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December 11, 2019

15 years ago

Dec. 8, 2004

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled in favor of a current and former employee of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., both of whom claimed discrimination. And a former corrections department employee who quit, citing unsatisfactory working conditions, has been awarded unemployment benefits. The Harrison County Board of Commissioners Monday voted unanimously to ask the county council for $2,000 to hire a firm to implement training for the sheriff’s department in “appropriate workforce behavior, including sexual harassment and other inappropriate conduct.”

His convoy was parked in a small village in dusty, poverty-stricken Afghanistan, the land mine capital of the world, when sounds of a motor rumbled into town. Corydon native Andy Smith remarked, “Watch that truck, because it’s probably going to ambush us tomorrow.” SPC Smith, 23, was sitting in the back of a Humvee when his convoy rolled out of town and into the arid landscape the next day. The line of a dozen vehicles had entered open terrain when small arms fire began bouncing off the armor plating and RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades) whizzed past. The convoy sped about 500 meters out, beyond the range of the most intense fire. The soldiers scrambled from their vehicles and took cover behind them.

A lighting company is expected to be selected next week by the South Harrison Athletic Corp. for the new ball fields at South Harrison Park. Athletic corporation president Bill Best of Laconia said his group is concerned that a countywide lighting ordinance could be implemented soon that would require bringing the fields’ lighting up to standards that eliminate light pollution, the glare in the night sky that can be seen from afar. A vote could not be taken at a special meeting last week at the Elizabeth Civic Center because a quorum of the 11-member board was not present. Attending besides Best were Jim Carrao, vice president, Brent Knear, Meg Day, Mary Miller and Tommy Dennison, all of Elizabeth. Seven of the 11 members make up a quorum.

One exchange by North Harrison in the third quarter of Friday night’s clash against arch-rival Corydon Central was a perfect example of the type of evening it was for the Cougars. In less than two minutes, North Harrison rattled off a 13-0 run. With the Panthers trailing by a manageable 37-26 margin, Troy Eveslage, who had a career-high 17 points, knocked down a triple, then followed with the rare four-point play on another shot from long range. Cory Beach dropped in a three, followed by a three-point play by Zach Janes. The combination turned out to be the knockout blows North Harrison needed to post one of its biggest wins ever against its rival, 75-46.

Deaths: Estal M. Morgan, 68; the Rev. Raymond M. Jackson Jr., 80; Sarah B. Stilger, 98; Benjamine E. Carpenter, 67; Mary Wiseman, 73; June Vanlaningham, 74; Kathleen Wells, 82; Alden L. Stewart, 71; Douglas P. Sharp, 47; Wanda McAleese, 68; Anita Zurschmiede, 63; Martin A. Lahue, 66.

25 years ago

Dec. 14, 1994

Fire destroyed the Corydon Locker Plant yesterday afternoon, prompting the evacuation of a one-block area because of fears that pressurized chemicals would explode. The fire, at 420 Higdon St., was called in at 2:25 p.m. and was under control by 3:45, said Gerald Howe, assistant chief of the Corydon Volunteer Fire Dept. All seven of the employees inside the building escaped unharmed. Corydon VFD was first at the scene and called for extra manpower. Volunteer units from Lanesville and New Middletown and Harrison and Heth-Washington townships also responded.

Quick action by the Indiana Gaming Commission in setting the deadline to apply for gaming licenses in Harrison and Crawford counties has allayed fears of some proponents. At its first meeting following the Supreme Court decision upholding the gaming law, the commission set Jan. 9 as the deadline for first-phase applications in both counties. Judy Hess, chair of the Harrison County Riverboat Evaluation Team, and others said the action puts to rest fears that the commission might withhold licenses pending another vote in Clark and Floyd counties, where referendums were soundly defeated in November, 1993.

As expected, the Harrison County Council voted unanimously Saturday to spend $292,726 to buy just over 10 acres of land between S.R. 135 and the Corydon-Ramsey Road for a new county jail. The money will come from the cumulative capital development fund. After the vote, the council heard bond consultant Lonnie Therber of Indianapolis outline options it has to pay for the jail, expected to cost about $8.1 million. As he had done five days earlier at a jail committee meeting, Therber encouraged the council to pay for the jail with County Economic Development Income Tax funds, plus money from cumulative capital development fund, and use a possible property tax levy as a back-up. He said an $8.1 million bond issue would result in annual payments of $800,000 for 19 years.

The Corydon Central wrestling team continued its fast start last Saturday, winning four of five matches in the Charlestown six-way, though the outing left coach Richard Clipp somewhat perplexed. The Panthers had to forfeit two weight classes in most of the matches after a wrestler left the team late last week and two others, who were slated to split time in one weight class, both failed to make weight on Saturday. Corydon Central then opened the six-way with a lopsided 49-15 loss to Madison but rebounded to win the next four matches, all against Southern Indiana wrestling conference foes.

