Looking Backward: Dec. 16, 2016

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Mrs. Melvin Sams elected president of King's Daughters' Handmaidens Circle

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

A group of teamsters and Shelbyville Mixing Center employees spent more than 48 hours on a picket line last week before the strike came to a close. More than 125 workers banded together in support of three men for whom higher pay and better working conditions were being sought. Avral Thompson, recording secretary for Teamsters Local 89, thinks the large group made a difference. "My people wanted to get them a better work environment and that's what we did," Thompson said. "We stuck together and we got it done…." Several local stores were burglarized in two weeks. The Smith-McKenney Pharmacy located in Village Plaza, was burglarized and $10,000 worth of prescription narcotics – OxyContin and morphine – were stolen. The Dollar General Store, located at 21 Mt. Tabor Court and according to the police report, $4,000 in cash was stolen from the store and there was no sign of forced entry. The Family Dollar Store, located at 174 Frankfort Road, was burglarized and police reported $3,500 in merchandise was stolen. There was evidence of a forced entry through the back door, police reported. Police didn’t know whether the crimes were connected or just part of the hazards of conducting business during the holiday season…. Triple S Administrator/Enforcement Officer Joanne Bemiss and Administrative Assistant Betty Hudson retired from the planning and zoning commission…. Six Shelby County area non-profits received grants from the Moses Ruben fund. Moses Ruben operates under the direction of the Shelby County Community Foundation. More than $22,824 was given to Hospice & Palliative Care of Louisville; Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc.; Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, Inc.; Leadership Shelby Green Initiative; Centro Latino; Shelby County Drug Alcohol…. Dairy Queen Grill & Chill opened in Simpsonville next to the Pilot truck stop…. Dudley Bottom, 58, CEO of Shelby Energy retired, leaving the energy cooperative in good hands of Debbie Martin…. Edward Jones ranked number one in Registered Representative magazine's annual survey of the nation's seven largest financial firms for the 14th consecutive year. The company got the highest score in all but two of the 23 categories on which it was rated…. Births: Porter Callis Jesse, Ethan Alexander Walker…. I’m one: Mary Tate Hardy, Riley Morgan Watts…. Deaths: Alma Katherine Carter,90; Sue F. Logan, 73; Marian A. Paul, 89; Joyce P. Morris,69; Carol Thornton, 52; Billie Sue Bustle Bayman, 69; David Wayne Wilson, 58.


15 years ago, 2001

Rob Rothenburgerretired from his job as Shelbyville Fire Chief and decided to run for county judge-executive for the Republican ticket because he was “disenchanted” with county government. Tom Becherer, a long-time high school football coach, filed in the Democratic party.... Shelby County was one of four counties – two in Kentucky and two in Tennessee – who shared in a $538,000 grant from the United State Department of Agriculture designed to help Hispanics gain access to health care.... Shelby County native Tracy Bond Bird won the first two rounds of her match on the Jeopardygame show, amassing more than $54,000 from the two episodes. She could not reveal how much she won, players are required to sign a 12-page contract agreeing to give back all of their winnings if they reveal how much they won on the show before it aired.... Saddlebred horse show pioneer Helen Crabtree was honored by Equestrian USA with a permanent trophy that resided in the organization’s headquarters in Lexington.... The White Castle on Mount Eden Road at the I-64 interchange  opened, along with the B&N Express convenience store and Citizens Union Bank…. Births: Logan Hunter Hooks, Emily Grace Shouse, Jessie Lee Wainscott, Joshua Dale Mullins.... Deaths: Thomas Barker Jr., 73; Teresa L. Brooks, 43; Edward W. “Ham” Gaddie, 86; Clara Ruth Bowen Higgins, 84; James Cecil Jackson, 62; Lariace D. “L” Jones, 21; Samuel Marwedell Lyons, 74; Leon McKinney Sr., 54; Elizabeth Ann Kephart “Punkin” Willhoite, 66; Callie Cornish, 89; Barbara Jean Ashby Ulloa, 52; Ray Thomas Moffett, 76.


