Looking back: Oct. 11, 2013

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1953: Ex-POW Douthitt honored at tobacco festival

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

The Tang family and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce officials celebrated the grand opening of the Asian Buffet on Howard Drive restaurant with a ribbon cutting. Other ribbon cuttings were the Sears store in Governor’s Square and Paintball Haven on Main Street....Lauren Loch and her horse, Seamus, won first in three events at the Kentucky Horse Park this summer and finished fourth in championship competition....Police arrested a Louisville man who may have robbed the Shelbyville branch of Rite Aid Pharmacies of 200 OxyContin tablets and allegedly took the same drug and other prescription drugs from the Perry and Dunbar Drug Store in Madisonville....Police arrested five men who allegedly tried to pick up someone they thought was a prostitute working the streets of downtown Shelbyville. She was a female undercover officer. This was part of a prostitution and drug sting that combined the efforts of the state and Shelbyville police department....Births: Collin Stuart Elkins, Jack Henry Steele Howard, Annika Hunter Grae Lanham....I’m one: Taylor Lynn Collett, Jade Nicole Price....Deaths: Harry Augustus “Gus” Barnett, 88; William Edgar Darland, 71; Allen Crabb, 64; Roy Alvin “Jack” Hutchinson Jr., 74; Mary Angeline Jordon Sharp, 59; Anna Mae Shouse, 81; Charles E. “Buck” Sloan, 72; Effie Peach Abrams, 92; James “Jack” Roberts, 94.

15 years ago, 1998

If you eat, you qualify for the SHARE Shelbyville program, which offers a nutritious food package to anyone for $16 plus two hours of volunteer service in the community. The city's program and its coordinators were awarded the Kentucky League of Cities President's Award of Excellence. Coordinators were Wendy Rutledge, accounts payable/license clerk, and Inez Harris, deputy city clerk....The Rev. Steve Smartt was the new minister at Clayvillage Baptist Church on U.S. 60 East....The Shelby County High School marching band once again came back with a first-place trophy in competition at Lexington's Henry Clay High School, taking top honor in Class AAA, as well as first place for best percussion and best field commanders, Jerrertt Barry and Kirsta Perry. The band also received its third distinguished rating....Six Shelby County girls helped Jeffersontown's Little League fast-pitch softball programs sweep the state championships in all four age groups. They were Brittany Morrison, Candace Robinson, Ashlee Whitaker, Krista Perry, Jessica Craddock and Amber Morrison....Alan Chappell received the Finchville "Homecoming Queen" title during the community's Homecoming, hosted by the Finchville Ruritan Club....The Shelbyville Antique Mall celebrated its 15-year anniversary....Mandy Lee Sneed, 5, and Nicholas Kleinhenz, 3, were chosen as Little Miss and Mister Finchville....Residents were asked to begin dialing the 10-digit phone number (including 502). It would be mandatory when, at the beginning of the year another area code, 270, would be added to the region.....Births: Haley Nicole Collins, David Mitchel Langley....I'm one: Kesley Layne Cox, Jessika Taylor Raisor, Campbell and Browning Pumphrey, Madison Lee Wills....Deaths: Robert Huston Beach Sr., 73; Mattie M. Mitchell, 88; Dorothy Glass Jones, 72; Porter Wilson, 87; Howard James "Pete" Willhite, 88; James "Jimmy" Floyd Mills, 60.

25 years ago, 1988

Local and state officials donned bright blue and white "Happi" robes and stood side-by-side with Katayama officials to break ground for a new plant – Japanese style....To promote community interest in the school system, The Sentinel-News sponsored a forum at which all nine school board candidates discussed the future of education in Shelby County....Bagdad residents received a siren to let residents know when it was 6 o'clock and when a severe storm was approaching....Grand prize winner of the pet show at Northside Elementary was Gary Summitt, who brought the strangest bird. The best trick went to Byron Moore for his dog, and most unusual went to Matt Burnett for a hermit crab....Deaths: C.D. Luttrell, 89; Howard M. White Sr., 59; Mary Lizzie Madison (Yank) Beach, 88; Ann Evelyn Thornberry, 68; Anna Jean Renfro, 53.

40 years ago, 1973

Gary Clouse finished third in the Stuart Invitational Cross Country meet. He had set several records for Shelby County High School....The Shelbyville High School varsity cheerleaders finished as one of the top six squads in the Over 7 Member division in a University of Cincinnati Clinic event....Fielding E. Ballard III became an associate of the law firm of H.B. Kinsolving III....Paulesa Kay Early and Charles Douglas Quire of Bagdad and Guy Grubbs of Waddy joined the junior membership ranks of Holstein-Friesian Association of America....Bridwell Terhune of Terhune's hair Styles completed a 2-day advanced hair styling school in Lexington....Shelbyville High School was represented in the Louisville and Jefferson County Youth Orchestra for a number of years. Members were Timothy Baker, Emily Chatham, Rhonda Miller, John Kitchen, Edgar Vaughan IV, Mark Vaughan, Jeff Wilborn, Karen Ruble, Kathy Edwards and Jeanne Chatham....John Barnett was elected president of the Shelby County Farm Bureau....Births: Laura Beth Whitehouse, Cheri Michelle Burchfield....Deaths: Ezra T. Perry, 86; Stella Houghlin, 62.

