Looking back: May 20, 2016

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1961: Southern freight cars derailed at Hempridge

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, 2006

Heritage Elementary School officials rounded out the replacement of three outgoing principals by selecting a Shelby County resident to lead their school. Cindy Sue Adkins would take over for retiring Principal Donna Preston…. State and local officials and Whitney Young Job Corps Center students turned dirt to break ground on the Shelbyville Bypass Wednesday in the Stratton Center. The bypass would start at the Ky. 55 South intersection with U.S. 60, cross through the Midland Industrial Park, intersect with Burks Branch Road and Ky. 53 North (Smithfield Road) then onto its intersection with Ky. 55 North (Eminence Pike)…. In celebration of National Nurse's Week, three Jewish Hospital Shelbyville nurses were selected as nurses of the year – Sonia Carter, RN, of Louisville; Drema Cutlip, LPN, of Shelbyville; and, Johanna Hall, RN, of Taylorsville…. Where there is growth, there is development, and with that comes the need for land surveyors. Todd Brown, Chris Morgan and Doug Preston hoped the new business, Centerline Surveying LLC, they opened would help to fill that ever-widening niche…. A new addition at The Masonic Home of Shelbyville was making patients want to jump for joy – and perhaps almost achieving it. The Orthopedic Center of Excellence opened in January, and had resounding success rehabilitating the patients that had come and gone, said Robin Thompson, community relations coordinator for the center…. Ed Orem was named Senior Adult of the Year at First Baptist Church of Shelbyville…. The Shelby County A&M Association (fair board) won the 2005 Fair Catalog Award from the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows…. Bob Reid was one of two recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award named by Gov. Ernie Fletcher at the Governor's Volunteer Awards ceremony in Frankfort…. Ruby M. Lewis, of Shelbyville, has been accepted into Golden Key International at an induction ceremony at Western Kentucky University…. Ellie Swisher, a student at East Middle School, was a winner at the Young Authors awards ceremony, held at Painted Stone Elementary…. Wright Elementary School teacher Vicki Meares was the recipient of the year's ExCEL Teacher of the Year award…. Births: Talli Paige Frame, Alexus Kaitlin Cissell, Steven Travis Cook, Steve Lopez Decena, James Evan Lear, Andrew Gunnar Mason, Anthony Castro Sanchez…. I’m one: Jarryd Nathaniel Carney…. Deaths: Doris Elizabeth Lefler Cleveland, 86; Lena Bell Morgan, 84; Lucille Long Rodgers, 94; Voicey Marvin Morgan, 88; Alice Catherine Shuck, 78; Robert “Bob” Evans Carey, 60; Doug Floyd, 63; Anna Loraine Riggs, 90; Larry Ray Beckley, 52.

15 years ago, 2001

Andrew Riggs’great aunt “Barb” was the person he would call every time he accomplished something at school or in sports. Barbara Houchins died of cancer at age 47 in late March, and two days later the 9-year-old raised $1,045 for the American Heart Association in honor of his aunt.... The 2001 Michael Todd Long charity golf scramble, sponsored by the Shelby County Community Charities, raised a record amount of money for charity – $61,787.36.... Margaret Miles of Bagdad won the Viewers' Choice Award at the Cultural Arts show at the state Cooperative Extension Homemakers' meeting in Bowling Green in late April for her quilting…. The Shelby County High School Winter Guard won first place honors in the Tri-State Winter Guard International finals.... Carrie Beth Wallace was the state winner in the Daughters of the American Revolution 10th-grade essay contest.... Shelby County resident Cindi Ward was chosen by Gov. Paul Patton for the 22-member Kentucky Commission on Small Business Advocacy (CSBA).... Dwayne Fallen, Shelby County Rockets football player, signed to play with the Thomas Moore Saints.... Births: Jack Edward Sanford, Destiny Paige Lisby, Cristina Gabrielle League, Annyelli Hernandez Martinez.... I’m one: Jacklyn McKenzie Goodlett, Zachary Warren Grant.... Deaths: Donna Rebecca Lee Luthy, 66; Thomas Fredrick Wallace, 77; Albert Franklin Puckett, 68; Eugene Goodwin, 74.

