Looking back: May 2, 2014

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1989: ‘Birds and bees’ come to Shelby County classrooms

By Sharon Warner

1974: Avery Dempsey receives Red Cross Certificate of Merit


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

First Lady Laura Bush presented Shelby Development Corporation Executive Director Eilene Collins and Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty with a certificate honoring Shelbyville’s preservation efforts…. Frank Dempsey of Bagdad, was to appear on the game show Jeopardy! Although the show was taped in February, he was not allowed to divulge the results before the show aired…. After falling to Seneca 14-8 for their third straight loss, the Shelby County Rockets bounced back with a 3-0 win over Bullitt East…. Robert Ivers of Pack 164 Tiger Cubs placed first in the district Pinewood Derby; North Paschal won first place and Scouts Choice at Pack 164 Tiger Cub’s Derby; and Tyler Sopland won Judge’s Choice. Paschal also placed fourth in the district for Tiger Cubs…. Mac Cottrell, a student at West Middle School, was accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum…. Adam M. O’Quinn graduated from the Training Academy of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Police. The graduate of Shelby County High School and the University of Kentucky will work in Lexington…. Myra Hardesty retired after 33 years with Commonwealth Bank & Trust….

Births: Willem Lee Hering, Alexandra Jane Netherton, Olivia Paige Smitha, Jackson Thomas Bean, Dakota Marshall Gaines, Corey Powers Gill, Avery Sinclair Grant, David Wayne Lear, Madison Grace Marcum, Kayla Noel Pendleton, Liam Alan Murphy, Carlee Beth Zettergren, Ashton Hope Montgomery, Corey Powers Gill, Henry Thomas Swindler…. I’m one: Austin Joseph Griffin, Elizabeth Reed Hellmann, Brayden Lynn LaFollette, Zoe Grace Maxwell…. Deaths: Clara Bridges Purnell, 102; Rev. Michael Hickman, 53; Joe Best, 94; Maxine Dollahan Blakemore, 93; Catherine Mae Carter, 80; Alyce Marie Galati, 57; Glenna V. “Puddie” Kephart, 92; Virginia Lenke, 63; Dehaven Nowlin, 81; Jeanette E. Porter, 62; Mary Ritchey, 85; Hattie Frances Blackwell Seward, 77; Evelyn Goodlett Ruble, 71; Edward Earl Satterley, 60; Frances Snider Warrick, 88; Helen Caudill Grote, 101; Rita J. Johnson, 54; Virginia Lemke, 63; Lula LaFollette, 91; Jerry Lee Smith, 67; Shirley Culton, 56; Mary Edna Eaton, 78; Barbara Lee Shay Heightchew, 59.

15 years ago, 1999

Growing up in a family of nine, Sandy Moore Walker and Gail Moore Howser were expected to get along. They opened Sister Act Salon in Hi Point Business Center off Boone Station Road, after 13 years working side-by-side styling hair.... Rachel Page spent about six hours a week for six years as a parent volunteer at Simpsonville Elementary and was named Volunteer of the Year for Shelby County Public Schools.... While Kenny Freeman had been chief of police, and the Simpsonville’s only officer, he petitioned the local government for a new officer, but a lack of funding delayed the request. He presented a new proposal, paying $1 a year, the city leased a German shepherd K-9 unit – a lease that could be broken by either party at any time.... Len Ashby signed a national letter-of-intent to play golf for Eastern Kentucky University.... Robin Dowell and Paula Cissell shared a dream of owning their own business. The Studio Salon and Spa opened in Governor's Square Center, a full-service salon, offering hair care and design, massages, ear piercing, pedicures, nails, waxing, makeup and tanning.... The Shelby County Percussion Ensemble took top honors in the Tri-State Circuit scoring 90.2 in the final performance of the Indoor Percussion Contests.... Carrie Roberts was named Crestview Health Care Center's Employee of the Year, working at the home for 15 years.... Shelby County High School newspaper, yearbook and broadcasting students brought home several awards from the 1999 Kentucky High School Journalism Association competition.... The Shelby County Lady Rockets (9-5) finished runner-up to Madison Central for the second consecutive year, falling 6-4 in Georgetown.... Sam and Cheryl Houston of Mount Eden received the Master Conservationist Award as the Shelby County Conservation District Board celebrated 50 years.... Finalists in the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour Contest sponsored by Shelby Energy Cooperative were Allyson Stout, Living Waters Christian School; and Austin Green of Shelby County High School.....

