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15 YEARS AGO
Jan. 1, 1997
Every dog may have his day, but if he wants Ike Smith’s respect he better have some good nights, according to a story by Dwain Harris.
That’s when the action is for coon hunters, and coon hunters are only as good as their dogs.
Sky High Nitro, Smith’s 2 1/2-year-old registered Treeing Walker coon hound, had sniffed and barked his way onto Ike’s short list.
“He’s by far the best dog I’ve ever had,” said Smith, who lived on Lick Skillet Road in Washington County, barely outside of Anderson County.
Smith had been coon hunting, off and on, since he was 14.
Nitro was so good, in fact, that he placed second out of 107 dogs at a competition in Lancaster. For that he won a trophy, $175 hunting light, 350 pounds of dog food and assorted other prizes. The next evening Nitro earned a trophy for placing seventh out of the same number of dogs.
Not bad for a hound that was given Smith as a pup.
It was a good thing Nitro came along because Smith had just undergone a five-bypass heart operation, and doctors ordered him to walk to keep his heart healthy.
“I said, ‘Well if I have to walk, I’m better off coon hunting.”
Sandy Goodlett began his new job as the state’s executive director of the Family Resource Youth Service Center (FRYSC).
A few days before, he had been assistant superintendent for Anderson County Schools. But when state officials needed an executive director for a newly formed office, Goodlett had a resume that looked tailor-made for the job.
With a background in both education and social services, he had just the qualifications they wanted.
Gabriel L. Morrow was one of nine seniors at Milligan College in Northeast Tennessee to be named to the 1997 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American University and colleges.
Morrow is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Morrow. He was a fine arts major with a theater minor.
Members of the newly formed Anderson County High School Dance Cats placed third in their first-ever competition.
Team members were: Jenna Jeffers, Nicole Ray, Liz Kikle, Amanda White, Wanda Edwards, Tracey Beasley and Jaime Adams.
Private Ronald G. Miller Jr. completed eight weeks Army basis training at Fort Jackson, S.C.
He is a son of Martha G. and Ronald C. Miller.
Violet King Hammond, 79, a homemaker; Nora H. Harberson, 59, retired administrative assistant for the Community Research Service at Kentucky State University; Willie Mae Thurman Hudson, 83, retired cafeteria manager at Lincoln Street School and Anderson County High School, and was formerly employed by the Franklin State Hospital and School; Birdie M. Robinson, 42, a homemaker.
30 YEARS AGO
Jan. 7, 1981
Jerry Springate was the new city attorney for Lawrenceburg.
Springate, an ambitious newcomer to the political scene, replaced Tom Jones, newly elected state representative.
Have you found a walker?
Mrs. J.L. Sutherland of North Main Street lost her walker New Year’s Day when it apparently fell from the back of a pickup truck between Old Alton and her home. A small reward was offered.
Mrs. Janie Brown of Court Street celebrated one more birthday on Saturday, Jan. 2. Just which one we’re not exactly sure!
“I thought I was supposed to be about 103, but some say I’m only 102,” said the birthday girl, and her 79-year old daughter, Mrs. Ruth Spaulding, said her mother was only 100.
She had told a reporter a couple of years before that she was a 100 and nobody disputed at the time.
“But then, what does one more birthday mean? It’s just like any other day to me,” smiled Joe Brown’s widow.
Dave’s Part House opened for business at 750 West Broadway, featuring a line of NAPA products for autos, trucks and farm machinery. Owner and operator was David Murphy, 31, of Versailles.
Sarah Boggess Gunter, 88, Anderson News correspondent for the Alton Station News more than 40 years; Carl Trent, 63, owner and operator of Trent’s Plumbing and Heating; Mabel Spencer Williams, assistant circuit court clerk for a number of years; Vernon Noe, 49, Versailles, father of Mrs. Margaret Perry; Maggie M. Nichols, 91, Anderson native.
50 YEARS AGO
Dec. 21, 1961
Swift’s Premium Smoked Picnics were 29 cents a pound at Model Market. A 25-foot roll of Reynolds Wrap was 29 cents. A pound- can of Folger’s coffee was 63 cents.
Jan. 4, 1962
Governor Bert Combs commissioned Sidney Baxter, son of Mrs. Sidney Baxter of Alton Station, as a Kentucky Colonel.
Baxter was an assistant principal at Wagner High School in Louisville.
Amy Jane Robinson, 4, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Robinson returned home the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, where she underwent a tonsillectomy.
Mrs. Robert Searcy reported in the Van Buren News that Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Gash of Louisville were Sunday night and Monday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Searcy.
Other guests Monday were Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Searcy and children of Taylorsville, David Buntain, Shelbyville, Mrs. Rastie Brown and Dick Brown of Lawrenceburg, Mrs. Lockie Hurst and Mrs. Ressie Nation of Van Buren.
Alberta Dennis reported in the Fairview News that Mr. and Mrs. Garland Drury and children and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Drury and Buster were supper guests Friday night of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Drury and children of Chaplin.
Miss Billie Driskell reported in the Shiloh News that Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Driskell had as guests Christmas Day, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hale and Kevin, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bowen, Ronald and Ramona of Harrodsburg, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Driskell and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Driskell, and five children of Mercer County and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Huffman, David and Jeffrey of Waldron, Mo., and Mrs. Joe Smith of Dugansville.
Lydia Mae Trammell, 68, mother of Mrs. G.E. Rainey of Lawrenceburg; and John Steele Brown, 69, retired farmer.