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Way We Were: Wyatt Shely retires after 37 years of teaching

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50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, June 27, 1963
Edwards’ Bologna was 39 cents a pound, sold by the piece, at Model Market.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Forest Wyatt Shely retired after 37 years of teaching, 32 of which were in Anderson County, due to ill health.
A native of Anderson County, he began teaching at Klondike, a one-room school in this county, in 1921. He taught in the class room all of his years, except five that he served as principal of the Ebenezer Consolidated School in Mercer County.
In his last 22 years, he had taught English and Foreign Language at Western High School.
While at Western he served as the senior sponsor, coached numerous plays, directed speech activities, served as a 4-H leader, worked extensively for the establishment of a community library and served as a sponsor for the Beta Club.
He was a member of Phi Delta, literary society, and held many positions with various educational organizations.
In the community, he had served as chairman of the Red Cross drives, and local relief drives. He was a deacon at the Friendship Baptist Church, past moderator and present clerk of the Anderson Association of Baptists in Kentucky. He was a member of the Farm Bureau, officer of the Parent-Teacher Association and was active in securing R.E.C.C and telephone service for the community.
Shely published numerous church histories and a biographical booklet on the late W.D. Moore. He was made a Kentucky Colonel in 1961 and in 1957 was named “Teacher of the Year” in a program sponsored by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
He planned to continue most of his outside activities and to publish “Observations of A Layman,” a series of past articles published in the Baptist publication “The Western Recorder.”
He began writing a column, “Our Heritage,” in The Anderson News in 1961.

Jerry Springate fell off a tractor Monday afternoon that his twin brother, Larry, was driving on their father’s farm. He received a lacerated right arm and cuts of the head and back.

Betty Joyce Webb earned a perfect 4.0 standing at the University of Kentucky in the college of Arts and Sciences for the spring semester of 1963. A senior English major, she is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Webb of Route 2.

Workmen began cutting the “keyway” at the dam site at Beaver Lake.
The keyway was the length of the dam and was to be about 20 feet wide and six feet deep. The area would be filled with clay and then the dam constructed on this surface.

Deaths
Reba Humphrey Lewis, 61, a native of Tyrone, accidentally drowned. She and her husband, John Lewis, lived on a boat at the foot of Clinton Street in Frankfort. Additional survivors included her children, Mrs. Robert Smoot, Frank, Kenneth and Charles May.
Dennie Joe Drury, 22, died after heart surgery at the University of Kentucky. Survivors included his wife, Dorothy Gregory Drury; two sons, Dennie Charles and Robert Earl; and his parents Ambrose Drury and Mrs. Pete Costello.
Corda Thacker Duncan, 79, wife of K.S. Duncan died at her farm residence near Lawrenceburg. She had been ill for several years. Other survivors included two sons, Charles W. and Raymond M. Duncan, and a daughter, Blanche Blastock.
Edgar Scott McCoy, 63, native of Anderson County, died at a Lexington hospital. Survivors included a sister, Mrs. Richard B. Hill and a brother, Harry A. McCoy.

30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 21, 1983
Wal-Mart was to open soon in Lawrenceburg.

Shelly Dean was crowned Miss Fox Creek RECC. She was from Frankfort. Becky Raymond, Lawrenceburg, was runner-up.

The Fairview Christian Church ladies softball team had a ‘fair view of first’ when they won the Fourth of July tournament at Rutherford Ruritan ball field. Team members included Jo Sea, Vickie Beasley, Angie Sea, Phyllis Goodlett, Debbie Goodlett, Susan Durr, Debbie Waldridge, Lesa Keokuk, Cindy Crutcher, Sheryl Hood, Nancy Drury, Susan Sea, Jennifer Drury, Cheryl Smith Sharon Spaulding, Sharon Hoskins, Tina Drury, Tina Peach and Janie Drury. Coaches were Norman Beasley and Glenn Drury.

Deaths
Walter Monroe, 57, Harrodsburg, retired farmer, died July 12. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Anderson Monroe. Survivors included two daughters, Linda Love Monroe and Judy Gayle Monroe and three sons, Walter, Allen Wayne and Charles William Monroe.
Martha White McGuigan, 75, Harrodsburg, died July 10. She was a bookkeeper for General Electric Corp. in Cincinnati. Survivors included a brother, Ansel White of Lawrenceburg.
Charles Grigsby, 83, Harrodsburg, died July 10. He was a retired postal employee, veteran of WWI and a Kentucky Colonel. Survivors included his wife, Grace Huffman Grigsby; five daughters, Joyce Goodlow, Nancy White, Grace Logston, Mrs. Elwin Vaught, Mrs. Russell Frederick; four sons, Bill C., Bob, Buddy and David Grigsby.
Janie Hill Brown, 101, Salvisa, died July at the Harrodsburg hospital. She and her husband of 60 years, the late Joseph Brown, made their home for many years in Anderson County. Survivors included a daughter, Dora B. Sears; a son-in-law, James M. Sears; and a daughter-in-law, Irene Brown.
Mary Florence Champion, 68, Louisville, died July 6. The Anderson native of a retired principal from George Rogers Clark Elementary and Portland Elementary in Louisville. Survivors included two brothers, and a sister.

15 YEARS AGO
Wednesday, July 15, 1998
Remembering his first aid and rescue training he received as a volunteer fireman, Norris Burkhead saved an unconscious man from the Salt River.
He leapt from his boat, pulling Forrest Terrell of Nelson County from the water and pushing air back into his body.
Terrell had been trying to dislodge his boat from the branches of three that had fallen across the river when he was swept from his feet and into the river.

Danita Brock and Alan Sawyers were on the Dean’s list at Sullivan College. Brock was majoring in sales and marketing. Business management was Sawyers’ major.

James and Pamela Ritchey were to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows.
The children of Evelyn and Johnny Hedges Jr. of Lawrenceburg, and James W. and Mary Ritchey of Waddy married at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church July 27, 1973.

Deaths
Evelyn R. Barnard, 81, died in a traffic accident. She was a retired medical office manager. Survivors included a daughter, Carolyn B. Harrison.
Stephen White Bates Jr., 52, died at his residence. An Anderson native, he was a retired distribution supervisor for Lexmark International Inc. Survivors included a daughter, Barbara Carol Bates, and a son, Troy Stephen Bates.
Betty Jay Adams Bryant, 48, wife of Gregg Clay Bryant, died after an illness. She was an employee of Five Star Chevron Station. Besides her husband, survivors included a son, Gregory Steven Bryant and a daughter, Tina Michelle Manuel.
Mabel Dora Catlett Burge, 95, died after an illness. She was a daughter of the late Thomas Bryan and Katherine Ritter Catlett. She was the widow of former Anderson County Sheriff John Wesley Burge. Survivors included a daughter, Pauline Kyler.
Brenda Sue Sea Wells, 54, died at home. She was an employee of Texas Instruments in Versailles, member of the Seanotes singing Group that sang eon W.H.B.N. Radio Station for many years, and a graduate of Kentucky Business College with a degree as a medical assistant. Survivors included two brothers, Beckham and Claiborne Sea.