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It Happened in May

The following article by Charles Hartley originally appeared in The Pioneer News on 26 May 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 May.

1999 - 15 Years Ago.

Ten students from Bullitt County were honored by the University of Kentucky for outstanding academic work. They included Nathan Joe Fawbush, Angela Marie Frazier, Amy Louise Hettinger, David Lynn Hill, Hollie Rae Keller, Brittany Lee Korfhage, Zachary Lee Moxley, Jason Mark Perry, Joshua Marvie Phelps, and Stephen Kent Plenge II.

Beth Runion of Bernheim Middle School placed eighth in the State English Composition competition; quite an accomplishment.

In girls' basketball, Nickie Randall of Bullitt East was named player of the year by the county coaches. Jason Wimstead of Bullitt East was the boys' player of the year. Jennifer McMillion (North Bullitt), Kyle Buege (Bullitt Central) and Tony Alvey (Bullitt Central) were selected as "Juniors of the Year."

Were you there when Rhett Akins performed at North Bullitt?

The paper reported that Bullitt Central graduate Monica Meredith Robinson had recently opened a new law office in Shepherdsville. Anybody know what she's doing now?

Paul and Evelyn Roby celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at the Ralph Lutes Senior Citizens Center which was hosted by their daughters, Tammy Smallwood and Paula Maddox.

In the All-Bullitt County Track Championships held at Bullitt East, the following were winners in the boys' events. John Stover, Matt Decker, Steve Langham, and Chuck Clark (BE) won the 3200 meter relay; Shawn Marshall (BC) took the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles; Mike Whitfill (BE) won the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, and the 400 meter dash; Evan Napper (NB) placed first in the 1600 meter run and the 3200 meter run; Jared Trevino, Ryan Bringhurst, Bret Walker, and Nathan Mann (BE) won the 400 meter relay; Jason DeWitt (BC) won the 800 meter run; Roger Clark, David Huff, Derek Cruise, and Evan Napper (NB) finished first in the 1600 meter relay; James Moore (BC) won the long jump and the triple jump; Troy Williams (BE) won the discus; Josh McClearn (BC) took the shot put; and Jason Cantwell (BE) won the high jump.

In the girls' competition, Amelia Chancellor, Lindsay Martin, Mary Kuchta, and Kelly MacDonald (BE) won the 3200 meter relay; Julie Hobbs (BE) won the 100 meter hurdles, Valerie Caple (BC) won the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, and the long jump; Marea Ingwersen, Erica Ingwersen, Valerie Caple, and Marybeth McCubbins (BC) took the 800 meter relay; Marea Ingwersen (BC) won the 1600 meter run; Amber Shewmaker, Amanda Smith, Kelly Brummett, and Erica Ingwersen (BC) won the 400 meter relay; Erica Ingwersen finish first in the 400 meter dash; Angela Marenger (BE) won the 300 meter hurdles; Marea Ingwersen won the 800 meter run; Erynn Marks (BC) won the 3200 meter run; Marea Ingwersen, Erica Ingwersen, Phoenix Freeman, and Marybeth McCubbins (BC) won the 1600 meter relay; Jamie Sacra (BE) won the discus, the shot put, and the high jump; and Alicia Broyles (BE) won the triple jump.

And David Griffis wrote a moving letter to the editor in which he praised what he called the icons of the Brooks community. He said, "Wallace Kneisler, C. V. Sanders, Burkes Williams, and Homer Myers were the men that taught me through their deeds how to be a man. These men worked together to build each other's barns, repair each other's tools, plant and harvest; ... a community working together." A good letter to help us remember the "icons" in our lives.

1984 - 30 Years Ago.

The Bullitt County Close Up Program enabled several Bullitt Central students to spend Judicial Day at the Courthouse. They included Paula Ritter, Stephanie Shea, Lois Darst, Tammy Cecil, Sabrena Mingus, Dwain Koch, and Kevin Cartwright. Reminds me of the times when I took members of the Bullitt County Social Studies class to the courthouse to see justice in action. Anybody else remember that?

