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Thursday, September 15, 2022
Homecoming Parade a Hit
A good crowd lined St. Joseph and Miller Streets and McKay Road to see last night’s Shelbyville High School Homecoming Parade procession. Following the parade, the senior girls claimed the Powder Puff championship. The annual homecoming game is Friday, 7 p.m. vs. Greenfield. (Top two photos by JACK BOYCE; lower photos by KRISTIAAN RAWLINGS.)
McCleod Named Arc’s Educational Professional of the Year
Shelbyville Central Schools employee Debby McLeod received the Education Professional of the Year Award from Don Collins, with the Arc of Shelby County, on Tuesday at an annual dinner hosted at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. The award recognizes a service professional for excellence in working with or assisting those who live with a disability and/or their families. McLeod, a Shelbyville High School graduate of 1976, has been the administrative assistant at Shelby County Special Education Cooperative, Blue River Special Education Cooperative (formed in 1979) and the Shelbyville Central Schools Special Education Department (formed in 2010 after the dissolution of BRSEC) for 46 years. “Debby has a servant’s heart and is passionate about supporting programs that support students with disabilities,” her nomination read.
Fairland Senior Center’s 8th Anniversary Celebration is Sunday, Open to the Public
The Farmer & Adele with their All-Star Band from Nashville, TN will highlight Sunday’s 8th Anniversary of the Fairland Senior Center in the Fairland Fire Station bays. The concert of Western swing music “that hearkens back to the time of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers” is free and will begin at 6 p.m. The Anniversary Bash, complete with food options, gets underway at 4:30 p.m. and will continue until 7 p.m. | photo provided
by LuAnn Mason
Dust off those cowboy boots, shake the shape back into those Western-style hats, wear those bandanas to accent your Western wear and move on down the road to Fairland for the Senior Center’s 8th Anniversary Bash Sunday featuring The Farmer & Adele with their All-Star band from Nashville, TN.
The free concert will begin at 6 p.m. in the bays of the Fairland Fire Station, rain or shine, but the celebration kicks off at 4:30 p.m. when the food line opens and guests can come ‘n git “Ed Wilson’s Famous Smoked Pulled Pork and Kathy’s Big Fat Hog Dogs”. Donations will be accepted for pork sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, choice of salad, chips and a drink. Food will be served until 6 p.m. or until it runs out. The Lions Club’s ice cream truck will also be on site.
Golf cart transportation to the fire department from your parked car will also be available, according to Kathy Miller, who has been the Fairland Center’s director for all eight years.
“The intent when I started was to get the program off and running, maybe do a couple of years and hand it off to someone else. Eight years later and here I am!” said Miller. “I have developed relationships with these folks. Most that even though we have lived in the same community all of our lives, had never met before! Without the Fairland Senior Center my life would not have been so richly blessed. Personally, these folks have held me up through some rough spots in my own life. They have also shared in my joys.”
According to Miller, she initially took this job with Shelby Senior Services, Inc. to help the senior citizens in Fairland age in place, make new supportive friends and continue to live active lives through their golden years. “They have done that for me! Funny how God puts us where we need to be. I thought I was there to be a blessing to them, and they wound up being a super blessing for me!”
Sunday’s event celebrates more than the Center’s Anniversary. It salutes September’s designation as National Senior Center Month, which is recognized yearly by the National Council on Aging and Shelby County’s senior agencies to promote a positive image of aging and highlight how local centers improve the lives of older adults with educational programming, support groups, fun, entertainment and more. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Community Connections.”
The Shelbyville Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday unanimously approved a request for the owner of 921 Oak Park Drive to increase his driveway width in order to build an attached garage with cement driveway addition.
Chris Ingels has been named Southwestern High School varsity boys basketball coach. Ingels has coached the JV team the last nine seasons.
A National Constitution Day Celebration event at the Blue River Memorial Park shelter, Saturday, Sept. 17, 1 to 6 p.m., will include the following scheduled speakers and singers: Pre-event, Cornerstone Duet, gospel selections; 1 p.m., event introductions and prayer; 1:20 p.m., American Legion Honor Guard, Salute and Pledge; 1:30 p.m., Amy Mohr, National Anthem, Micah Beckwith, Constitutional literacy teacher/pastor; 2 p.m., Danny Niederberger, U.S. Senate write-in candidate; 2:40 p.m., Todd Rokita, Indiana Attorney General; 3:15 p.m., Mike Baugh, COS Regional Director; 3:45 p.m., Jill Jones, advocate; 4:20 p.m., Jamie Reitenour, 2024 Candidate for Indiana Governor; 4:42 p.m., John Jacobs, Indiana State Representative; 5:10 p.m., Blue River Community Choir, patriotic selections.
