Looking backward: Feb. 3, 2017

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1947: Shelby County reached 1,010, which placed the county the third largest in the state; 1922: Undulata Farm of 1,285 acres was divided among the five

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

The state Transportation Cabinet put the section of U.S. 60 between Mount Eden Road/Boone Station and the school bus garage on a 'diet' for a few months. The narrow four-lane stretch was slimmed down to three lanes…. Shelby County Attorney Hart Megibben had known Matt Chandler since he was named "Most Dependable" when he was a student at Shelby County High School. The 1989 Shelby County High School graduate was officially named Shelby County Assistant County Attorney. He also joined Megibben and John Robinson in their private law practice…. Parents resoundingly said no to a plan that would change start times at all of the district's schools. Most cited schedule disruptions, day care issues and lack of convincing arguments as reasons to shuck the plan, dubbed as staggered start times by school officials…. Firefighters fought a blaze in the roof of a home at the Guist Creek Marina. The cause of the fire was not determined at presstime…. Marla Dale Hall received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Kansas State University in graduation ceremonies in Manhattan, KS. Her Ph.D. research focused on wheat genetics. Hall received her bachelor of science and master of science degrees from the University of Kentucky…. City and county officials offered positive comments after viewing the Shelbyville Bypass Corridor Land Use Management Plan at a public hearing Wednesday night. The plan is the result of a nearly nine-month long study that included a series of interactive public workshops. Those who attended the workshops were able to give their opinions on how land along the four-lane, four-and-a-half-mile bypass road should be developed…. Police Chief Bob Schutte was like most people at the public meeting on the I-64 widening project between I-265 in Jefferson County and KY 53 in Shelby County who seemed to think it was a good idea. However, there were a few skeptics in the crowd. Dick Sipes, a Simpsonville resident, spoke against the project. "I think it's absolutely the biggest waste of money I've ever seen," Sipes said. "It doesn't make any sense. The traffic jam is in Jefferson County, not Shelby County…." Birth: Alston James Whitworth…. I’m one: Lily Hendren…. Deaths: Ben Allen Beard, 79; Maggie Jane Burgin, 83; Delbert G. Fann, 79; Reuben Walter Hinton; Bernice Aldridge, 79; Ben Allen Beard, 79; Virginia Watts Sanford, 82; Joann Small, 66; Margaret Williams, 68; Bernice Lee Price Bolin, 81.


15 years ago, 2002

Shawn Willardpassed the Kentucky state examination for apprentice auctioneer and joined H. Barry Smith, Realtors and Auctioneers.... The Shelby County Rockets won a nail-biter, beating rival Oldham County, 81-80, with a last-second put-back.... The SCHS girls’ basketball team got a big regional victory, beating Scott County, 59-52, in Georgetown.... The Cornerstone Bulldogs jumped out early on Oakridge and cruised to a 76-39 victory.... Ashley Rae Marston of Franklin, Tenn. and daughter of Barry L. and Raenell Marston, graduated from Belmont University in Nashville with a bachelor's degree in music education and a minor in classical vocal performance…. Births: Hannah Noel Reinhart, Austin Wayne Richard…. I’m one: Marcus Ethanand Caleb Douglas Collins.... Deaths: William F. Bourg, 78; Bobby Wilson Yates, 69; Dortha May Scrogham McGaughey, 78; Samuel A. Cardwell, 67; Joseph Barbati Sr., 80; Gilbert Clark, 86; Thomas Jordan Jr., 68; Joyce Ann LeCompte, 64; Flora Lucille Newton, 85; Dr. Shelby Thomas Powell, 80; Lillian Roberts, 83; Otto D. Ryan, 64; Patsy Carol Samples, 42; Charity E. Vaughn, 87.


