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50 YEARS AGO
June 21, 1962
John Louis Hume, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hume of Alton Station, graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with specialization in accounting and economics.
He is married to the former Brenda Adams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reo Adams of Alton Station.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the new Woodford Hospital. The building program was initiated by a $400,000 gift from Mrs. Oakey Logan Alexander.
July 26, 1962
David Ray Cornish, son of Erastus and Madie Cornish, was to be ordained Sunday at Antioch Christian Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Hollin Hardin, who returned recently from a vacation in Florida, said they had received a letter from a child in Chattanooga, Tenn., whose purse they had found while in Florida. The purse was found in a gift shop containing a small amount of money. After receiving the billfold, the child expressed her thanks to the Hardins and said she had saved all winter for her vacation trip.
Jackie Sutherland was injured Thursday night at the Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show when he fell from his pony and was run over by three other ponies.
The boy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Sutherland of Alton Station, suffered a fracture of the left leg between the knee and ankle.
A physician in Lawrenceburg treated him before he was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.
A California man was injured Friday night when he fell off a mule and the animal fell on him.
John Lloyd, 26, who was visiting his father who lived in Tyrone, was injured while riding in a mule race. He was taken to the Woodford Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Carl Nethery, a farmer of the southwestern section of Anderson County, reported the theft of four hubcaps from his automobile while it was parked at the Anderson Legion Fairgrounds Friday night.
Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Brown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Army Pvt. James L. Wells has completed eight weeks of military police training at the Provost Marshall General School, Fort Gordon, Ga. Wells, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Wells of Fairview, is a graduate of Western High School.
A building permit was issued to Curtis Headen for the construction of a carport and utility room to their home on Saffell Street at the estimated cost of $1,000.
Lightning damaged the steeple and the front concrete steps of Van Buren Church of Christ Monday night. The extent of the damage was unknown.
Verla May Warford, 71, died at her home at Pleasant Grove Ridge; Nola Corbin Watson, 70, died at her home in Van Buren; Tyler Champion, 81, retired detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, died at the home of his niece Mrs. Marion Rucker; Oscar Wilham, former mail carrier out of the Willisburg Post Office in Washington County, died at the Harrodsburg hospital.
30 YEARS AGO
July 1, 1982
Kentucky’s ‘First Lady’ Phyllis George Brown was in Anderson County to tour the Florida Tile Plant. The tour was in connection with a planned trip to Italy where she would tour operations similar to the local plant.
Workers began preparing a foundation for a Pizza Hut restaurant at the intersection of US 62 and the 127 Bypass.
The restaurant was located on the north end of the shopping center being developed by Jimmy Freeman, Kenneth Mann, Dave Disponett and Jim and Keith Freeman.
July 22, 1982
Taylorsville Lake could be filled by the next summer with the road across the dam being the last construction project.
Bro. Ezra Sparrow, “father of Western School,” was featured in a story about his 88 years of living.
Miss Fox Creek Rural Electric was to be chosen from a field of 18 candidates. They were Sherrie Gritton, Lori Wall, Sheri Catlett, Libby Sheperson, Angela Dennis, Glenda Taylor, Cynthia Steilberg, Tracy Drake, Dawn Quisenberry, Angie Estes, Carol Jane Drury, Carolyn Litkenhus, Vickie Sutherland, Debbie Wakefield, Kim Cinnamon, Sheila Roark, Renee Durr, and Carol Carrier.
Preston Chilton was the sweepstakes winner in the annual baby contest at the Anderson County Fair and Horse Show. The son of Mr. and Mrs. James Chilton also won the best-boy-under-two category.
Best girl under one was won by Mary Bridget Livers, daughter of James and Rebecca Livers; best girl under two was won by Lori Clark, daughter of Gary and Becky Clark; and the best boy under one was won by Kenny Barnett Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Barnett.
