Looking backward: Jan. 27, 2017

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1992: Dog foils attempted robbery

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

A district committee was expected to recommend staggered start times for Shelby County schools next year. It's part of a plan aimed at boosting attendance and student achievement, school officials said Friday. Under the proposed plan, East and West Middle schools would run from 7:30 a.m. to 2:05 p.m., Shelby County High would run from 7:45 a.m. to 2:21 p.m., while all elementary schools in the district would run from 8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. The proposed changes would change current schedules at every school in the district…. SCHS senior Jessica Chavez was crowned 2007 basketball homecoming queen Friday during halftime of the Rockets' game against Woodford County…. A Guadalupe Academy student is one step closer to a $25,000 college scholarship after winning the school's geography bee. Eighth-grader Sarah Michalak, topped all other class members at the academy in the first round of the 19th annual National Geographic Bee. The bee was sponsored by the National Geographic Society…. Jimmy Reynolds' place has been as anchor stall in the Shelby County farmers market. He found a new place - Sam's Place. Sam's Place was Reynolds' new downtown eatery. He and his family spent the last three years remodeling 618 Main, a building that had sat empty for a long time. Reynolds opened for lunch and dinner Jan. 15. He had nine employees, including several family members…. Births: Keauna Noel Sickles, Cambelle Faith Montfort, Brandon Alexander Chavez…. I’m one: Rache Elizabeth Wannemacher…. Deaths: A retired Shelby County firefighter and former magisterial candidate died Tuesday after a gun he was removing from the trunk of his vehicle apparently discharged. Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said Michael Hatchett, 53, was discovered fatally wounded by a gunshot in his driveway at the rear of his vehicle with the trunk open. A family member discovered Hatchett, and called 911 at around 7 p.m., but the discharge that wounded Hatchett may have occurred two to three hours earlier…. Deaths: Bessie J. Mathus Dennie, 95; Michael David Hatchett, 53; A.C. Medley, 64; Majorie D. Hopper, 89; Nina Toy Johnson, 86; Elizabeth Gibbs Mitchell, 92; Kenneth E. “Monk” Thompson, 82.


15 years ago, 2002

Toni Slaughterwasn’t afraid to go inside against Highlands’ Tara Boothe. She got her shot blocked but was fouled and hit the free throws for the Rockets. She was named co-MVP and led the girls with 23 points as the Rockets won, 53-40…. Debra Jordan, a Heritage Elementary Teacher was elected president of the Shelbyville-Shelby County NAACP chapter…. After pouring in 14 points against Highlands in the night’s first game, senior Taneisha Johnsonwas crowned basketball Homecoming queen at halftime of the boys’ victory over Seneca. She was escorted by JROTC senior Marcus White.... A four-alarm fire that had firefighters battling a blaze for four hours destroyed the Stratton Implement Co. on Buzzard Roost Road. No one was injured…. A cold front forced unusual winter thunderstorms into the region that dumped 3.3 inches of rain on Shelby County from a Wednesday night through Thursday morning.... William Jason Fawbush graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and minor in mathematics.... After holding up Kentucky Bank in Paris, a local man led police on a wild chase through northern Kentucky…. Ashley Rae Marston graduate from Belmont University in Nashville with a bachelor’s degree in music education and a minor in classical vocal performance.... Births: Benjamin Walter Easley, Jonathan “Jack” Davis Swindler, Addington “Addie” Kate Cooper, Lily Kathryn Cornell, Kendall Marie Bingham, Madison Elizabeth Shelton, Kaitlyn Michelle Ethington, Terrence A. Lea III, Griffin Ford McKnight, Kara Paige Phillips, Braden Geoffrey Richardson.... I’m one: Lucas Myles Ross, Sarah Faith Terry, Zachary Tyler Delk, Marissa Dawn Warner.... Serving our country: It had been 43 days since Tina Abrams-Gormley last heard from her son, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan Patrick Maguire. He wrote Nov. 25 of last year, saying to no longer expect to hear from him. On television and through newspapers, his mother learned that Maguire's unit, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) was "in country," as servicemen call a theater of action. This action being in the terrorist haven, Afghanistan…. Deaths: Julian G. Brewer, 81; Mildred Hester Stivers Hall, 89; Virginia Kendall Jones, 65; Walton Bennett Johnson, 43;James Michael Kirk, 46; Sherry Haberman Tindle Rodrigruez, 50; Brenda Kay Bramblett Wyatt, 56; Francis Garland Nally, 90; Jerry Perry, 70; Cornelia Sanders, 93; Thomas Seeders Sr., 83; Thelma Chatham Wagoner, 98; Bobby Ray Brown, 65; Bill Craiger, 71; Anna Gee Riner, 95; Harry L. Horn Jr., 76; Susan Jane Gordon, 74; Marie Stivers Yount, 93.


