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May 12, 2021

15 years ago

May 10, 2006

A visit by individuals from Secretary of State Todd Rokita’s office was delayed, and so were official results for Harrison County’s primary election. That visit and a possible certification of election results could come yet this week. “I’ve heard rumor of a recount, but no one has filed,” Circuit Clerk Sherry Brown said. County poll workers began coping with problems with voting machines purchased from Election Systems & Software before the polls were even open May 2. Ten of the Ninth District’s 20 counties had not reported official figures as of 1 a.m. the morning after the election. At least some of those counties were grappling with the same technical problems as Harrison County.

The woman who’s paved the way for the YMCA of Harrison County for nearly six years has decided it’s time to refocus on her family and let someone else guide the recreational facility for awhile. “It has not been an easy decision,” said Catherine Turcotte, who was named interim director in March 2002 when the first executive director, John Evans, resigned. “I love the YMCA. The staff team is like a second family to me. I love learning what a difference we are making … I love seeing people’s faith grow as they witness what God is accomplishing at the YMCA,” she said. Turcotte, who organized the movement in 2000, later accepted the director’s position and has served in that capacity ever since.

Harrison County Council members approved more than $7.1 million in riverboat revenue spending — mostly for hospital construction — with barely a whimper. The action came at the council’s regular business meeting Monday evening. Councilman Kenneth Saulman’s motion to approve the $4 million payment to Harrison County Hospital for construction, seconded by Carl (Buck) Mathes, passed 5-1, with Rhonda Rhoads casting the nay vote. Rhoads and councilman Alvin Brown also voted against the commissioners’ request for $765,000 to construct an access road to the new facility between Corydon-Ramsey Road and S.R. 337 west of Corydon.

While Brownstown Central’s girls’ track team ran away with last night’s Mid-Southern Conference track meet at Salem High School, both head coaches from North Harrison and Corydon Central were pleased with their respective teams’ efforts and outcomes at the 10-school event. Brownstown Central led from gate to wire, racking up 158.5 points with Corydon Central netting 84.5 points for second. Salem was third with 80.5 followed by North Harrison in fourth place with 70.5.

Deaths: John M. Key, 91; Frank Robinson Jr., 69; Virginia R. Toney, 83; Dolores J. Phillips, 63; Pauline Erhardt, 97; Charles A. Kaake, Jr., 71; Anthony D. Fitzgerald, infant; Elsie C. Moyer, 94; Carl Sears, 76; Dora Landgraf, 83.

25 years ago

May 15, 1996

After months of waiting, Lt. Gov. Frank L. O’Bannon of Corydon now knows his opponent in the race for governor. It’ll be Stephen Goldsmith, current mayor of Indianapolis and the winner last week of a heated three-way race for the Republican nomination. Goldsmith got 55 percent of the vote to defeat former GOP state party chair Rex Early and Bluffton newspaper publisher George Witwer. The following day, O’Bannon, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary, challenged Goldsmith to a series of debates, a campaign spending cap and to take a campaign fairness pledge. Rachel Gorlin, communications director for O’Bannon’s campaign team, said Goldsmith hasn’t formally responded to the challenge.

From “low-key” to grand scale, the Indiana Gaming Commission heard last Wednesday the last two proposals for a riverboat casino along the Ohio River in Harrison County. Players International and Caesars World laid their cards on the table during hour-long presentations. “We deliberately decided to present a low-key, business-like presentation,” Players’ attorney Peter Rusthoven told the seven-member panel seated in Indian Creek Theatre in Corydon. “We thought the commission might be tired of presentations.” Carnival Hotels and Casinos and Horseshoe Casino Indiana had taken the stage the previous day. The four companies are vying for one of two remaining licenses to be issued to counties along the Ohio River.

It should be a poppin’ good time in Corydon this weekend as the 11th annual Harrison County Cousin Willie’s Popcorn Festival takes place. While the main activities are Saturday, there will be live entertainment Friday evening at the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand, featuring Harrison Countian Kathy Logsdon. Logsdon is a Christian-country recording artist with Calvary Record Group in Nashville, Tenn.

