Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Sign of the Times
A new drive-thru pharmacy unit is under construction at Kroger on N. Michigan Road. | by JACK BOYCE
County Plan Commission Continues Land Subdivision Request
The Shelby County Plan Commission last night continued a request by Mike and Laura Burton to allow for a subdivision of three residential building lots in the 7400 block of S. Edinburgh Road, Edinburgh. The request includes amending a previous stipulation, vacating a lot to allow for the simple subdivision of 19.7 acres into three building lots of 15.4, 2.3 and 2 acres, and a waiver of design standards to allow residential lots without frontage on a public street built to County street standards. Mr. Burton said he is “not a developer,” but rather looking to have potential building lots for his grown children.
The Plan Commission in 2010 approved rezoning the property to residential with a stipulation that no more than two proposed lots could be created. In 2011, the commission approved a two-lot subdivision. The county planning staff last night had recommended denial, in part because the lots sit a significant distance from the public road and mature trees block the homesites from the road view, posing potential difficulties for emergency vehicles.
The matter was discussed for 45 minutes, but the board's split vote on whether to even allow the current simple subdivision to be vacated held up the related petitions until five votes either in favor or denial can be garnered. With only seven of the nine members in attendance last night, the three in favor and four opposed were not sufficient. The three members in favor of vacating the current subdivision were Kevin Carson, Terry Smith and Mike McCain. Those opposed were Jason Abel, David Lawson, Charity Mohr and Scott Gabbard. The matter was continued to next month’s meeting, set for Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
Burglary was reported in the 3300 block of W 450 S, Shelbyville.
NATIONAL NEWS: Teen employment in the US is at its highest since 2009, with 37 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds holding a job in 2023, Labor Department data shows. The uptick in teens working reverses forty years of decline, according to the Washington Post. Workers aged 16–24 got a 9.8% pay bump last year, which is nearly twice the jump for working people overall, per the Atlanta Fed. (Morning Brew)
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This Day in Shelby County History
2014: The Morristown Town Council set a timeline for receiving bids for construction of a new fire station. Tony Nicholson presented the council with revised plans for the station.
2004: The Shelby Community Theatre, 16 S. Tompkins St., received non-profit organization status. Barbara Baumgartner had spearheaded the paperwork process. The board of directors was comprised of Mary Carter, Chris Cox, Baumgartner, Tom Miller, Leroy Whitcher, Tiffany Wilson and B.J. Fairchild-Newman.
1994: An arctic blast brought volunteer work at the Blackburn home to a standstill. The home, being built for Dan and Kathy Blackburn and their 28 Haitian adoptees, was near completion, local contractor Carl Mohr said. The family’s first plan of moving into the former Hendricks Township School was put off by remodeling costs. Then the effort to build them a new home began. Mohr and his wife, Beverly, had donated the land for the house, on State Road 9, about five miles south of Shelbyville. The building was 12,000-square-feet. The Blackburns had been living in a drafty Jennings County schoolhouse.
1984: Kathy Kincade returned home (254 W. Locust St.) from work to find Bill Kincade, 59, Sean Waltz, 11, and James Kincade, 4, ill from carbon monoxide poisoning. She called the ambulance, and medics were able to save the victims’ lives. Firemen reported the chimney flue had been clogged by soot and deteriorating bricks and mortar.
1974: Shelby County residents deemed mentally ill would be served by Central State Hospital in Indianapolis moving forward rather than Madison State Hospital. The redistricting was determined by Governor Bowen.
Members of the city plan commission heard additional plans for a proposed 132-unit apartment complex to be built at W. McKay Road and Columbus Road. Carroll Theobald owned the property.
1964: Ike’s Tavern liquor license was suspended for 15 days for selling alcohol to minors. The tavern was located at 224 E. Jackson St.
Shelby County State Rep. Robert Sheaffer announced his candidacy for state senator. The seat had been vacant since the death of Sen. Richard Newhouse of Morristown. Sheaffer, 38, was a graduate of Indiana University and the Miami School of Law. He had been in private practice here since 1953. He was married to Joan (Scott) of Fairland, and they had three children: Marnita, a third grade student at Marion Township School; Terri, 5; and Stephen, 2.
1954: Timmy Fallon, 16-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Fallon of 727 Quesada St., was named “Baby of the Year” by the Chafee Studio. Voting on the photo entries had been held at seven locations. Marge Clay (Shelbyville), Faith Meal (Waldron) and Betty Kelley (Fairland) were responsible for tabulating the votes.
1944: “Lassie Come Home” was on at The Strand, as was war action movie “Saraha” starring Humphrey Bogart.