25 years ago, 1992

Horace Brownstarted his 12th year on the state's Environmental Quality Commission. One project under way was cleaning up the state's rivers, which he said falls in line with the Shelbyville 2000 project of cleaning up Clear Creek.... The Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation board hired the Lexington architectural firm Brandsetter/Carroll Inc. to design a 1,500-2,000 seat amphitheatre to be located at the rear of the park between the unlighted softball field and Colonel Sanders picnic shelter.... Rev. Steven D. Boydwas named pastor at Simpsonville Baptist Church.... A fire caused $20,000 damage to the home owned by Frank Stivers on Henry Clay Street. With the help of neighbors and family, Marion Thomas saved most of her clothes and furniture.... Dr. Donald Chatham retired. "Dr. Chatham, if I could collect a dollar for every diaper change and bottle I fed to the babies you delivered, I wouldn't have to continue to pound these floors "til 65 to retire," Nurse Doris S. Ruble wrote in the program as a tribute to Dr. Chatham. Colleagues and friends crowded into the conference room in the Jewish Hospital Shelbyville basement for a tribute to Dr. Donald Chatham at his retirement party.... Amy Collins received the Shelby County Young Woman of the Year award; Kathleen Thompson was the best chairperson of the year.... Jeremiah and Gentry Easley won top honors in the 1991 Conservation Essay and Poster Contest – Gentry had the best essay and Jeremiah the best poster.... Shelby County High School center Matt Simonsshowed he deserved his starting position back by posting some eye-popping numbers against Clark County. The 6-foot-10.5 junior scored 23 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead the rockets to a 65-47 victory over the Cardinals.... Playing without injured forwards Kolisha Thomas and Kate Etheredge, the Shelby County High School girls' basketball team's guards took up the slack by combining for 24 points against Oldham County. The Lady Rockets beat the Lady Colonels 62-43.... Births: Deidre Rae-Ann Long, Sarah Paige Ashby, Stephen Spencer Combs Young.... Deaths: John Sam Robinson, 77; Julia Anna Cotter, 78; Sam Medley Sr., 71; Effie May Darnell Stevens, 76; J. Morris Shuck, 92; Prentice Ray Turner, 60; Earl R. Davis, 76.


40 years ago, 1977

R.S. “Sammy” Wood, who was serving his second year as sheriff of Shelby County, announced he would be a candidate for the office of Shelby County judge-executive in the May Democratic primary.... J.W. Hundley Jr. of Crume-Hundley Oil Co. was re-elected a director of the Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association at its annual convention in Louisville.... Pauline R. Hensley, deputy county clerk, announced her candidacy for the office of Shelby County Clerk.... Shelbyville First Baptist Church celebrated its 158th anniversary. More than 400 people joined Dr. Arthur Rutledge, former director of the Home Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Dr. Jim Highland, pastor of the church, for the celebration.... Newton Richardson, store manager of Kroger, received a pin for 35 years of service in the grocery business.... Patton Green, a University of Kentucky graduate, was an intern under Bob Bradford, district conservationist, in the local Soil Conservation Service (SCS) office.... William E. Matthews, president of PressCo. Inc., and publisher of Red's Alert magazine, took over as president of the Kentucky Press Association.... Birth: Joy Renee Kingsolver.... Deaths: Willie C. Simpson, 85; Robert Harley, 68; Lester Samples, 83; Sam B. Wilson Sr., 76; Rowena Jennings Brown; Mary B. Hedden, 95; Floyd Robinson, 68.


55 years ago, 1962

Estill L. Philpot, native of Manchester, joined the staff of Hall-Taylor Funeral Home.... A new building housing dining, home economics and physical education facilities was dedicated at Lincoln Institute.... Dean Ellis, secretary-manager of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce since October of 1957, tendered his resignation to that organization's board of directors. He joined the staff with the Silo Division of Long Silo and Block Company.... Rev. Proctor Riggins, minister of the First Christian Church at Owenton for the past two years and former pastor of the Simpsonville Christian Church, was named Scout executive for Louisville's Shawnee District.... Birth: Nicholas Clyde Burnside.... Deaths: infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Peach; Bessie Roberts Riggs, 72, widow of Everett Riggs; Everett O'Bryan Story, 62, husband of Clio Toy Story; J.H. Baker, 88, father of one local son, Stanley Baker; Beulah Crawford Rogers, 61, wife of A.K. Rogers; Granville Black, 49, husband of Ruby Kelley Black; Minnie B. Palmer, 65, sister of local siblings, Mrs. Roscoe Catlett, Mrs. Clyde Catlett, Calvin and Luther Cox; Felicia Brown Saunders, 72, mother of Mrs. William R. Starks; Nell Pace, 71; William Goebel Smither, 62, brother of local sibling, T.G. Smither; Mary Brazin, 72, mother of Mrs. Paul Sonnheim.


