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June 9, 2021

15 years ago

March 16, 2006

Whatever their disagreements, the Lanesville Education Association and the administration combined with the school board knows that the present contract impasse is unprecedented at Lanesville Community School Corp. And so is a 38-percent increase in health insurance premiums that neither teachers nor the school corporation wants to absorb. Carol Mooney, UniServe director for the Indiana State Teachers Association, and Susan Traynor Chastain, an attorney representing the corporation, took the opportunity Thursday at fact-finding to present the cases of their respective parties in an effort to resolve a contract dispute that began Nov. 23, 2004, when both sides first sat down to bargain.

Forty teams are expected to participate in this year’s Harrison County Relay for Life, which will include numerous activities at the Corydon Central High School Athletic Field. The event, now in its ninth year, officially begins Friday. Cancer survivors, as well as all team members, are invited to register for the Relay.

A Central man was killed last Wednesday afternoon when the truck he was driving was struck by a train outside of Sellersburg in Clark County. Sherman Simmons, 54, who was driving north on U.S. 31, was struck about 4 p.m. by a freight train that was also traveling north when he started to turn right into the cement plant near Speed to pick up material for delivery. Police said the train crushed the semi-tractor trailer’s cab and dragged it several hundred feet before pinning it beneath a stationary train.

One year ago, Lanesville’s girls’ softball team advanced to the school’s first state final in any sport. What was believed to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Lady Eagles was spoiled by No. 1 ranked Clinton Prairie, 7-1. Exactly 264 days later, Lanesville will make a return trip to Hamilton Southeastern High School to play on the exact same field with the exact same Class 1A state championship on the line, only this time it will be the 21-4 Thunderbirds of North Central standing between the Lady Eagles and a date with immortality.

Deaths: Leonard C. Schmelz, 67; Mary W. Flanagan, 84; Glenn S. Walts, 84; Lawrence D. Downs, 48; Lynn M. Siler, 89; Earl W. Reed, 83; Kenneth E. Clark, 76; Ernest R. Black, 69; Mary B. Cooper, 85.

25 years ago

June 12, 1996

Anyone wondering how the Democratic Party would respond in a rough-and-tumble governor’s race got their answer at Saturday’s state Democratic Convention. In the Indiana State Fairgrounds coliseum where John F. Kennedy spoke years ago, gubernatorial nominee Frank O’Bannon of Corydon talked gently about his vision for Indiana and left the political rhetoric to Joe Kernan, his nominee for lieutenant governor. Kernan, the fiery mayor of South Bend, led a parade of placard-waving supporters through the hall before taking the stage.

Expecting a $5 million donation from Caesars World to arrive soon, the Harrison County Board of Commissioners Monday night established a non-profit foundation to receive the funds. The money is expected as soon as the Indiana Gaming Commission issues the preliminary gambling license awarded to Caesars recently. Caesars has already deposited $100,000 with the county to cover any expenses prompted by the development, such as fees for attorneys and consultants.

Old-fashioned police work and a bit of luck are credited for the quick arrest of two men suspected of vandalizing three Corydon businesses. The binge apparently began early Friday morning. By the time it ended, more than $6,000 damage had been done, most of it at the Corydon Jamboree. In custody are Matthew E. Beard, 20, and Carl T. Johnson, 18. They each face two counts of burglary, one count of theft and two counts of criminal mischief. One of the latter charges is a felony because it resulted in the damage of more than $2,500.

Fresh off a championship in the Old Capital Invitational, Corydon golfer Brent Miller won the Indiana Golf Association Match Play Championship in Westfield last week. “I played about the same (as in the Old Capital),” said the 21-year-old University of Evansville senior. “The course is a lot different, but I putted pretty well in most matches and stayed pretty patient.” Miller, who was runner-up in last year’s state match play tournament, qualified for the 1996 event with a two-over par score of 73 last Monday at the Hanging Tree Golf Club.

