Looking Backward: March 10, 2017

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1957: Bagdad defeats Red Devils to win finals in district tourney; 1962: 13 Shelbyville students score in Butler Speaking Tournament

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

If fiscal court agrees, the new judicial center would be a four-story structure built on 4th Street – a site that officials previously considered but put aside because of parking limitations…. Barbara Cardoza was new in her role as Shelbyville postmaster as far as location when it comes to the Shelbyville Post Office but she was in the mail business for most of her adult life. Before she started handling U.S. mail in the 1980s, first in Brooklyn and then as a city carrier in Staten Island, she watched her father work in the postal business – whose father before him also worked as a window clerk in Rockefeller Center…. K.C. Crahan took over as chair of the board of the Shelby Development Corporation…. For nearly 50 years, Howard Griffith's life was revolved around servitude. And while that would continue in some capacities, he decided to take some time for himself. Griffith's last day in the pulpit was April 15. Dr. Griffith spent more than 20 of his 46 years in ministry as Senior Minister of Shelbyville's First Christian Church. His community involvements were numerous, in and outside of the church…. Birth: Imelia Mae Adams…. I’m one: Brandon Clay Jones…. Deaths: Lillian Poteet Lile, 86; Wilenna Patricia Smith Burley, 71; Betty Garback, 76; Orva Lee Richardson Sr., 75; Sytoria Wallace Payne, 74; Rose Cecil Douglas Harrod, 92; Leeroy Winburn, 63.


15 years ago, 2002

The Cornerstone girls pulled out two nail-biters to earn a trip to the KCAA state tournament.... Shelby County Rockets took an 80-63 victory over Anderson for the 30th District championship.... The Shelby County girls trailed Anderson early but kept their composure to come back and seal the 30th District championship, 65-46.... Coldwell Banker Larry K. Rogers Realty finished 2001 with a 29 percent increase in residential listings taken and increased its opened business by 31 percent.... Births: Gabrielle Mashea Tapp, Andrew Isaac King, Haley Marie Newton, Keilee LaShay Jones-Hunter.... I’m one: Joseph and Grace Maddox, Hunter Warford, Crystal Ann Beach.... Deaths: Lucas Graham Holt, 22; Carolyn Elizabeth Beach, 49; William David Butts, 67; W. Howard Hardin, 83; Billy “Smitty” Smith, 55; Patricia Anne Clark, 51; Ada Shelburne Kelly, 77; Flossie Allen Lay, 71; Beverly Ann McKee Lillard, 53; Ruth Brunk Hawkins Moore, 91; DeShaun Scott Perry, 22; Earl Shouse, 70; Christine Bryant Streible, 95.


25 years ago, 1992

Robby Hunt, a fifth-grader at Simpsonville Elementary School, was diagnosed with a brain stem tumor, a form of cancer, in October of 1989. "It was kind of cold in the winter," the 11-year-old said, after losing all his hair to the cancer treatments... Ed Mason's last game in Rocket Gym as Shelby County High School's basketball coach ended just like his first one five years earlier. "I won my first game as head coach in this building," said Mason, recalling the 62-51 victory over Louisville Manual in the Rockets' 1987-88 season opener. "And I won my last one," he continued after Shelby County beat Louisville Eastern 61-59.... After surpassing the 2,000 point milestone, Shelby County High School girls' basketball star Kim Cunningham had already set two more goals for next season. "My biggest goals now are scoring another 1,000 points and being Miss Basketball," Cunningham said. Coach Jim Wright believes both goals are within reach of the talented 6-foot junior center.... Shelby County High School's heavily-favored boys' and girls' basketball teams survived a pair of scares against upset-minded, first-round opponents in the 30th District Tournament. The 16th-ranked Rockets needed a desperation shot by sophomore Jeremy Burchfield at the buzzer to slip past never-say-die Henry County 51-49 on the Wildcats' home court. The No. 15 Lady Rockets saw their 12-point, fourth-quarter lead cut to four, but managed to fend off fired-up Anderson County 52-45 in the first game of the girl-boy doubleheader.... J.C. Richardson was ordained a new deacon of Shelby Christian Church, joining Paul McClain, chairman of Elders; Edwin Gaines, George R. Best, Dudley Wright, Richard Hatter and Barney Barnett.... Gentry Easley won first place at the state level in Isaac Shelby essay contest.... Mike and Kathy Adams, who had lived in Shelbyville for seven years, bought Shelbyville's only travel agency, Wilson Travel Agency, and changed the name to Creative Travel Services.... Deaths: Former Shelby County resident Bruce Willis was murdered in Washington, D.C., where he had been living. The 35-year-old was found stabbed in Malcolm X Park and was dead on arrival at D.C. General Hospital; Eugene Thomas Rutledge Sr., 71; Clyde O. Register, 72; Johnny N. Davis, 67; Robert G. Campbell, 60; Dorothy Phillips Engle, 84; Valoise Floyd Chandler, 68; Mary Kathryn Quisenberry, 82; Doris Walker, 60; John Lanham Gray, 27; Mabel Raisor Mahoney, 78; William Bruce “Bill” Browning, 79; Nannie Belle Petitt.


