Friday, February 19, 2021

The top floor of the downtown parking garage is clear thanks to the help of seven Community Corrections participants. Street Department staff used a Bobcat to clear the snow and the Corrections team shoveled and swept the remaining amount away from the walls. “My guys threw the snow over the wall, down to the bottom, and then the six boys and one girl swept and cleaned up behind us,” street commissioner Doug Hunt said.

  • ON THE BEAT: For those who have ever sat through math class and wondered, “When will I use this in real life?”, Board of Works member David Finkel had an answer yesterday. After opening a contractor’s bid of $875,578, Mayor Tom DeBaun wondered, “Is that an anagram?” It took Finkel just a second. “It would be a palindrome,” he replied. Finkel didn’t need Google, either. “Thank you, Mr. (Bill) Murphy, for teaching us that term,” he said of the retired Shelbyville High School math teacher.

  • The Shelbyville Board of Works yesterday accepted the dedication of infrastructure at Twin Lakes Estates Section 3. The development is bounded by W. McKay and Amos roads. City departments recently performed a final walk-through and agreed that all specifications were up to standards, city plan director Adam Rude said.

  • The Board of Works approved a contract for the administration of the State’s Office of Community & Rural Affairs’ Community Development Block Grant, which was approved by the common council on Wednesday. The third phase of the covid-response grant would be for $280,000, of which the City approved a $30,000 match. If granted, the funding will likely be available by late April or early May, city plan director Adam Rude said. The grant, if approved, would bring the City close to $800,000 in pandemic relief funds for local businesses over the past year, Mayor Tom DeBaun said. Board of Works member David Finkel thanked city officials for their efforts in pursuing the grants.

  • The Board of Works also approved a purchase agreement for infrastructure to service approximately 30 residential lots in Clearview Section 8B, behind Clearwick Park. The agreement is for $170,000 or the average of two appraisals, whichever is lower. The agreement had been approved by the common council on Wednesday. “This is similar to the infrastructure grant that we did on the same project with David Lawson, and that project did not move forward,” Mayor Tom DeBaun said of the City’s action a year ago. The plat, which includes the same lot lines, will be virtually identical to the original from 15 years ago. “You look at return on investment…this is a no-brainer,” board member David Finkel said. “This is going to be outstanding, not only for the citizens and the people who buy those homes but all of the residual agencies in the city, especially the schools.”

  • The Board of Works tentatively accepted Schutte Excavating’s bid of $566,192.75 for work at the Meridian Street Park detention basin project. The decision is subject to final review and the release of OCRA funds.

  • Thefts were reported in the 3600 block of E 1100 S, Flat Rock, and 400 block of N. Locust Ct., St. Paul.

  • MHP PRESS RELEASE: MHP Incident Command has taken a temporary break from our weekly Covid updates. We have postponed our internal Incident Command meetings because our Covid activity both inpatient and outpatient has decreased into a very manageable level for the time being. Please do not misinterpret this to mean that Covid has vanished from our community or that we are signaling the “all clear” sign. In the event Covid activity increases or we determine the need to reconvene for any reason, we will resume with our weekly Covid updates. MHP continues to highly recommend masks, social distancing and proper hand hygiene. And we strongly encourage everyone to get their Covid vaccine(s) as soon as they are eligible.

  • Lois Snyder passed away (see obituary below). She was the focus of a 2016 article called A Great Depression Christmas: 'I Don't Want to Read; I Want to Skate'.

  • As of yesterday, the state reported 4,553 positive coronavirus cases in Shelby County, an increase of 5 from the previous day, out of 18,051 tests, an increase of 22 from the day before. The number of deaths for Shelby County increased by 1, to 89.

  • HOOSIER NEWS: High school courses in areas like culinary arts and cosmetology could lose state funding if a budget proposal from Republican lawmakers passes. Educators worry thousands of students would miss career opportunities without the state support. The proposed budget would increase funding for “high value” classes like welding and industrial automation while eliminating funding from almost two dozen "less than moderate value" classes like culinary arts, cosmetology, fashion and more. There are fewer high school students enrolled in "less than moderate" value courses than higher valued CTE courses. However, there are also fewer of those classes. (Indiana Public Media)

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    News around Shelbyville and the surrounding area as reported on or about this date in history. Selections are curated from the Shelby County Public Library Genealogy Department.

    20 YEARS AGO: 2001
    Morristown girls basketball won its first sectional title. Morristown’s Shari Nolen, Abby Milli, Linsey Shepherdson, and Megan Lane all scored in double figures in the title win over Southwestern.

    30 YEARS AGO: 1991
    Late heroics gave the Golden Bears a victory over favorite Franklin Center. Chris Dovidas hit a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining to force overtime. Brent Willoughby led SHS with 26 points and Brian Asher scored 11. Travis Heaton and Dovidas each scored nine points.

    40 YEARS AGO: 1981
    Scott Albertson, a 1980 Morristown High School graduate and Yellow Jacket basketball player, was one of five recipients of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s scholarship award in recognition of academic and athletic excellence. Albertson was a freshman at Rose-Hulman Institute. He had been valedictorian of his 81-member MHS class.

