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November 25, 2020

15 years ago

Nov. 23, 2005

On Saturday night about 6:35, 100,000 tiny white lights will turn Corydon’s town square into a winter fantasyland, sending small children and adults alike into, well, if not ecstasy, at least wide-eyed wonderment. Corydon’s 20th annual “Light Up Corydon” is the most ambitious yet and promises to be the best, with 28 merchants working together to stay open late Friday nights and all day Saturday the next five weekends to accommodate what everyone hopes will be record shopping crowds. Most merchants have added Sunday afternoon hours, too.

Want to see something different, something really nice, this holiday season and help others at the same time? The Cedar Glades Holiday Tours is just the ticket. Bud and Betty Bennett of Corydon are opening their historic home on North Capitol Avenue next to Big Indian Creek to the public starting this Saturday. Michael Wiseman, co-chair of this year’s Metro United Way campaign in Harrison County, said this is a great opportunity to see the inside of this beautiful turn-of-the-century home and help raise money for the many United Way agencies that serve Harrison Countians.

One side calls it wastewater. The other has said it’s clean enough to drink. In either case, it has to go somewhere after the drain. The prospect of a wastewater treatment plant which would discharge into Buck Creek has sparked a passionate debate on wastewater management in Harrison County. A group called the Buck Creek Coalition is fighting for more representation in the county’s wastewater decisions and, most specifically, seeking to prohibit discharge as “pristine.” That group was credited in March with stalling a proposed treatment plant in New Middletown that would have discharged into Buck Creek.

Ron Ferguson of Milltown was involved in Crawford County High School sports for almost 40 years, and even still is today, although in a non-official capacity. Saturday night before the Crawford County Wolfpack boys’ season-opener against South Central, Ferguson will be honored for his long service, when the Ron Ferguson Gymnasium is dedicated. “It’s just an unbelievable honor,” Ferguson said. “I told the rest of my family I feel so humbled. I’ve been blessed with so many people that’s guided and directed me, their names should have been up there.”

Deaths: Imogene Uhl, 85; Jay A. Branham, 61; Violet M. Littrell, 84; Kathryn Frank, 90; Virginia Reynolds, 90; Marlene T. Smith, 68.

25 years ago

Nov. 29, 1995

The driver of the car that crashed and killed a Corydon teen two months ago faces two felony charges. Tim E. Menges, 19, of Corydon was named in five counts filed yesterday in Harrison Superior Court. He is charged with reckless homicide and driving while intoxicated resulting in death, both Class C felonies. He is also accused of engaging in a speed contest and reckless driving, both Class B misdemeanors, and driving while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor. Jason Wallott, 18, a passenger in the rear seat of Menges’ car was critically injured when he was thrown on the hatchback. He died the following day.

The two dozen volunteer workers accomplished the goal of clearing the remains of the fire at Lillie Beauchamp’s home on Maple Street in Corydon. Found amid the rubble was a Bible, an egg ornament that was part of a set and some steel tools and a new pair of socks. Not much else was salvageable. The workers started at 9 Friday morning. They expected to work all day and possibly come back Saturday, but the group, along with its “bucket brigade,” cleaned up quicker.

On the heel of its successful drive against casino riverboats in Clark and Floyd counties, Southern Indiana Citizens Against Gambling re-grouped in Corydon last Tuesday night. Speaking to an audience of about 35 at Lincoln Hills Christian Church, the Rev. Stephen Spencer of the Elizabeth United Methodist Church said the political action committee in Harrison County had never disbanded. Harrison County members worked to help defeat the referendum in Clark and Floyd, Spencer said. “We felt it needed to be a tri-county effort,” he said. “Irregardless of where the riverboat falls, we will suffer effects in all the counties.”

