break was arrested after he darted from Burger Queen, across the Convenient lot to A&P where the patrolmen were parked with their radar set up. In trial he was fined $257.50 and was given the advice "You violated the people's right to choose whether or not they wanted to witness something like that. They should be able to decide if they want to see such conduct.”.…Patty Frisby, 16, was selected to be a finalist in the 1974 Miss Kentucky Teenager Pageant at Lafayette High School March 23....One person was arrested in connection with the armed robbery that took place at the Citizens Union Bank of Simpsonville. The suspect immediately involved with the incident still was being sought....The King's Daughters Hospital is managed by new hands as Edward L. Turney of Louisville took over as administrator for the local facility as a representative of the United Medical Corporation of Louisville, who signed a contract with the firm for operation rights....Birth: Robert Lance McKinley....Serving our country: John R. Adcock was promoted to Army specialist four while serving with the 7th Engineer Brigade in Kornwestheim, Germany....Deaths: Augustus W. Smith, 65; David L. Collings, 29; Anna Rose Tucker, the oldest member of the Waddy Christian Church.

55 years ago, 1959

Calvin T. Schmidt, secretary-treasurer and manager of the local Coca Cola Bottling Company, was elected president of the Kentucky Bottlers of Carbonated Beverages at the annual meeting held in Louisville....Purcell Lee was the new president of the Shelby Rotary Club....Dempsey C. Poe purchased the Mathews Used Furniture business from Bland (Ticky) Matthews, 416 Main Street, next door to the Shelby Sentinel office....The Retail Merchants Division of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce elected new directors – Sam Liss, Jesse Puckett, Louis O'Bryan, C.L. Bradbury, Calvin Dunnavan, Jack Lawson and Ray Jochum....The total to date in the Heart Fund drive was $2,917.07 for Shelby County....The Shelby County Board of Education went to the voters of the county school district for approval of a central high school. Plans called for the location of the school on U.S. 60, one mile east of Shelbyville....Mary Louise Foust, auditor for the state of Kentucky, was named national chairman of the 1959 Georgetown College Alumni Loyalty Fund Drive....Serving our country: Marine Pvt. Lonnie C. Stivers of the Bagdad area left for Okinawa for a 14-month tour of duty....Serving our country: Airman 2/c Estill R. Clark, who was stationed in Seoul, Korea, was promoted to the rank of airman first class....Deaths: Cora Sampson Johnston, 74; James "Jim" Rucker, 69; Catherine Beall Wallace, 78; Henry Baker, 79; Josie Downs Lee, 71; John Harvey Love, 15-year-old son of Carolyn Whitt, stepfather Clifford Whitt and father, John W. Love; Frank L. Zaring, 84; J.W. Holland; infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ryland Byrd; Barbara Ann Quire; Nancy Lightner.

60 years ago, 1954

Kenneth Ray Catlett was chosen as Pioneer for 1954 by the students of Transylvania College....Ben M. Pollard, senior in agricultural engineering, was among 20 students from Kentucky attaining the Distinguished Scholastic Rating in their work for the first semester of the 1953-54 academic year at Purdue University....Homer W. Carpenter, former pastor of the Shelbyville First Christian Church, retired from the First Christian Church in Louisville, after 48 years in the pulpit....A full-fledged traffic light was installed at 3rd and Main streets in Shelbyville, replacing a blinker…  .Adams & Murphy moved into their new showrooms and garage at Fourth and Main…  .Dr. L.L. McBride, veterinarian, was in the hospital after an odd accident when a calf caused him to “vaccinate” himself with a needle…  .The Shelbyville Red Devils made a clean sweep of the honors in the 30th District Tournament by winning both the first- and second-team championships....Elwyn Casey, who played basketball at Simpsonville High, won a trophy at Frankfurt, Germany, for high scoring with the Army team....Births: James Halliburton Puckett, Stephen Fox, Mary Biagi Duffy....Serving our country: Pfc. First Class William S. Yount arrived at the Fort Hood, Texas military installation from Fort Clayton, Panama Canal Zone for assignment to the 1st Armored Division. He served 47 months overseas....Marine Pfc. Jerry M. Scruggs was with the 2nd Marine Division participating in a huge amphibious training exercise on the Puerto Island of Viequs....Army Pvt. Gene D. Tindall was serving with the Alaska General Depot....Deaths: John Dowden; Will Harp; Edward B. Hahn, 93; Mrs. Mattie Paxton McCormack, 80; Clarence Edward Sorrell, 74; Eugene Lawrence Field Jr., 36.

70 years ago, 1944

W.C. Hanna was re-elected Shelby County Republican chair at a county mass convention held at the courthouse....Heavy sleet, alternating with rain and snow, caused extensive damage to electric and telephone lines and trees that hampered highway traffic in this area....Serving our country: Roy Shuck, seaman 2/c, was studying to be a gunner’s mate at Great Lakes Navel Training Station. His brother, Pvt. Harmon K. Shuck, receive the Purple Heart, after being wounded in North Africa....Pfc. Ralph Tindall was in Italy…  .Deaths: Mrs. John A. Redmond; Samuel G. Holland; Sim Murphy.

80 years ago, 1934

Thurman Meguiar Beard opened a law office in the same room and the same desk where his late uncle, Hon. Elliott B. Beard, practiced during the last years of his life....Birth: Jane Sherrill Conn....Deaths: Henry Hubbart Morlan, 59; James Thomas Scofield, 70; Lucy Samuels Perry; Russell Witt, Walter B. Haggard; James F. Johnson.

90 years ago, 1924

Science Hill School celebrated the 99th anniversary of the founding of the school....Deaths: Alfred Genovely, 96, Mexican war veteran and former resident of Shelby County; Eugene R. Martin, 28, son of Shelby Martin of Shelby County; James David Brown, 65.

95 years ago, 1919

Wartime daylight saving time went into effect the last Sunday in March....The Simpsonville senior class elected James Edward Hoodenpyle as president; Bessie Corene Tichenor, vice president; Walker Harrington, secretary; and Mary R. Smith, treasurer…  .Deaths: Dr. J.T. Bryant, 59; Edward W. McCormack, leading farmer, livestock breeder and president of the Bank of Waddy; Gen. Bennett H. Young, largely instrumental in building the Southern Railway in the 80’s; Mrs. Lewis E. Lea; Albin L. Price; Elza Glass Boyd.