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March 10, 2021

15 years ago

March 8, 2006

Lucas Oil Stadium will be home to the Indianapolis Colts when the football season begins in 2008, thanks to a $121.5 million naming-rights deal for the new stadium reached last week. “I want people to realize we are a strong, aggressive company with the best oil products in the world, and we’re going to be a big player,” Forrest Lucas said during a Monday morning interview in Corydon. “We want to be a big part of Indiana, especially Southern Indiana. I would think we will give Harrison County some bragging rights.”

The Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County celebrated its 72nd year Thursday while recognizing one of the county’s most philanthropic families and honoring the Chamber’s exuberant past director. Some 350 guests attended the annual Chamber dinner at Caesars’ Colosseum, which featured Jack C. Camper, president of the Tucson (Ariz.) Metropolitan Chamber, as guest speaker. “Profit is a six-letter word. It’s not a four-letter word, so it’s not a bad word. It’s OK to make profit a part of your community,” Camper told an audience of area business, political and economic leaders. Businesses exist to make a profit, create jobs and provide a lifestyle, Camper said.

The ever-jovial Bob Sawtelle has taken ownership of his new position as property manager of O’Bannon Woods State Park and the Harrison-Crawford/Wyandotte Complex. It’s a responsibility he’s been working toward since moving to Harrison County 21 years ago. Sawtelle, who earned a master’s degree in forest genetics from the University of Illinois in 1984, was encouraged by his father to look for a job in Indiana. So when he called the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources to inquire about any openings, he was told about the assistant state forest manager position at the Harrison-Crawford State Forest. For the next 10 years, Sawtelle was a fixture at the state property. Then he moved on as manager of the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, but Harrison County remained his home.

All season long, Lafayette Central Catholic has struggled from the foul line. Heading into Saturday’s Class 1A state final at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the Knights combined to hit just 55 percent for the year from the “anything but free” throw line. South Central head coach Randall Schoen figured that was a big out for his club, so he had his team press, and press, and press some more. The defensive pressure led to a slew of fouls on the Lady Rebels and eventually a slew of free throws by LCC. How many? A state-record 42.

Deaths: Clifford Schmidt, 72; Eunice F. Nickles, 89; James W. Reed, 74; Bernard Fosskuhl, 63; Kimberly Bitzer, 46; Othello F. Enlow, 87; Hildreth Ludlow, 88; William R. Roll, 89; William R. Elder, 23; Inez L. Mosier, 81; Mildred Ems, 90; Agnes M. Jacobi, 77; Raymond L. Cundiff, 91; Esther L. Kirk, 91.

25 years ago

March 13, 1996

Some candidates in the May Primary are cleaning up — or trashing — their campaigns. Democrat Councilman Steve Haggard, who is running for Second District Commissioner, is challenging Democrat and Republican candidates alike to join in a trash pickup along highways north of Corydon Saturday morning at 9, weather permitting. “We’ll meet at Hardee’s parking lot,” Haggard said. “That’s where we all drink coffee, anyway.” Trash blowing from parking lots, open dumpsters or tossed from vehicles litters the roadside north from the S.R. 337 and Old S.R. 135 intersection to Interstate 64.

A Central Barren man is again on the loose with contagious tuberculosis, putting the public’s health in danger, officials said. “The health board is in a quandary,” said Dr. Larry Warren, a Corydon dentist who serves on the board. “We’ve done all we can do. We are very concerned about this yahoo running around. He’s onery and nasty and won’t take his medicine. He needs to be confined somewhere, at least his own home.” The 49-year-old man remains unidentified because of privacy laws.

Jasper senior Michael Lewis was as good as advertised in leading his team to the Washington Regional championship on Saturday. And his supporting cast can play a little, too. Lewis, the state’s leading scorer, poured in 45 points Saturday afternoon as the Wildcats (20-7) dispatched North Harrison 91-72 after trailing 37-30 early in the second half. He had another 25 that night as Jasper rallied from a double-digit second-half deficit to trim Loogootee 64-60. “Nothing shocks me about Michael Lewis,” Jasper coach Ken Schultheis said after the North Harrison game. “I’ve seen him every day for four years. He’s the best basketball player in the state.”