Births: Cara Lynn Armstrong, Emrie Claire Cooper, Caroline Rose Shy, Matthew Alan Hawkins, Shelby Marie Moore, Benjamin Taylor White, Jennifer Ann Fuqua, Emma Jaynes Lawson, Tara Victoria Lin Adams.... I’m one: Tanner May, Trenton Edward Davis.... Deaths: Frank Melone, 87; Frances L. Sallee, 78; Charles Louis Franklin Sr., 63; Richard Lee Todd, 83; Clarence "Butch" Davis, 53; Charlie Louis Franklin Sr., 63; Michelle Renee Carraher Reece; Eric C. Peyton, 19; Walter G. Ritcey, 88; Mary Edna Green Wilson, 89; Christine Woodward, 70; Terri Ann Paulley, 39; Minnie Husband Yeary, 92; Faye Puckett Amyx, 80; Ida Catherine Roberts, 71; Thomas F. Curtsinger, 72; Russell C. Eades, 80; Jerry Wayne Harp, 35; Ona Elizabeth Jeffries McCormick, 69; Curtis Elve Shouse, 80; Larry Duane Simmons, 47; Dale Downey Tingle, 78; Mary Jo Wiley, 61.

25 years ago, 1989

Emma Ellis almost wasn't on hand to receive the award as Shelbyville's Citizen's of the Year. Three of her children dropped in unexpectedly, so she wanted to stay home and cook dinner for everyone and skip the Chamber of Commerce's Taste of Shelbyville dinner at Floral Hall.... As rain pelted rescue workers, they fought to free a woman trapped in her car, which had struck a semi head-on on KY 55 North. The Shelby County Volunteer Rescue Squad used the jaws of life to release Kathy Powell, 19, of Eminence, who was trapped in her Monte Carlo.... Lady luck touched Margaret Phelps when she scratched off three Derby spaces on her lottery ticket. The Shelbyville woman, who manages the Snow Hill Food Mart on North Seventh Street, was one of four $5,000 winners, the other three were from Louisville.... Shelby County Fiscal Court unanimously agreed to advertise for an assistant for Dog Warden Carl Ray Perry and buy a two-way radio to improve communication with him.... Safety Officer Monty Wilson thought he was working security at Floral Hall but he actually was being honored as Shelbyville's Employee of the Year.... Just two days after students did bus evacuation drills 30 students were put to the test. All evacuated promptly after a Shelby County school bus collided head-on with a car on KY 53 North. Five students were taken to United Medical Center where they were treated for injuries and released.... Mary Maynard joined Craig Realty Company as a sales associate. Tony Price joined on a part-time basis.... United Medical Center unveiled another state-of-the art piece of equipment that can save a patient's life - a $60,000 Bennett mammography unit.... New officers of TOPS KY #148, Shelbyville, the local chapter of TOPS Club Inc., were elected. They were Lois Newton, leader; Paula Nation, co-leader; Louise Sawyers, secretary; Lavena Watts, treasurer; and Virginia Pontrich, weight recorder.... Carroll Yates was elected to the board of directors at the annual stockholders' meeting of the Farmers National Bank of Williamsburg.... The zoning commission denied the request of Hunt Garner to add another phase to Town 'N Country off Smithfield Road.... Residents along Walnut Street and Beechwood Ave. argued against a 70-lot subdivision for 40 minutes until the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission decided to postpone a vote on the zone change that the developers sought.... Shelbyville's Main Street project was to be featured, in the national spotlight, with 17 other Kentucky cities in the May issue of American Heritage magazine.... In 1988 legislators mandated that school systems teach parenting and family life skills to students. When school opens next fall, Shelby County planned to be a step ahead of other systems. Not only will teachers talk about the "birds and the bees," they will discuss death, teenage suicide, physical and sexual abuse, divorce and drug abuse.... Crestview Health Care Center received a Gold Award recognizing employees who enlisted 100 percent in payroll deduction for the United Way.... The Cabinet for Human Resources awarded the Old Mason's Home in Shelbyville the state's highest rating for two levels of patient care provided to residents of the long-term care facility.... Shelby County High School’s chapter of Future Homemakers of America was honored at the state convention for increasing its membership by 36 percent to 50 percent.... "It was like a war zone," was how Fred Wiche, the Weekend Gardener for WHAS radio/TV, described the storm that struck hardest in the western portion of Shelby County where he made his home. The storm dumped 5 inches of rain plus hail.... Finalists for the $10,000 O.L. Moore scholarship were Amber Martinson, Chris Chanda, Sarah Igleheart, Robert Leonard, Sandy Pyles and Melissa Bland.... Rev. Louis Coleman renovated the mission on Equity Street, which was the former home of the Shelby Congregational Methodist Church, with the help of the Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center in Simpsonville.... The bank account for the city of Simpsonville grew by $5,000 thanks to a grant from the Area Development Fund....

