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It Happened in March

The following article by Charles Hartley originally appeared in The Pioneer News on 31 Mar 2014. It is archived here for your reading enjoyment.


In this column we will look back 15, 30, 60, and 90 years to capture glimpses of what was happening in Bullitt County in each of these years. Today we will focus on the month of March, the month when basketball news abounds.

1999 - 15 Years Ago.

Kyle Buege and Jason Rheaume hit critical free throws to lead Bullitt Central to a 66-59 victory over Spencer County in the district tournament; while the Bullitt East team pulled away from North Bullitt 70-41 with Jason Winstead scoring 21 to lead the Chargers. Andy Hatchett's 17 points led the Eagles' scoring.

In the championship game, Bullitt Central upset favored Bullitt East 68-49 despite Jason Winstead's 16 points. Matt McCubbins led the Cougars with 15 and Jason Rheaume added 11.

In the 8th Region tournament, Bullitt East defeated Gallatin County 80-79 in overtime behind Winstead's 25 points; but Bullitt Central fell to Grant County 65-46. In their next game the Chargers lost to powerhouse Scott County 110-68.

In the girl's district semi-final between Bullitt Central and North Bullitt, Marea Ingwersen scored 14 points and Amber Coy added 12, but they came up short by 5 as JoJean Parrish scored 17, Jennifer McMillion 14, and Stephanie Burden 11 for the Lady Eagles. In the other semi-final game, Bullitt East defeated Spencer County 72-44 behind Nickie Randall's 28 points.

In the championship game it was the Lady Chargers winning with a 14-4 surge in the third quarter to pull away 54-42 over the Lady Eagles of North Bullitt. Nickie Randall again led Bullitt East with 26 points while Whitney Faust added 14. North Bullitt's balanced scoring included 11 by JoJean Parrish, Brandi Evans with 9, Bonnie Phelps with 8, Erin Vachon 6, Jennifer McMillion 4, and Sara Graham and Melanie Keith with 2 each.

In the 8th Region, the Lady Chargers easily defeated Anderson County 65-39, but the Lady Eagles lost a heart-breaker to South Oldham 56-53. Then East defeated Oldham County behind Nickie Randall's 33 points, before falling to Shelby County by one point 55-54 in the championship game.

Off the court, Eric Hall, David Turner and Alyssa VanNatta were among more than 40 Brooks Elementary students who were rewarded for good deeds during February, but their names made it in the paper in March.

Bullitt East students celebrated Mardi Gras by building shoebox floats for a project on Greek mythology. The first place winners were Tiffany Fambrough, Kim Rogers, and Nate Baker. Second place in the float contest went to Christine Farris and Allison Norris, with Dallas Kincade, Tim Williams and Robert Woodson placing third.

And on March 7th, Ralph A. Cundiff, a fine gentleman, left to meet his Maker after living 100 years. Left to mourn his passing were two daughters, Doris Moody and Billie Lee, one foster son, Charles Miller, his sister Eva Roby, and three generations of grandchildren.

1984 - 30 Years Ago.

Andy Anthony and Carla Coffey of Bullitt East, Teresa George and Sherrie Graham of North Bullitt, and Danna Trimble and Nichole Samples of Bullitt Central were all named to the Girls' All-District team after the Chargers defeated the Eagles 52-35 for the 29th District title.

Meanwhile, Bullitt East Boys' coach, Bill Bass announced his retirement which became effective with his team's loss to Spencer County in the district tournament.

In the Eighth Region tournament, Bullitt Central defeated Grant County 54-47 with Robbie Dennis, Dion Masden, Curtis Sweat, Brad Murray, and Shawn Pickett all contributing to the effort. However, Oldham County proved to be too big a challenge, with the Cougars losing 54-39.

Meanwhile the Lady Chargers easily defeated Grant County 43-25 with Andy Anthony, Karyn Kelley and Carla Coffey leading the way. Then they defeated Shelby County in a triple overtime before their season ended with a 47-43 loss to Oldham County.

Later Mike Farner wrote that Michigan State won the Andy Anthony recruiting sweepstakes.

The paper reported that County Judge Executive Clifford Haley was proposing a plan which would give every home in the county a house number and street address.

Gene Osselmeier, owner of the local cable TV service, joined Frank Hatfield, JoAnn Barr, Lee Mills, and Susan Porter on a public forum on county schools and education that was broadcast locally.

Bullitt Central senior, Maiko Chambers was awarded a Presidential Scholarship, the most valuable four year award given by Murray State University.

The race for the 49th Kentucky House Representative seat attracted a number of candidates including Sam Hardy, Roger Hayes, Henry Powell, John Harper, and Lynn Martin.

Jody Brown, son of Sid and Nancy Brown, was the top money collector during the Easter Seal Shoot Out at Bullitt Lick, collecting $342 for the cause.

Oretha Ridgeway of Nichols wrote about Viola Logsdon, former Nichols lunchroom manager, who wasn't feeling well; and encouraged her readers to send get well cards.

Ruth Owens of Lebanon Junction wished a special "Happy Birthday" to Eugene "Boo" Abel who worked at the Belmont Minit Mart.

Mary Holsclaw, long-time Hebron correspondent, thanked Nan Wilkins and Mary Harper for "ministering to me while I was snowbound."

