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It Happened in May

The following article by Charles Hartley originally appeared in The Pioneer News on 27 May 2013. 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 May.

1998 - 15 Years Ago.

Forest Ranger Sammy Allen, an '81 Bullitt Central graduate, was honored with an "outstanding employee award" by the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet after his first year on the job.

Leslie Dorris, a junior at Bullitt East, won the Bullitt County Junior Miss contest with several individual category awards. Other category award winners included Melissa Herron, DeVonna Bailey, Holly Saling, and Rebekah Underwood.

In the May primary election Ken Rigdon won the nomination for County Judge Executive over two opponents, Joe Laswell and Rip Carter. In the sheriff's race Paul Parsley won over Buddy Shepherd and Rodney Hockenbury. Danny Fackler won the jailer race, outdistancing Charles Mann and Tim Seng. Walt Sholar and Rodney Burress competed for the County Attorney spot with Sholar coming out on top.

In the primaries for state representative, Allen Maricle defeated Russell Webber for the Republican nomination, while Larry Belcher won over Joe Wells for the Democratic spot in the fall election.

Chad Floyd, a Bullitt Central grad, was named drum line section leader for the Campbellsville University band.

Fiscal Court granted a request by the Maryville Baptist Church to move the grave of Miriam Cameron from their site to the Cedar Grove Cemetery where she would rest beside her husband.

McDonald's in Shepherdsville reopened on May 13 following the fire that gutted the building in January.

Kelli Mudd, a Bullitt Central grad, completed her work at University of Louisville School of Medicine, graduating in the top ten percent of her class.

With Steven Downs and Eric Scroggin hitting home runs, North Bullitt defeated Spencer County 10-2 to win the 29th District tournament.

Bullitt East won both titles in the All-Bullitt County Track and Field Championships. On the boys' side, Wayne Livers and Michael Whitfill together won eight events. The girls were led by Jamie Sacra and Hannah Cunningham.

1983 - 30 Years Ago.

Andy Anthony of Bullitt East placed first in the Girls' State Track Meet in three events: the discus, the 100 meter hurdles, and the 300 meter hurdles.

Kara Longacre, Susan Morrison, and Paula Ritter advanced to the sectional track meet at Owensboro, representing Bullitt Central in the high jump, 100 meter hurdles, and the 1600 meter run respectively.

Cecilia Conlan of Bullitt Central advanced to the state golf tournament to be held in Elizabethtown.

Amy Falk of Bullitt East was selected to participate in the summer's annual Kentucky-Indiana All-Star basketball games.

The Bullitt Central FBLA selected officers for the coming school year. Among them were Kim Valentine, president; Beth Priddy, vice-president; Julie Huffman, secretary; Ray Thurman, treasurer; Beth Boone, reporter; Dione Losch, historian; and Lucy Rosa, parliamentarian.

Cliffa Foster received a special scholarship at the Blue Mountain College in Mississippi where she was a junior. The former Bullitt Central graduate was a member of the school's basketball team.

Kimberly Helms, 8 year old daughter of Rodney and Jeannie Helms, got her picture in the paper when she was honored by her church as the "Gleaner" of the month.

Paul Whitworth and Glenn Armstrong were each honored by their fraternities at UK for maintaining high scholastic averages during their four years at the school.

Paulita Keith of Shepherdsville was named valedictorian of Bethlehem High School in Bardstown.

The North Bullitt Marching Eagle Band was selected to participate in the Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade.

Raymond Terry announced his retirement from the Bullitt County school system after spending 32 years here in such roles as principal of Roby and Overdale, as well as many years as assistant superintendant.

William Lee announced his retirement after 22 years in the Bullitt County school system including many years as Cedar Grove's principal.

Bullitt Central's speech team led by Barbara Elliott did well in two tournaments with eight members advancing to Nationals in Chicago. They included Karen Bleemel, Brian Waddle, Chris Sears, Lisa Carlton, Monica Shepherd, Kenny Higdon, Maiko Chambers, and Rafael Rosa.

1953 - 60 Years Ago.

