Looking Backward: Feb. 24 2017

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1977: Shelbyville insurance agency celebrates 100th anniversary; 1992: Hospital complies with new smoke-free law

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, 2007

Antonia "Toni" Slaughter was the first University of Louisville women's basketball player to graduate at halftime, mid-court at Freedom Hall, during a home basketball game. She received her bachelor of arts degree in communications…. Garrett Daniel Miller, student of East Middle School, was recognized by the United States Achievement Academy for his academic achievements…. A district middle school faced threats of a testing boycott if academic conditions for some of its brightest students weren’t improved. It's a last resort, according to a cluster of West Middle parents who say their talented and gifted (TAG) students received less attention than poorer-performing students at the school. According to district statistics, West Middle's TAG program served about 210 of the school's identified gifted students in areas like math, science, reading and the arts…. Jim Shuck was not happy about the appraisal of his five properties at Second and Main where state and county officials think they may want to build the new $18 million judicial center. He was not alone. Some property owners in the Henry Clay Street area officials also named as a potential site for the new judicial center said they feel disappointed in the process…. It appears that a new housing development planned to be built near the forthcoming school campus site just west of Shelbyville will get the green light. Shelbyville City Council members passed the first reading of an ordinance that would rezone an 89-acre tract at the end of Ardmore Lane from industrial to R-1, residential. The residential development planned for the land would be located along Ardmore Lane, and around the northeast corner of the school campus, all of which is part of more than 500 acres in the area that is either under contract or owned by WAZE Development Co. LLC, a Louisville real estate firm…. Citizens Union Bancorp, based in Shelbyville, announced that it would acquire Fort Knox National Bancorp Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Fort Knox National Bank…. Not every veterinarian could boast a resume that includes a disgruntled monkey, an armadillo and Sally Field's dog. Count Frank Figg as the exception. But as glamorous as all of that may sound, the Shelby County native called it quits after 33 years in the business. And, like most retirees-in-waiting, he's already had plans for the down time…. Birth: Casey Daniel DeSilvey…. Deaths: Anthony Scott “Scottie” Abrams, 47; Bobbie Willmott McCann Aldridge, 75; Samual Davis “Dave” Allen, 90; James Lee “Jimmie” Gibbens, 70; James Donald Brown, 68; Alma Faye Goodwin Love, 83; Brian Keith Murphy, 27; Joe William Moore, 80; Glenna Hall Willard, 88; Chester A. Aldridge, 81; Mary Joyce Chadwell, 74.


15 years ago, 2002

Kay andDr. Ron Waldridge Sr., standing, wished Morris W. Bryant and his wife, Patsy, well at Bryant’s retirement party. Bryant retired after working 38 years in the lab at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville.... The Shelby County girls’ basketball team got a little revenge with a 58-55 victory over visiting Butler. Charlotte Marshall finished the game with 17 points.... Willie Fleming was one of the first two African-Americans to earn a law degree from the University of Louisville. The lifelong resident of Shelby County pushed for integration of the county’s schools, housing and public facilities in the 1950s and championed the campaign of Lee Nor Mack, who in 1966 was elected the city’s first black city council member in more than 60 years.... The Cornerstone Christian Academy girls ended the season with an electrifying win – a double overtime 68-67 victory on a last-second three-pointer over visiting Victory East from Somerset.... Shelby County farmer Jack Trumbowon the Eddie Voils Leadership award from the Kentucky Soybean Association at a commodity conference in Bowling Green…. The Shelby County Blue and Gold cheerleading squads competed in the 8th Region cheering competition with the Gold team advancing to state. The Blue squad took second place.... George Borders was promoted to senior vice president of Citizens Union Bank.... Mitch McClain,vice president of Shelby County Trust Bank, was named the new manager at the East Branch, 1501 Mount Eden Road.... An accidental fire damaged Ethington Olds, estimated at $100,000 with the cause undetermined.... Births: John Morris Golden, Jeremy Scott Tipton, Erica Nichol Owens, Carleigh Ashton Craig, Jaren Nicholas Tyler.... I’m one: Jaden Isaiah Thompson, Luke Camden Sharp, Dalton Morris.... Deaths: Frances Catlett, 92; Lucien D. Brewer, 76; Kenneth Porter Conn, 66; Mae Spurr Dennie, 73; David E. Drew, 48; Lowery F. Kincaid Sr., 82; Naomi Bishop Murphy, 83; Barbara Ann Smith, 62; John L. Chenault, 78; Margaret Wills Parke, 94; James Scott “Bud” Mathis, 72; Mildred Potter Morgan, 78; Gracie Loretta Hall Huckleberry Miller, 67; Eleanor Foreman Lilly, 91.