40 years ago, 1977

Uncollected bills for ambulance runs totaled $12,062.66, Magistrate W.A. Lutes told the Shelby County Fiscal Court.... The money donated to the 1976 Shelby County Metro United Way campaign – $33,835 – will be used in Shelby County.... The Biagi Company celebrated a half-century of business during its 50th anniversary sale.... Alone she sat for more than 36 hours in the Shelby County jail without legal counsel. Though her mother, sisters and minister visited, she was still alone, 14-years-old and accused of her father's murder.... Bill Catlett, a Shelby County farmer, announced his candidacy for county judge-executive position on the Democratic ticket.... "We smoked them," coach Ron Kuhl said as he examined the junior varsity district championship trophy. The Rockets roared their way to a 70-22 victory over the Eminence Warriors.... Lucille Cinnamond was honored by her co-workers at South Central Bell with a luncheon at Claudia Sanders Dinner House after she ended her 43-year career with the company.... After nearly 17 years of service to the Farmers and Traders Bank, Harriet Scearce retired.... Bill McIntosh returned to his native Shelby County after an absence of 23 years to enter the full-time business of auctioneering.... Rev. Kenneth L. Shouse, minister of Shelby Christian Church was selected to appear in the second Edition 1977-78 of "Who's Who in Religion...." Car horns tooted, Shelby County fans hooted, Henry County got booted and once again, the Shelby County Rockets were the best in the 30th District for the second year in a row.... Shelby County varsity cheerleaders were honored as the best in the 30th District.... Births: Christopher Shane Cox, Elizabeth Ann “Beth” Hardesty, Jeremy Glenn Roberts, David Allen Pearson, Crystal Dawn Murphy, Phoebe DePuy Riner, Corey Ean Banta.... Deaths: Lytle Atherton, 79; Quinton Hall Cunningham Jr., 46; William A. Wallace, 74; George Henry Evans, 81; Robert Clifton Rodgers, 36; Marguerite Allen Boswell, 86.


55 years ago, 1962

Roy Ratcliffwas elected president of the Shelbyville Rotary Club.... Ricky VanHuss had a scholastic standing of three points out of a possible three points at Georgetown College for the first semester. He is a pre-dent majoring in biology.... Shelbyville High School had 13 students entered in the Butler Invitational Speaking Tournament at Butler High School. Receiving superior were Tish Moffett, Nancy Hisle, Paul Schmidt, Sam Hinkle, Debbie Culver, Gene Wells, Dick Schmidt, Buster Stanley and Sandra Richardson. Excellent went to Logan Brown, George Harris, Veronica McGuire and Mike Kelley. Wells won third place in the entire tournament and Dick Schmidt won second.... Mr. and Mrs. Richard Greenwell and Mrs. Frank St. Charles were injured when the station wagon driven by Mr. St. Charles, was struck by another car.... William D. Price Jr., 34-year-old native of Shelbyville, was named administrator of Louisville Marine Hospital and city welfare director.... Albert Raymond, who resided on the Nash farm on U.S. 60 West, suffered severe injuries when kicked by a cow. He received injuries to the collar bone, chest, cuts and bruises and one ear was almost severed, 40 stitches were required to close the wounds.... The Shelby County A&M Association celebrated its Centennial Anniversary.... Fishing in the Metropolitan Miami Fishing Tournament on a recent Florida vacation, Tommy Harrod won angling recognition for landing a 52-pound cobia in the general division.... Birth: Gregory Thomas Smith…. Serving our country: Army Pvt. Robert G. Brown Jr., 18, returned to his home station in Mannheim, Germany, after a month-long tour of duty along the East-West border in the Fulda Gap area.... Deaths: Winfred Anderson Cardwell, 73; Moses Wilson Dale, 89; Eddie Chisholm, 66; Charity Bailey Samples Graves, 47; Fred Glass, 70.