HOOSIER NEWS: After seven terms in office, Brainard will not run for reelection in the 2023 election cycle. “I’ve been doing this for 26-and-ahalf, 27 years,” Brainard told IndyStar ahead of his announcement. “I’m very proud of the progress we all made in Carmel during that period of time. I’m ready for new opportunities.” The decision, which Brainard announced publicly Tuesday, marks the end of an era for Carmel in which the city saw tremendous growth in population and transformation through major development projects championed by the mayor. The city, under Brainard’s tenure, has earned awards and recognitions for being among the best places to live in the country. Brainard will remain in office through the end of 2023, but his decision opens up the field of candidates for Carmel’s next mayor, which could shape the city for years to come. (IndyStar)
NATIONAL NEWS: As usage of suits and dressy clothing crashed during the pandemic, and returns to office provided mixed results in terms of a recovery, the businesses that depend on a bedrock of nice clothes usage have suffered. The number of businesses that offer dry cleaning and laundry services of the not-coin-operated variety have had a rough couple of years in particular. In the last quarter of 2019, there were 18,756 such businesses operating in the United States, a figure that today is down to 16,497 dry cleaners. That’s an annualized decline of about 6 percent in an industry where establishments were already declining by around 2 percent per year since 2001. (Bloomberg/Numlock)
This Week in Shelby County" works by George L. Stubbs Sr. are owned by the Shelby County Historical Society (Grover Center) and used with permission.
THIS DAY IN SHELBY COUNTY HISTORY
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: 2002
Local physician Dr. Barbara Divish traveled to Ecuador to serve with a non-profit organization to provide health care services for 10 days.
Although two-thirds of the Sheriff’s fleet of 38 vehicles were ready for replacement, the county budget for purchasing new patrol cars was cut 30 percent due to a budget shortage.
30 YEARS AGO: 1992
The top two officials at the Shelbyville post office took an “early out” retirement plan offered nationwide by the U.S. Postal Service. J.D. Muir, Shelbyville’s postmaster, and Leon Corley, supervisor of postal operations, had both been with the post office over 30 years. Muir had taken the job after the retirement of longtime Postmaster Robert E. Meltzer.
40 YEARS AGO: 1982
Shelby Countians were winners in most of the divisions in the annual Shelby County Tennis Tourney. Dave Postelwaite, Fairland, won the men’s singles title, defeating Bill Couse. Couse teamed with Sonny Schnippel, however, to win men’s doubles. Schnippel also paired with Carole Lung to win in mixed doubles. Couse and Leslie Owens were runners up in mixed doubles. Brad Suits and Bill Lang finished second in men’s doubles, and Dawn Schnaiter was runner-up in women’s singles.
Bernard Realty, co-owned by Wendall and Vicki Bernard, opened a new office at 10 E. Broadway. The Bernards had two daughters, Barbi and Suzi. Those associated with the firm were Helen Evans, Gretchen Smith, Ken Foreman, Tony DeVault, Steve McDaniel and Susan Veerkamp.
50 YEARS AGO: 1972
Eighteen Marion Township School children were injured slightly when an Ohio car crashed into the front of a school bus at a fog-shrouded road intersection. Shelby County Sheriff Norman Murnan was then struck and slightly injured by a passing car as he was directing traffic at the scene. The bus was driven by Paul Bassett, 41, who was commended for having the youngsters under control, out of the bus and seated on the ground when officers arrived. Martha Whitlow was the most seriously hurt. Others injured were Bobby Hastings, Kevin Kendall, Jeremy Robinson, Joe and John McNeely, Diane Williamson, Patricia Roberts, Carla Clark, Steven Sheaffer, Wendy Keplinger, Laurie Holdren, Phil Herthel, Melissa Meltzer, Daryl Cooper, Jean Brunner, Norbert Meltzer and Mark Teague.