25 years ago, 1992

Kyle Tharpwas Shelby County's Daughters of American Revolution Good Citizen – and was also the winner of the 2nd District-Ky. DAR.... A-1 East American Tae Kwon Do students took home 23 trophies at the A-1 East Karate Championship hosted at West Middle School. Kevin Thompson won three first-place, Kelly R. Cable and Matt Stanley each won two first. Other first-place finishers included Matt Johnson, Wendy Sheehan and Tim Vaughn.... Gary Colberg, executive director of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, announced the decision to make the facility a smoke-free environment effective June 1. The task force of smoke and non-smoking employees at the hospital were working on the transition. The first phase was to cancel all smoking by employees at nurses' stations and in the break rooms; all smoking by employees was confined to the cafeteria.... The Bagdad Ruritan Club received first place for outstanding and notorious community service. The club, which had about 50 members, sponsored community street lights in the town, a bloodmobile and T-ball and youth softball leagues.... Mike Harrod was appointed district judge of the 53rd Judicial District, which covered Shelby, Anderson and Spencer counties.... Someone was $100,000 richer and didn't know it. The Kentucky Lottery was looking for the person who bought the winning Cash Five ticket at Barr's Family Grocery in Simpsonville where owner Bruce Barr said his phone was ringing "from people who were curious to see who's won." The winner turned out to be a Scottsburg, Ind. man.... Michael Aldridge participated in the Centre-in-London program at Regent's College in England.... Kris Gilbert out-spelled 13 other students to win the Heritage Elementary Spelling Bee.... Births: Kristen Nicole Bates, Emily Marie Bottom, Samuell Calloway Batts, Charles Ross Tharp.... Deaths: Freda Elizabeth Marshall, 38, died from a blood clot that cut oxygen off to her heart. The Simpsonville Elementary teacher had undergone surgery for liver and colon cancer and was in the hospital at the time of her death; Virgie McGee Watts, 82; Peggy Marlene Brooks Smith, 33; Frances Howser Shuck, 78; Shannon Rankin, 76; Frances B. Bramblet, 86; Willis Frymire Coulter, 85; Freda Elizabeth Marshall, 38; Shannon Rankin, 76; Dorothy Elizabeth Lee, 83; Lorene Willhite Banta, 88; Wallace Rogers, 68; Larry G. Shuck II, 19; Miranda Ann Ragland, daughter of Randy G. and Brenda Hayden Ragland, was stillborn.