And the paper pictured the Bullitt Squares at Hebron demonstrating their dancing skills. They included Jan and Marvin Stewart, Peggy and Harvey Johnson, Norma and Dennis Tate, JoAnn and Bob Barr, Montra and Jimmy Atkin, Donna and Paul Bickett, Susan Richardson, Paula Caulk, and Ed Flaherty who called the steps. Do si do!

1954 - 60 Years Ago.

The Shepherdsville Rams' basketball season came to an end when they lost to Willisburg 48-42 in the district tournament.

The Bullitt Lick reporter wrote that Miss Inez Shepherd had her tonsils removed; and that Elmer Cundiff and his wife had visited their son Leland and his family on Sunday.

The reporter for the Bethel News wrote that Druford Moore's daughter had the measles.

At Lebanon Junction the Chatterbox Sewing Circle celebrated their Twentieth Anniversary in the home of their president, Mrs. F. C. Whitehead. The charter members present included Mrs. John P. Samuels,Mrs. leo Dawson, Mrs. E. H. Fisel, Mrs. Dan Sweat, Mrs. Millard Quick, and Mrs. Whitehead. Other members present included Mrs. R. N. Argenbright, Mrs. Bruce Pipes, Mrs. Wilma Whitehouse, Mrs. Hosie Rexroat, Mrs. Lonetta Gregory, Mrs. Leonard Masden, Mrs. Patrick Murphy, and Mrs. E. C. Pace.

Mr. and Mrs. John Hoskins of Shepherdsville will have to wait to see their new granddaughter since her parents are stationed in Anchorage, Alaska.

R. Lee McAfee, Ora L. Roby, and Walter Cundiff completed their duty of filling the jury wheel as part of their job as jury commissioners.

S/Sgt. Charles Croan returned home from Japan on a 30 day furlough. He and his family will be stationed in Maine.

Mrs. Willie Maye Hackett, Mrs. J. W. Smothers, Mrs. D. E. Snellen, Mrs. Arnold Koch, and Mrs. C. V. Sanders volunteered in the Shepherdsville school first aid room.

The personal column reported that Mrs. Thelma Newman, Misses Ethel and Clara Newman spent a Sunday with Miss Elizabeth Chapeze in Frankfort.

The Hebron correspondent reported that Rev. W. H. Powell took Mesdames D. J. Crumbacker, J. R. Holsclaw, and Eva Garr to Bardstown to attend the American Cancer Society meeting.

And the faculty of the first four grades at the Shepherdsville school surprised Assistant Principal Bob Tanner with a coke and cake party on his birthday. Mr. Ora Roby, who frequently substituted in the grades, was a welcomed guest and song leader.

1924 - 90 Years Ago.

The S.H.S. Girls' basketball team won the Fifth District tournament by defeating Glendale and Memorial High. The team was accompanied by Prof. Sanders, Manager, and Miss Beulah Lee, Coach and a fine crowd of about 75 boosters.

Then in the state tournament at Lexington they defeated Hazard 19-6, and LaGrange 22-5 before coming up a little short against a strong Georgetown team.

The team was composed of the following girls: Elizabeth Pittman and Beulah Barrall, Shepherdsville; Iva Elliott and Bertha Foster, Brooks; Johnnie Summers, Gap-in-Knob; Mary Jane Garr, Hubers; Kathryn Nusz, Bardstown Junction; and Martha Hill, Belmont.

In other news, on March 7th the paper reported, "In the County Diploma examination recently held, the highest average was made by Mr. Edward Rhea Jr, a bright young student from Hebron. The second highest average was made by Elizabeth Wiggington of the same school, while several others made commendable averages and we think the following are well deserving of honorable mention: Linda Harned, Margaret Baldwin, Eugene Frick, Rena Shaw, Thelma Philpot and Harry Farmer."

An interesting note from the Hebron correspondent who reported that the following ladies met and outlined plans for providing for the needs of starving German children: Mrs. S. N. Brooks Sr, Mrs. Chas. McKenzie, Mrs. Wood, Mrs. Harned, Miss Mary Kirk and Mrs. J. R. Holsclaw.

Closer to home, J. R. Ball cut a tree having 160 rings. About 75 years back, someone had cut into it and while healed over and overgrown with no outward trace, there remained still that weak spot that caused the tree to break there in falling.

A sage from the paper reported, "Ben Engle would like to get married, but all he likes is the chance. He thinks he has the chance, but some people don't think he has."

The Hebron reporter wrote "Wish the county could find a way to pike the Bell's Mill Road. Let's adopt the slogan, 'every road paved, every stream bridged.'" Think the roads are bad now?

Earl Samuels, a local boy, was assigned as manager of the Jolly Motor Livery Corporation branch in New Orleans.

Miss Zella Carpenter, a member of the Senior class of Lebanon Junction High School, won the Lincoln Medal given by the Illinois Watch Company for the best essay on the life of Abraham Lincoln.

And out at Chapeze, J. H. Moore purchased a farm from Lon Hatfield, Maggie Warden bought a new organ, and John Worden lost a fine mule. Anyone seen that mule?


Copyright 2014 by Charles Hartley, Shepherdsville KY. All rights are reserved. No part of the content of this page may be included in any format in any place without the written permission of the copyright holder.


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