Looking back: May 16, 2014

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1954: Bagdad FFA wins gold emblem award at North Central District

By Sharon Warner

1989: Several named to Shelby Hall of Fame


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

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department gave Shelby County High School students a lesson in driving while impaired with the Fatal Vision program. Students wore goggles designed to imitate the vision of someone who had a blood-alcohol level of between .017 percent and .02, driving golf carts through a course mapped out with yellow police tape and traffic cones…. Ellie Watts, Cornerstone Christian Academy student, received a certificate of recognition for her work as a “Junior DJ” from 88.5 WJIE afternoon DJ Chris Cain…. The 2004 finalists for the $20,000 Pflughaupt scholarship were Jessica Decker, Emily Wright, Paco Villalobos, Sam Gratz and Valerie Patton…. Brandon Brown was named the Male Athlete of the Year for Eastern Kentucky University. He won two tournaments and helped the team win six of its 14 tournament titles…. Lindsey Anderson, East Middle School student, was chosen for an award of merit in Visual Arts, Junior Division, at the Kentucky PTA Reflections Program…. Shelby County High School basketball standout and All-Region performer, Da’Rell Crittendon signed his letter of intent to attend Indiana University Southeast…. More than 350 people participated in the 9th Annual Michael Todd Long Annual Golf Scramble at the Shelbyville County Club, with more than $75,000 raised over the weekend, bringing a total of $536,000-plus to the charity since its’ inception in 1996. The event was dedicated to community leader, Robert L. Samples, who died earlier in the year….Births: Henry Clay Crawford, Richard Daniel Osorto…. I’m one: Matthew Dean Franklin…. Deaths: Mary Elizabeth “Puddin” Cecil, 89; Esther B. Grayson, 83; Marion Kidwell Koren, 52; Charlie S. Moore, 100; Nancy L. Cottrell Morton, 79; Ray Stivers, 73; James Ritchey, 87; Patricia Felix Dickey, 63.

15 years ago, 1999

Mary Bradshaw was presented a plaque in recognition of her 18 years as Shelby County treasurer by Judge-Executive Bobby Stratton. She retired and Paula Webb was chosen to fill the treasurer position…. The design of the new West Middle School answered the multiple wants of a WMS building committee that consisted of teachers, parents and administrators and that sought input from the wider middle-school community.... Leah Aubrey, 18-year-old Shelby County High School senior was a student volunteer teaching Spanish to the hospital nurses. She flew through the high school's four levels of Spanish classes in three years, winning the Senior Award for Spanish, based on grade-point average.... Will Hodges remembered running cross country against Shelby County High School in the early 1990s when the Rockets were annual contenders for the Class 3A state championship. The 22-year-old former first-team, all-state runner from Green County was hired as the Rockets cross-country coach.... Local students participating in the Governor's Scholars Program were Michael Biagi, Phil Carlson, Megan Gostola, Amy Heilman, Meghan Langley, Brandie Yount with Josh Scearcy as an alternate.... More than 20 years after leaving Shelby County and traveling thousands of miles away, eventually working as a Cooperative Extension agent in Pike County, Sheila Fawbush was back home in Finchville. Her new job was the Shelby County agent after Eilene Collins retired a year earlier.... First Rate Mortgage opened on Main Street by owners Donnie Benningfield and Jody Maddox.... Rod McMurray set up his Hi-Tech Auto Body Repair in 1990 at the corner of Henry Clay and Fifth streets. Business had prospered, and a 12,000-square foot addition was added.... Joyce Mahoney Sanford was selected as the Senior Adult of the Year by First Baptist Church members.... The Simpsonville Fire Department responded to a smoke alarm sounding at Claudia Sanders Dinner House at about 10 p.m. By 4 a.m. the extensive damage to the inside left only a shell of the former Kentucky Fried Chicken headquarters.... Births: Brian David Neal, Kellsee Renee Spencer.... I'm one: Jay Monroe.... Deaths: Ronald M. Osborn, 60; Martha Fox Adams, 81; Carol Lee Barbour, 68; Willie Chambers, 87; Richard Forest Ward, 72.

