Over the years, Charles Hartley has shared glimpses of what was being printed in The Pioneer News in different months and years. This page includes what was taken from the January through May issues of 1968.
Circuit Judge W. R. Gentry, Sr. ruled that the Bullitt County Board of Education could build a central high school to serve the entire county, and turn the three high schools into junior high schools.
The Shepherdsville mayor and city council were pictured on the front page. Henry Troutman, Jr., Thomas P. Price, and Tot Moore were standing behind Charles Gentry, Mayor W. R. Bacon, and Mr. R. Hall.
The Bullitt County Jaycees presented their first presidential award to James Lanham, editor of The Pioneer-News, for the many ways he had helped the local chapter in its work. The award was presented by Jaycee president C. L. Lane.
G. H. Swearingen advertised his insurance agency, with an office in the Bullitt County Bank building.
The recently organized Bullitt County Sheriff's Posse officers included Chief Deputy James Skidmore, Vice-President Leroe Skaggs, Secretary Irvin Maddox, and Treasurer Raymond "Tee" Howlett. C. L. Croan, out of the sheriff's office was a board director along with Norman Peacock and Donald McKee.
The Cedar Grove reporter shared that Mr. Overbee was very ill at Hazlewood, Joe Bland was at St. Joe, and W. C. Lanham and Essie James were at home with the flu.
Alice C. Harned, Bullitt County Elementary School Supervisor, was selected as a member of the special ETV curriculum selection committee for the upcoming school year in Kentucky.
The Hebron correspondent congratulated Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kelly on celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary.
She was sad to report that the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Brummott burned, and little was saved.
The Personals column was filled with illness and injuries. Robert L. Tanner was at St. Joe's; Otto Stillwell had surgery there; Walter Harshfield had just returned home from the hospital; Cecil Cash had surgery at St. Anthony's; and Mrs. Vernon Jones was recuperating from a fall.
Steve Coulter had 16 points, Mike Robey and Scotty Morrison each had 14, and Albert Goldsmith added 10 as the S.H.S. Rams defeated Trimble County 66-57.
Frankie Hartlage and Charlie Bowman each scored 11 points, Kevin Miller had 10, Edgar Sullivan had 8, and Merrell Coleman added 6 as the Lebanon Junction Bulldogs lost a close game to Taylorsville.
The Lebanon Junction F.H.A. selected Jerry Van Vactor as F.H.A. Sweetheart, and Linda Engle as Miss F.H.A.
The engagement of Miss Patricia Ann Ashby to Carl L. Troutman was announced. Patricia was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hyman Ashby of West Point. Carl was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin C. Troutman of Shepherdsville, and a graduate of E.K.U.
The Mt. Washington correspondent reported that Hubert and Marion Armstrong hosted a family gathering that included Mrs. Ethel Gentry, Miss Cherry Armstrong, Jack Stewart, George Armstrong, Carol Cecil, Aaron Armstrong, and many others.
Hardy & Mooney Auto Supplies was advertising a sale on 4 horsepower chain saws at the price of $79.95 while they lasted.
And Bill Hardy was elected chairman of the committee for Cub Scout Pack 261. Other pack officers included Cub Master Cleo Skelton, Treasurer Sam Hardy, Institutional Representative Billy Horrell, Webelos Leader Don Sanders, Den Mothers Mrs. William Huckaby, Mrs. Tom Waller, and Mrs. Pat Wode. Additional members of the committee were Burlyn Pike, Bud Hardy, Bluford Tinnell, and Tom Waller.
The local Jaycee chapter held an open house along with a mock trial to let the public know what the organization was all about.
Presiding at the trial was County Judge Neil Farris. The attorneys were Tom Pack and C. J. Crume. Members of the jury were Louis Brosick, Terry Atherton, Terry Edwards, Norman McAdams, Bruce Carter, Jim Kirk, Jim Hatley, and Rev. Bob Lamson.
The witnesses included Sam Hardy, Daryl Lee, Jim Bunce, Fred Duke, Bernie Wiley, Carl Payne, C. L. Lane, Moise Napier, and Wendell Harvey.