25 years ago, 1992

Three families lost their homes to fires. Shelby County volunteers returned to the scene of a fire in Meadow Run Subdivision that showed signs of life. It was more than 60 hours after they made their first run to the Tom McDowell house on Mockingbird Court. A fire and high winds combined to demolish a two-story farm house on KY 43 that Tim Bohannon rented from Billy Joe Wood. Fire destroyed the home of Brenda Sipes in Southgate Subdivision. Her son, Richie, attempted to put out the fire with a garden hose, not realizing that she had disconnected it for the winter.... Shannon Leanne Bowles and George Moore IV were awarded Poynter Scholarships from Centenary United Methodist Church.... Helping Hand spent $27,726.46 to help 680 adults and 650 children last year.... Mike Ellis, a Shelby County farmer, was awarded the 1991 National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Conservation Practices Award.... A large red chow named "Bear" apparently foiled an attempted robbery at O'Nan's Automotive and Wrecker Service on Benson Road. The dog came between owner Sharon Hughes and an unidentified male who was carrying a knife, after she was punched in the face and her hand was slashed. Bear had bitten Hughes before and she planned to get rid of him prior to the robbery. "After this morning, I think I might keep him now," she said.... Births: Kristen Michelle Murphy slept quietly in her mother's arms, unaware that Jewish Hospital Shelbyville personnel were making more fuss than normal over her birth. The daughter of Kim and Greg Murphy was the first baby born at JHS in 1992.... Other births: Ryann Michael Spugnardi, Sara Katherine Vassar, Nichole Lynnette Stucker, Travis Stephen Adams... Deaths: William Ross Chenault died after a long illness at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. The 41-year-old "Theatre Man" put his heart into everything he did for the Shelby County Community Theatre; Frank Puckett, 89; Amanda Christine Cook Bohannon, 85; Rev. James William Wood, 84; Walter Raleigh Hunt Jr., 69; Danila W. Breckinridge Pearson, 38.


40 years ago, 1977

Denise LeCompte, Miss Shelby County Fair, was one of 54 contestants in the 1977 Miss Kentucky County Fair Beauty Pageant in Louisville…. The administration of the Shelby County Ambulance Service was turned over to King's Daughters Hospital as a result of action by the Shelby County Fiscal Court.... Stanley M. Greenwell, 36, announced he was a candidate for Shelby County Sheriff on the Democratic ticket and his three deputies were Tom Lincoln, Harold Tingle and Freddie Ruble.... The brick home of Edward Engelking in Webbmont Subdivision received extensive damage to the attic and one bedroom when a fire broke out.... Fire destroyed three rooms of the Adolph Cleary family's home approximately one-half mile from Elmburg.... County Attorney Ted Igleheartannounced his intention to run for re-election in the May Democratic primary.... As a high school student in Shelbyville in 1929, Edward Cowherd dealt with hot metal by hand in helping The Shelby Sentineland The Shelby Newsprint their papers. He retired from the printing business after 47 years. He worked as a printer for all his adult life, except during World War II.... Anna Margaret Stewartannounced that she was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the office of Shelby County Clerk.... Mike Tipton was promoted to assistant cashier at Shelby County Trust Bank. Carroll Yates was a cashier and Elizabeth Boswell was promoted to vice president.... Births: John Thomas Lacy, Jennifer Lynn and Kimberly Dawn Ellis, Owen Douglas Herndon, Adele Christian Logsdon.... Deaths: Carl V. Garner, 55; Raymond Crawford, 67; Margaret Flynn Warner, 76; Dorsey H. Reynolds, 74; William Henry Buckman, 77.


