Looking back: May 17, 2013

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1973: Original SCHS Principal Bruce Sweeney retiring

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
Before the new year begins, school board members planned to remove soft drinks from student vending machines, and other items in the machines and cafeteria will have lower fat and sugar content....Former Shelby County High School and Marshall University standout punter/kicker Curtis Head went to Canada to play for the British Columbia Lions at the Canadian Football League....Sharon and Earl Daily opened The Misty Valley Wedding Chapel in a valley off Finchville Road....A record $85,000-plus was raised by the Shelby County Communities Charities at the annual Michael Todd Long Golf Scramble, according to Gary L. Walls, president of the group....The Moses Ruben Grant Foundation received the 2003 Group Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Valley Association of School Administrators....Births: Shawn Thomas Pyron, Jacob William Mackey, Roxana Alexandra Garcia Oblitas, Kayleigh Elizabeth Sanderson, Molly Clayre Shannon, Jessica Denise Welp....Deaths: Joe Willis Brown, 52; Kay C. McCoy, 62; Ollie Thomas “O.T.” Nation, 65; Daniel Bruce Marshall, 53.

15 years ago, 1998
Prince and princess crowned at the Bagdad Days festival were (from left) 3-year-olds Cody Gilbert and Alexandria Goode. Shaunna Now, 7, was crowned queen....One-third of the $3.8 million price tag for the proposed Clear Creek Park Family Activity Center was raised through donations and pledges. FAC officials had hopes to break ground soon....Wayne Reese, who had been in the classroom or an administrative role for 21 years, was named the new principal at Simpsonville Elementary....The city of Shelbyville had plans to purchase almost 40 acres enclosed within and adjoining Weissinger Hills Golf Course for $700,000....Donna Whitis was named the WHAS-TV Excellence in the Classroom and Educational Leadership (ExCELL) Teacher of the year for the county. The teacher at East Middle School would be a science consultant the next year for the Shelby County school system....William Shannon was honored by First Baptist Church as the Senior Adult of the Year. With him is his wife, Virginia....Roy Collings retired from selling insurance for 40 years, and said he planned to enjoy his retirement by gardening and traveling with his wife, Ann of 40 years....Births: Mia Bailey Aldridge, Jon Kerry Monroe II, Nathaniel Cody Wayne Boren, Austin Lee Terry....Deaths: Adelaide "Scotty" Scott Beard, 91; Anna Gibson Hornsby Cross, 85; Arthur N. Duncan, 72; Anna Elizabeth Bolin Edens, 90; Edith Payton Fitzgerald, 72; Ralph Winburn Fitzgerald, 74; James R. (Boddie) Farris, 65; Ruby P. Whittaker, 73; Lawrence Tommy Kemper, 81; Dr. Robert Adrien Magallon, 76; George L. Suter, 82; Wade Martin, 57; Linda Raisor Gilreath, 54; James Spaulding Hawkins, 82; John N. Thomas, 77.

25 years ago, 1988
Sarah Wierzbicki
and Shawn Willard were crowned queen and king during May Day festivities at Wright Elementary....To many, the name Bill Shannon was synonymous with community involvement. Though he contributed greatly to sports, Scouts and church activities, there was not one surprised than Shannon when he was elected as the 1988 Shelbyville Citizens of the Year....With nine years experience tucked away, Judy Smith found herself in a leadership position at the city clerk's office. The Shelbyville City Council gave her more responsibility by adding treasurer to her deputy city clerk title. To her credit, the 46-year-old was named Employee of the Year for 1987....Ernest "Scearce" Searcy Jr. retired after 40 years at King's Daughters Hospital of Shelbyville....Jason LeCompte was accepted as a member of the 1988 Spirit of America Marching Band Performing Tour of Europe....The Shelbyville Board of Realtors named winners of the poster and photography contest held in connection with American Home Week. Winners in the post contest were Kelley Webb, first; Stephanie Schott, second; and Amy Collins, third....By unanimous vote behind closed doors, the school board decided to ask Leon Mooneyhan to be Shelby County's next school superintendent....Anna Simpson of the Shelbyville Country Club won first in the realtors’ contest....Melinda Rae Mize, senior at Shelby County High School, was awarded the Alumni Scholarship to attend Western Kentucky University....Kim Woods was named Scholastic All-American....Marjorie Monroe, Pearlie Satterly and Nick Johnson were recognized for longtime service and extra service at Crestview Health Care Center....Deaths: Owen McMurry Graves, 94; Glenn R. Wood, 79; Mrs. Elma Rice Smith, 75; Fannie Lee Clark Bradford, 82; George Robert Blakemore, 87; John L. Trammell, 79.

40 years ago, 1973
Shelby County High's first and only principal since the school's beginning in 1960 announced his retirement. Bruce Sweeney rounded out 39 years in the business, 28 years of it in Shelby County....Blevins and Hower Enterprises, owners and developers of Village Plaza, Shelbyville's newest and largest shopping center, announced the addition of the Finish Line Restaurant to its already growing list of new businesses....Frances Catlett was the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award....8-year-old Mark A. Penrod darted out into the path of an automobile in the Simpsonville School parking lot and was admitted to the King's Daughters Hospital....Lamar Nutt, manager of the Burger Queen restaurant, received a plaque and was named Outstanding Lay Citizen of the Year....Paul E. Gray was accepted to physical therapy school at the University of Kentucky....Birth: Carl David Morris....Deaths: John Paul Stewart, 68; Forrest E. Cook, 80; Anna Mae Bolin, 64; Roy D. Scrogham, 64; Alice Whitehouse, 57; Mrs. George R. Burgen Sr., 79; Ethel Payne Lisby, 79; .