The North Harrison Cougars played long ball in an 11-1 win over Corydon Central last Thursday afternoon. North Harrison had seven hits, three of which were home runs. Leftfielder Joe Nelson set the tone when he smacked a lead-off first pitch home run over the centerfield fence in the bottom of the first. Kevin Fessel added a lead-off homer in the third inning. The Cougars broke the game open in that inning, sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring nine runs off three different Panthers’ pitchers. Steve Coleman capped the uprising when he knocked a 3-0 pitch over the fence in left field for a grand slam.

Deaths: Nolan Curts, 85; Katrina L. Simons, 38; Tommie Elswick, 60; Addie McKinney, 96; Anna Zoe Landers, 88; William T. Knable, 16; Virginia Brown, 81; Donald E. Harper, 65.

50 years ago

May 12, 1970

A service of dedication for the building of the Central Barren United Methodist Church, Rt. 1, New Salisbury, will be Sunday, May 16. The Rev. Kenneth Heaton is the present minister.

Three retiring teachers of the North Harrison Community School Corp. will be honored on May 27 with a faculty dinner. They are Georgia Clunie, 40 years; Nellie Wolfe, 37 years; and Opal Mason, 23 years in education.

Births: Boys — Rita Carver, Joyce Satterfield; girls — Terry Barrow, Kathleen Enlow, Nettie Stump, Virginia Davis, Mrs. John Smith.

Deaths: Melissa Shawler, infant; Mrs. Ben Redden; Edward Schellenberger, 70; Hattie Miller, 92; Ada Sparkman, 79; James E. Atwood; Clara Tuell, 70; Mildred Deen, 45; Mrs. John Nau, 89.

65 years ago

May 9, 1956

Working Saturdays, Sundays and other hours when not required to be at their bread-and-butter jobs, members of the Corydon Country Club have been making progress on digging the trench and laying pipe for more than one mile of water main. The line will carry the water east to the new swimming pool being built on the Corydon Country Club property, east of Corydon.

Clarence Gettelfinger is re-elected Attendance Officer by the County Board of Education. The 12 township trustees comprise the board.

There were 5,545 ballots cast in the primary election Tuesday. This is about 49 percent of the registered voters.

Miss Hildegard Plenz has been hired as a physical education teacher at Corydon Central High School.

Births: Boy — Dr. and Mrs. W.J. Brockman; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. McPhillips, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Sams, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Jenkins, Edith Deming, Mildred O’Rear.

Deaths: Ed Adam, 77; John H. Seacat, 80; Oscar Boston, 74; Walter J. Utz, 64; Hugh A. Todd; Otto C. Flickner, 84; Ben Williams, 82; John F. Lynch, 83; Herbie Merrill, 59; James Burgess; Levy H. Clark, 73; Andrew Peyton, 90; Garland Woods, 71; Flora Miller, 83.

75 years ago

May 15, 1946

Jack Walts is employed as high school music instructor and band director of Corydon High School.

The Board of Town Trustees of Corydon adopted a resolution Monday night putting the Corydon Corporation on Daylight Savings Time.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Harold Slaughter, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold McClain; girls — none.

Deaths: Maggie Duley, 76; John M. Snyder, 80; Philip Hoke, 82; Ella Tassey, 87; Delila Anninger; Fannie Alderson, 76; Frances Heishman, 46; Zella Medall, 70; Charles T. Boone, 62; Paul Steier, 46.

100 years ago

May 18, 1921

Miss Myrtle Frederick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Frederick, has been seriously ill of appendicitis at her home just north of Corydon. She is a member of the senior class in the Corydon High School.

Mrs. Lorena Emily and little grandson Kenneth William Emily were among our callers last Saturday. Little Kenneth entertained us by singing songs. He is only 2 years old but sings well.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Otto Woertz, Mr. and Mrs. Clair Timberlake; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Leffler, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gray.

Deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth C. Wolfe, 74; Ruth Giadys Motley; Theodore McLaughlin, 68.