The North Bullitt Drama Club performed Paul Osborn's play, "Mornings at Seven" with Donna Thurow as Myrtle Brown, Melissa Heines as Esther Crampton, Kathy Thomas as Cora Swanson, Beth Bullock as Ida Bolton, Donna Wooldridge as Aaronetta Gibbs, Dwight Snawder as David Crampton, Greg Aaron as Theodore Swanson, Rick Bows as Homer Bolton, and Lon Anderson as Carl Bolton. Kim Nida was the stage manager with Kim Douglas as assistant and Deana Allen on the stage crew. Chris Hansel was audio-visual technician. Chuck Brian was assistant director behind Ms. Anna Marie Panzera who directed the play and coached the club.

Ridgway Library hosted a quilt show with 21 entries. Anna Joyce Hall of Mt. Washington won first prize in the older quilts division with an intricate applique quilt that was her mother's was at least fifty years old. In the new quilt division, Mary Evelyn Farmer of Brooks took first place. The show was organized by Carol Breeden.

The Bullitt Lick Drama Club presented "The Wizard of Oz" at the school, as well as at the local elementary schools. The performers included Robin Bouse, Doug Scalf, Pat Keating, Scott Snawder, Eric Elwell, Donna Sharp, Debbie Callahan, Dottie Durham, Amy Keown, Lisa Woods, Jenny Taylor, Toby Coy, James Thorton, Lena Woods, Laura Jones, Sam Overby, and Jennifer Terrell.

Among them, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Shelton of Clermont, Mr. and Mrs. Duke Tinnell of Clermont, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stallings of Mt. Washington can claim a total of 150 years of marriage. These three couples each celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this month.

And John Davis, a fifth grader at Roby Elementary, won the first prize in the Kentucky Correct Posture Contest. Sherre McGaha and Clinton Tinnell came in second and third. Everyone sit up straight now!

1954 - 60 Years Ago.

On their 60th anniversary, we again honor the 91 students who graduated from high schools in Bullitt County that year.

From Lebanon Junction High School, we honor Bonnie Sue Bradbury, Betty Leigh Formhals, William Lee Hoagland, Billy Hoagland, Shirley Lane, Ronald Leslie, Leonard Masden, Jack McHargue, Carlos Miller, Loretta Pepper, Jerry Rexroat, Barbara Shawley, Betty Sue Shelton (Salutatorian), Keenis Sloan (Valedictorian), Glenna Smith, Martha Thompson, Mary Walker, and Betty Jean Waters.

From Mount Washington High School we honor Glenn Armstrong, Shirley Armstrong, Lloyd Dooley, Billy Roy Gentry, Leonard Laswell, Thomas McAfee, James Robinson, Bobby Sanders, Billy Swearingen, Bertha Carnes, Mary Francis Clark, Darlene Cornell, Ann Crenshaw, Martha Crenshaw, Imogene Graham, Kathy Hardin, Patty Laswell, Hazel Lewis (Valedictorian), Maurice McAfee, Grace McCubbins, Doris Ann Moore, Shirley Ann Parrish, Judith Ann Porter (Salutatorian), and Milda Faye Williams.

And from Shepherdsville High School we honor Ramona Ash, Eddie Beam, Darrell Bridwell, Henry Lee Brown, James Burden, Carolyn Carpenter (Co-Valedictorian), Roy Carpenter, William Coy, Richard Crigler, Nora Mae Dever, Eugene Elder, Doyle Eskridge, Rose French, Vernon Goodwin, Sammy Hardy, Ronnie Hatfield, Selvie Hodge, Yvonne Huffman, Neva Kalwat, Rose Koch, C. L. Lane, John McGill, Lloyd Maraman, Pauline Mason, Bobby Milam, Arthur Miller, Joe Mooney, Betty Jean Moore, Wanda Dean Myers, Lois Norris, Darrell Parrish, Shirley Phelps, Sarah Price, Annabell Rarden, Ruth Ann Riley, Ina Charles Roby (Co-Valedictorian), Alice Ryan, Leona Shelton, Clifford Shepherd, Inez Shepherd, Mildred Shepherd, Beverly Simpson (Salutatorian), Berniece Smith, Shirley Jo Stansbury, Christine Stottman, Margaret Summers, Norman Troutman, Edward Wigginton, and Norma Lee Williams.

