Looking Backward: Dec. 23, 2016

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2001: Tracy Bond Bird wins $54,100 on ‘Jeopardy’

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

Darrin and Valerie McGill moved from Defoe, in Henry County, just so their four-year-old son, Derek, could attend the Dorman Preschool Center's half-day program. Now that program was closing and the McGills were trying to find other options. Dorman Executive Director Mary Simmons told parents about the closing a few weeks earlier and announced it publicly. The move was a cost-cutting measure, she said. The cut would affect 27 children, who would have to find another location for preschool, and two teachers. The teachers will be absorbed into other programs at the center…. Julia Dawn Meador, a sophomore at the University of Kentucky, was elected by peers to serve as president-elect of the University of Kentucky's Panhellenic Council…. Shelby County residents whose Christmas lists includes high-speed internet access could get what they asked for, even if it is a little late. With the additional towers they have planned, shelbywireless expects to most of the county to have broadband internet access by early next year. "By the end of January, I'd say we'll have close to 90 percent of the county covered," said Chuck Hogg, who co-owns the business with partner Gerard Dupont III…. Members of the staff of Shelby – Fit for Life donated over 60 pounds of food to the Victory Baptist Church food bank. Shelby - Fit for Life owner Peggy Tschauner presented the food to Rev. Jesse Baxter earlier this month. They were also collecting items for the Humane Society…. I’m one: Keaunna Renae Cox…. Deaths: Harry A. Lefler,36; Brandon Browning, 35; Frank Bunch, 81; Robert Lee Buntain, 59; Mary Lillian Davis, 82; Martha Tevis Stone Ruble, 81; Catherine Irene Jamison Stivers, 98; Raleigh B. Jones, 76; Roger Dale Kemp, 34.


15 years ago, 2001

Tracy Bond Bird, shown with Jeopardyhost Alex Trebek, finished her stint on the game show, netting her $54,100.... Shelbyville’s Marilyn Cleveland carried the Olympic torch in Frankfort for a half-mile in its 13,500-mile journey from Atlanta to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.... Madison Willsof Shelby Christian Preschool was the winner of The Sentinel-News artwork contest. Mackenzi Poehleinof Southside was the letter contest winner.... A New York firefighter responded to a letter he got from Northside fifth-grader LaTasha White, who was pleased to get her questions answered.... The Shelby County Rockets girls’ basketball team held Jeffersontown to just 24 points in the second half and poured in 40 to take the 69-44 victory in the first round of the Louisville Male Holiday Classic. The boys used a 34-point second quarter to whip the No. 16 Corbin Redhounds, 97-77, in the first round of the King of the Bluegrass Tournament.... William R. Thompson III, 16, received a $20,000 scholarship from the Merrill Lynch Foundation for an essay he wrote.... Births: Shelby Jade Brown, Thomas Anthony Hill III, Alexander Dewayne Moctezuma, George Anthony Wilson.... Deaths: Pearly May Riner Botkin, 97; Carl J. Harlow Jr., 64; Elizabeth Napier Rodrian, 50; Mary Alta Richardson, 81; Ronald Charles Heidal, 65; George Houchin Morris, 89; James Henry Peak, 82; Ralph Holmes Hawkins, 75.


25 years ago, 1991

Rick O'Dellreopened Edward D. Jones and Co. at 545 Main Street.... Brenda Ried opened her cafeteria on Todd's Point road early one Saturday morning and surprised three burglars, who fled out the back door. Two were caught after two Leggett and Platt employees chased them down.... John Frazier stepped down as the Simpsonville Volunteer Fire Department chief, a position he held for nearly 30 years. He chose to step down to assistant chief mainly because he did not have time to be fire chief.... A fire in the basement of a house on Haley Road was suspected as arson.... Carol Lucaswas the new owner of Enjoyable Tan, a tanning salon in the corner of the Village Plaza Shopping Center.... Having a smoke detector alerted Norman and Margaret Veech and their family of a fire. A wire went bad and caused the fire that destroyed the second floor of the nearly-200-year-old house on Van Dyke Mill Road.... More than 600 children received a new book during the Christmas holidays from the Reading Reindeer program – double the amount from the previous year.... Citizens expressed concern that Jimmy Hedden might have moved from Shelbyville. The mentally challenged resident was somewhat of a Shelbyville landmark. He would spend time with his sister in Indiana during the holidays and then would return to Shelbyville.... Charles Frazee was elected president of the Shelby County Firefighters Association. Rob Rothenburger was vice president and Kathy Jones was secretary/treasurer.... Avey Saunders won the level seven state championship at the USGF Kentucky State Meet; Amber Saunders was 17th in level six; and Lauren Schott was 50th in level five.... Health problems forced Steve Howerton to retire from his work with the Shelby County Clerk's office... Carolyn Smith passed down the gavel as president of the Shelbyville Board of Realtors to Joyce Nay. Other officers installed were Doug Aldridge, vice president; Gil Lawson, president-elect; Kathy Hargadon, secretary; Jimmy Willard, treasurer; and directors, Billy Bob Coomes, Jeanne Bohannon and Belinda Shouse.... Births: Rebecca Sue Case, Elizabeth Nanette Stivers.... Deaths: Myrtle Whitehouse Holmes, 92; Lelia May Dawson, 81; George Thomas Lamar, 72; Elmo S. Tingle, 80.


