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January 8, 2020

15 years ago

Jan. 5, 2005

There were heavier snowfalls in 1994 and 1998. The blizzard of 1978 was accompanied by a paralyzing cold spell. But none of those froze downtown retail like the snow storms that hit last-minute shoppers two weeks ago. Retailers across the nation count on a few days to make their year, like “Black Friday” following Thanksgiving for general merchandisers, or the day before Mother’s Day in the greeting card business. Shopkeepers at both Albin Jewelers and Pfeiffer Jewelers say Valentine’s Day has nothing on Christmas Eve in the jewelry business. And almost all retailers bank on a surge during the last few days leading up to Christmas. Travel was already precarious when it was time to open shop the morning of Dec. 22. The blacktop had long since been hidden beneath a sheet of white.

The refurbished 1927 Harrison County Court House, unveiled at the Dec. 18 rededication ceremony, isn’t just another pretty building. It has also been retrofitted with some of today’s most sophisticated, behind-the-scene security measures. Among those are video cameras, panic buttons and fire alarms that meet the requirements of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. And now it’s time for someone to learn how to operate all those devices and to map out plans should a security breach occur. Bruce A. Canal of Canal Consulting and Investigations Inc., Indianapolis, told the Harrison County Board of Commissioners Monday that it’s time to take advantage of the 80 hours of training that was included in the security system package.

If a heavy snowfall interrupts Christmas dinner for highway workers who must take to the roads with graders and loads of salt and cinders, should they be paid overtime rates, even if they haven’t worked more than 40 hours that week? The current personnel policy, adopted last year, says no. But that policy is like all other rules, which are not exactly made to be broken but are always subject to change with the times. In this case, Harrison County’s head honchos, the three commissioners, reassured four workers who came to Monday’s meeting that they will be justly rewarded for their work.

Wet and heavy snow up to 20 inches in Harrison County and 28 inches in Crawford County was too much for some roots to bear, and the saturated ground that followed the thaw is softening roads. A Corydon business was damaged. So was a commercial out-building in Palmyra. Nearly two dozen chicken houses were flattened and at least three mobile homes were rendered uninhabitable in Harrison and Crawford. Karen Cook, director of the Red Cross Buffalo Trace Service Center at Georgetown, which serves Crawford, Floyd and Harrison counties, said her organization continues to work with three families forced from their mobile homes when the roofs collapsed.

After fighting to an 11-11 tie through one period of action, South Central’s girls’ basketball team turned up the tempo in the second quarter of last night’s rubber match against Lanesville and easily handled its rival in a 55-40 victory in Elizabeth. The win by South Central snapped a three-way tie for first place with Lanesville and New Washington and gave the hosts their second win in three tries this season against their adversary.

Deaths: Lawrence Moore, 97; Harriet Odegard, 85; Delmar Gaither, 67; Edward L. Hudson Sr., 84; Dorothy R. Lake, 79; David A. Hawkins II, 26; Martha Jane Flanigan, 87; Carl E. Dean, 75; Ambrosia Hughes, 95; Dolores Meadows, 75; Lois C. Lawalin, 76; Ruth J. Kost, 88; Simon Hammond, 97; Fred C. Sikes, 60; Betty L. Sheets, 67; George H. Roberts Sr., 58; James H. Hiser, 76.

25 years ago

Jan. 11, 1995

When the Harrison County Riverboat Evaluation Team meets tonight, it will at last know who the players are in the quest for a gaming license in Harrison County. Five firms applied in Harrison for one of the five licenses allowed for counties along the Ohio River shore. Details of proposals won’t be released until March 13, the deadline for developers to submit the specifics of their proposals to the Indiana Gaming Commission. Monday’s deadline for phase one applications in Harrison and Crawford counties identified the operator, owners and potential sites, and some applications were more detailed than others.

Lanesville residents may start receiving their water from Edwardsville as early as September, based on action taken by the town board Monday night. Revenue for the Lanesville Municipal Water Utility is not keeping ahead of expenses, which include the upkeep of the 28-year-old water plant and unfunded, mandated testing. The board wants to be able to set its own water rates, which haven’t increased since 1988. Under the IURC, a rate study would have to be conducted before rates could be increased.

The number of drug-related arrests made by the Southern Indiana Drug Task Force have remained steady since the agency was created in 1989, but charges indicate an increase in the use of some illegal drugs. The seven-member task force is made up of officers from the Harrison and Floyd county sheriff’s departments, and the New Albany, Clarksville, Jeffersonville and Scottsburg police departments. The task force also investigates drug transactions in Crawford and Washington counties.

Temperatures in the single digits didn’t chill a protest march in Corydon last week. More than two-dozen marchers proceeded slowly around the Corydon Town Square Thursday, with placards stating their case: “Prosecute child molesters.”