Deaths: Martha L. Sieveking, 75; Bryan Williams, infant; William Bell III, 54; Faye Sherrill, 81; Pauline Mattingly, 49; Elmer Stephens, 71; Esther L. Boicourt, 75; Paul B. Loesch, 83; Donald D. Fowler, 27; August L. Sell, 78; Seville E. Cooper, 69; Helen M. Clapp, 95; Grant F. Asher, 85;  Marie E. Bennett, 70; Lebert A. Martin, 85; Willie B. White, 75; Mary E. Spencer, 68; Howard Collier, 24; Nathan A. Wigginton, 17; Wilma Richmer Zurschmiede, 68.

50 years ago

Dec. 10, 1969

Clarence Ehalt served 52 years and six months on steam locomotives and diesel units of the Southern Railway System. His work as locomotive pilot included service on the Louisville, St. Louis, Princeton and Evansville sections of the Southern system. He retired Nov. 28. Mr. Ehalt is a native of Corydon and now living in New Albany.

The new switch-over of the Lanesville Telephone Co. became effective Sunday morning. Gone are the days when the friendly local operator tells you that you sound like you have a bad cold, when the doctor leaves the number where he can be reached or when the number of the high school was a simple “5.” Former operators were Viola Ott, Helen Green, Margaret Carver, Greta Lykowinski, Aline Leffler, Mildred Jaegers and Lillian Gaubatz.

Harold Chanley, who has served more than 20 years in telephone service here, was honored by The Eureka Telephone Co. last month.

The commendation medal and the Purple Heart were presented posthumously to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Roberts of Milltown earned by their son Pfc. Dennis Roberts, killed in action in Vietnam, Aug. 3. He had previously received the American Defense Medal, Vietnamese Medal and Vietnamese Service Award.

Births: Boys — Mary Hoehn, Mary Walker, Betty Cox, Cassie Barnum, Mrs. George Meyer; girls — Sandra Breeden, Margaret Miller, Peggy Crawford, Polly Decker, Lois Rice, Patty Tucker, Elizabeth Bean.

Deaths: Mrs. Rosie O’Bryan, 76; Willis Wise, 62; Miss Myrtle Schmidt, 62; Anna Loew, 79; Mrs. Blanche Melton, 65; William Walker, 67.

65 years ago

Dec. 8, 1954

The dedication of the gymnasium at the Corydon Central High School will be on Friday night, Dec. 17. The first game played in the gym will be between Corydon and Cannelton High School. Seating capacity of the gym will be 2,100 persons.

Manuel Saulman and Richard Brown left Sunday for a three-day training school in Chicago for chainsaws.

Recounting of the ballots cast in Heth Township in the trustee election Nov. 2 started this Wednesday morning and was expected to be completed this afternoon. The recount was between Elmer S. Wiseman and Arlie L. Beanblossom, a difference of one vote.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. James Voyles, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Laswell, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Mindon Ledger, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hayes, Mr. and Mrs. John Pierson, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Flock; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Wilbury Kaiser, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gettelfinger, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ferree, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Granville Melton, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Stepro, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Brown, Mr. and Mrs. William E. Robertson, Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Walther, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Loren Cunningham, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Haub, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Davis.

Deaths: Louette Reising, 76; John F. Callam; Oscar Guest, 63; Robert G. Rowley, infant; Mrs. Rachel Lopp, 96; the Rev. E.L. Smith; Earl R. Faith.

75 years ago

Dec. 13, 1944

Harrison native Pfc. William Riley Davis, 26, died Nov. 19 of wounds received in battle Nov. 9. He is the son of Hazel Davis of New Albany.

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Gibson have purchased the Burkhardt property at Maplewood.

Births: Boy — Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Faith; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Lewis McCullum, Mr. and Mrs. William W. Bruce, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Reas, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Keller, Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Wisman.

Deaths: Nannie Hubbard, 80; L.L. Wittinghill, 64; Abraham Peters, 83; Rosemary Scheon, 1; Sydney W. Crosier, 61; Jennie Maxedon.

100 years ago

Dec. 17, 1919

Carl Duley and Eddie Ekart returned from Secor, Ill., last week where they had been husking corn.

Miss Sallie Brengman left Monday for Cambridge City to resume her employment as cook at the leading hotel there, having been home several months because of illness, being a sufferer from rheumatism.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Radmacher, Mr. and Mrs. Joe T. McClaren, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur B. Richert; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Emery Brown, Mr. and Mrs. George Baker.

Deaths: Mrs. Donia A. Markwell, 51; John A. Swan, 63; Drushel McClaren, 18.