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April 28, 2021

15 years ago

April 26, 2006

Property tax bills are expected to hit mailboxes next week, and most property owners may be pleasantly surprised. Tax bills have dropped about 10 percent overall, due to an increase in the money to be received from the state. Although tax rates are up slightly in most townships, the Indiana General Assembly this year increased the amount the state pays for an owner’s homestead credit, which varies from tax bill to tax bill. And property owners will get a brief respite in paying their property tax bills.

A multi-ethnic dance-troupe, a woman who uses masks to reflect the changes that a survivor of sexual violence experiences, a rallying march around Corydon and an opportunity for healing through public testimony will be featured at “Take Back the Night,” a three-hour series of events Thursday on the square in Corydon. “Take Back the Night,” a public statement against domestic and sexual violence that originated in Germany in 1973, and now happens all over the world, is sponsored by the Harrison County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Assault, the Center for Women and Families, Hoosier Hills PACT and the Comfort House. The event is a space where victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and others can let their voices be heard.

Harrison County Prosecutor Dennis Byrd released a statement Friday announcing he would remain on the case of the Jan. 20 non-fatal shooting of Louisvillian Trent Marion by Harrison County police officers who believed he was armed. The statement also says, “A review of the facts provides that at the very least, a vast majority of the actions of law enforcement were justified,” but, Byrd wrote, a grand jury will “review specific facts as they relate to specific events that occurred.” Marion, 36, was pursued through three counties after police attempted to arrest him for allegedly shoplifting at a Louisville Kroger.

Early-morning fog and a couple of wet courts delayed the start of the Harrison County Tennis Tournament at Lanesville on Saturday. With squeegees in tow, North Harrison’s workhorse tennis team made quick work of helping dry the playing surface, then it promptly went out and laid claim to the county championship. Underneath clear blue skies and temperatures in the 70s (it was in the 40s last year), the Lady Cats picked up four firsts and a third en route to a 21-point afternoon. It was the team’s 12th consecutive county title and the first for first-year coach Dana Striegel.

Deaths: Mary E. Lenfert, 79; Belinda Stout, 43; Don F. Mills, 81; Michael W. Rigot Sr., 40; Ray Cox, 72; Ruth E. Pieratt, 78; Emma J. Waynescott, 62.

25 years ago

May 1, 1996

When Harrison Superior Court Judge Carlton Sanders was elected to his second six-year term in 1990, he was unopposed in the primary. So was Maryland Austin, his Republican opponent in the General Election. This year, however, competition to succeed the two-term judge is keen. One reason may be the salary, which the state legislature raised substantially in 1995 — from $65,000 to $85,000. Four candidates — three Democrats and a Republican — are on the ballot for Tuesday’s primary election, and collectively they’ve spent more than $25,000 in their quest for the bench.

Just as proponents are gearing for the Indiana Gaming Commission hearings in Harrison County next week, casino opponents are continuing their move to stop the issuance of a gambling license. A second petition was filed last Wednesday with the Harrison County Election Board calling for a vote in the fall election on the question: “Shall licenses be or continue to be issued to permit riverboat gambling in Harrison County?” Another petition was filed because the one filed earlier called for the referendum in the primary, which would be illegal.

By all accounts, the past year has left a high mark on the history of the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County. “Since our founding in 1933, it is unlikely that in a single year so much attention has ever been focused on the Chamber,” Chamber director Darrell Voelker said in a report distributed to some 80 people at Thursday night’s annual meeting. “I consider the last year absolutely unprecedented,” Voelker said, noting the Chamber’s drive that doubled the membership to 260. “The membership drive was the major highlight of the year. A 100-percent increase has never before happened in Harrison County,” he said.

By an overwhelming, some might say stunning, majority, the Indiana High School Athletic Association Board of Directors gave approval Monday morning to a class sports proposal that could radically alter the Hoosier high school sports landscape. The final count: 12-5 in favor. The item was one of 30 on the board’s agenda, but it easily drew the most attention and has since the release last September of a Class Sports Study Committee recommendation that called for multiple-class tournaments in the following sports: boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, baseball, softball and volleyball.

Deaths: Paul E. Wells, 74; Dakota Hopper, 84; Evan Radcliff, infant; Carl G. Martin, 69; Chris J. Harmon, 30; Ray Powell, 67; Florence Frank, 86; Ruth Tirey, 74; Wilma D. Winter, 79; James E. Mitchell, 42.

50 years ago

April 28, 1971

Dr. Milton May has been appointed by the Harrison County Board of Commissioners to fill the unexpired term of the late George Byrum on the Harrison County Hospital Board of Trustees.

Larry G. Hamilton enlisted in the U.S. Navy on April 15. He is doing basic training at Orlando, Fla.

Four local buildings have been recommended for inclusion in a national directory of historic places: The First State Capitol, The Treasury Building, Gov. Hendricks Headquarters and the Posey House.

Births: Boys — Marilyn Nealy, Betty Moore; girls — Linda Emily, Delores Kepley, Alice Lutz, Janet Harmon, Mrs. Marvin Smith.

Deaths: Harry Weathers, 82; Joseph Bachman; Pauline King, 7; Lois J. McMahel, 40; Leo E. Strange, 60; Samuel F. Reed, 78; Ronald Lee Biddle Jr., infant; Richard Sarles, 45; Oscar Fellmy, 89.

65 years ago

April 25, 1956

Eight girls will be sponsored at Hoosier Girls State this summer: Elizabeth Huffman, Bobbe Neal, Mary Kirkam, Sara Albin, Mary Ellen McMillan, Sheila Shireman, Melva Ernstberger and Betty Beckon.

Two Corydon Boy Scouts were awarded scouting’s third highest award for bravery and courage Tuesday night. Norman Lasley and Jerry Vaughn averted the drowning of a 5-year-old boy and nine other Scouts who were in a boat which overturned in the Ohio River.

Mr. and Mrs. Marion Frank have sold their home south of Corydon to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wiseman. Mr. and Mrs. George Hess have sold their residence to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baxley.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Firman Sieg, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Sharp, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Huckleby; girls — none.

Deaths: Robert L. Kiger, 45; Mrs. Robert Cotner; Enoch Ledford, 76; Peter J. Stemm, 69; Mrs. Luella Lottick, 60; Mrs. Joseph McElreath, 21.

75 years ago

May 1, 1946

Misses Cathleen and Edna Denbo have moved into the cottage adjoining the home of Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Reasor along East Chestnut Street.

Mr. and Mrs. E. Hurst Miles and Mr. and Mrs. Foster LaHue went to Bloomington and attended a performance of the Metropolitan Opera Co. of New York.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cummins, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Williar, Mr. and Mrs. Edison Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Reinhardt; girl — the Rev. and Mrs. James Ratcliff.

Deaths: Jacob Fachinger, 81; Ed Kessinger, 71; Dan Gettelfinger, 87; Corrine Schlagater; John W. Bever, 37.

100 years ago

May 4, 1921

Mr. and Mrs. George B. Wahl, of this place, returned home the first of last week from an auto trip through Indiana to the north-east corner to Angola and Lake James in Steuben County.

M.C. Frank, who has been with his daughter, Miss May Frank, at Louisville, the past few months, where she is a student in the Louisville University, came home last Sunday to spend a week or so.

Births: Boy — Mr. and Mrs. William Stroud; girls — none.

Deaths: Jesse L. Wolfe, 32; Miss Lydia A. Blake, 63; Atwood Hardsaw, infant; William Snyder; Tobias Hoffer, 58.