25 years ago, 1991

Scott Kingwas named employee of the year at Union Camp Company.... Because of skyrocketing insurance costs, the city of Shelbyville hasn't had traditional 4th of July fireworks displays for three years. Col. Wise Inc., a Louisville company which supplied his own insurance, offered to put on the display this year  – for $5,000.... Sheryl Block was named Teacher of the Year and first WHAS ExCELL award winner. "You are why I'm here," she said as she looked at her 26 students sitting in the audience of the Simpsonville Elementary school library.... Cherish Barnett was awarded a full merit scholarship at Transylvania University for the 1991-92 academic year.... The Shelby County girls' track team finished second with 106 points in the regional meet at Eastern High School.... Molly Becherer was awarded the $750 scholarship given annually by the Annunciation Men's Club.... Bobby Whitaker resigned from firefighting after 27 years of service.... Jennifer Pridemore received the Daughters of American Revolution Good Citizens award.... Serving our country: The most memorable event of Daryl Casey's five-months' service in the Persian Gulf didn't come during the war with Iraq. In came early Dec. 21, when a boat ferrying sailors overturned, killed 21 men. Knowing CPR he helped the medics and was able to save an unattended sailor. "I yelled at him, you know, 'C'mon, dammitt, live! Get back to me,'" Casey said. He was dead and you brought him back to life ... "Hard worker, dependable, conscientious, responsible." Plant Manager Ted Sacheck used these words to describe Scott King, assistant line operator for Union Camp Company. He was named the year's best by employees there.... For PFC Rickey Pruitt, the Persian Gulf war wasn't about gunfire or casualties – it was about gratitude. A medic for the headquarters company of the 1st Cavalry Division, he was in the desert for six months and six days.... Deaths: James Bailey, 81; Mary Logan Arnold, 74; William C. Likins, 66; James Burley Lewis, 71; Frances Blevins Clark, 58; Catherine Armstrong Robertson, 79; Julia Clay Jennings, 78; Mary Jane Collins Harrington, 72.

40 years ago, 1976

Business and Professional Women's Club officers for 1976-77 were (from left) Mary Louise McCoy, treasurer; Linda Dale, second vice president; Patty Griffith, corresponding secretary; Mary Hall, recording secretary; Mae Mick, state officer; Fletcher Barlow, first vice president; Joyce Bennett, president. The photo was taken from the May 13, 1976 issue of The Sentinel-News.

Shelby County's "Road Scholars," Alan Dunaway and Tommy Wright, placed third in the state finals of the Plymouth Troubleshooting Contest in Frankfort.... A wave of terror swept through the tiny Shelby County community of Finchville immediately following the announcement by the Louisville and Jefferson County Air Board that its new 15-year recommendations list Finchville as a possible site for a 14,000 acre airport.... For the 28 years Charles Adams pounded the streets of Shelbyville delivering mail, he dreamed of the days when he would have time to fiddle away. Today, three years after his retirement from the post office, he fiddled with violins – from repair them to learning to play one.... Laer Pearce, former writer and photographer for the Shelbyville Sentinel-News, was selected as the 1976 recipient of Kentucky Farm Bureau's communications award to a writer.... Julie Pflughaupt was among University of Kentucky students initiated into Mortar Board, women's honorary society.... After 65 years at the same location in the five hundred block of Shelbyville's Main Street, the Deiss Store moved down the street to 602 Main, offering more room and convenience to its customers.... Marty Cooper joined the staff of Begley Drug Company in Governor's Square Shopping Center as merchandising manager.... Jack Brammer joined the Sentinel-News editorial staff. In one week he received his Master of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, got married and moved to Shelbyville in time to begin working.... Kenneth J. Easley was awarded the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.... W. Stephen Wilborn, Shelbyville attorney, was sworn in a president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Kentucky Bar Association at the Young Lawyers Section Annual meeting.... Deaths: Betsye Crabb Smith, 79; Walker Mac Catlett, 46; William Lawrence Buntain, 38; Walker Maxwell "Mac" Catlett; Ida Bell Hedges, 42; Landon Garrett, 84; Edgar Baker Hundley, 64; John E. Kirkham.