Gladys Sprinkle, writing from Mt. Washington, described the wedding of Miss Alice Carol Hall to Elden Duvall of Charlestown, Indiana. Miss Hall was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jean Hall of Mt. Washington. Rev. Wendall Romans, pastor of the First Baptist Church, performed the ceremony.
She also reported that Coyla Clark and her sister, Mrs. Elma Anderson were visiting with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Clark in Mt. Washington.
And did you know that Mr. and Mrs. Paul Alvin Roby hosted a rook party with Mrs. Alberta Troutman, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Stout, Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Neal, Mrs. Ruth Drake, Mrs. Ann Waller, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bridwell, and Mrs. Eva May Graham as guests?
From the Hebron newsletter, we learn that Sam Gentry had celebrated his 93rd birthday; that John and Mary Harper had spent a weekend at French Lick; and that Mr. and Mrs. George Z. Wigginton and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Earl Wigginton attended the wedding of Carl Troutman and Patricia Ashby at the Bullitt Lick Baptist Church.
The engagement of Betty Gayle Gaines to David Burks Williams was announced in the paper. A June wedding was planned.
In Wilson Creek news, we read that Larry Coleman and Miss Gloria Waters were home from E.K.U. for the weekend; and that Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stopher of Lebanon Junction had a baby daughter they named Pamela Michele.
Four speech contest champions were pictured in the paper. They included Pamela Simcoe, Charles Bowman, Jerry Price, and Melinda Rogers.
At the S.H.S. basketball homecoming game, Carol Korfhage was reigning queen. Chuck Heath was crown-bearer, and Beth Korfhage was flower girl. The attendants included Sheila Troutman, Paula Harbin, Diana Goff, Desie Deschand, and Rita Stallings.
The Roby P.T.A. observed Founders Day, led by their co-presidents, Rev. Joseph James of Hebron Presbyterian Church, and his wife Roberta. They and their two sons came to Hebron in October 1962.
Charles Bowman, Leeland Stevenson, and Gerald Fulkerson of the Shepherdsville F.F.A Chapter were identified as candidates for the Kentucky State Farmer Degree.
The engagement of Donna Ray Maraman to Richard Wayne Davis was announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Maraman. The wedding was to be in March at the Cedar Grove Baptist Church.
Rhonda Hoagland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hoagland, Sr., of Shepherdsville, had a perfect 4.0 standing for the fall semester at Campbellsville College.
At the Nichols P.T.A. meeting, Mrs. Arthea Ridgeway presented Ron Weimer with a lifetime membership in the organization.
And a special Court of Honor was held at the Hebron Presbyterian Church where Richard Sansbury, Barry Watson, and Rick Adams were presented with their Eagle badges, the highest rank available in Scouting. A high honor, indeed!
Sam Hardy, Red Cross Campaign Chairman for Bullitt County, announced the following workers as campaign leaders: Dr. Norman Troutman, Billy Howard Smith, and Jim Bunce in Shepherdsville; Mrs. M. S. Daughtery and Mrs. Eugene Kirsh in Lebanon Junction; Mrs. Gale Troutman in Mt. Washington; Mrs. James Lanham, and Mrs. Roy Troutman, also in Shepherdsville; J. D. Garr in Zoneton; Harold Trammell in Brooks; Mrs. Ronald Thompson at Nichols; Mrs. Eva Fernback at Clermont; Miss Anna Faye Dawson at Bardstown Junction; and Mrs. Sue Logsdon at Belmont.
Circuit Court convened in March with the following individuals serving on the Grand Jury: Leon Grigsby, Hubert L. Clay, Ray W. Edwards, Margaret Stout, James S. Cruise, Gladys Shepherd, Bryant Harris, Garner Dooley, Harold Seay, Marvin Dawson, Elizabeth Bridwell, and Robert Crady.
Citizens selected to serve on various petit juries included Judson D. Garr, R. Lee McAfee, Vernon A. Edmonds, Sterling Fisher, Isaac H. Hines, William C. Greenwell, Marvin Masden, John Isgrigg, Sr., Birdie Lee Moore, Albert Bowman, George T. Neighbors, Mack Holt, Richard B. Cundiff, Mary Ellen Bivens, Frank Scroggins, Lillian Stallings, Homer Myers, W. B. Charlton, Bryant Crenshaw, Lyndol Nutt, Henry E. Hasty, Carroll T. Korfhage, H. Saumel Houck, Ray Brasher, Acie L. Moore, Ernest L. Thomas, Marvin C. Crenshaw, Lewis L. Simmons, Jene Martin, and Jeane P. Chancellor.