Deaths: Robert Kelly Sr., 64; Dr. George M. Wolverton Jr., 44; Calvin Martin, 71; Helen K. Etienne, 81; Zula Alice Conrad, 84; Linda C. Tyler, 31; Linus Wittmer, 90; Carl E. Stolberg, 72; Clarence A. Day, 69; Cecil E. Jones Sr., 58.

50 years ago

March 10, 1971

Corydon’s newest and most modern office and apartment building will be erected in west Corydon during the coming 12 months, Dr. Lawrence A. Warren, Corydon dentist, announced this week. It will be a three-story building and be called Parkview Plaza.

A new book published last week and written by H.O. (Whitey) Jones is called “Country Fried Stuff.” Whitey, a reporter, columnist and sports analyst for The Corydon Democrat and Crawford County Democrat and News Messenger, has put together a collection of his best writings.

Ray and Richard Metzger of Milltown suffered severe burns Feb. 18 when they entered their greenhouse. The flame in the stove had gone out and within seconds the explosion occurred. The force of the explosion blew out both ends of the greenhouse. They are patients at Jewish Hospital.

Births: Boys — Alicia Fetz, Linda Lutz, Debbie Wallace, Mrs. Jon Wiseman; girls — Gayla Prechtel, Sue Thomas Davis, Mrs. Donald Miller, Mrs. Eddie Rothrock.

Deaths: Arch Leffler, 88; Lee Flanagan, 76; Dorothy G. Wiseman, 73.

65 years ago

March 7, 1956

Corydon Jaycees are presented their charter Monday night at a meeting of the newly organized group. Dale Simler, president, accepted the pin and gavel.

Mike Weathers, Corydon senior, and Melvin Gettelfinger of Morgan Township High School will attend World Affairs Institute in Cincinnati March 9 and 10. The trip is sponsored by the Corydon Rotary Club.

A new $75,000 church structure got the approval Sunday from the Corydon Christian Church congregation. A contract will be let in July.

The annual Harrison County Beef Tour will be held at the farms of Harvey Binkley, south of Corydon, and Harry Conrad, northeast of Corydon. Also, farms of Bob Martin, Ramsey, and Jacque Glenn, near Clover Valley Hatchery, are on the tour.

Louise Bottorff, former Corydon teacher, will serve as librarian of the Zephyr Hills High School in Florida, beginning next fall.

Allen Moore of Georgetown has purchased the Major Feed Co. from Andrew Gerdon of New Albany. He will continue the business at the west side of Georgetown on S.R. 64.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Denver Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Earl R. Kirkham, Mr. and Mrs. Jahu Devore, Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Small, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Tuffle, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Windell; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Price, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Roberson, Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Ferree, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gehlbach, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Carter, Mr. and Mrs. Roy LaHue Jr.

Deaths: Russell Howerton, 52; Theodore Henriett, 83; Walter Quebbeman, 78; Ada Utley, 39; Nelson Stone; Myrtle Hoy; Philip Foster, infant; Dale Frederick Mathers, infant; James H. Corbett, 68.

75 years ago

March 13, 1946

Walter Prage was re-elected president, Ben Lopp vice president and O.E. Woertz secretary-treasurer of the Harrison County Telephone Co. at their annual meeting March 2.

Mrs. Leslie Auxier spent several days the past week with Mr. Auxier, who is supervisor of the Farm Security Administration at Madison.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. George Kusler, Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Davis; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Jones, Mr. and Mrs. F. Marion Brown.

Deaths: Fred Kost, 65; Charles Duncan, 66; Alice Arnold, 68; Madison Martin, 85; Lydia Lockman, 68; D. Earl Meech, 56; William H. Martin; Anna Heishman; Willia DeRae Doolittle, 67.

100 years ago

March 16, 1921

Sidney Ashton and family and Mrs. Anna Ashton and daughter, Maggie, were guests Sunday of Harry Ashton and family near Rehoboth.

Frank Saunders moved his family and household goods last week to a farm that he recently purchased north of Depauw.

Births: Boys — none; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bishop, Mr. and Mrs. William Saffer.

Deaths: William L. Swarens, 79; Mrs. Flora Stewart, 69; William L. Fink, 74; Michael Beck, 67; Isaac Cotner, 75; Edward Reynolds, 58; John W. Bussabarger, 84.

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