55 years ago, 1958

Edna Wayne McMillan and John Broughton were queen and king of the Shelby County Farm Bureau, representing Shelby County in the district royalty contest at Simpsonville on Sept. 29....Homer Young and Geneva Young were the new superintendent and matron of the Masonic Home....New members of the Girl Scouts nominating committee were Mesdames Herbert McDowell, Cam Ballard and William Kemper....Victoria V. Gilbert, wife of the late Sen. Ralph Gilbert, was chosen as "Woman of the Year" by the local Business and Professional Women Club....Birth: Mildred Annette Miller....William Herbert McGinnis, 80, long a prominent resident, farmer and businessman, died at his home on East Main Street following a long illness of a heart condition....Other deaths: John R. Plunkett, 38; Anna Shelton Gibbs, 79; Cornelia Hall, 93; J.L. (Jap) Mays; Walter Smith Renfro, 59; Anna Elizabeth Brown, infant daughter of Forrest and Jesse Davis Brown.

60 years ago, 1953

Large crowds turned out for the 14th annual tobacco festival. Gene Sea and Teresa Nethery, both of Waddy, were selected king and queen. Bryant-Ratcliffe took first place in the float division. The honor guest was Charles J. Douthitt, who had returned from 33 months imprisonment in Korea at the hands of the Chinese Communists....A large tobacco barn on the farm of Hugh Martin was destroyed by fire....Bill Clements, "Shug" Hickman and Joe Shea scored touchdowns as Shelbyville defeated Anderson County, 20-0, for the Devils' first victory of the season....Harold Yount, 28, a proprietor of a plumbing and electrical company at Pleasureville, shot and killed an intruder in his store. No charges were placed against Yount, whose store had been burglarized several times during previous weeks....John Lee "Jack" Coots Jr., 18, of Finchville, won the FFA Foundation's national award in dairy farming at Kansas City.

70 years ago, 1943

Another Shelby County school bus was run into while stopped. This time it was the Simpsonville bus driven by Bruce Sweeney, a coach and teacher. No one was injured....Hon. W.T. Baker was appointed chair of the Shelby County Selective Service Board by Gov. Keen Johnson....Births: Thomas Jefferson Crume, Lois Jean Baker, Mary Shannon Rankin....Pvt. Jack A. Wills, Military Police, landed safely in Brazil, South America....Capt. Wade McCoy, former editor of the Shelby News, who was chief of the news section of the European theater of operations and stationed in London, was promoted to the rank of major....Deaths: Alice Thomas Cox, 80; Charles Anderson; D.B. Dilley, 82.

80 years ago, 1933

The cost was $5.50 for a round trip on L&N to the Chicago World’s Fair....Essay contest winners were Mary Evelyn Tingle and Walter Cropper. “Why Shelbyville needs a clothing factory” was the subject....Shelbyville High defeated C.K.C. champs Henry Clay (Lexington in football....Deaths: Alice Duvall Harrison, Mary Etta Cook.

85 years ago, 1928

J.W. Wade, well-known farmer, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Willard Harlow, near Bagdad....Helen Gudgel Blakemore, widow of the late Col. William M. Blakemore, died at her home in Anderson County....Bettie Elizabeth Melear, wife of Pete Melear, died at Kings Daughters Hospital, following an illness of several weeks....Jon Kanning, 62, died at the home of George Wetzel near Long Run.

90 years ago, 1923

Work was under way on the new concrete bridge at Buzzard’s Roost intersection on the State Pike, where a curve was being straightened....Deaths: Sarah E. Foster, wife of Andrew J. Foster; Mrs. Bert Turner; Rose Berryman; Martha Conn.

95 years ago, 1918

Dr. F.M. Powell and his family moved to Louisville, retaining his pastorate here but beginning duties as faculty member at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary....At the A.C. and C.R. Youngman sale, 32 dairy cows sold at an average of $84.50, with prices ranging from $60 to $140....Serving our country: Clyde Hall and Owen Lynch were attached to the medical department of the 50th U.S. Infantry at Camp Merrit, N.J.; three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Abraham were in the army – Harry, Isadore and Morris Abraham; Ensign Clifton Eubank completed his course of training and received his commission at the Naval Academy; Joe Casey, Jack Craig and Jake Doss, Camp Taylor, visited here; Sam Atlas accepted for limited service and assigned as clerk of the Shelby County Draft Board.