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15 years ago

May 24, 2006

Waiting for a bus hasn’t been something one does in Corydon, but that could change beginning Friday when a public transportation bus service begins. Southern Indiana Transit Systems, a division of Blue River Services Inc., will run a route twice a day, Monday through Friday in Corydon. “We think we’ve covered the shopping needs and the public community needs” with the route, said Roland Lemus, regional director of transportation for SITS. Lemus said SITS has been providing “demand response” transportation, where residents call and request to be picked up at their home. “We decided it was time to move up” and offer a more public transportation service, he said.

A recount of 16 Harrison County precincts yielded no significant changes in any race. The recount was required by law because voting machines at the precincts were reprogrammed without a subsequent public test. Circuit Clerk Sherry Brown said that Election Systems & Software, the vendor that supplied the county’s voting machines, had delayed the public test twice, leaving no time for further testing. “We tallied the treasurer’s race and Carol Hauswald came out exactly the same as the tape said. Carole Gather picked up four votes,” said Brown.

After assuring the Harrison County Council last year that the medical costs of inmates should be under control, jail commander Capt. Bruce LaHue cautiously asked for an addition $175,000 Monday night. “I do have my bullet-proof vest on tonight,” he said in mock trepidation, stepping before the board. He said the budget for medical expenses for the year, $250,000, has already been wiped out by bills leftover from last year and five health-care claims so far this year totaling some $15,000 each. Altogether during the first quarter, $106,000 was spent.

With the shot put and 1,600-meter relay left to score, the Corydon Central Panthers had a 110-104 edge over Floyd Central in the track sectional at Corydon Thursday night. Following the final two events, however, Corydon Central was pushed back to third and Floyd Central and New Albany shared a 119-119 tie for the championship. “We pretty much knew we were done,” Corydon Central coach Kerry Zimmerman said. “We were really just out of people because we went with one of our alternates in the 4×400. The only thing we could count on was we had to have that type of meet and hope that Floyd or New Albany would have a disaster somewhere.”

Deaths: Henry C. Gettelfinger, 86; Cpl. Michael C. Kaufer, 25; G. Bruce Irish, 78; Elizabeth R. Stiner, 15; Mary A. Crecelius, 71; Harold E. Reynolds, 71; E. Thelbert Slayton, 87; Norman R. Kirchoff, 72; Fairy Loftus, 95.

25 years ago

May 29, 1996

A lot of people, Larry Townsend figures, thought the Bridgeport businessman would fade from view after the Indiana Gaming Commission awarded a preliminary gaming license to Caesars World last week. The mega-corporation has optioned all of Townsend’s land at Bridgeport and will manage the riverboat casino there. It’s projected to be Caesars’ third-largest site in the United States, behind casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. But, Townsend vows to stick around and try to build consensus about how to make sure gaming revenue is put to good use. Two days after the decision, he was out trying to mend fences.

A Corydon Central girls’ basketball star was killed Monday and an Elizabeth man died last week in one-car auto crashes. Kerri Suzanne Windell, 16, died Monday afternoon when the car she was driving hydroplaned during a rainstorm and hit a tree on S.R. 62 west of Corydon. Dennis Canfield, 36, died Tuesday, May 21, at the scene of a one-car crash after his car ran off S.R. 111.

The Harrison County Board of Zoning and Appeals has denied a request for a variance that would allow two mobile homes to be closer to the road than the law allows. Palmyra developers Brenden Schroeder bought the two lots along Buffalo Trace Road in December 1995, and in April, put a rental mobile home on each. That infuriated nearby homeowners, who believe the homes are a safety hazard because they sit in a sharp turn and obscure the view. The residents filed complaints to the Harrison County Planning office, and Schroeder was told he needed to apply for the variance. Thursday evening, after a heated discussion, the board unanimously denied the request.

There was no shortage of individual achievement for area athletes in last week’s track and field regionals. As a result, seven youngsters representing three area schools will head to Indianapolis this weekend for the state finals, and four of them will be going as regional champions. Corydon Central senior Ben Pister will make his fourth straight trip to the state meet. Pister won the high jump at 6 feet, 10 inches in last Thursday’s regional at Bloomington North High School. Teammate Brian Bowman was runner up at 6-4.