25 years ago, 1991

Two new state troopers, fresh from graduation exercises, joined the ranks of Kentucky State Police assigned to Shelby County – Phillip Crumpton, 26 and Kenneth Philip Stewart, 25.... 9 to 5 Printing  at 602 Main celebrated its first-year anniversary.... The City of Shelbyville planned to start a pilot program for curbside recycling in March, announced Mayor Neil Hackworth.... Tommy and Carol Blackburn and their three children attended a dedication of the first Habitat home in Shelbyville – their home. They were selected as Habitat's first partner family after filling out an application and undergoing extensive background checks and interviews.... Redecorating her new home gave Leslie McCarthythe idea for opening her new shop, Making Ends Meet.... Shelbyville had an unemployment rate of 4.4 percent in September and 5.8 percent in October. The unemployment rate was 1.9 percent October 1990.... Courtney Drew Hall, 4,  was crowned winner in the Ninth Annual Little Miss Wal-Mart Contest.... Davis Shouse Sr.was the first employee for WCND Radio and helped get the Shelby County station on the air in June 1964. He ended his 28-year position as chief engineer for WCND/WCKP when he retired.... The latest disbursement of funds from the Moses Ruben Fund wasn't as much as in the past, but representatives from five agencies receiving the $25,000 were grateful for what they got. The agencies were Habitat for Humanity/Shelbyville, Operation Care, Council for Retarded Citizens, Shelby County Historical Society and Shelby County/Shelbyville Parks Department.... Dec. 3, 1991 was a big day for T.B. "Buck" Shaver. He celebrated his 80th birthday and sold his 62nd crop of burley on the floor of the Globe Tobacco Warehouse. His three palletts brought $1.83 per pound, several cents per pound more than he earned last year.... Births: Lauren Alexandra Rand, E. Coye Still IV, Ashley Nichole Carriss.... Deaths: A.J. McAllister, 84; Estelle Newman Dunavan, 88; Michael Eugene Hayden Sr., 38; Mary Bell Miller Patterson, 70; Harold Thomas Roberts, 72; Bernard Lee Hall, 73; Opha E. Gilman, 92; Florence F. Thomas, 59; Florence F. Thomas, 59; R.J. Owens, 69; Adrianne Shanniece Hardin, new born daughter of Angela Greer and Maurice Hardin; Nellie Wallace, 103.


40 years ago, 1976

A Shelbyville resident, Phillip Todd, played varsity basketball for the College of Santa Fe's Fighting Knights.... When the Southwest Jefferson County Community Hospital opened in June, William Price, a native of Shelbyville, would be there at the reins.... The best overall 4-H crop was shown by Doug Jamison. He sold 1,402 pounds for $1.25 per pound. His sister, Lucinda, displayed the best FFA handle and was second overall. The FFA grand champion award went to Wanda Carlile.... Hunters killed several ducks at Clear Creek Park, thinking they were wild. They apologized and said they would get some mallards to replace them.... Each day more than 200 persons picked up their telephone receivers and dialed 633-6900. For their efforts they heard a three minute recorded inspiration message which was a service provided by the First Baptist Church known as Powerline.... Cindy Gardnerwas selected to receive the Isaac Shelby Chapter DAR Good Citizen's Award.... After a few physical flareups, two technical fouls, a three-minute overtime and a steal complete with a basket with only 12 seconds remaining, the Shelby County Rockets upset the No. 4-Rated Trinity Shamrocks of Louisville, 74-73.... Pasquale's, Shelbyville's newest family restaurant, opened for business on Main Street.... Faun Schleifer, family living editor and staff writer for The Sentinel-News, was named news editor. She replaced Tom Peterson, who left the newspaper's staff in October.... Veterans in Shelby County received a total of $1,272,191 from the U.S. Veterans Administration during the fiscal year ended July 1. Compensation and pension payments amounted to $783,110 and educational and rehabilitation payments totaled $373,607.... Births: Jennifer Lynn Montgomery, Jonathan Keith Miller.... Deaths: Allie Holmes Nethery, 73; Mary Dedman Howard, 42; Elizabeth Buntian Miller, 85; Helen C. Barriger, 75; Kathryn Searcy Belcher, 69; Marion McNabb, 57; Geral T. Mackey, 45; Laura Klein; Lena Jesse Butler, 88; David N. Likes, 43; Edward Spencer McNeal, 46; Bennie Warford, 69; Mary Ensminger Dedman, 77; Ollie J. Clark, 86.


55 years ago, 1961

The Shelby County Future Farmers sold 59,052 pounds of tobacco at the show and sale. Shelby County members, George Wilson had the second best crop, Bobby Ethington was fourth and Jack Trumbo was fifth. John Wells of Taylorsville had the third best.... Bonnie Lee Burksreturned from the 27th annual convention of National Junior Vegetable Growers Association meet in Detroit.... Mrs. John B. Kelly was named Cerebral Palsy March general chairperson.... Charlotte McAllister, a senior at Shelbyville High School, was chosen Career Girl by the Business and Professional Women's Club for the month of December. Mary Ann Fordwas selected from Shelby County High School.... Ben G. Matthews, local attorney, won the National Bridge Tourney at Houston, Texas.... Thieves threw a rock through the front glass of Wilborn's Music Store on Sixth Street and escaped with about $700 worth of guitars, amplifiers and a cornet.... Birth: Donald Keith Hortenberry.... Serving our country: Staff Sgt. Kenneth Conn returned from Japan. He had been in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years, three of which had been spent in Japan.... Deaths: Everett Osberne White, 60; Georgia Glover Fritz, 74; Lowry McCready Martin, 60; Mary Elizabeth “Bessie” Gray Carpenter, 58; Ruby Mae Houchin, 73; Carrie Nunn Lea Brock, 78; Paul Cameron LeMay, 11-day-old son of Mr. And Mrs. Orville LeMay; Nora Rice Woods, 61; Richard Marvin Marksbury, 52; Dewey Owens, 59.


