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50 YEARS AGO
Dec. 27, 1962
Jack Birdwhistell, of Anderson High School, was the 1962 winner of the Soil Conservation Essay contest. This was the second time Jack had won the county prize. The first time was in 1959 when he was still in grade school.
Ben Stratton, also of Anderson High School, had the second best essay. He received $5. There were 311 students who participated, compared to 28 the year before.
Winning $5 for the best essay written in their school were: Carolyn McMurry, Sand Spring; Cynthia Ardery, Lawrenceburg; Beulah Sparrow, Alton; and Peggy Satterly, Western High School.
A tray pack of country-style sausage was 79 cents for two pounds at Model Market. Edwards’s wieners (made right in Lawrenceburg) were 49 cents for a pound package.
4-H club news
By Michael Hostetter, reporter
The Alton Happy-Go-Lucky 4-H club president called the meeting to order, the pledge to the 4-H flag as led by Michael Hostetter. Roy Franklin led the pledge to the American flag.
Jolene Goodlett reported on Christmas traditions; Charlotte Cornish, “Christmas Customs’” Peggy Phillips, “We Lie The English Customs;” Paulette Haggard “Christmas in Spain;” Wilma Ritchey “It’s a Little Different in Holland;” and Beulah Sparrow, Christmas in England.”
Charlotte Cornish and Sandy Toll concluded the program by singing “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.”
By Donna Crain, reporter
Kent Stevens, president, called the Golly Good Luck club meeting at Western School to order.
Girls who received awards for their sewing were: Donna Bryant, Alla Verian Case, Karen Corley, Debbie Wilkerson and Anne Blakeman.
Donna Brown, Judith Nutgrass and Michael Stinnett led Songs.
Members voted to send a letter of thanks to Walter Major and the Lawrenceburg National Bank for the 4-H calendars that were distributed to each club member.
A memorial plaque commemorating the nomination of Dwight D. Eisenhower was placed in the Hall of Presidents at Gettysburg, Pa.
The name of Thomas C. Stratton, Lawrenceburg, Republican National Delegate from this district, was to be inscribed on bronze on the memorial.
The newly organized D.H.I.A. Association had 17 members in Anderson, Mercer and Franklin counties. It was the fourth largest association operating in the state, according to County Agent Ed Ruggles.
Anderson County dairymen, who were members included Bob Etherington, Forest Sea, Paul Routt, Buddy Hughes, James Stoll, Clifton Hahn, Tom Simpson, H.G. McRay, William Hunter, Norman Barker, W.T. ad Ralph Peach, Harold Horn, Warren Wheaton and Don Popp.
The five highest butter cows in the association in November were: Etherington and Sea, 70 pounds; Ralph Peach, 70 pounds; Norman Barker, 61 pounds; Tom Simpson, 60 pounds, and Clifton Hahn, 58 pounds.
Walker Harrington, 61, Ford Motor employee for 28 years, died en route to the hospital from the Ford plant Dec. 17 following a heart attack. He was a cousin of Edward Sweasy of Lawrenceburg.
Benjamin M. Underhill, formerly of Lawrenceburg, died in Pueblo, Colo.
Walter E. Holt, 66, died in Louisville. He had been retired for two years from the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, where he worked for 15 years. He was married to the former Sallie Puckett.
Mary Robinson Cammack, 83, widow of Henry Cammack died in the Frankfort hospital. She had a son and six daughters.
Arthur M. Springate, 87, retired farmer and painter, died at his home after a long illness. He was married to Addie Rogers Springate and had a son, Stanley.
Dorothy Nicholson Griffieth, 32, died in Los Angeles, Calif., where she had lived for two years. She was the granddaughter of Mrs. Randall Sutherland of Lawrenceburg.
30 YEARS AGO
Dec. 23, 1982
Rex Boblett and Dala Cornish were the winners of the Anderson News “Letters to Santa Contest.” Each received at least $25 worth of toys with the main gift of a football set going Rex and a dollhouse compelte with furniture to Dala.
