Looking back: March 21, 2014

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1959: State Highway Department awards contract for I-64 to Shelby County

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
Dr. Leon Mooneyhan
announced he would step down as superintendent of the Shelby County School District on July 1 and take over as chief executive officer of the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative beginning in October…. Southside Spelling Bee winners were Sean Newton, first place, fifth grade; Breanna Smith, second, fifth grade; and Brandyn Thompson, third place, third grade….Paula Fry Kingsolver was nominated for the Shelby County/ExCEL Teacher of the Year award and won the Elementary Teacher of the Year…. Journalism students from Shelby County High School brought home several Mark of Excellence awards during a ceremony at Western Kentucky University. Rachel Price won first place in the Best Music Video category; second place winners were Kelly Wilson for videography and The Rocket Review for its advertising…. Former Shelbyville High School boys basketball coach Evan Settle was inducted to Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame…. The 600-acre old Brown farm off Ky. 148 near Finchville got a new look as a horse community. Equestrian Woods, a plan at the Triple S Planning and Zoning office showed 56 lots dividing 388 acres…. There’s no place like a home for Carol and Co.’s diamond rings, garnet bracelets and pearl necklaces. Carol Strickland moved her business from its familiar location in Village Plaza to just across Midland Trail at what was a 1,500-square-foot home…. Kendall Marie’s restaurant closed for financial and health reasons and had no plans to reopen, according to owner Chris Horn….
Births: Chelsea Renae Husband, Ryan James Lee, Jordan Bruce Lyons, Samuel Cecil Nethery, Alexander Thomas Wright….Former Magistrate Robert Leslie Samples, 51, died at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, apparently after suffering a heart attack….Other deaths: Cleo Wayne Clark, 61; Virginia McAllister Huffman, 84; Ronald Ray Gargala Sr., 45; Lawrence P. Harrod, 80; Gladys Mae Chesher, 88; Byron Randolph Reed, 76; Denny Williams, 56.

15 years ago, 1999
Bill Winburn,
owner of Huber Tractor and Equipment, was awarded the annual Agriculture Citizen of the Year Award during National FFA Week…. Shelbyville was named a Tree City USA by The National Arbor Day Foundation, for the fifth year…. The last time East Middle School had an academic team, Cassy Couey and Jessica Shuck were just entering kindergarten. Now they both qualified for the state Governor’s Cup competition, competing against students from 15 other schools…. Living Waters Christian School’s girls’ basketball team made their sixth straight trip to the championship game of the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association State Tournament, and edged Louisville’s Academy of Individual Excellence 31-30. The Lady Tide won the school’s second girls’ state title…. Shelby County High School’s girls’ basketball team defeated host Bullitt East, 55-54, to win its first Eighth Region Tournament title in seven years…. Pat Naughton was named general manager of the Shelbyville Cracker Barrel Restaurant, anticipated to open March 29, on Mount Eden Road…. Jacob Folsom was among an elite group of students in Kentucky after becoming a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program….
Births: Aaliyah Shantell Hinkle, Emilie Paige Yates, Joseph Alexander Lynn Melton…. I’m one: Albert Lawrence Jordan Jr…. Deaths: James Robert Ashby, 72; Julie Marie Davis, 38; Charles F. Moore, 76; Paul E. Rudolph, 89; Viola Lewis Ware, 86; Nancy J. Moore, 78; Elizabeth Snyder Thompson, 90; Ellen Ashburn Beutel, 88; George Ronald Dunavan, 69; James “Dubby” Mitchell, 49; James Walter Conn Jr., 55; Marguerite Adams Howell, 73; Sarah Steele, 20; Elizabeth Stucker Roberts Bowlen, 79; James “Dubby” Mitchell, 49; Alberta Walls, 81.

