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April 21, 2021

15 years ago

April 19, 2006

The board of trustees for the North Harrison Community School Corp. voted last week to remodel the elementary school on the Ramsey campus, but the decision didn’t come easy. The five-member board had seriously been considering options for the North Harrison Elementary School since at least August when they had a public hearing to apprise the taxpayers of a possible building project. Initially, the project was to include remodeling the classrooms, which have a pod design, popular in the late 1970s but no longer considered conducive to learning, and replacing the old heating and cooling system in the building.

It’s not easy to survive the effects of “the most destructive drug known to man,” but David Parnell of Tennessee says it’s possible. Parnell, 39, was in Harrison County last week to talk about methamphetamine and how it nearly destroyed his life. During the day on April 10 and 11, Parnell told his story to high school students at Corydon Central, Lanesville and South Central. (He gave a similar program last year to the high schoolers at North Harrison.) Parnell told the audience he didn’t realize how serious the meth problem was in Indiana until that evening when he saw a news report that said the Hoosier state was No. 3 in the country.

Lauren Wheatley, deputy prosecutor for Harrison County, refers to alcohol as “the gateway drug.” “And it can be enough to kill you,” she said. Wheatley and seven other persons served on a panel at a town hall meeting at the Gerdon Youth Center in Corydon on April 4 to discuss underage drinking. Katherine Sadler, coordinator of the Harrison County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, who hosted the underage drinking forum, said that a Search Institute Attitudes and Behavior Survey of 10th graders from three of the county’s four high schools indicated that 41 percent of those sophomores surveyed have used alcohol in the month prior to completing the survey, with 17 percent of those drinking between three and nine times in a given time period.

North Harrison’s softball team made rival Corydon Central pay for every mistake the Lady Panthers made last Thursday in Ramsey, picking up a key Mid-Southern Conference victory 9-4. The host Lady Cats, who were coming off a 9-1 setback to Floyd Central the previous afternoon, never trailed as they scored five of their nine runs as a direct result of either an error or a mental miscue by Corydon Central. With some timely hits and aggressive base-running by his team, North Harrison head coach Ron Mitchell was beaming after the game.

Deaths: Mary C. Agan, 90; Bertha Wiseman, 64; Mae Nolot, 89; William Laws Jr., 64; Floyd H. Windell, 64; Joseph E. Shewmaker Sr., 75; B.J. Wuletich, 90; Katherine J. Mason, 62; Malachi Lopez, 5 months old; Aileen Elsler, 76.

25 years ago

April 24, 1996

A promise made should be a promise kept, members of Harrison County’s riverboat task force say. So they’ll live up to their pledge of almost two years ago, when the arduous journey toward a gaming license began: There will be no endorsement. That was reiterated Thursday evening when the task force met with representatives from the four companies vying for a license. Fresh off five hours of “mini-hearings” two night earlier, the task force restated its intention not to endorse an applicant and have a more detailed discussion of the gaming companies’ plans to provide advance money from gaming revenues. Now all concerned will turn their attention to the event that seemed like it might never come, a licensing hearing before the Indiana Gaming Commission.

A train. That’s how several Crawford County residents described the noise that came with Saturday’s early morning tornado that skipped along the ground near Sulphur and destroyed at least one mobile home and severely damaged three others. The twister was one of about two dozen that hit Indiana. A line of what meteorologists call “supercells” started forming late Friday. Dozens of tornadoes ripped across Illinois, then the system moved into Indiana, creating two in Terre Haute as well as two more in Indianapolis where a number of people were injured.

Several downtown merchants have signed a petition asking the Corydon Town Council to lift the two-hour parking limit downtown. Judy Seacat, who runs Dandy Designs along North Capitol Avenue, presented the petition to the council Monday evening. Her concerns were prompted earlier this year when a visitor from Hart County, Ky., received a ticket for parking in a tour bus zone near the capitol site. But town officials who were around before the limits were set shudder to think of lifting them. They say that from the time the town removed parking meters in 1983 until the limits were imposed in June 1987 parking downtown was completely out of control.

North Harrison defended its county championship in girls’ tennis on a wind-blown day in Ramsey last Saturday. North Harrison collected 22 points with championships in four of the five brackets to finish nine points ahead of Corydon Central (13). Lanesville was third with 10 points, and South Central had five. Lanesville’s Rachel Dyer was the top singles player, which denied North Harrison a sweep of all five brackets. North Harrison, meanwhile, had handed Lanesville its first loss of the season two days prior to the county tourney with a 3-2 decision.

