Looking backward: March 17, 2017

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1957: Pack of dogs kill 31 head of sheep

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 Shelby County Lady Rockets swept through the 8th Region, taking the crown with a 46-34 win over South Oldham…. Authorities believed a serial bank robber may have struck again. It was a strangely familiar scene for bank employees and Shelbyville police Monday when a man robbed Commonwealth Bank on Mount Eden Road mid morning. Shelbyville Police Major Danny Goodwin said witness accounts lead investigators to believe the robbery was committed by the same man who robbed Commonwealth Bank on Valentines Day and fled on foot…. A joint investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement West resulted in the arrest of a Shelbyville man for trafficking in cocaine…. Genevieve Baird Lacer, of Simpsonville, was honored at the 2007 Kentucky History Awards program March 3 for her book, "Edward Troye: Painter of Thoroughbred Stories." The event was sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society and the Historical Confederation of Kentucky…. A bill that would gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $7.25 an hour over the following two years sped through both houses with little opposition this session, on its way to Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who's expected to sign the measure into law. If signed, the increase would be the first hike in Kentucky's minimum wage in more than a decade….

Deaths: Elizabeth “Libby” Bray Pyles, 81; Miracle Alexis RayAnne Carney, infant of Jeremy and Jessica Carney; Janet Catlett, 61; Bonnie J. Taylor, 70; Florence Louise True McElmurray, 92; Ada Belle Miller, 87; Mary Alice Herndon Woods, 65; Keith Allen Murphy, 64; Carolyn Hanser Kissell, 63; Mary Catherine Cook Collins, 85; Joe C. Shea, 72; James H. Estes, 64; Timothy “Tim” Dale Thompson, 45.



15 years ago, 2002

Virginia and Gary Coffeywere named Master Conservationist by the Shelby County Soil Conservation District. They owned a 258 acre farm on Mulberry Pike.... The Shelby County Rockets held Owen County to fewer than 10 points in each of the final three quarters to take the girls 8th Region crown and earn a spot in the Kentucky Sweet Sixteen Tournament, 65-38.... County Clerk, Sue CarolePerry, received a 2001 Award of Merit from the Friends of the Kentucky Public Archives for her work done in preserving the county’s 19th century records and for computerizing many records.... Births: Kaitlyn Michelle Disch, Bryanna Renae Gardner, Anthony Jamal Bradford, Corbin Blake Whittle, Christopher Joseph Thomas Alexander, Evan Nathaniel Barker, Jacob Alexander Brewer, Mikaii Andre Santana Stoner, Chloe Danielle Wood, Samantha Rose White.... I’m one: Jaden LaNeil Wilson.... Deaths: Michael D. Bland, 52; Gene Cameron, 63; James W. Hammond, 83; Jeffrey Lee Jackson, 38; Blanche Shields Murphy, 83; Joyce Mae Best Murphy, 82; Emma Mae Newton, 94; Clarice Davis Reese, 92; Eudora Thomas, 89; Hugh E. Wilborn, 58; Roscoe Wilson, 88; Madeline Henderson Webster, 85; Floyd A. Carr, 86; Richard Randolph Floyd, 49; DeShaun Scott Perry, 22-month-old son of Norris Scott and Linda Ann Miller Perry; Annetta Watson, 64.