55 years ago, 1958
Lady Henninger
won a $100 scholarship from the Theta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma, Western State Teachers College, Bowling Green....John Perkins was president of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Other members were Dean Ellis, executive secretary;  and directors, Vincent Biagi, Auldon Edwards, Walton Buckman, Stallard Smith, T.R. Kaspar, Henry Bell and Harry Long....Elizabeth Anderson was re-elected president of the Shelbyville Business and Professional Women's Club. Other officers were first vice president, George Ann Carpenter; second vice president, Nora Stucker; recording secretary, Jean Hancock; correspondent secretary, Miss Carol Hudson; treasurer, Edith Hardesty....Leroy S. McMullan was initiated into Alpha Gamma Rho, professional agriculture fraternity at the University of Kentucky....Serving our country: Pfc. Robert Ben Swindler Jr. was presented a meritorious certificate for distinguishing himself as the outstanding member of his platoon during the intensive recruit training....Army Specialist Third Class Wallace King Jr. participated in field training exercises with the 122d Ordinance Battalion near Grafenwohr, Germany....Deaths: Dudley J. Jesse, 75; Annie V. Abram, 85; R. Bryan Gash, 49; John C. Moffett, 66; Charles James Morris Sr., 85.

60 years ago, 1953
Mayor Robert F. Matthews went to Frankfort to confer on the unusual delay in completing the construction of the new one-way Washington Street. Many businesses were reportedly affected by the prolonged construction activities....Of 116 who volunteers, 94 were able to give blood during the bloodmobile's annual visit to the county....Richard Randolph, prominent banker, underwent major surgery in a Louisville hospital....Those who announced for political office included Ben Raymond and Paul Ratcliffe for state representative; Jesse L. Swindler and R.S. “Sammy” Wood for sheriff; H.B. Kinsolving III and William H. Hays for county attorney; John E. Bentley and Luther Hammond for jailer; Charlton P. Nash for county clerk; and William T. Chenault for mayor....Peggy Pearce was named "Miss Stuart Hall" at Stuart Hall School in Staunton, Va. She was also president of her class....Deaths: William Horace Temple, Michael Branham, Flournoy Scruggs, Sue Bailey Bayne.

70 years ago, 1943
Nathan Waters sold his farm of 136 acres on the Mount Eden Road to George Tichenor of Spencer County for $27,000....A Bond Rally sponsored by the Simpsonville 4-H Club netted $4,440.20....Goodman Bros. Company was named a winner in a nationwide food for freedom contest, sponsored by Purina Mills, St. Louis, Mo.....Birth: William Thomas Rogers ....Martin Stallard Smith was promoted to sergeant, his third promotion within five weeks....Albert Newman, U.S. Army was promoted to the rank of corporal....Pvt. Howard R. Carpenter was promoted to a technical corporal....Fred V. “Buzz” Borries was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander. He had been active in the war area with a number of bombings to his credit and was an instruction at Jacksonville, Fla....Capt. Lewis Frederick Jr., U.S. Air Corps, arrived somewhere overseas according to a cable received by Mrs. Frederick in a Mother's Day message....Carl B. Kelly, 20, was promoted to third-class petty officer....Kenneth L. Cook was promoted to corporal....A telegram from the War Department to Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Meeks stated a report received through the International Red Cross revealed that their sons, James A., and Robert Meeks, were prisoners of war of the German government....Pvt. Edward Yancey, captured by Nazi forces in North Africa and listed as a prisoner of war in a German camp, wrote on a special form marked Mit Luftpost Nach Nordamerika Luftpost Par Avion, a letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Yancey. He was being treated "OK"....Deaths: Alice Rowden Hollenbach; Mollie O'Brien; James N. Pittakis, 52; Calvin Reynolds, 75.

80 years ago, 1933
Deaths: James S. Vannatta, 80, ex-postmaster of Shelbyville; George Perrin, 84, retired farmer of Simpsonville.

85 years ago, 1928
Under a shower of bullets, two chicken thieves from Louisville made their escape in safety from the officers of our county in pursuit....A fire burning out at the residence of Chief of Police John Moesser, at 9th and Main Streets, caused an alarm to sound at the fire department....Deaths: Robert Addison Owen, a well known retired farmer; S.R. Hundley Jr., 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Hundley.

90 years ago, 1923
Henry Hedden sold his residence, storeroom and business at Finchville to A. Reister....Deaths: Otis Snyder, 32; Lou Johnson Polsgrove, 65, wife of E.P. Polsgrove; John S. Nethery, 57; Sarah Hester Houston Allen, 82, wife of J. Wahs Allen; Margaret Doyle Coots, 43, wife of Forrest D. Coots.

95 years ago, 1918
Roy Cowherd accepted a position with Goodman and Hall....The county officials were notified that the assessment of Shelby County had been raised $1.95 million by the State Tax Commission. The raise was divided as farm lands $1.5 million; town lots, $350,000; tangible personal property, $100,000....The Board of Trustees of Shelbyville elected Prof. J.F. Hazelrigg to the position of superintendent of the graded and high schools, made vacant by the resignation of Prof. H.H. Elliott....Deaths: John W. Holland, senior member of the law firm of Holland and Davis and a Democratic politician; Lottie Hall, wife of John H. Hall; Charles C. Calloway, farmer of Smithfield neighborhood.