25 years ago, 1989
25-day-old "Baby Taylor" was losing the battle to live and would need a heart transplant. The son of Avery and Kim Marshall had Hypo Plastic Left Heart Syndrome, which only affects one in 10,000 people. The 25-day-old infant saw a glimmer of hope fade away when doctors discovered an available heart was too big for the child.... Lesa McDowell opened her new business, McDowell's Lesure Tan on U.S. 60 in Simpsonville.... Shelby County was to receive $16,000-plus through the state Juvenile Justice Commission to keep kids out of jail in what could become a model program in Kentucky.... Carrie Weaver opened Pappy's Game Room in the former home of Wallpaper's Distributors behind the Southwind restaurant.... Shelby County High School's Dwayne Crittendon received the highest honor of his prep career when the senior forward was nominated as a candidate for the 1989 McDonald's All-American high school basketball team.... 42 assorted guns were confiscated during an arrest of a former Shelby County man by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department. The 50-year-old was charged with criminal mischief and first-degree endangerment for allegedly firing a shot into the home of his former next-door neighbor on Hickory Ridge Road.... The winner of the Pinewood Derby for Pack 161 at Cropper was Bobby Sageser. Mike Taylor, father of Justin Taylor, won the father's division of the Derby.... Gil Tucker received the Rural Leadership Award at the 31st YFA Convention in Bowling Green.... Ann Clark, a member of the Shelby County Young Farmers of America chapter was among the 59 Kentucky Young Farmers to receive a state YFA degree.... Winners from the Living Waters Christian School Science Fair were tenth grader Travis Schank, first place; ninth-grader Jim Erickson, first place; eighth-grader Dena Martin, first place; seventh-grader Christy Bush, first place; tenth-grader Kristina Bartocini, second place; ninth-grader Lisa Gipson, second place; eighth-grader Chris Kirk, second place; and seventh-grader Cindy Patterson, second place.... Ruth Stivers retired as manager from Republic Bank's Bagdad branch.... When Dennis Firestone was a senior in high school, a classmate was killed in an accident that involved drinking. He and a group of parents worked on the second annual Project Graduation, which promoted a drug- and alcohol-free party for seniors and their dates. He didn't want his son, Steve, a senior at Shelby County High, to have the same memory.... The youth of First Baptist Church were auctioned off following the evening worship service to benefit the Angie Doyle Fund. People hired the youth for a variety of tasks with the salaries going toward the fund which paid for Angie's medical treatments relating to a recent car accident and a future liver transplant because she had Wilson's Disease. The event raised $3,800.... The National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation announced that Thomas Barker Jr. was named new vice president... After the dust settled from Corrections Cabinet Secretary John T. Wigginton's announcement that the Roderer Farm Center and the Western Kentucky Farm Center would be converted from minimum to medium security institutions, it seems that Shelby County is out of the running for a new prison.... Betty Edington, teacher's aide at Wright Elementary School, was injured when she fell off a horse. She was in a coma at the UK Medical Center in Lexington.... Gisela Padget opened Fireside Galleries in the building formerly occupied by Andriot's Men's Wear at 610 Main Street.... Deaths: Lloyd Jamison, 77; Owen T. Wright, 65; Charles Jerry Kistner, 46; Howard H. Maxwell Sr., 63; William Henry Franklin, 66; Eugene "Gene" Woods, 61; William "Pete" McGuire, 64; Howard Clinton Roby, 69; Cedric Victor Smith, 80;

40 years ago, 1974
Ronnie Naegle
added another set of medals to his necklace after winning first, second and third place awards in the State AAU – a swim competition for 8-year-old swimmers and under. Lisa Goodman won a gold medal at the Frankfort YMCA meet.... The bids were all in and the decision was made to hand the contract to John Buckner Associates who will be the new owners of the Gleneyrie School…. Todd Davis, a Shelbyville resident, was selected as the winner in the University of Louisville School of Law Moot Court series for 1973-74. The first year law student participated in the civil case decision with the final rounds being held at the law school.... Tony Hofmann suffered an injured spine in an auto accident on Feb. 1 that took the lives of both his parents. He was a patient in the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation where expenses were soaring. $7,000 was raised for the 12-year-old after WAKY radio in Louisville established a trust fund at a Louisville bank.... William E. Matthews II was awarded a varsity letter in basketball from Culver Military Academy for the 1973-74 season.... The Welch Realty Company opened an office at 412 Sixth Street in the space formerly occupied by Home Decorators. Bill Welch, operator, received his Realtor's Certificate more than a year ago and was operating his business from the Old Finchville road facility.... The Shelby Sanitation Service had a new name and a new owner as James Hardin sold out to a newcomer to the community. The same crew members assisted Tom Tyler on the truck which was changed to Tyler Refuse Removal Inc…. James Cole, a 1961 graduate of Shelby County High School, received the title of Outstanding Distributive Education Teacher of the Year for the State of Kentucky.... Deaths: Percy Walter Smith, 84; Lillie Baker Cook.