60 years ago, 1957

Susan Helm Field was honored as the Citizen of the Year by the Simpsonville Lions Club…. The new $40,000 Masonic Temple was started when Worthy Master William H. Jennings used the souvenir spade to break the ground, east of Old Masons Home. The old hall at 5th Street was occupied by the order for 120 years.... The 30th District was under a new reign as Bagdad stepped into control with a convincing 91-76 toppling of the defending Shelbyville Red Devils.... The City Cafe closed while undergoing a complete overhaul, being papered and painted throughout.... Two boys from Indianapolis were forced down when the motor of their plane stopped and they attempted to land in a field on the farm of Mrs. Herbert McDowell on Clark Station Road. They escaped with minor cuts and bruises.... J.W. Cate, senior at Transylvania College, and for the past two years youth director at the First Christian Church, was ordained as minister of the Christian Church.... Bobby Arnold was elected president of the Key Club; Charlie Blakemore was vice president; Billy Ellis as secretary; and John Mathis, treasurer.... Simpsonville School king and queen, James Reid Smith and Carolyn Shouse, were crowned during the Homecoming basketball game.... Births: James Gregory Wade, Ben Allen Thomas IV, David Bruce Keel.... Serving our country: Marine Pvt. Garland M. Cook participated in extensive amphibious exercises in the Caribbean Sea area with Marine Amphibious Training Group 1-57. During March and early April the group will conduct exercises at Vieques, Puerto Rico.... Pfc. Duvall Burk was with the 526th Field Artillery Missile Bat-Fort Sill, Okla.... Herbert Kelley was promoted to private first class in Augsburg, Germany, where he is assigned as rifleman in Headquarters Company of the 11th Airborne Division's 188th Infantry Regiment's Provisional Battalion.... Capt. Cordia G. Simpson, 35, was killed in the crash of an Air Force B-47 jet bomber at March Air Force Base, Calif.... Deaths: Minnie Ernest Bream, 83; Henry Rand Wright, 63; MacKenzie Todd Hastings, 53; Waller M. Scott, 52; Roger H. Riggs, 68; Rev. Pemberton Johnson Ross, 94; Elizabeth Jeanne Hornback Barton, 33; Dr. Albert Porter Dowden, 81; Branson Reynolds, 66.


70 years ago, 1947

Birth: Courtney Wadlington Mitchell.... Death: Annie Bell.


85 years ago, 1932

Deaths: Mary Belle King; Louis McAtee, 14-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ware; George Parks, 48; Josephine Clapp Johnson, 72; Sarah Frances Cripe, 35.


90 years ago, 1927

Construction began on the new post office building which was to be located at 7th and Main streets.


95 years ago, 1922

W.D. Hundley purchased the Clarence Stallard farm of 133 acres, near Finchville, for $11,500.... Shelby countians serving at the Spring term of the United States Court at Frankfort were B.G. Thomas, O.F. Brown, B.G. Long, Walker Daniel and Will H. Maddox... The Downs-Moore Realty Company sold the 40-acre farm of the Jackson heirs, located near Eminence for $83 per acre.... James Marcus Wakefield was appointed a prohibition enforcement officer by State Director Sam Collins of Lexington.... Births: Chenault Elmore Jr... Deaths: Milton Buechel Smith, brother of Mrs. James F. Middleton; George Williams, 80, brother-in-law of George Vannatta; Media Hardesty, wife of William Hardesty; Brazil Meeks; Sarah Duncan; Mrs. S.H. Waters; Mrs. E.R. Roe; Alice Smither, 8-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Smithers; Florence Graves Crapster; Evelyn Wiggs, 95.