In other news, Miss Cora Ney Hardy returned from a three year term of missionary work in Africa.

The annual county 4-H club Spring Rally Day was held May 8. In the style revue Mary Robert Barger was selected as County Clothing Champion; Betty Hawkins won a blue and purple ribbon in the play clothes division; Mary Joyce Magruder of Belmont was county champion in room improvement project; and in girls' demonstrations, Mary Kneisler won the senior division and Mary Joyce Magruder won the junior division.

In livestock judging and crop identification contests held for boys, the following made the highest score: Stanley Daryl Lee, J. B. Shelburne, Albert Kock, William Magruder, Jon Myers, Jerry Snellen, and Joe Barger.

In electrical project, a lamp made by Fay Elder of Shepherdsville won the blue ribbon award.

At a joint meeting of the Bullitt County and Lebanon Junction School Boards, it was agreed to merge the two into one system. Thomas Jeffries was named as principal of the Lebanon Junction High School.

And Joyce Cundiff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cundiff, had returned to school after undergoing a tonsilectomy at St. Joseph Infirmary. Wonder if she got ice cream?

1924 - 90 Years Ago.

The Senior Class of Shepherdsville High School put on a comedy in three acts at the Masonic Temple. The cast included Pat Cruise, Roger Alford, Orville Jenkins, W. T. Whitman, Robert Ball, Kathryn Nusz, Mildred Hagan, Mary Jane Garr, Beatrice Moore, and Louise Shelton. The Director was Miss Lillian Crume.

The S.H.S. Junior Class gave a delightful entertainment with the following students as entertainers: Robert Jones, Hazel Dell Trunnell, Robert Wallace, Mary Tom Melton, Katherine McKinney, Clara Johnson, Eva Mae Thompson, Flossie Lynch, Russell Jenkins, Ada Bell, Franklin Armstrong, William Shaw, Hobart Roby, Ethel Mae Cochran, Hathaway Ball, Thelma Lee Welch, Annis Smith, Hattie Mae Buckman, Elizabeth Pitman and Margaret Sanders.

And the S.H.S. Sophomore class had a picnic at Myer's Camp. The party left about 8:30 and arrived at the camp about 9:30. The crowd consisted of the following: (boys) Charles Shaw, Clyde Roby, Roth Ratliff, Bill Griffin, Robert Hays Simmons, Paul Patterson, Lee Logsdon, Ham Collings, John Wuthrich, Tommy Wilson, Lavern Lloyd, Wassell Rodgers, Paul Schaefer and Maurice Tatum; (girls) Anna Rhea Combs, Evelyn Croan, Hazel Hall, Mildred Bergen, Etta Nusz, Dolly Stephen, Reba Dever, Margaret Sanders, Johnnie Summers, and Thelma Crenshaw. It was said that they all had a good time.

The following teachers were elected for the coming term: Shades - Sylvia Barrall, Sharp's - Mary Stallings, Sunny Side - Aldena Barrall, Mt. Elmira - Mabel Snellen, Zoneton - Mary Engle Brooks, - Mary Dawson, Mt. Washington - Beulah Lee (Assistant), Glades - Nora Bridwell, Pleasant Grove - Mildred Hagan, Victory - Lynton Weller, Clermont - Lula Cook, Beech Grove - Louise Shelton, Culver - Elizabeth Harned, and Hays - Lillie Monroe.

At Pleasant Grove, Floyd Stallings got a new buggy, and J. W. Lloyd sent two cows and seven calves to market by the Proctor truck.

And the paper reported that General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing spent a week at Hubers and while there, he visited the knobs west of Brooks Station and stated he would like to buy them. Wonder how that turned out?


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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