55 years ago, 1959
The Board of Directors of the Farm Bureau endorsed the plan of the School Board for building a Central High School... The Bloodmobile, sponsored by the "Senior Young People's Groups" of the churches, visit was one of the best for the year. Ninety-five pints of blood were donated... Staff Sgt. Kenneth Conn left for California and on April 15 planned to go to Japan. He has served in the U.S. Air Force for seven years and this will be his second time overseas... The State Highway Department awarded a $2,161,937 contract for the final link of Interstate 64 in Shelby County. The contract provided for grade and drain on I-64 from just east of KY 714 to the Franklin County line and grade, drain and surfacing on intersecting roads, 5.2 miles in length... Purcell Lee was elected president of the Shelbyville Rotary Club to succeed Edwin W. Hall... Name to the dean's list were Jane Logan Hamilton and Deanie LaMar Payne at Eastern University, and Edward Noble Humston at the University of Kentucky.... Serving our country: Marine Pfc. Robert L. Long, serving with the 3rd Battalion (reinforced) of the 2nd Marine Regiment, departed from Morehead City, N.C. for a six month training cruise in the Mediterranean... Deaths: Beulah LeCompte Mullins, wife of the Rev. W.T. Mullins; Lottie Shelburne Gray, widow of S.H. Gray; Mollie B. Smith, 72, wife of Douglas Smith; Goslee Forbes Geiger, 82; Minnie Hower Banta, 87; Mary Jane Perry Moffett, 84; Rev. James E. Lehmann; Lottie Gray.

60 years ago, 1954
After surprising Shelbyville in the opening round, Simpsonville got a shock in the semi-finals of the regional tournament when Carrollton outscraped them 64-63. This was the final appearance for seniors Carl Hall, Jerry Butler, Edward Kerr, Jim Hawkins, Howard Dempsey and Rodney Finley. The Shelbyville Red Devils won nine of their 23 games, including tournament play. Seniors were Bobby Burk "Skippy" Connell, Tommy Hower, Joe Shea, Jimmy Thacker and Maurice Willard.... Charles E. Palmer Jr. was elected president of Theta chapter of Kappa Alpha Order at the University of Kentucky.... Herbert D. Nave was re-elected president, for the eighth consecutive year, of the Masonic Supper Club.... The old "Charley Crosby" place, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Summers, in the outskirts of Simpsonville, was destroyed by fire.... County Judge Ralph Mitchell was elected president of the Rotary Club.... LaMar E. Hundley joined Smith-McKenney Co. as a salesman.... Kenneth Catlett was named Mr. Pioneer for 1954 at Transylvania College.... Deaths: Mrs. Otis Crafton; Josephine Robinson Raney, 81; Annie Bell Reynolds Luttrell, 77; Charles Leslie Weller, 78; Eugene Lawrence Fields Jr., 36; Charles W. Carter, 82; Sarah Slaughter Snider, 52.

70 years ago, 1944
Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Wright were surprised when three of their sons in the Armed Forces came home unexpectedly on leave – Kessler Wright, U.S. Navy; Tex Wright, U.S. Navy; Robert Wright, U.S. Coast Guard.... Students of the Shelbyville High School who earned Superior and Excellent ratings at the District Speech Festival were Mary K. Lamaster, Clarty Bright, Margaret Jamison, Teddy Igleheart, Ruth Helen Applebaum. Superior ratings went to Helen Shuck, Joyce Hanser, Doris Hardesty, Mary Ann Goodson, Mary Stanton Willis, Betty Craig, Ben Matthews and Paul Swanson.... Death: Tommie Gwyn Wells died of pneumonia.

80 years ago, 1934
Bird dog field trials held in the Knobbs area was two-day event that drew 200 people daily…. State Legislature switched Shelby County back to the fourth Congressional district. For two years this county had been in the new fifth district of northern Kentucky…. Deaths: Russell Witt; Walter B. Harrard; James F. Johnson.

90 years ago, 1924
A second Government grant of $50,000 was asked for a proposed new Post Office in Shelbyville…. The Sleadd schoolhouse property on Hempridge pike was sold at the courthouse door to B.F. Stivers for $330. It had been vacant since opening of the new Henry Clay consolidated school…. Sam Ford sold a building lot on the southwest corner of Adair Avenue and Walnut Street for $1,000 to Paul F. Schmidt.... Deaths: Capt. Isaac N. Haymaker, father of George Haymaker of Shelbyville; Nannie B. Campbell, 80, widow of William Campbell; J. Robert Thomas, 78; Martha Logan Irvin, widow of Rev. R.A. Irvin; James V. Conrad; John W. Rogers.