25 years ago, 1992

Susan Fieldswas stunned after she had won the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education. The other finalists were Margaret Casey, Juanita Dale, Ernestine Jennings and Kathy Samples.... Randy Brown was cajoled into trading in his fishing gear for a coat and tie and attending the Taste of Shelbyville. After receiving the Citizen of the year was not disappointed.... Mike Harrod was sworn in as District II Judge.... The Lady Rockets advanced to the region semifinals after defeating Trimble County 55-53.... Tammy Taylor's extra shooting practice paid off in the 30th District Championship against Henry County High School. Subbing for injured Kathy Woods she nailed 4 of 6 (66.7 percent) 3-pointers and scored a career-high 12 points in Shelby County's 57-43 victory.... A faulty accelerator apparently caused an accident that damaged the Image Tree and injured Karen Brown, an ex-police officer's wife. The 25-year-old had allegedly been hit from behind by an older-model car. Brown was treated for pain in her neck and back.... Casey Lawson had his art selected by the Louisville Visual Art Association to use on a postcard. The eighth-grader had to look at his partner, Will Barnett, and draw him without looking at his paper during a session of the Louisville Visual Art Association class given in Shelbyville.... Shelby County Rockets' coach Ed Mason was happy with the performance of his team which would take on defending region champion Scott County. They outscored South Oldham 70-48.... General Motors officials bestowed its highest quality honor on The Budd Company's plant in Shelbyville. The plant, in full production for just two years, received GM's Mark of Excellence and Targets for Excellence awards.... Births: Colton Chase Nichols, Alison Laine “Allie” Taylor.... A scholarship fund was started to honor 35-year-old W. Bruce Willis who was fatally stabbed by an assailant in Meridian Hill Park in Washington, D.C. He had worked as a senior alcoholic counselor, with a computer library firm and with a national senior citizens agency…. Deaths: Mary Anna Tinsley Perry, 84; Louise Armstrong Bohannon, 74; William Douglas Cook Sr., 38; Mary Woods Aldridge, 96; Juanita Ruble Payton, 63.


40 years ago, 1977

Sharon Cutshaw Akers, former Shelbyville resident, was spotlighted in an issue of "Music City Entertainer Magazine" following the signing of a three-year recording contract and lease agreement with Monument Records.... King's Daughters Hospital received the green light to begin work on a major renovation project which would cost $3.2 million.... Eve Lawson was selected Young Career Woman by the local Business and Professional Women's Club.... Evening shift workers at the Middletown Manufacturing Co. in Simpsonville returned to their jobs, ending a strike which began at midnight on Feb. 23.... S.F. McBrayer, volunteer savings bonds chairperson for Shelby County, reported sales of Series E and H Savings Bonds during December were $16,631, while sales for the year totaled $145,253 or 83 percent of the county's annual goal of $174,960.... Tom McGinnisannounced his candidacy for magistrate of the North Shelbyville district on the Democratic ticket for the May primary.... Shelbyville attorney Todd Davis and banker Mike Tipton were inducted into the Shelbyville Rotary Club.... Jack Brammer, Sentinel-Newsstaff writer, received $300 and first place honors in the second annual Landmark Writing Awards. Faun Schleifer, news editor, placed second in the photography awards competition and received $75.... Alice Richardsonwas honored for salesmanship. During 12 years as a sales representative for community newspapers, she received more than $1 million in businesses in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee.... The final score in first-round play of region eight showed Shelby County Lady Rockets downing Bullitt Central, 52-31.... Births: David Wayne Taylor, Martha Tevis Ruth, Eugene Michael Glowatch.... Deaths: Roy Broughton, 62; Arthur F. “Jitney” Terrell, 75; Robert Lee Bowen, 39; Catherine K. New, 69; Henry Allen Jamison, 81; Roy Cobb, 90.


55 years ago, 1962

Mary Simpsonwas chosen to represent Shelby County High School as Career Girl of the Month. Connie Shouse represented Shelbyville High School.... Henry County withstood a second half Shelbyville rally to become the Eighth Region champions when more than 1,600 fans crowded into the Shelby County gymnasium.... Ted Igleheart, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Shelby County, announced the appointment of W.T. Byrns as secretary manager.... Jerry Powell Trammell was elected president of Pearsons Hall dormitory at Berea College for the second semester.... Mary Lou Smith earned membership on the Union College dean's list for the first semester with a cumulative standing above a B for her total academic work.... Dr. C.H. Blandford was appointed health officer of Shelby County. He had previously been Health Officer of Casey, LaRue and Hardin counties.... Stanley Lawson, Union College, placed second in diving in the state meeting in Lexington…. Serving our country: Robert C. Stivers, seaman, USN, served aboard the tank landing ship USS Suffolk County, which left Norfolk, Va. for two months' operational training in the Caribbean area.... Deaths: Ervin Moore, 72; Ernest Chisholm, 66; Annie Myrtle Betts, 77; Kathryn Watts Reasor, 72.