60 years ago, 1957

Ben Allen Thomas, prominent Shelby County farmer and president of Western District Warehousing Corp., was elected president of the newly organized Southern State Sheep Producers Council.... George N. Busey was elected president of the Shelby County Farm Bureau. Other officers were E.L. Bailey, vice president; Guthrie Jesse Jr., secretary; and Ben Allen Thomas Jr., treasurer.... Judy Robinson, Henry Clay School, received a certificate of merit from The Courier-Journalfor her essay on "How Fish and Wildlife Can Benefit My Community" in the state essay contest.... Bennett Roach, publisher of The Shelby News, was elected chairman of the board of directors of Kentucky Press Service.... Subscribe to The Shelby Sentinelfor $2.50 per year in the county.... Jane Kaye Smith was named the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow in Shelbyville High School; also named was Linda Lee Martin, Waddy High School....

Serving our country: Machinist's mate fireman apprentice Robert D. Reardonreturned to his duties in the U.S. Navy after spending some time at home. He was stationed in Norfolk, Va., and was to leave soon for Cuba for 6 weeks duty, then to the Mediterranean for about 6 months.... Pfc. James H. Bruner, 24, and Spec. 3 Clay Freeman L. Coleman, 27, were assigned to the 7th Infantry Division in Korea.... Specialist Third Class Freeman L. Coleman, 27, was assigned to the 7th Infantry Division in Korea…. Deaths: James T. Henderson, father of James W. Henderson; D.A. Sachs Jr., 70, husband of Bert B. Sachs and father of D.A. Sachs III; Louise Hanna, sister of local sibling, Mrs. Ralph Guthrie; Virginia Payton Wilkerson; Harry Perkins, 83, brother of George Perkins; Neal Deweese, husband of Arvabel “Betty” Davis; Cecil B. Herndon, 68, father of Allen, Ralph and Maurice Herndon; Mrs. Stanley Reid; Walter Stanley Gordon, 68, husband of Blanche Collins Gordon.


70 years ago, 1947

Shelbyville's basketball team won its fifth C.K.C. game by defeating Harrodsburg 34-26 at Harrodsburg.... Clarence Miller, president of Shelby County Farm Bureau, stated that the membership in Shelby County had reached 1,010, which placed the county the third largest in the state.... Deaths: Rella W. Stewart; Sallie Scofield Meeks, 59, widow of Morry Clyde Meeks; Lynn Meridith Lavengood, 49; Pfc. William Goodrich, 19, died of a heart attack aboard ship enroute home from Europe; Arnold Whitfield Plues, 59.


85 years ago, 1932

Irene Wilson purchased the Colley and Smith Millinery Shop on Sixth Street… Deaths: John Hall Bryant, 67; Joel S. Jackson, 65.


90 years ago, 1927

Shelbyville Nest of Owls elected the following officers: Past president, Joe Roberts; president, Bert Davis; vice president, Henry Harris, invocator, Ezra Goyen; warden, Cleveland Johnson; treasurer, Luther Hall; secretary, R.H. Bemiss; Sentinel, Pius Roemmele; Pickett A. Jacobs, trustee, J. Guthrie Goodman.... The new high school building at Waddy was completely destroyed by fire together with all its contents. The loss was estimated at $7,000 with $4,500 insurance.... The estimated cost of construction and equipping the proposed interurban line from Shelbyville to Frankfort was $440,000 according to a communication received from C.E. Coon, eastern representative by Eugene Cowles, secretary of the Shelbyville Business Men's Association.


95 years ago, 1922

D.E. Lisby sold for Scearce Bros. a 128-acre farm with improvements, five miles from Shelbyville on the Mount Eden Road, to Charles Skelton and H.L. Vawter for $11,000.... A frame warehouse belonging to E.P. Hall and its contents, 25,000 pounds of tobacco owned by E.W. Williams of Bloomfield, was totally destroyed by fire.... Undulata Farm of 1,285 acres was divided among the five children of the late Mrs. Harry Weissinger.... Wade Lyons of Simpsonville purchased the residence of Owen Clark on Adair Ave. for $7,500.... Birth: Clinton Hugh Smith.... Deaths: Mattie Lee Reed, 37; William Dedman Nichols, 73; Martha Lindsey Stanton, 85; Leah Adams Weakley; J.W. Shelburne.