Three minutes into Friday’s Mid-Southern Conference basketball game, the Corydon Central Panthers had scored 14 unanswered points against touring Brownstown. The Panthers owned a 14-2 lead and, after their first four baskets, had forced four Brownstown turnovers with harassing full-court pressure that was just beginning to exact its toll. The Braves spent the rest of their season-opener whittling away at various Corydon Central leads only to be turned away by various Corydon Central spurts and, in the end, the Panthers had a 92-77 decision for their second win in as many games.

Deaths: Jay F. Smith, 75; Waldo F. Deaton, 79; Columbus Burden, 80; Una M. Schneider, 77; Richard Leuthart, 66; Andrew Judd, 73; Alda M. Stauth, 85; Elva L. Willis, 89; Alma M. McLeod, 99; Thomas J. Crask, 76; William J. Ferree, 77; Columbus Burden, 80; Vickie D. Polen, 42; Thomas J. Crask, 76.

50 years ago

Nov. 25, 1970

Land has been donated for a theatre in Corydon. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lovelace of New Albany has donated more than two acres along State Highway 135 three miles north of Corydon. Steps for making the new building a reality early next year are anticipated.

Temporarily breaking from traditional styles of school dress, Corydon Junior High and Corydon Central High School administrators are permitting girls to wear slacks to school. Heating problems at school, cold winter weather and meeting students’ requests to wear slacks prompted the decision.

Allen Parker, former manager of the Eureka Telephone Co. here, has been promoted by the Continental Telephone Corp. as general plant manager at Amherst, Va.

Roger Collins, 16, attended an auction school last summer and has now started his own auction business. He holds auctions in the former Ed Sieg barn, west of Corydon, which he recently purchased.

Births: Boys — Brenda Denton, Mrs. James Anderson; girl — Mrs. Ray Sparkman.

65 years ago

Nov. 23, 1955

The yearly rate for the 52 issues of the Corydon Democrat will be $3 in Harrison and adjoining counties and $4 elsewhere. Single copies of the paper will be 10 cents per copy.

Darrell Winders has accepted employment at the White House department store in New Albany as controller.

Albert Luther received serious injuries while working as a carpenter in New Albany. He fell 20 feet, fracturing three vertebrae and injuring his hand.

Harrison County Soil Conservation district wins first place among the 69 soil conservation districts. They were chosen for their exceptional service for 1954-55.

Amel Coffman of Washington Township was elected vice president of the Eureka Telephone Co. He succeeds Henry Vogt, who died recently. Other directors are Dr. William Amy, Harold Boone, George Miles, Claude A. Davis, Woodrow Miller, Drue Eaton and Noble Flock.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Earl Harbeson, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Shaffer, Mr. and Mrs. George Henley; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Harry Carpenter, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Emily, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lyons.

Deaths: Eugene Rodenberger, 41; Levi J. Pinaire, 83; Charles W. Miller, 70; Carl Lynn Bickel, infant; Roy F. Rogge, 62; Mrs. Ella Berryman, 75; David Troncin, infant; William Haun; Billie Harvey, 9 months.

75 years ago

Nov. 28, 1945

Mrs. Kenneth Lord and daughter, Annetta Kay, of New Albany spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Lord and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Willie Monroe have sold their 100-acre farm two miles north of Lanesville to George Kerr of Georgetown.

Births: None.

Deaths: Clarence Colvin; Frank E. Mosier; Anna Baumgart, 68; Mona McCain, 55; Ellen Skinner, 75; Rolla Byerly, 50; Roy T. Jones, 50; George Schneider, 63; Eliza Bringle, 81; Eddie Henriott, 67; William E. Gehl, 74; Jesse Berryman, 77; Samuel N. Voyles, 82.

100 years ago

Dec. 1, 1920

Misses Lucile Abbot and Laura Frederick and William Frederick spent Thanksgiving with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sands at New Albany.

L.A. Reasor, the popular insurance agent, has returned from Leavenworth where he was under quarantine several days of account of diphtheria.

Births: Boys — none; girl — Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Crecelius.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Keen, 71; Mrs. Gertrude Sims, 62; Mrs. Mary Miller, 73; Isaac Smith, 92.