40 years ago, 1976

Sam Medleywalked away with four of five first place wins in the Young Farmers' Tobacco Show at Shelby County High School.... The Sentinel-Newswas among only 334 newspapers in the nation to be designated a "National Blue Ribbon Newspaper, 1977…." Clarence Miller, a local farmer who served as assistant secretary of agriculture during the Eisenhower administration, was named Man of the Year in Kentucky Agriculture... "I caught everything," said Rodney Murphy. "It was my first boy, my first girl, my first set of twins and my first breech birth. I got it all with the first delivery." He delivered James Edward and Jennifer Diane, twins of Virginia Morgan in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.... Other births: Mary Margaret Robertson, Michael Allen Murphy, Robin Lloyd Blankenmyer.... Deaths: "I was standing in my kitchen. If I had been in bed, I would have been killed," said Mary Hawkins. Danny Hellard of Frankfort was traveling westbound on U.S. 60 East with Vicky Reed of Shelbyville, when the car reportedly left the road and smashed into the Hawkins' house, located adjacent to Nancy's Drive-In. Reed, 25, was pronounced dead on arrival at Louisville's General Hospital…. Other deaths: R.L. Shannon Jr.; Shirley Ann Roberts, 43; Reed S. Summitt, 67; James B. “Red” Dunn; Edna Ruth Snider, 83; Ruth Snider Nethery; Charlotte Cross Nowicke, 75; Leola Henderson Casey, 79.


55 years ago, 1961

Approximately three years ago the Business and Professional Women of Shelbyville started a program in an effort to secure an official twin-city for Shelbyville. Dr. Heinz Villinger, Buergermeister of Bitburg, Germany wrote a letter to Mayor Jesse L. Puckett, accepting the invitation after first discussing it with the city officials at their next business meeting.... Everett L. Hall resigned his position as Education Training and Public Affairs Officer with the state Division of Civil Defense to devote his full time to his duties at the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home... Serving our country: Army Pfc. Roy L. Patterson participated in Exercise Main Barger, a V Corps field training exercise, in central Germany.... Deaths: Lydia Posey Brown,71; Herbert Neal, 65. Farmer, brother of Raymond and Nash Neal; Adam Carrithers McMakin, 73, husband of Irene McAfee McMakin; Everett White; Estel Hall, 62, brother of Edna Cheek; Oliver G. Smith, husband of Edna Smith; Laura Smith Waits, 80.


60 years ago, 1956

Walter Uptonwas named "Optimist of the Year" by club members.... James Richard Moore was ordained as a Baptist Minister at the Eminence Baptist Church.... Price L. Batts was promoted with Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company to Central office repairman, Shelbyville.... Joyce Ann Greer, 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Greer, was badly burned about the body after it was believe she had been playing with matches. Her 10-year-old sister tore her clothes off as they ran out the door, saving her life.... Serving our country: Yeoman 1/c Melwood Nutgrassarrived by plane from USS Tolovana, Formosa, to spend a leave with his mother, Mrs. Fred Nutgrass. He had been around the globe twice, serving in the European theatre, Japan, Alaska and other locations.... R.B. Smith of Waddy was promoted to airman second class within the Cadet Wing organization.... Cpl. Roy A. Ruble, 10th Infantry Division, returned home after completing two years service, 17 months of which were spent in Germany.... Deaths: James William Reed, 74; Charlie Cheek, 81; Elizabeth Stewart Tabb, 52; Joseph E. Raymond, 85; Bradley Love, 61; Ronald Coleman Wiser; Richard Thomas; Charles Cheek; Mary Elizabeth Baird, widow of Dr. John Weldon Baird; Stella Weibel, 73, sister of Pauline Cleveland; Marion Knight, 77; Mary Kesler Lee, 51, wife of Harvey Lee.


70 years ago, 1946

Waddy won the County Basketball Tournament by defeating Cropper, 36-33 in the finals in the Cropper gymnasium. The Waddy Jr. High defeated Bagdad Junior 33-21.... Shelbyville Red Devils won three straight games; Bridgeport, 32-28; Shelbyville (2nd team), Bridgeport 26-21; Shelbyville, Bagdad, 47-32.


85 years ago, 1931

The home of Milton Roberts, south of Shelbyville, was destroyed by fire with loss partially covered by insurance…. Deaths: Carrie Nash Banta, sister of Mrs. H.A. Campbell; Sherman E. Hurn, 65, retired merchant; John Renfro, 65; Reuben C. Smith, 79, retired farmer.


90 years ago, 1926

Deaths: Mrs. J.M. Landers, 84, mother of Humphrey Landers; David Humphrey French, 81, prominent attorney and former mayor of LaGrange; Ezra Woodruff Ford, 58; Louis Patterson Taylor, 78, retired farmer.


95 years ago, 1921

S.W. Ford sold his restaurant business to Edgar Waters and John Burnett.... Deaths: Anna Beuah Figg, wife of Shelby C. Figg; Anna Rose Reynolds, 65, sister of Mrs. J.W. Snyder;