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October 7, 2020

15 years ago

October 5, 2005

It’s almost official. Harrison County now has a regional sewer district, but the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management’s order won’t be officially adopted until a 30-day opportunity for appeal has passed. “This is great news,” said project engineer Bob Woosley of Heritage Engineering of Floyds Knobs, announcing the formation of the district Monday to the Harrison County Board of Commissioners. “It was a long journey on many fronts.”

There’s a lighthouse in downtown Elizabeth that has the people of the small community talking and getting excited about the ministry that’s taking place inside. “There are rumors around town that we’ve shut down and left,” said the Rev. Roy E. Ice, pastor at both the Elizabeth and Bethesda United Methodist churches since July 1, 2003. But the truth is the two congregations have merged and chosen a new name: The Lighthouse United Methodist Church.

The Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources employees are seeing “miles after miles after miles” of destruction left by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. “The pictures you see on TV are nothing compared to seeing the damage in person,” said Sgt. Kim Wolsiefer of New Salisbury, a former conservation officer in Harrison County who is now assigned to the DNR’s investigative section of the law enforcement division. “It’s unbelievable.” Wolsiefer and Master C.O. Gary Pennington of Floyds Knobs arrived in Mississippi last Thursday to start work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Homeland Security program northeast of Biloxi.

There were many opportunities for North Harrison freshman Allison Dooley to pack up her clubs and call it a day during Friday’s opening round of the Indiana High School Athletic Association state golf final at The Legends of Indiana Golf Course in Franklin. The stoic youngster with a swing that’s as smooth as silk had five bogeys on the front side and couldn’t get off the number five on the back. Despite a few wayward shots, knocking one ball into the water, missing putts by a whisker, and painfully slow play on the back nine, Dooley kept her composure throughout the round.

Deaths: Katherine Hardsaw, 84; Ronald E. Green, 70; Warren G. Smith, 84; Michael W. Davis, 52; Patricia L. Wise, 58; Ethelda M. Orme, 92; Opal J. Dye, 76; Michael Beeler, 52; Cora M. Becht, 95; Geneva P. Burke, 85.

25 years ago

October 11, 1995

Before a packed house, the Harrison County Plan Commission denied a request for a zoning change that would have allowed a New Albany builder to construct duplexes in an area of single-family dwellings in Lanesville. David. L. Miller had proposed four duplexes on West Pennington Street, an idea that met hearty opposition from neighbors who said the narrow streets in the Crestview Addition are too congested already.

Part of the standing-room-only crowd at Thursday’s Harrison County Plan Commission meeting was there to oppose proposed duplex apartments in Lanesville. But at least half the crowd came to express concerns about the proposed Deer Ridge subdivision near Corydon Junction at New Salisbury. The development would be off Old S.R. 135 — also known as Corydon Junction Road — near Southern Railroad. Ron Broadwater plans single-family homes on 55 lots.

Ten years after Main Street Corydon helped revitalize the downtown area, one merchant is concerned that the town may be regressing. “I fear the downtown is going to relapse,” said Laura Roberson, who, with her husband, Gary, operates First Capitol Shoes. Traffic into their shop has decreased so much they are closing the shop they’ve run for eight years. “Up until a year ago, sales were up,” Gary said. “We had grown every year. Sales have dropped enough not to be vital.”

South Central’s Chad Schoen won his third consecutive Southern Athletic Conference cross-country championship last Saturday in Lanesville. The Rebels’ senior grabbed the early lead and never relinquished it, covering the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes, 15 seconds.

50 years ago

October 7, 1970

Lester W. Morgan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Morgan of Elizabeth, left Monday for two years service with the U.S. Army. He was formerly employed at International Harvester in Louisville.

Navy Commander John H. Reed, formerly of Georgetown, retired after 24 years in the U.S. Navy at National Naval Center, Bethesda, Md. He also served at Hawaii, Memphis and Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Virginia Wilton retired Oct. 1 as agent for the Ashland Oil Co. Inc. She had been associated with the company 17 years as an agent and prior to this, served as bookkeeper 15 years for her late husband Paul Wilton, who was agent at that time. Ray Hickman, a company driver, will be the new agent.

Frank B. Jones of Henryville and Mrs. Wilma Richard of Mauckport are principals in the partnership which operates the egg receiving and distributing business, formerly operated here by the Harrison County Poultry Association.

Births: Boys — Betty Kingsley, Mrs. Loyd Fouts; girls — Mary Stutzman, Barbara Mott, Karen Wathan.

Deaths: Robert Richert, 84; Alma Heishman, 63; Hattie L. Stepro, 70; Sylvia Schulz, 75; Florence McCulloch, 69; Elizabeth Jacobs, 76; Stanley Farnsley, 79; Jesse Hilgert, Sr., 80; Winston Stevens, 54; Mr. Jesse Johnson.

65 years ago

October 5, 1955

The cafeteria at the New Middletown Grade School will start serving hot lunches Monday, Oct. 10.

Jim and Jerry Corbett, sons of former residents Mr. and Mrs. Gene Corbett, made news on the Clearwater, Fla., radio station recently when they caught a 129-pound, six-foot Hammerhead shark while fishing. After fighting the fish a long time, they used a baseball bat to clobber the man-eater into senselessness, enabling them to bring it into the boat.

Blaine Hays Jr. and Clarence Scharf of the Pisgah Lodge F&AM, Corydon, and Mrs. Scharf attended the laying of the cornerstone Saturday of the $2 million nursing home being erected in Franklin by the Masonic Lodges of Indiana.

Margaret Robb Jones has been awarded the designation of Certified Personal Secretary by the National Secretaries Association. She is secretary to the general manager of household and refrigeration department, General Electric Plant, Louisville. This honor is one of the two ever awarded to secretaries in Kentucky.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cotner, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Emily; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Willard Flora, Mr. and Mrs. Burrel Stepro, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Neukam, Mr and Mrs. Hugh Wright.

Deaths: William Davidson, 65; John C. Ramsey, 64; Henry Mulvaney.

75 years ago

October 10, 1945

Lloyd Hughes has purchased the grocery and meat market of Sam Miller. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wood Hughes.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cline have arrived to their home in Alexandria, Ind. They have been teachers in the Philippine Islands for 26 years. They lived in huts in the mountains for 3-1/2 years to evade capture by the Japanese. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harve Cline of Corydon.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Joe Reynolds, Mr. and Mrs. William Reinhardt; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Walter McAfee, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Grim.

Deaths: Ed Mendall, 75; Mrs. Alex Whipple, 69; Wharton Benton, 73; Anna Suddith, 91.

100 years ago

October 13, 1920

Mark F. Shields, postmaster at Crandall, spent a few days the past week with his four brothers, Jesse, Eli, John and George, and his sister, Mrs. Carrie Cunningham of Boone Township.

Mel Wolfe left Monday to take up his work for the wire fence company, having been at home several months on vacation.

Births: Boy — Mr. and Mrs. Ray Resch; girls —none.

Deaths: James A. Harbeson, 76; Miss Lulu Goss; Mrs. Sarah A. Armstrong, 74; Harold Levi Cotner, 14.