Little League All-Stars were John Thomas, Derek Ruble, Jeff Robinson, Todd Bryant, Dale Hudson, P.D. Barnes, Robert Coffey, Chris Franklin, Destry Sharp, Jimmy Robinson, Rudy Johnson, Bill Crawford, Randy Gillis, Shonn Chapman and Brad Burton. Coaches were Fred Thomas, Allan Riley and Doug Barnes.
Marine Lane Cpl. David Allen Curran, 22, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Stafford Co., Va.; Harriet “Hattie” Smith, 96, former Anderson County resident; Linnie Gibson Hawkins, 85, widow of Ben S. Hawkins; Stanley Springate, 81, son of Arthur and Addie Rogers Springate; Gladys Earl Crossfield Dean, 80, widow of Elmore Dean; Rebecca Helen Lowe Young, 84, mother of Mrs. Curtis Wells of Lawrenceburg; Ralph Allen Anderson, 45, branch manager of Community House Service Division for Community Service of Mental Health with the State Dept. of Health; Harvey Neal Yates, 72, farmer.
15 YEARS AGO
July 23, 1997
Virginia Ritter was honored on her 81st birthday with a get-together at the Fox Creek RECC building.
Mrs. Ritter is a very special person to many people. Besides raising five children of her own and helping others all her life, she raised a garden until this year. She canned and froze her own vegetables and made jam, preserves and pickles.
Mrs. Ritter sometimes walks with a cane now; however, it may be used for a past time more often. She’s already killed a ground hog and two snakes and caught a large turtle with that cane this summer.
(Excerpt from Birdie Notes, written by Kathleen Cooper)
“Seems there was a woman who sighted a fawn alongside a road. She felt the fawn was in danger so she “rescued” it. Never mind that mama deer was probably several feet away and merely waiting for her “child” to catch up with her.
“This woman, stating she did not know it was against the law for her to have the fawn, took the baby home with her. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
“She fed it, groomed it, pampered it and pierced its ears. That’s right, she pierced its little ears and put earrings in them!
“Now, this woman may have been unaware of the illegality of her having a fawn in her possession without permission of the game warden BUT, surely she didn’t think it was in the fawn’s best interest to pierce those ears? . . .
“ . . .The game wardens have rescued the fawn and removed the earrings. It will be raised until it can fend for itself and then released. The holes will grow over and, if deer tell stories, can you imagine the tale this particular deer can relate to his grandchildren, years down the road?
“How he can exhibit those healed over scars and tell of the stupidity of humans?”
Work began on the new district court offices where the old jail used to be behind the courthouse.
This week was a tragic week in Anderson County’s history. Five people were killed in three separate accidents.
Three were riding in the same car and were killed in an accident on Hammond Lane. They were Rickey Harvey, 19, C.C. Smith, 15, and Scottie Sames, 19.
Anthony Peach, 31, died in a motorcycle accident on Hammonds Creek Road.
Barry Ellis, 38, died in a motorcycle accident in Nelson County.
Harvey was a senior at Anderson County High School and attended Whitney Young Job Corps Center in Simpsonville. Smith was a freshman and played football for the Anderson Middle School Mustangs. Sames was a 1996 graduate of Anderson High School and was a former employee of L&N Glass in Versailles.
Peach was married and had children. He was a batch mixer at Osram Glass Plant in Versailles.
Ellis was a logger. He was married and had a son, who lived in Lawrenceburg.
Other deaths include: Hazel Sutton Brothers, 81, wife for 54 years of C.T. ‘Neal’ Brothers; William Horace Chilton, 86, retired farmer; Wade Hatchell Sr., 85, retired operator for the Dawson Construction and Bridge Company in Lexington; Roger P. Martin, 77, pressman for the State Journal for 47 years; Stewart F. McBrayer, 86, a long-time banker, beginning his career at the Lawrenceburg National Bank. He was president of Citizen’s Union Bank in Shelbyville from 1970-1976. He was affiliated with the bank until 1997.