    SHS basketball players Tim O’Banyon, Scott Jones, Brian Kiefer, Pat Hartnett, Chris McNew, and Scott Olinger; cheerleaders DeeDee Inlow, Sherry Denton, and Tracy Branson; and Bear mascot Nancy Marshall - all seniors - participated in their “last dance” in Garrett Gymnasium. The Bears beat the Indianapolis Shortridge Satans, 55-53, with Kiefer and junior Brian Kehrt taking over in the final moments. Junior forwards Jeff Knecht and Todd Brokering also had stand-out games.

    50 YEARS AGO: 1971
    The new Vega 2300 Vega Coupe-Custom arrived at M.B. Nankivell Chevrolet, 309 N. Harrison St. The price was $2,047.

    SHS was presented a plaque in memory of the late Lisa Hoefner (1969 graduate) by her parents. A cash scholarship would be presented annually in her memory to the girl who had the highest scholarship average at the end of seven semesters.

    60 YEARS AGO: 1961
    A street fight in Morristown following the Pendleton-Morriston high school basketball game caused injuries to two young men and a third youth was jailed. The fight occurred on and near U.S. Highway 52 near the school grounds and gym shortly after the game, which Morristown won, 59-53.

    Lola Kay Hatton, Flat Rock, was crowned queen at the Sweetheart Dance at Waldron High School. Jim Dale, fellow Noble Township resident, was named king.

    70 YEARS AGO: 1951
    The first robin of spring was spotted, outside 525 Third St., The Shelbyville News reported. “…his feathers were nice and bright, this eliminating the idea that he might be one of the many who each year stay over to brave Indiana’s wintry blasts,” the paper said.

    80 YEARS AGO: 1941
    Charles Young, ex-county commissioner and Brandywine township farmer, was the recipient of a check for $25 from Capper’s Farmer magazine as a reward for his share in apprehending and convicting a man who had allegedly victimized several farmers throughout this and other counties.

    A 22-year-old man found semi-conscious in Morristown was treated at Major Hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning. He had fallen asleep in his truck with it running.

    90 YEARS AGO: 1931
    Retail trade volume in Shelbyville in 1930 was the highest per-capita in central Indiana. There were 236 retail stores in Shelbyville, also more per capita than any area city. Shelbyville had 22 regional and national chain stores.

    Local pilots staged an “air circus” to benefit charity. Pilots Harold Caroon, Mat Carpenter, James Sullivan, Wallace Ensminger, and Truman Rembusch all participated.

    100 YEARS AGO: 1921
    Various church committees announced an upcoming religious census. “Every home in Shelbyville will be visited Sunday afternoon, and a card filled out for each member of the family, giving the church affiliation, if any,” The Republican said. The census would be followed by two weeks of special prayer service. “It is the plan to hold services in each of the districts in private homes on four nights of each week,” the paper said.

    Shelbyville Democratic Mayor Lee Hoop announced he would run for re-election. The Republican said that there would be GOP candidates, but none had yet filed. Mable Henry had been mentioned as a candidate for city clerk, as had Floyd Jones.


    Lois Jane (Johnson) Snyder, age 96 of Shelbyville, IN passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at Major Health Partners. She was born July 6, 1924 in Shelby County, the daughter of the late Clifford Johnson and Lavone (Richardson) Johnson.

    She married Maurice "Boots" Snyder and he preceded her in death in 1979. Lois, along with her late husband "Boots" was a truck driver for many years spreading lime over farm fields later she worked at Compton's Cow Palace. She also was a crafter and a seamstress along with being a homemaker. She was a member of the Apostolic Tabernacle Church for many years. Her God, her church, and her family was her joy. She lived in this area for many years and previously Connersville, IN.

    Lois was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her siblings, Mary Alice Eckstein and Rose Ann Johnson; and a grandson, Todd Spurling. She is survived by her daughters, Marcia J. Pulido of Bedford, IN and Sandra L. Burton of Seymour, IN; her grandchildren, Kimberly Sawyer, Tammy Long, Anthony Pulido and Jared Burton; eight great-grandchildren; and ten great-great-grandchildren.

    Funeral services for Lois will be on Saturday, February 20,  2021 at 12 Noon in the Apostolic Tabernacle Church, 1500 S. Miller Ave., Shelbyville, IN. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelbyville Animal Shelter. Arrangements entrusted to Glenn E. George and Son Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IN.

    Steven Quinlan, 66, of Moscow, passed away on February 15, 2021 in Rush County. He was born on June 29, 1954 in Rushville to the Ralph and Roselyn (Wingler) Quinlan. Steven worked at Freudenberg in Shelbyville for several years retiring in 2017. He was a member of Shelbyville Community Church. Steven enjoyed attending car shows and was a huge fan of NASCAR racing.

    Steven is survived by his daughters, Nicole (William) Dane of Rushville, Bridget (C.J.) John of Morgantown and Stephanie Quinlan; sisters, Vicki Miller of Rushville, Rebecca Quinlan of Greensburg and Lisa Quinlan of Greensburg. He will also be missed by five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Steven is preceded in death by his father, Ralph Quinlan; grandchildren, Jacob, Joshua and Christian Quinlan.

    Services are pending. Memorial Contributions may be made out to St. Jude Hospital or Shriners Hospitals for Children in memory of Steven.