40 years ago, 1977

Nell Shearer and Orris Johnson were crowned Valentine queen and king during the third annual Valentine party at Crestview Nursing Home. The royal couple received crowns, capes and dandy for the honor…. Shelby County received $1,140,835 in Revenue Sharing over a four year period, magistrate Roy Foster revealed at the Fiscal Court meeting.... Shelby County students would spend an average of 39 minutes more per day in class following action by the local school board. The longer school days, in effect for four weeks, made up for days missed due to snow.... Bob Walters, 34, native of Shelby County, announced he was a candidate for magistrate of the Shelbyville District. Thomas C. “Jimmie” Sampson announced his candidacy for magistrate for the Harrisonville district.... Thomas VanNatta, 57, announced his candidacy for re-election as Shelby County jailer.... Paul Easley joined the team at The Prescription Shop on Main Street as a new pharmacist.... 100 years is a long time to conduct a business in one place. February marked the centennial of Armstrong Agency Inc. The insurance company was founded in Shelbyville by George Armstrong. Employees in 1977 were Homer McAllister, Maxine Blakemore, James Hackworth, Evelyn Bell, Betty LeCompte and Harry Smith.... The county conservation poster and essay winners were Laurie Bond and David Michael Searcy.... Lisa Sutherland, sophomore at Shelby County High School, was crowned the school's 1977 basketball Homecoming Queen.... Shelby County FFA officers were Robert Rothenburger, vice president; Burton Sageser, sentinel; Jim Rollings, president; Bill Nation, treasurer; Gary Reese, reporter; Bruce Green, chaplain; Troy Davis, secretary; Danny Reynolds, reporter.... Libbi Powell was the newest member of The Sentinel-Newsstaff as a staff reporter.... Marshall Long, president of Long Block and Supply Company Inc. was elected to the Board of Directors of The National Concrete Masonry Association.... Births: Eliot David Washburn, Kelly Lynn Hall, Calista Jo Williams.... Deaths: Nellie Jane Crawford Bohannon, 73; D. Yandel Grundy, 83; Nattie Johnson Dunavent Potter, 84; Rev. Claude Taylor, 85; Gilbert Williams, 80; Mrs. George Runyon, 81; Mary Clyde Nuckols, 73; Mrs. Paul E. Chitwood Sr., 80.


55 years ago, 1962

Bernard B. Davis, a well-known Shelby County attorney, was appointed by the Kentucky Court of Appeals as a new member of a committee to assist the court in the formulation of improved rules relating to court procedure.... Shelby County FFA officers who were on WAVE-TV Farm Program were Obie Clark, Eddie Van Meter, Richard Floyd, Paul Mahuron, Harold Skelton and Odis Clark. The advisor was James Golden and he participated on panel discussion.... Auction sales of the 1961 Burley Tobacco crop on the Shelbyville market set new records in the amount of money paid to growers and in the average price per pound paid. The Shelbyville market sold 26,094,828 pounds for a total of $17,616,517.99, an average of $67.51 per hundred pounds.... The purchase of the complete stock of Ray's Floor Covering and Cabinet shop in Frankfort was announced by Lawson's store in Shelbyville.... Rev. Robert L. Johnson presented an award of recognition to Scout Master Mason Rucker of Troop 215 of Mount Eden for increased membership.... Birth: Thomas Wayne Meadows... Serving our country: Army Capt. Ellis O. Atkinson Jr. arrived in Korea and was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division.... Deaths: Charlotte Ann McAllister, 17, died suddenly while she was talking over the telephone. She fell to the floor and was dead when members of her family reached her. She was a senior at Shelbyville High School and daughter of Ollie and Mary Lou Kingsolver McAllister; Joseph W. Stapleton, 83; Laura Watts Temple, 84; Marion Barnett, 21; John Allen Fort; Marjorie Temple Morris; Chester B. Montgomery Sr., 33; Lula Renfro Curd, 62.