60 years ago, 1957

L.P. Howser was named superintendent of the Kentucky School for the Blind by the State board of Education in Frankfort. The native of Shelby County was a graduate of Shelbyville High School.... Archie Ware Jr. was elected Executive Secretary and was in charge of the Choctaw Bow Hunters Archery Club.... Briggs Lawson was named chairman of the 1957 Easter Seal appeal for crippled children in Shelby County.... 31 head of sheep, belonging to Christy and Flood, were killed by dogs on the Christy farm at Cropper. This was the third time in 12 months that dogs had attacked sheep on the Christy farm, making a loss of 58 head.... Serving our country: Pvt. Donald C. Bullard departed from the U.S. for Germany as part of "Operation Gyroscope," the Army's unit rotation plan.... Marine Pvt. Robert L. Vest left to participate in extensive amphibious exercises in the Caribbean Sea area with Marine Amphibious Training Group 1-57. During March and early April the group would conduct exercises at Vieues, Puerto Rico.... Deaths: Albert M. Cook, 86, native of Shelby County and former magistrate and rural mail carrier; John Williams, 82, retired barber and watch repairman; Blaney Grimes, 62, brother of  local sibling, Minnie Roberts; Robert W. Wilson, 60, manager of commercial business promotion and development for the Kentucky Utilities Company; Hallie White Cook, 56, sister of local sibling, Mrs. Harry Quire; Neville Dunn, 52, brother of J.B. “Red” Dunn; Haney Katherine Wash McClain, 77, widow of John E. McClain and mother of Donald Bishop McClain; Mildred A. Mitchell, 77, mother of local sibling, Woodrow Mitchell.


70 years ago, 1947

William Shannon, County Chairman of the March of Dimes drive, announced the total of $4,204.68 had been collected in Shelby County.... About 15 percent of the population of Shelby County was suffering with "flu." All cases were reported mild; 93,000 cases were reported throughout Kentucky.... Paul F. Schmidt was elected president of the Shelbyville Rotary Club. New directors included Howard Pearce, Hayden Igleheart and Phil Moesser.... Mrs. George Rucker purchased the residence of the late Miss Amelia Scearce at auction.... Birth: Michael Edwin McGinnis.... Deaths: Emma Rose Snyder, wife of John H. Snyder; Mrs. Alben W. Barkley, 64, wife of the Kentucky Senator; Wallace Lee Stopher, 84, retired farmer.


85 years ago, 1932

Luke B. Hansbrough purchased from the heirs, the farm of the late Walter Logan, containing 143 acres, four one-half miles west of Shelbyville on Midland Trail for $8,580…. Dr. Charles E. Palmer was reappointed a member of the state board of veterinary examiners…. Birth: William Paul Riggs…. Deaths: Noble Hinkle Smither; Benjamin Cays, 59, farmer.


90 years ago, 1927

The resignation of Prof. H.B. Henderson, principal of Shelbyville High School was accepted by the School Board. Prof. James Cammack was to succeed Prof. Henderson.... C.B. Stinson sold his farm of 114 acres, known as the John A. Lee place, five miles east of Shelbyville to Jewell Sanford for $22,000.... The Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association sold 300,700 pounds of tobacco at an average of $11.47 per hundred.... Deaths: Aline Terrell, 13-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Terrell; Prof. H.M. Brumley, 67; David Judson Coombs, 58.


95 years ago, 1922

The Wakefield Davis Realty Company bought of W.A. Thompson, 88 acres of land between Dundee and Newburg road for $6,500…. Deaths: Ann Beckley, 78, mother of Lucy Radcliff; Eugene Samples, 24; Georgia Snider, 10-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Snider; Lawrence T. Harbison, assistant cashier of the Bank of Shelbyville.