55 years ago, 1962

The Shelbyville Tobacco Market was still the third largest Burley Market in the world as to number of pounds sold. A total of 26,094,828 pounds brought farmers $17,616,517.99.... Mike Puckett, a 6-1, 198-pound center, who starred for Shelbyville's Class A regional champs signed a football scholarship at Murray State College.... Deanna McClain, Little Mount, was a contestant for the title "Miss Kentucky County Fair" in Louisville.... Ethington's Liquor Store on East Main Street was held up at gun point as the robber took $151.95 from the cash register and one-half pint of liquor from the shelf.... Dr. Charles Morton Hanna, who closes out 21 years of teaching at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, left for Kenya, Africa to spend six months teaching at an interdenominational seminary.... The home of Kirby Smith on Finchville road was robbed while they were away from home. A TV, radio, two shotguns, some clothing and a pistol were stolen..... The home of Walter Chesher on the William Hays Hopkins farm on Finchville Road was also entered by thieves.... The Hendricks Johnston place, owned by Mrs. Patricia Lane and located on Hwy. 55 of close to 137 acres, sold at auction by the Craig Realty Company to Mrs. Lucy Harp for $48,000.... Bitburg, Germany was officially named Shelbyville's official sister city.... Serving our country: Leo M. Yount was promoted to specialist four in Germany, where he served with the 10th Artillery.... Deaths: Mary Scott Buckner Browder; Marian H. Drake, 64; Cleveland Johnson, 69; Stratton Rucker, 70; Virgie Kissman, 81; Walter J. Berger, 63; Mattie Jesse Dunigan, 80; Caleb Nicholas "Uncle Nick" Tichenor, 89; Ethel Spratley Bowman, 83; Leo Noble Sams, 79; Louis Finnell, 73.


60 years ago, 1957

C.T. Craig, prominent Shelbyville Realtor and auctioneer, was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Gov. A.B. Chandler.... Toys donated by the Kiwanis Club and Jennies were distributed by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Special donations were given by Barlow W. Brooks and Roll Forming Corp. employees.... Members of the Shelbyville Jaycees set up a toll at the west end of town in an effort to raise $1,000 for the March of Dimes Drive.... Ira H. White, a former resident of Shelbyville and graduate of Shelbyville High class of 1926, was elected vice president and trust officer of the Sarasota Bank and Truck Co. in Florida.... Prof. Bruce Sweeney, principal of Simpsonville High School, broke his left leg after falling in the driveway leading to the workshop at the school.... Landen Stratton, mail carrier and well-known resident of Mount Eden, broke his leg in a fall. He was walking on the creek that had frozen over and fell on the ice. He crawled about a half mile to a stripping room on an adjoining farm.... Serving our country: Private James Bailey, in the service with the Signal Corps since August 1955, is now with the Armed Forces in Korea.... Deaths: Mrs. Charles E. Brady, the former Marilyn Hieatt and graduate of the Shelbyville High School; Georgia Grubbs Casey, 47, wife of Gilbert Casey; Mamie R. Bramlett, 76, mother of local siblings, Mrs. George Riddle, Mrs. Noble Vannatta, Mrs. Joe Scott Penn and Mrs. Al Wilson; Gertrude Hamilton Reed, 66, wife of Stanley Reed; Nannie Byars Goodknight, 77, mother of local sibling, Mrs. J.C. Smith; Margaret Harrod Mitchell, 59, wife of Same Mitchell; Leslie E. Palmer, 71, former resident and husband of Leota Gray Palmer; Henley W. Middleton, 75, former resident, husband of Emily Massie Middleton and brother of Pearl Bohannon.


85 years ago, 1932

All members of the old board of directors of the Farmers and Traders Bank of Shelbyville re-elected were R.A. Campbell, Charles F. Beard, E.H. Franklin, C.L. Jennings, Charles S. Weakley, W.C. Beard, Turner N. Bright and W.C. Young.... Births: Garnett DeMaree, Carol Dean Black.... Deaths: Nannie Bell Kessler Botts, 69; Mrs. Lena Dorsey Johnson, 59; William Tobert Epperson, 33; Kenneth Goodlett, 11-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goodlett; Sue Marksbury Flood, 61; Sarah Linton, 80; Nannie Webb Mullins, 82.


90 years ago, 1927

After 43 years of faithful service and at the age of 94, Frederick Moesser, retired as sexton of Grove Hill Cemetery....  Deaths: Pearl Durrett, wife of S.S. Durrett of Clark Station; Marie Seibert Johnson; Arthur Bryant, field agent of the Burley Tobacco Growers' Co-operative Association.


95 years ago, 1922

At the public sale of Durocs at Elston Farm, three miles west of Shelbyville, 36 heads of purebred sows brought an average of $45. The range of prices was from $30 to $65.... Deaths: Martha Lindsey Stanton, 85; Leah Adams Weakley.