Births: Daniel Lee Childress, Rebecca Katherine Garrison, April Sue Chesser, Leigh Ann Sweasy, Joshua Wayne Shuck, Vanessa Love Brown.... Serving our country: Shelby County High School Rockets football star Tommy Thompson was accepted to the U.S. Air Force Academy.... Deaths: Cecil L. Hall, 83; Thomas Porter Jesse, 80; Paul Charles Albright; John Simon, 71; Venua Clark Butts, 85; Anna Lee Gravett Jacobi, 39; Elmer R. Clark, 63; Helen Pfost James, 56; Robert D. Gorrell, 76; Ralph Thomas Roberts, 75; Leslie Franklin Kemp, 78.

40 years ago, 1974

John Hockercaught a 30-pound plus mud cat in a stream in the southwestern section of Shelby County.... Johnny Lloyd, senior biology and pre-medical major, won two awards at the annual Honors Convocation at KSU. He won the $500 Mary Elliott Hill Memorial Scholarship, the Beta Kappa Chi scientific honor society award and had a 3.62 grade point average out of a possible 4.0.... Avery Dempsey of Kentucky Utilities in Shelbyville was awarded the Red Cross Certificate of Merit. This is the highest award given by the American Red Cross to a person who saves a life by using skills learned in a Red Cross first aid, small craft or water safety course.... After 19 years, W.M. Curtis resigned from Highway 55 Drive-in Theatre. He and his family came to Shelbyville from Lexington in 1955 to manage the newly built theatre for the owner, James Head of Lexington. Curtis began his new job at the Shelbyville Post Office.... Shelbyville's first Dogwood Arts and Crafts Fair proved a smashing success from every standpoint – attendance, exhibits and displays, weather, program and general interest.... Carla J. Turner, a Shelby County High School senior, was the recipient of the 1974 O.L. Moore, Memorial Scholarship of $4,000…. Shelby County Vocational School participated in the North Central skills Olympics contests held at the Louisville Vocational Center. Glen Sloan placed third in machine shop, Barney Mack was second in electrical trades, Rodney Johnson was second in auto mechanics and Larry Thompson was second in carpentry.... It was a clean sweep when the Shelbyville girls tennis club took Oldham County 8-0.... Martin's Carpet Center moved two doors down from its former location, formerly occupied by Easley's TV, east of Shelbyville Key Market and facing U.S. 60 East.... Judge Fred Bond was the speaker for the annual banquet of the Shelby County Jaycees at Old Stone Inn. New officers were installed - Nick Wood, president; Don Devine, internal vice president; Ken Dennie, external vice president; Larry Price, secretary-treasurer; and Bill Schott, director.... Mrs. F.E. Ballard Jr. arranged a display of mementos of Science Hill School in the Court at Science Hill Inn....

Births: Michael Todd Stivers, Amber Lee Tracy…. Serving our country: Army private Roger D. Simpson, 19, served with the 304th Signal Battalion in Kimpo, Korea. He was a teletypewriter operator in the Battalion's Company C.... Lieutenant Colonel Ben M. Pollard was selected for promotion to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Air Force.... Army Private Robert G. Jones, 19, was assigned to the 1st Armored Division in Germany.... Deaths: The Shelby County Rescue Squad was called to Kentucky River near Millville where James Hawkins, 18, of Frankfort, drowned in a boating accident.... Elsie Pitkin Poynter, 89; William Jesse Spears, 57; Aurby M. Tinsley, 54; Richard T. Finney, 80; Nick Cook, 95; Joe H. Slucher, 88; Odell Bridges Irvin, 65; Leona D. Armstrong, 73; Martin Albert Adams, 65.