The Circuit Judge was William R. Gentry; Commonwealth Attorney was Shelby Howard who was assisted by County Attorney Thomas B. Givhan and Circuit Court Clerk Nancy Strange.
The Hebron correspondent reported that Mr. and Mrs. John Meyers spent a Saturday at Rough River getting their cabin in order for summer vacation. She also reported that the Hebron Church folk had begun a six week study on the Gospel of John. (Sound familiar, George?)
The S.H.S. cheerleaders took first place at the 8th region tournament and were participating in the State Competition at Freedom Hall. Members of the squad included Carol Korfhage, senior and captain, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Korfhage; Karen Cundiff, senior and captain, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. M. J. Cundiff; Pat Hodge, senior, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Hodge; Brenda Heath, junior, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Heath; and Sheri Mullins, sophomore, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Edgar Mullins.
Mrs. Sue Powell was selected as chairman of the Easter Seal Drive.
State Representative Leo Bleemel, of Mt. Washington, was pictured at work in the General Assembly.
Mrs. Lanham of Cedar Grove reported that Annie Bolton celebrated her 80th birthday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clifford Bell. Guests present included Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey Jefferies, Mr. and Mrs. Enock Webb, Tommy Bolton and son, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Grant, Mr. Bob Grant, Mr. and Mrs. Joe White, Mr. Hubert White, and Mr. and Mrs. Matt Bleemel.
In Lebanon Junction news, varsity players Merrell Coleman, Edgar Sullivan, and Kevin Miller were named to the All-District team. Also Karen Shaw, a senior at L.J.H.S. won the Betty Crocker Award.
Also, the Junior Class presented a comedy entitled "Off the Track" with a cast that included Danny Meadows, Kevin Miller, Donna Hart, June Halk, Sadalia Samuels, Christine Hoagland, Rosalie Moutardier, Danny Thurman, Bennie Hartlage, Stanley Hefley, Denealta Etherton, Glenda Booth, and Rita Mattingly. Lee Nalley was state manager; Carolyn Travis was prompter, and Mrs. Hattie Halk was director.
And Sharon Fischer, a junior at S.H.S., appeared on WAVE-TV's Morning Show, representing the F.H.A. Sharon, a daughter of Bill and Mary Fischer, was also an active Candy Striper at St. Joseph Infirmary.
Norman and Dorothy Bridwell of Mt. Washington were returning home from a dinner at the Doe Run Inn Hotel when their car was struck by another car during a downpour. The car was badly smashed, but there were no reports of injuries to the Bridwells.
Fifteen local boys were inducted into the army at the end of March including James Oscar Oller who volunteered, Ernest Lee Fulkerson, Wayne Morris Tomes, Loyd Montgomery Woods, George Elmer Bishop, Lawrence Eugene Mercer, Gary Wayne Hall, William Edward Dawson, Donald Marvin Lewis, Robert Larue Mullins, Curtis Elijah Johnson, James Edward Sweat, Stanley Eugene Lanham, Terry Gene Wood, and Joseph Michael Duckett.
Michael Waller, a Mt. Washington boy and student at Campbellsville College, presented a piano recital at the First Baptist Church in Mt. Washington.
The Wilson Creek correspondent reported that "much improvement is being done to Mt. Carmel Cemetery such as leveling, resurfacing with top-soil, liming, fertilizing and seeding." She also reported that Mrs. Kate Chadwick was to have an eye operation, and that Mrs. Ernest Lyme was better and home from the hospital.
A rook party was held at Alberta Troutman's home. Guests included Harold and Irma Hallinan, Rita Sherman, Ralph and Jewell Lutes, Tom and Vernessa Jasper, Raymon and Leona Cope, Herbert and Ima Owen, Jimmy and Juanita Roby, and C. N. and Maylene Tichenor. A good time was had by all.
Mrs. Alberta Kinnard of the Hebron community celebrated her 87th birthday at an open house hosted by her daughter, Mrs. John F. Wigginton.
