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December 18, 2019

15 years ago

Dec. 15, 2004

A $500,000 grant has been awarded for construction of the long-awaited House of New Beginnings along Floyd Street in Corydon. A $500,000 matching grant brings the total to $1 million for the project. The non-profit agency received word Friday that the grant had been approved by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, spokeswoman Sheila Tempel told the Harrison County Council Monday night.

Though teachers remained without a contract Dec. 7 in lieu of a fact-finder’s report, the school board of South Harrison Community School Corp. voted 5-2 last Tuesday night to extend Supt. Neyland Clark’s contract one year to June 30, 2008.

For many Americans, the results of this year’s General Election have been pushed to the back of their minds. But for a few — 538 to be exact — there was some unfinished business to take care of. They did that Monday morning when they officially elected the next president and vice president of the United States of America. Indiana’s 11 electors, including Larry Shickles of Depauw, 11 alternates and a few spectators gathered in the Statehouse on the snowy, blustery morning to cast their ballots for both offices.

Kids between the age of 12 and 18 who bring tobacco products to school no longer get a reprimand by the principal or a phone call to the parents (who are probably smokers themselves). Today, everyone knows just how damaging tobacco smoke to one’s body (and every other body around it), and the repercussions are stiff and educational. Kids who bring cigarettes to school are referred to the Harrison Circuit Court Juvenile Probation Office, which refers them to another class after school: mandatory court-ordered tobacco education classes at Harrison County Hospital in Corydon where the dangers of tobacco smoking and addiction are laid out in graphic form from medical experts.

For the second week in a row, the Lanesville boys’ basketball team endured an extra frame of basketball, as well as a weekend split. The Eagles ventured to Pekin Friday for a date against the Musketeers and, despite having chances to win in both regulation and overtime, the visitors departed with a 66-64 loss. One night later, host Lanesville powered past Medora, 65-43, thanks to a stellar shooting night overall and a career-high 21 points from Michael Burres.

Deaths: Wanda Youtsey, 61; Janice L. Yeager, 63; John T. Shireman Sr., 57; Harry Morton Sr., 65; Elmer Hilgeman Jr.; William Martin, 89; Betty D. Taylor, 74; Leola M. Ruttkar, 74; Ruth L. Paris, 98; Joseph Janaskie, 86; Robert J. Franck, 87.

25 years ago

Dec. 21, 1994

The agreed-to acquisition of Caesars World by the New York-based conglomerate ITT Corp. last weekend is good news for Larry Townsend. He is in partnership with Caesars World, under the name of HARCo, to develop a riverboat gaming complex at Bridgeport. With the acquisition, Caesars World climbed from a $1.3 billion to a $23 billion company. The board of directors of Caesars World, based in Los Angeles, approved the friendly buy-out Sunday.

After three years of uncertainty, employees in the Harrison County office of the United States Dept. of Agriculture finally know their fate: They’ll stay open. USDA has been targeted for downsizing since a September 1991 report by the General Accounting Office estimated that $90 million could be saved each year by closing the most inefficient offices of the former Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. The process took nearly three years, and no details were available until two weeks ago, when outgoing Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy announced the closing of 1,070 field offices. Seventeen of Indiana’s 98 offices were on the list, including ones in Crawford and Floyd counties. Those offices will be combined with the Harrison County office.

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners will review two proposals to rewrite the county’s comprehensive plan and should choose one at a special meeting next week. Two firms — the Snell Environmental Group and Pflum, Klausmeier and Gehrum, both of Indianapolis — were chosen from an initial list of eight consultants. Each sent a representative to Thursday’s Plan Commission meeting, which also included members of a citizen advisory group appointed earlier by the plan commission. the five Plan Commission members and three advisory group members agreed that SEG, a landscape architectural firm, has a more graphically-oriented approach, while PKG, an engineering firm, offers a more text-driven plan.

Before Dr. James P. Stephens retires in two years from his Crawford County Medical Association practice in Leavenworth, he and Harrison County Hospital hope to have a primary care physician and nurse practitioner in place in a rural health clinic to succeed him. A satellite office may be planned later for the northern part of the county, probably English. HCH is now negotiating with Stephens to buy his equipment and lease his building on the hill on Old State Road 62 in Leavenworth. Stephens, 65, has practiced in Leavenworth since March of 1985. He said he has 4,000 patients in a county of about 10,000 people.

Good things were happening in bunches for the Corydon Central wrestling team on Saturday. The Panthers swept four other teams in a home five-way to wrap up another winning season, the program’s 14th straight. Three of Saturday’s wins came against Southern Indiana Wrestling Conference teams as the Panthers completed a perfect 7-0 league season for its first regular season title since the 1992-93 campaign. In 10 conference seasons, the Panthers have shared in two league titles and won three others outright.