55 years ago, 1959

Martha Layne Hall, student at the University of Kentucky, was one of the 10 finalists and was crowned Miss Kentucky Derby from among 16 candidates during a talent show on WHAS-TV.... Ella R. Summers was appointed Group Chief Operator at Southern Bell in Shelbyville.... The Shelby County 4-H Style Revue and Speech Event was held at the Bagdad High School. The winners were Mary Elizabeth Poole, Bagdad, senior style revue winner; Diane Harrod, Bagdad, Junior Style Revue. Approximately 350 4-H club members, parents and leaders attended the event.... Jane Kaye Smith was elected Model United Nations chairman of the International Relations Club at Transylvania College in Lexington.... The Waddy Chapter of the Future Homemakers of America held their annual "Mother and Daughter" Banquet at the Halfway House.... Billy Bruce Sweeney was awarded the "Christian Attitude" trophy by the Simpsonville Baptist Brotherhood, as selected by his teammates and teachers.... Phillip H. Howser, a club member of the Fourth Street speed roller rink in Louisville, received a first place silver medal during a roller skating speed contest in Nashville.... Shelbyville High School students attended the Kentucky State High School Music Festival at the University of Louisville School of Music at Garden Court. Receiving superior rating in the junior classification was Corinna Adams. David Hackworth, Cecilia Sams and Jane Ratcliff won superior in the senior division. Cecie Scearce, Day Ann Doak, Patty Crawford, Peggy Shannon, Mike Saunders, Dick Schmidt, Jane Vaughan, Mary Hardin Davis and Nancy Clemmons won excellent.... Bobby Edwards, student at the University of Kentucky, was honored by the university upon being selected one of 198 who had been superior in scholarship for the year.... Members of the Waddy Chapter of Future Farmers of America, at FFA. Day brought back nine superiors.... Long Buick Company purchased the Pontiac-GMC truck agency from Nick Riner. All the parts and equipment at the garage on Main between 4th and 5th were moved to U.S. 60 West by Harry M. Long, the new owner....

Births: Susan Lynn Holland, Julian True…. Serving our country: Army Pvts. Bobby L. Wade, 21, and Bobby M. Stevens, 21, were scheduled to complete advanced individual training with the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood, Tex. After completing this training, he was slated to depart for his new assignment with the 4th Armored Division in Germany. The 4th is a major unit of the NATO shield of defense in Europe.... SP-4 Curtis L. Willard was promoted to SP-5. He was stationed in Turkey with Radar equipment.... Deaths: George Nathan Busey Sr., 85; Sheila Lynn Bruner, infant daughter of Chester and Shirley Wayne Bruner; James W. Hubbard, 83; Mary Hansbrough Williams, 76; Lillie Phillips Stratton, 74; Estelle Ann Buntain, 14-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Buntain; Margie Brown Thompson, 41; Lulah Cook Lewis, 90; Marilyn Joyce Nethery; John H. Johnson; Alberta Rogers; Miles Demaree; Myrtle Buntain Warford; William Albert Eastman; Mattie Doyle Lewis.

60 years ago, 1954

The Board of Council of the City of Shelbyville voted unanimously to adopt a resolution asking the citizens of Shelbyville to observe Daylight Saving Time for the period beginning midnight, April 25, and ending Sept. 6. After the resolution was put before the council by Councilman Charles Long Jr., Mayor Saunders suggested this be given serious consideration inasmuch as the farmers of Shelby County had always been seriously opposed to Daylight Saving Time.... Robert Edwin Bobbitt won one of the $2,000 four-year Honor Scholarships annually awarded by 135-year-old Centre College in Danville.... The property of the late Mayme A. Roman was sold at auction by the Farmers & Traders Bank, executor, which left all of the property to the Daisy M. Saffel hospital. The sale totaled $14,550 and included a five-room frame house on Washington Street, between 8th and 9th, which was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Willie Stratton.... Bobby Smith, eighth-grade Simpsonville High School student, correctly spelled "tragedy" to become Shelby County's champion speller.... Births: Teresa Ann Dorland; Alice Lynne Barnett....