Gwinn Thompson of Mt. Washington was crowned Miss Bullitt County of 1968 at the pageant sponsored by the Bullitt County Jaycees. Gwinn was a junior at Campbellsville College.
Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Shaw received word that their son Tom had been promoted to sergeant in the Air Force. He was stationed in Japan.
Linda Jean Engle's engagement to Leonard Ray Ice was announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Engle of Lebanon Junction. Leonard's parents were Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Ice, also of Lebanon Junction.
In the personals column, we learned that Sgt. Robert C. Blevens, Jr. had signed up for five months longer in Vietnam, and was scheduled to return home in September; that Cpl. Steven R. Blevens was serving with the marines in Okinawa; and that P.F.C. David L. Blevens was home for a visit while stationed at Ft. Meade.
If you attended the Annual Cancer Memorial Dinner in 1968, you heard Carol McClure, a 13-year-old harpist, and Mrs. Jean Cassady, a Louisville soprano soloist. You also heard Judge Marlow Cook speak. That year's dinner was hosted by Judge Neil Farris, with organ music provided by Mrs. Dorothy Hartsell. The dinner committee was headed by Mrs. Nan Plenge.
Nina Jones was selected to represent Shepherdsville High School in the annual Kentuckiana Typewriting Contest at Spencerian College. Mrs. Betty Larimore was her typing instructor.
According to various advertisements, Pee Wee McGruder would dig your well and sell you a pump, Tom Cunningham would sell you a Speed Queen washer and dryer, and W. T. Hill would haul your load and spread your lime. You could also get your General Electric appliances at Ray Woods Cabinet Shop in Shepherdsville; and get your horse shod by Ernie Vest.
And did you know that The Pioneer News was first established on 15 Jun 1882? Do you remember that James M. Lanham and Cecil Smothers were editors and publishers of the paper in 1968? And, did you pay your $3.00 for a year's subscription ($4.00 if you lived out of state)?
At the annual Cancer Memorial Dinner held in the Shepherdsville High School cafeteria, Harold W. Hardy, a member of the State Cancer Society Board, was presented a National Award for Outstanding Services by a Layman in the Kentucky Division of the American Cancer Society.
Diana Moore, a senior at Shepherdsville High School, was selected as a flag-bearer for the University of Kentucky band.
Sharon Fischer, a junior at Shepherdsville High School, was elected president of the Louisville District of the F.H.A. She was also a candidate for state 2nd vice-president.
Dr. and Mrs. Millard J. Cundiff hosted a luncheon at their home for the teachers of Roby Elementary School.
Hebron Presbyterian Church hosted The Agape Singers, a group of high school singers from the greater Louisville area, in a Sunday afternoon performance.
Shepherdsville High School announced that Charles Cecil Cash was the Valedictorian of the 1968 class. The school also announced that Rebecca Sandra McMillen was the Class Salutatorian.
Lebanon Junction High School's top two students were Valedictorian Karen Lynn Shaw, and Salutatorian Linda Engle.
Pat Wise, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hayden Wise of Lebanon Junction, won the PTA Council Scholarship given annually to a deserving high school senior.
The Hebron correspondent reported that Robert Holsclaw spent part of his vacation in bed with the flu; that Overdale Scout Troop 20 got a blue ribbon for its Indian Lore display at Scout-O-Rama; and that Rev. Overstreet had returned from Georgia after holding a revival there.
Cub Scout Pack 333 of Mt. Washington also received a blue ribbon at Scout-O-Rama according to their scoutmaster, Eugene O'Bryan.
In Clermont news, Mrs. H. B. Sedoris assisted Mrs. William Snellen in setting out 15 rose bushes. Also, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Cox were moving into their new home at Clermont.
Robert E. McDowell, author, historian, and an authority on early Bullitt County history, was present at the dedication of a new historical marker near the site of the historic Belmont Iron Furnace.