Deaths: Leonard E. Humphrey, 80; Elizabeth Pace Thompson, 92; Blanche Snyder, 87; Harriett Trobaugh, 80; Francis A. Boman, 67; Gertrude Jung, 73; Annis Grove, 87; Violet F. French, 96; George Wagner, 62; Bonnie L. Kincaid, 74; Nellie McKitrick, 80; Nancy L. Tower, 73; William G. Garey, 80; Clifford Flanigan, 90; Thelma F. Judd, 84.

50 years ago

April 21, 1971

The four-year operator’s license, which is the license used by most motorists, has been increased from $1.50 to $5. A two-year license is $2.50, up from $1.50.

Paul R. Hess, a senior at Corydon Central High School, is the recipient of the 1971 Keller Manufacturing Award. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Hess.

Mrs. Fern Radmacher of Laconia has purchased the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Royse along Farquar Avenue, Corydon.

Carl Byerly is the new Corydon Jaycee president, succeeding Mick Frederick.

Parks Chevrolet is celebrating its 21st year in Corydon serving Harrison County.

Births: Boys — Belinda Hubbard, Patricia Merk, Mrs. Robert Hammack, Mrs. Olen Simmons; girls — Rosemary Taylor, Juanita Rose Cannon, Elizabeth Tindall, Beverly Stiles, Mary Eaton.

Deaths: Acy Shrewsberry, 90; Victor H. Allen, 70; Jack D. Short, 40; Clyde Johnson, 63; Nadine Black; Anna Griffith, 83; James V. Benson; Carl Blake, 60.

65 years ago

April 18, 1956

Jack Conrad of Corydon and Cletus Gettelfinger of Palmyra left for induction into the armed forces at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Monday morning.

Forty-five telephone subscribers in the Laconia exchange were without services last Thursday due to damaged cable. It is believed the damage was caused when a large caliber bullet cut through lead cable, possibly caused by someone shooting at a bird perched on the cable.

Athletic award winners at Corydon Central High School last week were Herbie Woertz, Fred Shawler, Cliffy Hurst and Jim Hauswald.

Ella Fravel has accepted employment as a cook at the Harrison County Hospital.

Joe Lee was installed April 10 as the new commander of VFW Post 2950, Corydon. Russell Rothrock is the outgoing commander.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Paul Chamber, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Drury, Mr. and Mrs. William Seng Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Jordine; girls —Mr. and Mrs. Paul Conrad, Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Flener, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Luther.

Deaths: Lewis M. Wayne, 88; John L. Luther, 73; Mrs. Harlan Lottick, 60; Terry Lee Reed, infant; James R. House, 85; John E. Wolfe, 79; A.J. Harrison Bottles, 61; Fred Garland; Richard House, 85; Lonnie Robinson.

75 years ago

April 24, 1946

Charles Walk has accepted employment in the credit department of a bank in San Francisco. He and Mrs. Walk, the former Rae Davis, live in Oakland, Calif.

Miss Nedda Lee has accepted a position as bookkeeper at the Corydon State Bank caused by the resignation of Miss Betty Gleitz.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Perry Griffith, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Traughber, the Rev. and Mrs. Eldon Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Byrns; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Rhoads, Mr. and Mrs. James Huff.

Deaths: A.J. (Jack) Watson, 69; Daisy Fink, 64; Neville Frank, 58; Elizabeth Clements, 80; Clyde Eaton, 44; Mrs. John Moyars, 75; Robert O. Gilley, 62; Marlene Bailey, 32; Jacob Godfrey; Marion Thomas, 75; Peter Stevens, 76.

100 years ago

April 27, 1921

John P. Isterling, the druggist at Corydon Junction, is erecting a nice two-story building which he will use for his business place and for his residence when completed. Ed Wenning, Clarence Patterson, Ben Davis and Isaac Boston are the carpenters.

Frank Bulleit and family have returned from Quicksand, Ky., where he was employed as principal of the school during the past winter.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kost, Mr. and Mrs. George Stevens; girl —Mr. and Mrs. Levi C. Jackson.

Deaths: S.B. Chappell, 45; Mrs. Magdalena Eisert, 63; Miles Ellis, 69; Duggins Wright, 17; Miss Annie E. Reader; Virgil A. Stewart, 78; William P. Shuck, 69; Susan A. Eckart, 77.