Corydon Central junior Seth Wolfe won the 172-pound class as the Panthers turned in their highest finish ever in the 11th annual Old Capitol Classic Saturday. Corydon Central was runner-up to eighth-ranked Castle, which won the tourney handily with 193 points. Corydon Central’s 128 points edged Priceton (119) for second place. Castle won the tourney for the fourth consecutive year and, with its victory last weekend, surpassed Floyd Central in overall titles with five. Floyd Central won it the first four years, 1985-1988. Two teams were unable to make the trip to Corydon due to last Friday’s inclement weather. The field usually consists of eight teams.

Deaths: Neva Hess, 69; Maude A. Lowe, 81; Edward W. Runden Jr., 88; Harold Burkhart, 59; Willie A. Wallbrown, 75; Roy I. Shaw, 35; Jessica F. Barnett, 86; Esther Marguet, 85; William Barton, 75; Howard W. Gladding, 81; James E. Hardin, 63; Irene G. Stansberry, 73; Walter Rhoads, 60; Kinsey Windell, 88; Hettie Sprinkle, 84; Katherine Heeke, 61; Ernest F. Greene, 72; Charles Ferree, 84; Bessie A. Lincoln, 75; Lillian Nackle, 70.

50 years ago

Jan. 7, 1970

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Feller are the parents of the first baby of the year born in Harrison County. William Christopher Lee Feller arrived 52 minutes after the new year dawned.

Cova and Emma Bates, Robert and Bonnie Crone, “Unk” and Elnora Snider went to Nashville, Tenn., Saturday to see Doug Bates play freshman ball. The score was Vanderbilt 82, of which Doug made 23 points, and Georgia 81. Doug has averaged 20.6 per game.

Chief Petty Officer Clinton Fisher, U.S. Navy, left Friday to return to France where he is assigned to the U.S.S. Sampson. Clinton has been in service more than 17 years and will be eligible for retirement in August.

Births: Boys — Mary Satori, Mrs. James W. Adams, Glenda Cromwell; girls — none.

Deaths: Lena Barker, 80; Lillie B. Hall, 75; Jessie Moore, 88; Pearl Waltenberger, 70; Maggie Ficks, 92; Robert Lee Cahall, 77; Hallie Brooks; Mack Elliott.

65 years ago

Jan. 5, 1955

Completing eight weeks of basic training at Fort Knox are William H. Hughes, Jacob Grabill, Delmar Brown, John M. Ashton and Louis Lind.

Harry C. Hurst received his discharge Dec. 28 after serving four years with the U.S. Air Corps. He returned to Corydon and will be associated with his father, Clifford Hurst, in the grocery business on East Chestnut Street.

Maurice Simon, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Simon of Depauw, has enlisted in the Air Force. His two older brothers are in the service.

Dr. Donald Mills, veterinarian, suffered serious injuries when his station wagon left the road and crossed  Highway 135 south of Corydon. It is thought he may have gone to sleep after making several service calls.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Martin, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Timberlake, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Vernon, Mr. and Mrs. Max Rector, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cain, Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Heishman, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Huffman, Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Kochert; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Monroe, Mr. and Mrs. Cletus Cunningham, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Best, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sillings, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hoehn, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Zininger; twin girls — Mr. and Mrs. William Stewart.

Deaths: Paul Applegate, 16; Throcket Luther, 77; Willis Knight, 82; Sarah Guenther, 90; Neva Gilmore, 80; Charles F. Ball, 82; Della Foster, 71; Mrs. Ed Atz; Mary Mounts.

75 years ago

Jan. 10, 1945

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Reed and family and Mr. and Mrs. Walter West and family of Corydon and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dodds and son Charles Ed and daughter Joyce Ann spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Dodds.

Births: Boys — Sgt. and Mrs. Daniel Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Stevens Kirkham; girls — Mr. and Mrs O.W. Richert, Cpl. and Mrs. George J. Windish, Mr. and Mrs. H.L. LaDuke.

Deaths: Robert J. Corbit, 83; Mrs. Nellie K. Sisson, 44; William Sisson; Tilghman Harrison; J.H. Charlesworth, 79; Sidney Cook, 70; Mrs. Mose Deaton.

100 years ago

Jan. 14, 1920

Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson of Posey Township have returned from a 10-day trip to Tennessee and West Virginia. Mr. Anderson made the trip to look after a timber deal.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Berry, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Brewster; girls — none.

Deaths: Mrs. Esther A. Evans; Mrs. Fannie Ritter, 60; Dr. Stephen H. Hurst, 62; Mrs. Laura Long, 47; Miss Elva Rhoads, 26; Joseph Bour, 93.