The weather at Saturday morning’s Class 1A state softball final at Ben Davis High School paralleled the game played by Lanesville against No. 1-ranked and undefeated Whiting: cold and mostly cloudy. Peppered with raindrops — and tears — a magical season came to an end for the Lady Eagles as Whiting completed an undefeated season with a 3-0 victory. Top-ranked Whiting (33-0) became the first team in the history of the Indiana High School Athletic Association state softball tournament to complete an undefeated campaign.

Deaths: William C. Glotzbach Jr., infant; John D. Hill, 69; Garland Bowier, 69; Keith C. Rupp, 64; John Gunning, 94; Charles L. Free, 67; Elsie Scharrer, 93; Woodrow Miller, 84.

50 years ago

May 26, 1971

It is only a puddle now, but the lake at Buffalo Trace Park in Palmyra will be a beautiful 30-acre lake in just a couple months.

Six Harrison County fire companies that participated in the WHAS Crusade for Children gathered and delivered more than $6,000 to the cause.

The Gosplettes, consisting of Martha Breeden, Delores McCarty, Fern Ripperdan and Alyene Cotner, have been received with acclaim at a number of Harrison County social and public events where they entertained.

Births: Boys — Delores Leffler, Marsha Cammack; girls — Margaret McMonigle, Bonnie Johnson.

Deaths: Edna Fowler, 97; Georgia King, 60; Paul K. Lawton, 66; Juila Faith. 85; Margaret Lee, 76; James Durham, 79.

65 years ago

May 23, 1956

Garrett McClaren has purchased the Corydon Drive-in. He bought the theatre from the Corydon Drive-in Corp. Many new improvements are planned before the theatre will reopen.

Five boys have been designated to go to Boys State in June. They are William J. Bean, Michael Aezmowiez, Ray Crawford, Gary Lee Davis and Glenn H. Hornickle.

Eight girls will attend Hoosier Girls State in June. They are Betty Beckort, Melva Ernstberger, Shelia Shireman, Sarah Albin, Libby Huffman, Mary McMillan, Mary Kirkham and Bobbie Neal.

Roscoe G. Brown has been confirmed as the postmaster at Laconia by the United States Senate. He has been acting postmaster since Mrs. Grace Pitman resigned in September 1953.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Keith Reising, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Broughton, Mr. and Mrs. Walter West, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Brumley, Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Purvis; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kinser, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Richard, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Vincent, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Benson.

Deaths: Welton W. (Brocky) Dean, 38; William Saults, 72; Charles Majors, 77; Mrs. Jesse Miller; Dan McCullum; Mrs. Elsie Fouts; Henry H. Scott, 74; Agnes Schotter, 80.

75 years ago

May 29, 1946

H. Robert Kiger has taken employment as field representative for the A. Wood Hardin Construction Co.

Captain Owen Yetter has received word that his Australian bride, Beryl, left Brisbane May 28 en route to join him here. They plan to live on the property near Corydon recently purchased by Captain Yetter.

Births: Boy — Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Gudgeon; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth Saulman, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Simler, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kopp, Mr. and Mrs. William W. Cook.

Deaths: Edwin Routh, 75; Katherine Bulleit; Elizabeth Kerber, 87.

100 years ago

June 1, 1921

Mrs. John Krause and daughters, Nelle and Florence, of Swanington, Ind., spent last week with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Miller at Hursttown.

Mrs. Betty Riddle Baxley and daughter Mary Katherine are spending two weeks in New Albany where the former is attending the classes for Recreation Leaders preparatory to the opening of the Playground June 13.

Births: twin sons to Mr. and Mrs. Ora Wiseman; boy — Mr. and Mrs. Milton Smith; girls —none.

Deaths: Miss Gest Best, 10; Mrs. Eliza Ferree, 78; Miss Dode Scott; Henry Curts, 51; Mrs. Susannah Hoke, 87.

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