In early May the General Henry Crist Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met in the home of Miss Sallie Pope. The following officers were elected for the coming year: Mrs. Henry C. Hamilton Sr, Regent; Mrs. Newton B. Helm, Vice-Regent; Mrs. Jesse Lee Hardaway, Chaplain; Mrs. H. H. Combs, Recording Secretary; Mrs. Charles Hamilton, Corresponding Secretary; Mrs. Henry Maraman, Treasurer; Miss Sallie Pope, Registrar; Mrs. Harley T. Perkins, Historian; and Miss Winonah Maraman, Librarian.

A crew of F.F.A. boys, including Richard Crigler, Lloyd Maraman, Doyle Eskridge, C. L. Lane, Silvie Hodge, and James Burden, erected street markers at Third and Plum, Third and Abbott, and Third and Lee streets. Their leader was Elihu Meador.

Lebanon Junction High School seniors receiving diplomas included David Bishop, Coleman Crady, Clifton Goodlett, Freddy Hoagland, Billy Larkin, Neil Masden, George Newman, Jimmy Thompson, and Ralph Welch. Welch delivered the Valedictory Speech. The Salutatory was given by Masden.

"The Campbells Are Coming," a three-act hillbilly comedy, was presented by the senior class at the Shepherdsville High School Gym. Performers included Rogna Wagnor, Betty Weller, Alice Bogard, Victor Franke, Donnie Garr, Lemo Hester, Wayne Armstrong, Dot Burden, Donald Glenn, and Barbara Kneisler.

At the first session of Shepherdsville's newly established Police Court two fines were levied. We'll spare the guilty, and just mention that Tom Givhan was City Attorney, Burlyn Pike was Police Judge, and Alf Weller was Police Judge Pro Tem.

After serving for more than 40 years, Howard Roby resigned as mail carrier of the Lebanon Junction rural route.

Delores Inez Hoskins was Valedictorian of the S.H.S. Senior Class. Margaret Austine Roby and Elizabeth Jeanette Yeager were its Salutatorians. At M.W.H.S. Glenda Moore was Valedictorian and Shirley Luckey was Salutatorian.

Johnny Samuels, a Lebanon Junction sixth grader, was the best grade school speller in the county in its annual Spelling Bee. Audrey Klapper of Mt. Elmira School placed second. Alice Froman of Brooks School was third. Glenda Moore of Mt. Washington won the high school event. Larry Ward of Shepherdsville was second. Gelinda Fay Greathouse was chosen as winner in the Bowman's Valley School.

1923 - 90 Years Ago.

Mrs. Abbie Atkisson of Medora advertised a 64 acre farm for sale two miles north of Knob Creek. She declared it to be good tobacco land.

Charles Howlett out on Pitts Point Road had 25 tons of clover and timothy hay for sale. And Mrs. H. G. Masden was selling pure bred Ancona eggs at $1.00 per setting of 17 eggs.

The newspaper noted that the O. W. Pearl family had just returned from wintering in Florida. Several other Bullitt Countians enjoying the Florida sun included Jess Buky, Charles Daniel & wife, Len Daugherty & wife, Mrs. Maud Bowman and her son, and Millard Daughterty, all down in the Fort Pierce area. Note that getting to Florida in 1923 was a mite more difficult then now.

Joe Chappell of Shepherdsville was offering to sell his 1921 model Maxwell Touring Car cheap, or trade it for any kind of stock. Wonder why?

The 1923 newspaper editor shared a brief commentary on the paper's front page about cigarettes. He wrote, "Cigarettes may not injure the health, but they have destroyed manners. In the olden days, when the old fashioned gentleman wanted to smoke a cigar or pipe in the presence of ladies, he asked permission, but now days when our modern smokers of coffin nails want to smoke, they ask nobody. They take it for granted that everybody likes their odor." Enough said.


Copyright 2013 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.


The Bullitt County History Museum, a service of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is located in the county courthouse at 300 South Buckman Street (Highway 61) in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The museum, along with its research room, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free. The museum, as part of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization and is classified as a 509(a)2 public charity. Contributions and bequests are deductible under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code. Page last modified: 13 Jul 2015 . Page URL: bullittcountyhistory.org/happened/may3.html