Mr. and Mrs. James Arthur Cooper celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. James Arthur Cooper and Sara Alice Perry were married on Dec. 24, 1932.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert W. “Bud” Hughes celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Karen Williams graduated from the College of Cosmetology and Hair Design in Frankfort. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Waterfill.
The combined bands and chorus at Western held their annual Christmas concert.
Kim Pinkston sold the most fruit for the Western Anderson band to win an Atari game.
Kelly Hayes was the second place winner. She received a cassette player.
Winners of T-shirts were: Kim Pinkston, Kelly Hayes, Joe Bill Darnell, Toby Curtsinger, Wayne Miller, Lisa Champion, Sandy Peach, Tammy Hahn and Leslee Maddox.
Two $25 gift certificates from IGA and Pic Pac were given away by a drawing. Winners were Teresa Curtsinger and Elsie Martin.
Soloists from the chorus were Danette Darnell on ‘Away in a Manger’ and Scarlet Mitchell on “I’m Getting Nothing for Christmas.’ Angie Boblitt filmed the concert for a later showing.
J.T. Cornish, 61, a laborer and member of Antioch Christian Church, died at the VA hospital.
Mary Willoughby Burton Gillespie, 83, Georgetown, died at the home of her daughter. She was avid sports fan, especially UK. She has two daughters, Mrs. Bradford Cammack of Mt. Sterling and Frances Conner, of Lawrenceburg.
Dec. 30, 1982
Lala Michele Thomas, a senior at Kentucky State University, was chosen as a finalist for the Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Queen.
She was chosen from a field of 24 outstanding young Kentucky women by a panel of out-of-state judges. The selection of the Pegasus queen was to be made at the Fillies Derby Ball in April by the spin of a wheel.
Bill Gabhart of Fox Creek retired from the State High Department after 36 years of service.
Working as “time keeper” for the State Highway Department had been a life-long occupation for the 1940 Western High graduate.
Collis Brown, 52, Anderson County road foreman, died after suffering kidney failure earlier in the month. He was hired as supervisor after he had served 25 years with the State Highway Dept., including several years as foreman.
Kevin Lee Drury, 18, Paris, died Dec. 9 from injuries sustained in an auto accident. He is a son of Gerald Drury of Anderson County.
Virginia Wells, 56, daughter of the late Lewis and Mamie Brown, died Dec. 24. She was the wife of the late Marshall E. Wells.
15 YEARS AGO
Dec. 24, 1997
Four students at Anderson High School were chosen ‘Students of the Month’ — Mary Ellen Woodruff, senior; James Rodgers, junior; and Stephanie Hood, sophomore; and Savannah Isaacs.
Jason Witten of Lawrenceburg graduated from Kentucky State University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
He received a full Presidential Scholarship and the Outstanding Sophomore in Criminal Justice Awarded. He is a son of Homer and Wilma Witten.
Anderson County’s oldest young man, Claude Perry, was pictured helping a woman less than half his age celebrate her birthday. Perry would be 102 in January and Phyllis Crane, a bus driver for bluegrass Community Action, just marked her 50th birthday.
Ethel Rose Hawkins Adams, 89, an Anderson County native, died in Louisville. She was the widow of Leon Adams.
Ancil Lee Lewis, 75, Willisburg, died at his residence after a long illness. He was a retired farmer.
Robert A. Paasch, 71, Lawrenceburg High School graduate, died in Washington State.
Dec. 31, 1997
Officer Mike Schell had the most DUI arrests in the Lawrenceburg Police Dept. for the past year.
Thomas Shelton retired after 40 years at Kentucky Overall.
Emily Page Baker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University. She graduated summa cum laude, majoring in public relations with a minor in business administration. Baker is a daughter of Darrell and Jean Baker.
Davis Kays, 80, native of Anderson County, died in a Louisville hospital. He was a son of the late Landy and Adelaide Peyton Kays Sr.
Adrian Johnnie Charles Peach, 6-month-old son of Craig and Martha Robinson Peach, died at the Frankfort hospital.