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  • 1928: Robbers steal about $2,000 in valuables

    10 years ago…

    In 2008, a Bagdad area minister who had been charged with wanton endangerment pleaded not guilty. Richard Miller had been previously charged after pointing a gun at his neighbor, Dana Duncan, during an altercation in July. Miller said he had pulled the gun in self-defense after he believed Duncan threatened him with a weedeater and further added he believed Duncan’s actions were racially motivated. Duncan stated that he had not threatened Miller at all, and had placed the weedeater aside when Miller approached him.

  • 2003: Suspicious material mailed to The Sentinel-News

     10 years ago…

    In 2008, judge John David Myles prohibited police officers from carrying guns into his courtroom. The family court judge said he made the decision because he believed that it would better ensure the safety of the families in the courtroom. Shelbyville Police Chief Bob Schutte countered that leaving uniformed officers unarmed could compromise their safety and that, with emotions running high in the family court setting, things could get out of hand. County deputies and bailiffs were still permitted to carry weapons.

  • 1953: shopkeeper shoots and kills intruder

    10 years ago…

    In 2008, Nifco North America, Inc. opened a manufacturing plant in Shelby County. The Japan-based company was a major player in its home country. Nifco was among Japan’s biggest manufacturer of industrial plastic parts and components, with a 70 percent share of the market and an annual $1.1 billion turnover. The company’s Shelby County location was only the second to open in the United States.

  • 1988: Shelby half way to $50K United Way goal

    10 years ago…

    In 2008, Shelby County began to examine the aftermath of a brutal windstorm that snapped trees, downed power lines and forced the governor to declare a state of emergency. The storm was an aftershock from Hurricane Ike and left more than a half-million Shelby County residents in the dark after winds that flew up to 75 miles per hour and struck down power lines around the community.

  • 1958: 3 escape from Shelby County jail

     10 years ago…

    In 2008, the building that would become Collins High School began to take shape. Shelby County had a seven-year plan to build up a gravel lot into a three-school campus, starting with a brand new high school. Newly released renderings and details put the school’s size at 200,000 square feet and its capacity at 1,500 students. Educators planned to start by moving some eighth graders to the school in hopes of alleviating overcrowding in the other high and middle schools.

  • 1998: FBI combs area for female bank robber

    10 years ago…

    In 2008, Jenny Van Tiem took over the Shelby County High School band. Van Tiem, originally from Detroit, moved to Shelbyville searching for a bit more peace and quiet, but confessed that her new job had been anything but slow-paced. Van Tiem was used to directing larger bands, having previously directed bands of as many as 387 members. Shelby County High School had between 70 and 80 members when she took over, but she hoped to help it grow.

  • 1988: Everhart moves airport plans to Spencer County

     10 years ago…

    In 2008, a family was charged together in a streak of robberies that impacted Shelby and Jefferson Counties. Carol Chandler was arrested faced charges of second-degree robbery. Her husband, Kenneth W. Chandler, had previously been arrested earlier in the year after a string of robberies where he had threatened shopkeepers with a BB gun. A third member of the family, Kenneth Chandler, Sr., was arrested for robbing the Citizens Union Bank. The elder Chandler faced federal charges.

  • 1958: Magnetic survey passes through Shelby

    Information was gathered from previous years of The Shelby Sentinel, The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News. You can reach the writer at gjennings@sentinelnews.com.

    If anyone has an old photo that they would like to run with this column bring it and the information into The Sentinel-News office or e-mail it to the writer at gjennings@sentinelnews.com. We are also looking for mystery photos. If you have a picture you can’t identify, send it in and we’ll ask our readers for help.

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  • 2003: Horse show adds $2.2m to economy

     10 years ago…

  • 1988: Shelbyville discusses alcohol ordinance

    Information was gathered from previous years of The Shelby Sentinel, The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News. You can reach the writer at gjennings@sentinelnews.com.

    If anyone has an old photo that they would like to run with this column bring it and the information into The Sentinel-News office or e-mail it to the writer at gjennings@sentinelnews.com. We are also looking for mystery photos. If you have a picture you can’t identify, send it in and we’ll ask our readers for help.