Robert Wainscott, 51, was hired Shelbyville High School principal at a pay rate of $17,000 for an 11-month contract (approximately $120,000 in today’s money). Wainscott succeeded George Boyd, who had asked to be relieved as principal and reassigned as a teacher at Coulston Elementary. Assistant Principal Ray Craft had served as interim principal at SHS since the year began.
60 YEARS AGO: 1962
A mushroom weighing over 10 pounds with a circumference of four feet, nine inches, was found by Norman Gaddis on his farm. He and his family planned to make several meals out of the discovery.
70 YEARS AGO: 1952
Janell Drake was named queen of the Flat Rock pumpkin festival by Gov. Henry Schricker, who completed the ceremonies with a kiss for Miss Drake. Five $100 scholarship recipients were named: Juanita Buchanan, Carolyn Bishop, Essie Gravely, Ronald Trotter and Wendell Fleener. Billy Porter received an award for bringing the largest pumpkin to the festival. David Chrisman was the winner of the tractor rodeo.
Fern Wagoner, 18, of near Manilla, was stricken with polio. Her hip and right leg were paralyzed as a result of what doctors called a mild case.
80 YEARS AGO: 1942
An out-of-town man was fined on a charge of disorderly conduct for creating a disturbance among tomato pickers. He had been trying to get those employed in Morristown to strike.
A steak fry was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Showers on Spring Hill Drive in honor of Dr. and Mrs. W.R. Tindall, who then left for San Diego, Calif., where he would enter service with the U.S. Navy. Among those present were Elizabeth Standish, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gibson, Pleas Greenlee, Paul Barnard, Fred Jones, Hamlin Welling, Nile O’Neel, Donald Gordon, William Showers and Joseph Showers.
90 YEARS AGO: 1932
Albert Grinstead and Charles Kocher opened an automobile repair shop at 22 West Jackson Street in the building formerly occupied by the Earl T. Miller motor sales agency and garage.
James “Babe” Pierce, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Pierce of Shelbyville, appeared on the big screen at The Strand in a Marx Brothers romantic movie in which Pierce was paired with Thelma Todd.
100 YEARS AGO: 1922
President Harding submitted George E. Young’s name to the Senate to be confirmed as postmaster of Shelbyville. Young had been connected with the Index Notion Company in Sullivan, Ind. for 17 years. Roy Nading had been appointed postmaster in Flat Rock.
An elderly man was jailed after he was found in front of Farmer’s National Bank on South Harrison Street. The man claimed he owned the bank and refused to leave, leading to the arrest.
Thefts were reported in the 6100 block of W 900 S, Edinburgh; 800 block of Meridian St., 1800 block of W 400 N, and 300 block of N. Harrison St., Shelbyville; and 3200 block of E. Vandalia Road, Flat Rock.
JAIL BOOK-INS: Zachary D. Ballenger, 51, theft; Megan B. Cord, 37, failure to appear; Keith A. Denny, 21, possession of marijuana, criminal trespass; Eddie W. Dowell, 51, failure to appear; Michael T. Green, 35, possession of narcotic drug, trafficking, hold for another jurisdiction; Uziel Perez-Valazquez, 33, failure to appear; Keith A. Denny, 21, possession of marijuana.
Carole Lavone Hood, 82, of Seymour, formerly of Shelby County, passed away Monday, September 12, 2022, at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.
She was born May 7 1940, in Shelbyville, the daughter of William Weaver and Vivian (Kendall) Fuchs. Carole is survived by her daughters Sharon Baker and husband, Stan, of Crestview, Florida, and Kendra Michelle Phares and husband, Jeremy, of Seymour; son, William “Billy” Kirkpatrick of Pendleton; brothers, James Fuchs and wife, Kathy, of Fairland, and Doug Weaver of Arlington, Virginia; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Tony Kirkpatrick; sister, Debbie Matthews; brother, Danny Weaver; and daughter-in-law, Teresa Kirkpatrick.
Carole graduated in 1958 from Shelbyville High School. She formerly worked as a seamstress in Georgia for Levi, and was a server and later the historian at the Moose Lodge No. 2118 in Shelbyville. Carole was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Moose Lodge Auxiliary. She enjoyed crafting, making jewelry, crocheting, cooking and chatting with friends. Carole also leaves behind her dog, Gigi.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 16, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville, with a remembrance program at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital, 500 N. Meridian St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. Online condolences may be shared with Carole’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.