The Nichols Elementary School music department presented a "Stephen Foster" musical in the West Point gym. They were led by Deborah Murrell, with Anna Faye Dawson providing direction on scenery and costumes. Soloists in the production included Susan Shepherd, Cheryl Underhill, Shiela Underhill, Kay Burden, Dennis Shepherd, Nancy Dockery, Steve Alford, Ricky Hodges, Steve Nall, Bobby Bailey, Dean Shepherd, Roger Burden, Mike Faulkner, Barry Willson, and David Murphy. Howard Horine played a trombone solo, and Leta Miller played a piano solo.
Gwinn Thompson, a college junior from Mt. Washington, was crowned Queen of the Spring Festival held at Campbellsville College.
Jerry Wayne VanVactor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther VanVactor of Lebanon Junction, received the Eastern Kentucky University Scholarship and Leadership Award as an outstanding graduating senior of Lebanon Junction High School.
And Leslie B. McIntosh, a student teacher at Roby Elementary School, received the first Richard E. Jaggers Award, an award given by Kentucky Commission on Teacher Education and Professional Standards. Les was the outstanding male graduate of a Kentucky college or university who planned a career in teaching.
Fiscal Court accepted A. S. Crenshaw's resignation as county dog warden, and hired Larry Greenwell as his replacement.
Norman Lemme was awarded the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence at Vanderbilt University.
Miss Zardetti Dawson was honored as Teacher of the Year at her retirement after 44 years as a teacher, 34 of them in Bullitt County. I was privileged to work with Miss Zardetti and Miss Augusta in my first year at the Shepherdsville School, and I learned a great deal from them.
Mrs. Hilden Catherine Cornell received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Nazareth College. Mrs. Cornell joined her daughter, Mrs. Darlene Stallings in earning a degree from Nazareth. Also present to see Mrs. Cornell receive her degree were her son, Bobby Jean Cornell, and her grandson, Christopher Stallings, along with many friends.
In the Hebron newsletter we learned that Mrs. Robert Holsclaw and Miss Pat Browne motored to Bowling Green to bring Miss Clara Ruth Browne home for the summer; that Mrs. Howard Stallings was home following eye surgery; that Mr. and Mrs. Glidden had gone to Nevada on vacation; and that Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Elder had moved to a home on Blue Lick Road.
In Cedar Grove news, we read that Stanley Lanham was home from Fort Knox on a two-week furlough before heading to camp in Georgia; that Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Young, and Mrs. Eunice Young helped celebrate Wayne Shehan's 77th birthday with a delicious dinner at his daughter's home; and that the James Wilson family spent a holiday in the Smokies.
The Hebron correspondent was happy to write that Mrs. Frank Quick Sr. had taken her to the Hebron Cemetery to decorate the graves. She also wrote that Mrs. Howard Stallings came home following eye surgery; and Mr. Irvine Kelly was operated on at Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital.
In the 4-H Style Revue at the Roby School, Becky Garman had the best apron, Debbie Gutermuth had the best homemade skirt and blouse, Allysan Smith came in first in the "First Dress" category, Marcia Ann Caple led in "Play Clothes," Genne Price was champion in the "Mix Match" group, Sandy Rinkel came in first in the "Advance Dress" category, and Karen Shaw was first in the "Formal" category.
Thomas Louis Roby of Mt. Washington was chosen to serve on the State Fair Youth Advisory Committee.
Were you one of the students pictured with the Shepherdsville Neighborhood Youth Corps for the summer of '68? Those pictured included Roger Hilton, Curtis Hatchell, Billy Smith, Tommy Meadors, Roger Gilbert, Jack Lay, James Loser, Michael Walls, John Lay, Leon Fox, Charlotte Hines, Rita Richardson, Roberta Faye, Diane Pratt, Brenda White, and Deborah Gilbert.
Wayne and Denise Breeden were houseguests of their grandparents, Leo and Virginia Bleemel, while their parents attended a Lions Convention in Owensboro. The Bleemels treated their grandkids to a night at the St. Aloysius picnic supper in Shepherdsville.
Mary Jean Marcum, a graduate of both Shepherdsville High School and Campbellsville College, would begin teaching in the fall at Doss High School in Louisville.
The Lebanon Junction column was devoted to bidding a farewell to Father Boehmicke, pastor of both St. Benedict's and St. Clare's of Colesburg who was leaving to begin work in another parish.
And did you attend "Bullitt County Day" at Fontaine Ferry Park and ride the Comet?
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