25 years ago, 1989

Former Shelby County High School star Mike Casey, the 1966 Kentucky Mr. Basketball, received an engraving of his name signifying his induction into the Shelbyville Area Hall of Fame. Other inducted were: basketball – Norris Beckley, Mike Beach, Chuckie Booker, Dean Chambers, Vince Chambers, Dwayne Crittendon, Terry Davis, Mike George, Charles Hurt, Scott Jones, Gwenella Marshall, Pat Marshall, Perry Morton, Don Murphy, Ben Spaulding, Morris Stoner, Morris Stoner Jr., Toy White, Trevor White; track – Debbie Jones, Denise Jones, Chris Lancaster, Mary Marshall, Vanessa Jones Murphy; football – Matt Axline, Willis Chambers, Jeff Conn, Willie Fleming, Reggie Hicks, Junior Jones, Avery Marshall, Steven May, William May, Dennis Morton, Marcus Robinson, Marcus Stoner, Leonard Sullivan; baseball – Lindsay Allen, Raymond Beach, Wilbur Beach, Ed Chambers, Roy Higgins, Henry Johnson, Larry Jones, William Lewis, Bill Manica, Ron Ritter, Lee Tinsley; boxing – Bob Gardner, Lee Reed, Larry White.... A former Shelby County High School football player Victor Fallis Jr. saved a teen-age fisherman from drowning in the Kentucky River, enabling the rescued boy to pull another young man to safety. The 26-year-old Cropper construction worker, who also dived with the Shelbyville Country Club team for seven years, was fishing with friends.... Burger King announced plans to open in Shelbyville with construction to begin adjacent to Clay Street Baptist Church on U.S. 60 West.... Electro-Wire, formerly Murphy Industries, announced plans to expand its operation in Midland Industrial Park where 40 employees would be added and equipment would be updated.... Lois Moffett of Moffett Real Estate was nominated to receive one of Kentucky/Southern Indiana Entrepreneur of the Year awards.... Rick Burner joined Thurman and Associates Realty as a sales representative.... The Cecil Nethery Insurance Agency of Shelbyville was awarded the exclusive Gold Key designation in recognition of their superior performance.... Helen Bland was tied up after a man entered her home with a gun demanding money. He fled when he heard a car pull in the drive.... Births: Candace Marie Burton, Suzanna Joy Douthitt....  Deaths: Martha Elaine Ritter Haydon, 31; Horace Jefferson Milby, 92; Lewis W. Shaw, 81; Lillian Hudson Pollard, 85; Joe Scott Penn, 73; Anna McHarbison Bird, 88; Blanche Whitehouse Husband, 59.

40 years ago, 1974

Keith Alan Sorrels, a 1972 Shelbyville High School graduate, was elected administrative vice president of the University of Kentucky's chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.... Ashley's Clothing Store celebrated with a grand opening in the Governor's Square Shopping Center....Duval Burk switched from farming – milking cows since he was a junior in high school and owner and operator of a farm for 14 years – to selling cars at Pearce Motor Company.... Cropper Ruritan officers elected were Cecil Franklin, president; Jerry Chesher, vice president; Barry Yount, treasurer; Bill Rowlette, secretary; and Julian Bohannon, director for three years.... Managing the new Mister Hardware store was Ernie Gettlefinger, a new resident of Shelbyville.... Project S.O.A.R. (Save Our American Resources) was the efforts of Cub Scouts and their leaders from Pack 133 as they were out cleaning the streets and highway road sides in Shelbyville.... Births: Robert Curtis Head, Martha Elizabeth Darby…. Deaths: Lorna Eileen Tipton Clarkson, 27; Benjamin Franklin Lanter, 59; Lorna Eileen Tipton Clarkson, 27; Ruth Lee Renfro, 83; Nancy Godbey Rowlett, 66; John Edward Puckett, 77.

55 years ago, 1959

Calvin Blackaby was senior president of Waddy High School; Phyllis Cheak, valedictorian; and Mary Alice Miller was salutatorian…. The new $25,000 addition and improvements at the Simpsonville Baptist Church was dedicated…. Deaths: Mary McMenama Miles, 73, wife of H.N. Miles; William E. Glover, 88; Lula Belle Clevinger Wilson, 70, widow of J.W. Wilson; Elizabeth Wickliffe Marshall, 87, widow of Circuit Judge Charles C. Marshall.