60 years ago, 1957

William H. Haysannounced his candidacy for re-election to the office of county attorney of Shelby County. Harold Y. Saunders, mayor of Shelbyville, also announced his candidacy.... Harold Maupin, manager of the A&P Store, fell through one of the large panels out into the street while putting up signs on the large plate glass window in front of the store. He was not seriously injured.... Harold Y. Saunders, mayor of Shelbyville, announced his candidacy for county attorney.... Rev. James E. Casey Jr. accepted the position as Pioneer Missionary in the Phelps-Majestic area of Pike County. He was a graduate of Mount Eden High School.... The sale of Series E and H Savings Bonds in Shelby County during January amounted to $18,237. The county's sales goal for 1957 was $372,960.... The Shelbyville PTA celebrated its 25th anniversary. The first president of the organization was Mrs. R.B. Blakemore, and Mrs. Charles Connell was the most recent president.... The Bagdad 4-H Club received the prize as the county winner in the annual Kentucky Utilities Company 4-H Achievement Contest.... Births: Timothy Owen Shelburne, Walter Hollis Lester, Martha Brandon Skillings, Vincent Taylor Connor.... Serving our country: Pfc. James H. Bruner was a member of the 7th Infantry Division in Korea. He was a mail clerk in Company M of the division's 32nd Regiment.... Deaths: Luther Willis Hammond, 71, jailer of Shelby County died after he was fatally beaten by two escaped prisoners the previous week. The prisoners were found in an abandoned house by State Trooper Morgan Elkins and Deputy Sheriff Stallard Smith. One of the men admitted he yielded the heavy blow to the head of Hammond was held in default of $20,000 and was transferred to Jefferson County Jail pending trail; Dr. Joseph Rauch, 76; Anna Mary Ratcliffe Offutt; Rev. Eddy Leroy Veech, 70; Mary Bodkin Cullin, 75; Blaney Grimes, 62; Lizzie Young Showalter, 82; Annie C. McGaughey, 81.


70 years ago, 1947

John and Charles Bailey bought the Court Restaurant from Isaac Deeb, Mr. and Mrs. Deeb had been there 14 years.... John Jay Walsh of Cincinnati, formerly of Shelbyville, was named to head the newly formed advertising department of Crosley Motors, Inc. with headquarters in Cincinnati.... The Ky. Brown Swiss Association elected the following officers: Dr. Stanley G. Bandeen, president; Kenneth Garrett, secretary-treasurer. Other officers from Worthville, Mayslick and Frankfort were elected.... Deaths: Anna Johnson Lavengood, mother of the late L.M. Lavengood; J. Gay Hanna, 59, brother of Mrs. Ralph Guthrie.


85 years ago, 1932

Lloyd Pollard was elected president of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce; Chalmer B. Caudill was vice president.... Mrs. Melvin Sams was elected president of the King’s Daughters Hospital Board. Vice president was Mrs. T.H. Hardesty.... All three Shelbyville teams – Red Devils, Midgets and girls’ team – were beaten by Waddy in basketball.... Lee A. Scearce was named superintendent of Old Masons Home, succeeding W.B. Arvin.... King’s Daughters held a silver tea marking the 25th anniversary of the hospital.... Eugenia Nave, 1928 graduate of Shelbyville High School, won scholastic honors at Pacific University, Berkeley, Calif.... Deaths: Dr. A.M. Shubert, physician who practiced in this county for many years, died at his home; Katie Gurlitz; Mrs. Robert E. Caudill; W.W. Turner’ Jane Snider Temple, 72; Mary Fleharty, 76; James Allen Whitehouse, 65; Mrs. W.H. Curtice, 76.


90 years ago, 1927

The farm of 127 acres belonging to Mildred Busey near Harper Station was sold at auction for $4,953.... Col. Thomas Montgomery Lyons, father of Wade C. Lyons, died at the hospital in Selma, Ala.


95 years ago, 1922

The Downs-Moore Realty Co. sold the 40-acre farm of the Jackson heirs, near Eminence, for $83 per acre…. The residence of Lillian Boyd, on W. Main Street near 11th, was badly destroyed by fire. Loss was estimated at $10,000 with $7,500 insurance.... The M.R. Puckett farm of 120 acres was sold to Curtis Rogers of Bagdad for $72 per acre.... Sam D. Hinkle bought the 150-acre farm, known as the Thornton Johnson farm, near Pope’s Corner for $160 per acre.... E.J. Cline sold his interest in the business firm of Cline and Clark at Peytona to his partner, M.P. Clark.... Tobacco sales at the Globe House were 74,435 pounds for which the growers received the sum of $12,528.57, with the average of $16.83.... Birth: Helen Salome Hanser, Sylvanus Tingle.... Deaths: Alice Smither, 8-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Smither; Florence Graves Crapster; Deaths: Ada J. Terrell, 42; Nannie H. Cinnamond.