Thomas E. White, 78; Stephen Walter, 75; Lloyd E. Howell, 58; Charles Alton, 87; Ida M. King, 83; Charles Shepherd Sr., 78; Linda Sue Spear, 65; Thelma Durbin, 86; Jacqueline B. Walters, 57; Gerald W. Elrod, 79; Robbie E. Corder, 71; the Rev. George D. Poole Jr., 28; Carl Harmon, 85; Finis E. Cox, 63; Pearl Noffsinger, 72; Viola C. Bowman, 71; Kermit T. Laun, 71.

50 years ago

Dec. 17, 1969

The newly-formed organization called Harrison County Swine Improvement Association now has 46 charter members. Their slogan is “Hogs are Beautiful.” The unit was organized to promote swine production.

Everybody has heard about the famous Hoosier sycamores of the Wabash but a mammoth sycamore tree is standing on the property of Eldon Kintner near Indian Creek south of Corydon. A timberman for 15 years, Albert Mauck says it’s the largest one he has seen.

A check for $42,000 was received at the county auditor’s office last week as a portion of the funds collected by the state, for the use of local governmental units for roads and streets, from the two cents increase the motor fuel taxes enacted by the 1969 General Assembly.

The Farmers Home Administration (FHA) has approved a loan of $100,000 and a grant of $26,000 to the West Harrison Water Co. of Corydon. The funds will be used to build a rural community water system immediately west of Corydon containing approximately 11 miles of water lines.

Births: Boys — Carol Evans, Vicki Sanders, Saundra Gilmore, Mrs. Wilbur Keen; girl — Betty Tufts; twin boy and girl — Mrs. Darrell Lowe.

Deaths: James R. Enlow, 81; Cort Hottle, 73; Amelia Shewmaker, 89; Evelyn L. White, 52; Albert L. Gilmore, 64; Mary Hoback; Russell Stiles.

65 years ago

Dec. 15, 1954

Robert Baxley has been appointed by Sheriff-elect Orlin Didelot to be deputy sheriff. He served as special deputy for former Sheriff Ray LaHue and served for two years as deputy marshal with his brother, Roscoe Baxley. Robert Baxley has been a barber in Corydon for many years.

John Ward Walker has been reappointed to the Harrison County Alcoholic Beverages Board. Other members are Dowling McGrain and Hubert Grove.

Impressive improvements have been completed at the home of Old State Capitol Post No. 2950 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Corydon. Painting, circular booths, indirect lighting and new chairs are among the improvements.

The Cross Roads Civic Club of Palmyra elected Dale Sappenfield to succeed Arville Weilbaker as president. C.M. Foster is vice president, and Lester Jones is secretary-treasurer.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. William Booth, Mr. and Mrs. James K. Burrell, Mr. and Mrs. Alva Lowe, Mr. and Mrs. Benton Long, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Feree, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. Billie Hines; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Walter Tuttle, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Kinser, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Merk.

Deaths: Arvil H. Miles, 63; William H. (Babe) Wolfe, 76; Lee Wiseman, 67; Rosa Cunningham, 75; Charlotte Schweitzer, 74; Amelia Gutkese, 79; Joseph Dale Sturgeon, infant; Retta May Mott; John Crawford, 82; Enoch Engleman, 83; Geneva Byrn; George Baylor, 59; Marion Heishman, 79; Donald Gresham, 36.

75 years ago

Dec. 20, 1944

Miss Marjory Louise Jones, accompanied by Mrs. Everett L. Jones, played Christmas music at the evening service at Leavenworth on Sunday night. The numbers played were violin and piano solos.

Mrs. J.C. Curts and little son Bobby plan to leave for Camp Blanding, Fla., to spend Christmas with her husband who is in training there.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. Amzi Longacre, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Amy; girl — Mr. and Mrs. William E. Lone.

Deaths: Pvt. Lester Goldman; Henry Lopp, 32; Sgt. Claude Beanblossom, 24; Mrs. Nola Dodds, 62; Mrs. Nora Giles, 63.

100 years ago

Dec. 24, 1919

Armen and Edmund Best, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Almond Best of White Cloud, who have been in Illinois doing farm work, came home about 10 days ago. Edmund will remain in the county and take charge of his father’s farm. Armen will return to Illinois next spring.

Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Fravel are here to spend Christmas week with relatives and friends in this county. Mr. Fravel is principal of the junior high school at Kirkpatrick in Montgomery County, Ind.

Births: Boy — Mr. and Mrs. Willard Cline; girl — Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Hisey.

Deaths: John T. Hoke, 90; Clarence Jones, 32; Thomas O’Connor, 74; Mrs. Rachel Williams, 74; Esther Stallings, 18; Earl William Hunter, infant; Mrs. Muriel Byerley, 30; Mrs. Rebecca Fravel, 84; William H. H. Brown, 79.