60 years ago, 1954

Slot machines in the courthouse? Yes, two were seized in a raid and Judge Wirt Turner ordered them destroyed…. The third annual season for Shelby softball season opened with June Davis, Harold Saunders and Elmo Head as commissioners…. Shelbyville High School baseball team shut out Simpsonville and earned a trip to the region tournament.... The Bagdad chapter of Future Farmers of America won a Gold Emblem award at the North Central district FFA day in Bardstown.... The Rev. Thomas M. Giltner, former pastor of the Shelbyville Christian Church, was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at Transylvania College.... District Scout Executive, L. Penn Pulliam, resigned here and accepted a position on the Four Rivers Council in Paducah.... The Agriculture Department at Washington named Clarence L. Miller, Shelby County, as director of the Tobacco Division of the Commodity Stabilization Service.... Alex B. Veech was elected president of the East Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation.... Dr. Wyman Porter was elected secretary of the Kentucky Optometric Association.... James Noel, Bagdad, won the north-central district FFA speaking title.... Floyd Summers, owner of the Shelby Center, for the convenience of his customers, installed air conditioning in his place of business. This was the first restaurant in Shelbyville to have such a service.... Goodyear deals: new Pathfinder tire, $10.95; Xtra-mileage new treads, $7.95; Hotpoint electric range, $199.95; Hotpoint refrigerator, $399.95.... Cook's Auto Sales: 1950 Chevrolet two-door, $845; 1949 Chevrolet Styline, four-door, $665; 1949 Chevrolet, two-door, $695.... Serving our country: O.L. Richardson, seaman, USN, served aboard the destroyer USS Uhlmann and took part in an allied convoy exercise in the Far East.... Births: Cheryl Ann Clark, Marsha Kay Dudley.... Deaths: Capt. E.A. Hood; John J. Neal; Roy Thomas Peavlor; Mrs. C.R. Spaulding; Henley H. Middleton; Clarence Burk; Joe S. Cox; Thomas R. Smith, 81; Herman Dennis Slattery, 64; Jennie Williamson Cheak, 55; George W. White, 69.

70 years ago, 1944

The valedictorian and salutatorian of the graduating class of Shelby High School were Majorie Ann Jones and Judith Ann Barnett respectively.... Wing Commander Sir Frank Nelson of Gloucestor, England, visited Mrs. O.L. Moore at the country estate.... Mrs. Hamilton Marshall was elected president of Shelbyville Parent-Teacher Association, to succeed Mrs. Lindsay Batts.

80 years ago, 1934

It was an extra eight miles between Shelbyville and Louisville in the spring with traffic detoured via Elk Creek, due to road rebuilding…. Harrison 5 & 10 opened in the site formerly occupied by the Piggly-Wiggly…. Deaths: Mrs. Joseph L. Sheets; William H. Hawkins; Mrs. George A. Cook; Henry P. Smitha, 53; Sarah Ellen Lilly; George W. Shouse, 22; George W. Stapleton, one of the county's oldest residents and son of a Shelby County pioneer.

90 years ago, 1924

Luke B. Hansbough sold the brick building on Clay St., between 6th and 7th, to Clifford L. and R.M. Walters, for $6,130.... Leroy Ewing was the new night patrolman succeeding Jeptha Tracy…. Ben Allen Thomas sold a yearling shorthorn bull to a Canadian buyer for $750…. Deaths: Dr. M.H. Webb, 83, druggist and postmaster at Simpsonville in the 1890s; A.W. Irvine; Fannie Edrington; Lillie Catlett.

95 years ago, 1919

L.G. Smith, Eugene Cowles and Mike O'Sullivan attended a meeting at Bridgeport which was held for the purpose of starting a subscription drive to build a Frankfort-Shelbyville Electric Railroad.... The county school board elected W.R. Meers, principal; Melinda Nave and Mrs. M. Melton, high school; Mary Wills and Georgia Brown, grades; E.J. Paxton, principal; Mrs. E.J. Paxton, primary; Lydia P. Brown, grade; E.H. Cannon, principal; and Beulah Moore and Myrtle Brown, grades.... Katherine Reeves accepted a position as bookkeeper at The Bank of Shelbyville.