Serving our country: Ted L. Igleheart completed his military leadership course at Camp Gordon, Ga., and Easter morning was shipped to Fort Lewis, Wash., where he would receive final assignment for service in the Far East.... Deaths: Mrs. J.E. Stallard; Mrs. Wickliffe Ray; Alice Searcy; Mrs. John W. Hammond; Ollie Belle McGaughey Crook, 66, widow of James H. Crook and sister of Mrs. Willie Jewell; Robert McKinley, husband of the former Lillie Finnell; Mattie B. Nones, 79, a member of one of Kentucky's early families, sister of Ethel Nones and Seth M. Nones of Shelby County;

70 years ago, 1944

The fifth annual daffodil show by Shelby County Homemakers was held at the home of Mrs. B.A. Thomas with 300 entries in competition.... Dr. Milton E. Eisenhower, president of Kansas State College, and brother of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, was announced to deliver the commencement address at the University of Kentucky.... 18 hogs belonging to N.E. McKay and Richard Wright were killed when lightning struck a tree beside a hog house on the farm of Mr. McKay, near Scott's Station.... Mrs. Ralph Gilbert entered the race for Congress. She was the first woman admitted to the Shelby County Bar and had been practicing law four years.... Shelbyville High School returned from the State Music Festival. Receiving superior were Kathleen Cleveland and Margaret Jamison. Excellents went to Carolyn Green; Jean Moore; Carolyn and Dottie Green, duet; Margaret Aldridge, Lindsey Cornelius and Dottie Green, trio; Caroline Green, Jean Moore and Margaret Jamison, trio; Gregory Biagi, Ben Matthews, Cornell Casey, Harold Matthews, Bobby Pearce and Teddy Igleheart, ensembles. Receiving a good rating were Gregory Biagi and Mary Stanton Willis.... Birth: Janet Hunter Garner…. Deaths: H.B. List, 64; Dr. Virgil E. Simpson, 69, Louisville physician and well-known in Shelby County.

80 years ago, 1934

School consolidations were Cat Ridge to Waddy, Elmburg to Cropper and Camden to Finchville…. The residence of Joseph A. Dedman, Todds Point, was destroyed by fire, and together with most of the contents the loss was of approximately $5,500, which was partially covered by insurance.... Births: Kenneth Nation Thompson, James S. Baskett Jr…. Deaths: Susie M. Pevlor, 70, widow of Joseph Pevlor; Ruth Ellen Hughes, 73, wife of John W. Hughes; C.D. Austin, 40; Susan O. Jesse, 40, former resident of Shelby County; Clinton M. Greathouse; Richard J. Owen;

90 years ago, 1924

Dudley J. Jesse purchased the blacksmith shop on Main Street from S.W. Ford for $6,500 and announced plans to erect a stable.... The contract for an addition to the Waddy High School building, to consist of an auditorium, two classrooms and a gymnasium, was let by the County Board of Education to Flem Cheek of Waddy for $19,301.... Jeptha Tracy resigned as a member of the Shelbyville police force and was succeeded by Leroy Ewing.... Bernice Payne of Mount Eden purchased 14 shares of the capital stock of the Mount Eden Bank at the courthouse door for $305 per share.... Births: James S. Baskett Jr., Turner Bright Jr…. Deaths: Anna Lou Crane, 30; Mary Duke Guthrie, wife of J. Dudley Guthrie, formerly of Shelbyville; Mary Belle Branaman, 87; Susan O. Jesse, 40, former resident of Shelby County; J.M. Elwood; Florence Ronald Owsley; Frank Goodknight; Smith Thomas Harris; Sue E. Rice; Joseph D. Allen;

95 years ago, 1919

Marion H. Harbison was the new home demonstration agent in Shelby County, succeeding Mary McDowell… Deaths: Anciel Pevlor; Bertha Ethington; Mrs. Lee Bowles.