1934: Lynn Burnside, 67, Boggstown, died. He had been an officer in the Boggstown bank, which was absorbed by the Fairland National Bank. (Lynn was a nephew of Ambrose Burnside, who was a Civil War Union general, first president of the NRA, governor of Rhode Island and eventually Senator. He was also famous for his facial hair, from which the term “sideburns” was derived.)
1924: A “motor hearse” owned by Lanta V. Hauk, funeral director in Morristown and Shelbyville, caught on fire on the road between Morristown and Gwynneville. The three-week old vehicle was believed to have a short circuit. The blaze rapidly spread over the wooden vehicle body, completely destroying it.
1914: The seven churches in Hanover Township observed “Go to Church Sunday.” Ora McDaniel, editor of the Morristown Sun, was chairman of the committee. The following were vice presidents: J.E. Poer, Seymour Sullivan, John Wiggins, Mary Talbert, J.B. Carney, Oliver Olinger and Orville Hill.
Janet Carol Briley Sink, 84, of Leesburg, Florida passed away Monday, January 22, 2024 at UF Health Leesburg Hospital. She was born July 24, 1939 in Shelbyville, Indiana, the daughter of Perry W. and Ethel M.(Brown) Briley. She was married to L. Wayne Sink for 20 years until his passing in 1991. Previously, she had been married to Richard E. Elkins for 7 years and prior to that, James O. Sartin for 4 years.
Survivors include her daughter Sheri L. (Sartin) Sharp, her son-in-law Scott Sharp, her sister-in-law Jane Briley, and her special friend, Wiliam (Bill) Schoene. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wayne, her son Karl Scott Sartin, her brother Karl Norman Briley, and her trusted kitty cat “Sweetie”.
Mrs. Sink grew up in Shelbyville, Indiana graduating from Shelbyville High School in 1957. During high school, Janet had worked part time as a waitress at the former Chicken and Steak Restaurant along with her brother Karl. After high school, she was employed as a secretary at Chambers Division Altamil Corp. in Shelbyville, and in the 1970’s at The Associates Financial Services firm and at Mutual of New York Life Insurance Company (both with offices at that time in South Bend, Indiana). In the early ‘90’s, she and her husband Wayne moved to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, V.I., where she was employed with Frenchman’s Reef Resort. After Wayne’s passing, Janet returned to the U.S. mainland and chose to retire in Leesburg, Florida.
Janet had several neighbors that she considered good friends and she enjoyed the time she spent with them. She was proud of the landscaping she had done and the pineapples she had grown on her property.
Per her wishes, no funeral services will be observed.
Jessie M. Williams, 90, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, January 19, 2024 at St. Francis Hospital. Born October 16, 1933 in Moral Township, she was the daughter of George William Abel and Nealie Augusta (Willis) Abel. She married Harlan M. Williams on November 2, 1952, and he preceded her on January 22, 2007.
Survivors include four sons, Jeffrey H. Williams (wife Connie) of Rushville, Donald Lee Williams of Shelbyville, Ted A. Williams (wife Annie) of Shelbyville, and Thomas R. Williams of Shelbyville; two daughters, Susan K, Williams of Shelbyville and Janice A. Herzberg (husband David) of Raleigh, North Carolina; nine grandchildren, Kyle D. Williams, Christopher A. Williams, Lindsay N. Pile, Courtney A. Hankins, Brittany Herzberg, Bradley Herzberg, Emily Scott, Kylee Scott, and Ali Huff; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, a grandson Craig M. Williams, and nine brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Williams was a lifelong resident of this area and was a home maker. She had previously been employed as a teller at Wanamaker Bank and as a cashier at Wheatley's Market in Wanamaker for several years. She graduated from Moral Township High School and was a member of Fairview Community Church. Jessie enjoyed sewing, baking, raising flowers and gardening, watching game shows on TV, and working word search puzzles.
Funeral services will be noon on Friday, January 26, 2024 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road. Burial will be in London Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions can be made to the donor's favorite charity, in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.
Margaret E. Geddes, 91, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, January 22, 2024 at Waldron Health & Rehab. Born November 18, 1932 in Logansport, she was the daughter of Harold O. Martin and Anne (Baker) Martin. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Thomas W. Martin.
She graduated from Shelbyville High School, graduated from Franklin College, and received her BA degree from Cottey College in Missouri. She worked for TWA Airlines as a stewardess/ticket desk/travel agent, retiring after many years of service. Margaret enjoyed hot air ballooning, animals, and loved and appreciated art.
No funeral services will be observed. Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.