55 years ago, 1961

The Sullivan Medallions, the highest honors that can be conferred upon graduating seniors at the University of Kentucky, were awarded to Leroy McMullan of Simpsonville and Joyce Ann Malcomb of Louisville.... 16 freight cars and three diesel units of the Southern Railway were derailed at Hempridge.... William Bruce Sweeney, freshman at the University of Kentucky, took part in special Honors Day ceremonies on the campus. Students participating on the program rank in the upper three percent of their classes.... A program and reception co-sponsored by the Brotherhood and Associational WMU was given in honor of the Rev. and Mrs. Marshall Phillips at the First Baptist Church.... William Russell Hickman was presented the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity award at the second annual Honors Day Banquet of the University of Kentucky, College of Pharmacy.... Finance Commissioner Robert F. Matthews Jr. was appointed state coordinator of economic stabilization by Gov. Combs.... North Central District officers in charge of the FFA awards banquet included Bobby McDowell as president of Shelby County Chapter.... Birth: Marjorie Long.... Deaths: Herbert Benton Kinsolving Jr., 72, prominent attorney and former Commonwealth's attorney for 24 years; Leora Collins, 70, sister of Blanche Gordon and Annie Sullivan; Ethel Barnett Gray, 67; James Murphy, 84.

60 years ago, 1956

Dr. Alice N. Pickett, the only doctor in a French town of 40,000 for a time during World War I, received the achievement award of the Alumnae Association of the Woman's Medical College in Philadelphia. She was known as "Ma Pickett" by medical students.... Joyce Ritchey was elected president of the Simpsonville Chapter of Future Homemakers of America.... Fifty-six seniors will be receiving 1956 diplomas at Shelbyville High School.... Jeanie Ramsey was valedictorian and Betty Hanna Montfort salutatorian of Bagdad High School, with 36 graduates to receive diplomas.... Lincoln Institute held its 42nd commencement with 92 young people receiving certificates and diplomas.... Shelbyville High School musicians Jane Connell, Lyland Green and Jane Kaye Smith received “superior” ratings at the 32nd annual Kentucky High School music festival.... Birth: Shirley Ann, weighing 6 pounds, 9 3/4 ounces, was born to Mrs. Thelma Doris Hamilton, wife of Yeoman Second Class Lowell H. Hamilton, USN, at Tripler Army Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii.... Serving our country: Pvt. Henry A. Byrd was scheduled to leave the U.S. for Germany as part of Operation Gyroscope, the Army's unit rotation plan.... Deaths: William Owsley Flowers, 64, husband of Sue Doyle Flowers; Beulah Johnson Spaulding, 62, widow of Robert Spaulding and daughter of Florence Perry Johnson and sister of local siblings, Mrs. Robert Miller, Lionel, Hugh, Orris and Ewett Johnson; Jesse Bowman, 85, husband of Hazel Woodward Bowman and father of local child, Helen Fields.

70 years ago, 1946

Col. Tom L. Clore resigned as Horse Show manager for the State Fair.

80 years ago, 1936

The 112th commencement exercises were held at Science Hill School…. Death: Elsie Thomas Luttrell, 75.

85 years ago, 1931

Omar Roberts of Cropper was appointed local representative for the Lexington Livestock market.... Birth: Charlton Nash Jr.... Deaths: Mary Louise Bryant, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Bryant; Tina Carris, 48; Betsy Hedges, 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hedges.

95 years ago, 1921

The residence of J. Archie Bell, five miles from Shelbyville on the State Pike, was damaged by fire.... Deaths: Josephine R. Knight, 83, former resident; D.C. Whisman, 67; Aaron Anderson, 75, father of Mrs. P.M. Hardesty; Mrs. J.N. Black, 44.