Deaths: Ramona R. Cook, 63; Allen Harrell, 59; Fannie Meadows, 85; Hazel B. Knieriem, 80; Anita Dunlap Callahan, 72; Ruth Graham, 84; Boyd Fuson Sr., 78; Anna P. Quinn, 77; Ruth C. Canaday, 82; Mary Alice Guthrie, 76; Lawrence A. Applegate, 79; Mildred E. White, 90; Jon Scott Stauth, 41.

50 years ago

June 9, 1971

John Lang retires from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service. He served six years of overseas duty in Japan, Turkey, Arabia, Labrador and Vietnam. He and his wife, Betty, and their four children will live in Corydon.

Ground-breaking services for the United Presbyterian Church of the Covenant will be held next Sunday. The church is located at the junction of S.R. 11 and Buena Vista Road. The land was purchased several years ago from Catherine Pope.

Charles Jordan, formerly of Corydon, and now living in New Albany, received his 50-year Masonic pin at Pisgah Lodge No. 32 F&AM meeting last week. He formerly operated a photography store in Corydon.

Births: Boys — Roberta Jean Eckart, Helen Darnell, Mary Hill; girls — Joyce Schreck, Barbara Barnickle, Roselyn Harris.

Deaths: Grace Pitman, 87; Jack Meyers, 51; Mildred Kerns; Jennifer Strong, infant; Norman E. Paris, 48; Floyd (Gene) Best, 37; Dwight Brewster, 58; Ellis E. Hottle, 52; Harold Duncan, 65.

65 years ago

June 6, 1956

Paul Taylor, principal of North Central School the past year, has resigned to accept a similar position at Crothersville. He was principal at New Salisbury two years before the school was merged with others to form North Harrison.

Alfred E. Speck, principal at Morgan Township High School, has resigned and will become principal of an elementary school in Columbus.

William Davis, a Ramsey rural letter carrier, has driven his mail route for 35 years without an accident or crash. He was awarded a certificate by the National Safety Council.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Ray Falkenburg, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smithley; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Cox, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Jantzen, Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Foreman, Mr. and Mrs. William K. Pinaire, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Eisert, Mr. and Mrs. William Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Quebberman.

Deaths: Conrad C. Damon, 84; Loretta Glaze, 54; John W. Emily, 83; Charlotte Burch, 82; Edna Hardsaw; Anna Vaughn, 71; Ida Lang, 87; Emma Haun, 84; Dewey Sherrill, 58; James W. Mowery.

75 years ago

June 12, 1946

Mrs. Laverne Craig Davis left Sunday for Fort Hamilton, N.Y., where she will receive sailing orders June 13. Mrs. Davis will join her husband, 1st Lt. Velmar Davis, who is stationed with the Quartermaster Corps at Naples, Italy.

Thousands of citizens of Harrison County and visitors welcomed home World War II veterans last Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday when a record crowd attended the Veterans Homecoming celebration at the Fairgrounds.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Dyer, Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord Gurtz, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Pflanz, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Hughes; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Asa Wright, Mr. and Mrs. James Frakes, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Heid.

Deaths: Griff L. Watson, 66; John P. Kochert, 68; Eli Wolfe, 75; Merle Conrad, 30; Robert E. Cooper, 61; Frances Steiner, 73; Perry M. Schmitt; Mrs. John Garing, 81.

100 years ago

June 15, 1921

County Superintendent and Mrs. A.O. Deweese and three children, Byrne, Marion and Harriett, are at Bloomington. Mr. and Mrs. Deweese are students at Indiana University.

Births: Boys — none; girls — Mr. and Mrs. William Day, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Prage.

Deaths: Amiel Stroud, 79; James T. Bush, 50; Mrs. Anna Holliday Shields, 62; Emmett Carroll; James R. Gibbs, 82; Reno Stephenson, 17; Mrs. Lucille Dalby, 75.