60 years ago, 1956

The Shelbyville burley tobacco average dipped 41 cents to $65.32. There were 927,460 pounds sold for $605,788.60.... Jack Frazier was elected cashier of the Bank of Shelbyville. He had occupied a similar position at the Bank of Simpsonville for eight years.... Paul Ratcliffe was elected chairman to succeed Howard Pearce on the Democratic precinct committee. William Hays was re-elected secretary, and George T. Perkins was re-elected treasurer.... Ross Shipman was elected chairman of the Shelbyville Cemetery Company board to succeed the late Henry O. Moxley.... Two offices in the state organization and two plaques recognizing interest and activity in the local club were awarded to members of the Bagdad Ruritan Club. Wesley P. Newton was elected governor of the Bluegrass District. Julian K. Wood, president of the Bagdad Club, was named secretary/treasurer of the state organization.... Serving our country: Pfc. Bobby Perkins, who was stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany, for almost two years received his discharge and resumed his position at the local A&P store.... Jerry B. Rhodes, aviation ordinance third class, USN, with Anti-Submarine Squadron 32, arrived at Piracus-Athens, Greece as part of "Hunter-Killer Group-2”.... Sp/3 James T. Brown Jr. arrived from Germany for a 30-day leave with his wife and family here. He had been in Germany for 13 month and had to return there at the end of his leave.... Deaths: Elmer Harris Doe, 71; Mary Babbitt Barnes, 57; Mary Love, 75; James Wise, 77; Charles Louis Lay, 79; John Thomas Byrnes, 73; William Byers, 78; Dr. Helen B. Wolcott, 89.


70 years ago, 1946

Lexington's Henry Clay High School was awarded the C.K.C. Conference Championship Trophy for 1946 at the league's annual fall meeting. Second place in the final loop standing went to Coach Richard Greenwell's Shelbyville Red Devils.... King's Daughters, Handmaidens Circle officers elected were president, Mrs. Melvin Sams; vice president, Mrs. Eugene Cowles; treasurer, Mrs. T.H. Hardesty; secretary, Mrs. Walter Robinson; two hospital board members were Mrs. E.G. Cardwell and Mrs. Mary F. Thompson….  In county basketball some of the results were: Gleneyrie-Sulphur, 64-47; Cropper-Henry Clay, 47-33; Bagdad-Pleasureville, 56-36; Cropper-Bedford, 42-31; Gleneyrie-Bald Knob, 74-60; Finchville-Taylorsville, 35-13; Cropper-Jeffersontown, 41-27.... Manual High School of Louisville defeated Shelby High Basketball team, 45-36. Shelbyville defeated Gleneyrie 43-31.


85 years ago, 1931

The George W. Gill Realty Company sold the farm of Katie McPherson of 123 acres located near Figg’s Store to L.T. Brooks for $4,500 cash.... Dr. E.B. Smith was elected president of the Kentucky State Homeopathic Medical Society.... Births: J.T. Wright III, Carla Jean Strange.... Deaths: Sarah Roberts Zilhart, 72; Samuel Thompson, 61; Woodford Hall, 92; Mrs. John Diem, 65; Harry Jones, 70; Mettie Vaughn Long, 60; Carol Leona Ritchie, 26.


90 years ago, 1926

The Midland Trail was closed for reconstruction at the eastern city limits of Frankfort, traffic being detoured over two detours, eastbound vehicles taking the Steadmantown Lane and westbound the old Taylorsville road.... Birth: David Marshall Long.... Deaths: Ann Eliza Cheak, 74, wife of John S. Cheak; James C. Brewer, 15, of Bagdad, was hit by an unidentified automobile near Cairo, Ill.


95 years ago, 1921

Mrs. Ed Wise purchased the residence property of Lee Thomas Morgan on Brown Ave. for $5,600.... The garage building at 4th and Main occupied by Skinner, Long and Graham, was sold at auction to Allen M. Bond for $9,650.... E.C. Wood sold his residence property to Grover N. Wise for $10,000.... Birth: James Stewart Shipman.... Deaths: Isaac Jones, 70.