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June 23, 2021

15 years ago

June 21, 2006

After some 2-1/2 days of testimony, the double murder trial of Hobert Alan (also known as Albert) Pittman, 26, nearly came to a halt Monday morning. Defense attorney Shane Gibson of New Albany moved for a mistrial after Andrew Naylor of Frankton, brother of the 22-year-old co-defendant, John Michael Naylor, testified that his brother knew Pittman “from prison.” The jury of nine men and five women were sent from the room by Superior Court Judge Roger D. Davis for an early lunch shortly after Gibson objected. Pittman is on trial for the double shooting deaths on June 12, 2004, of his father, Hobert Pittman, 59, and step-grandmother, Myrtle L. Satterfield, 80, at the Pittman home in Mauckport, and for the attempted murder by gunshot of his stepmother, Linda Pittman.

A Washington County man was arrested Thursday evening and charged with the stabbing death of his brother and injuring two teenagers at a house near Fredericksburg, not far from the Harrison-Washington County line. Joseph Abell, 26, of Fredericksburg appeared before a judge in Salem on Friday where he was formally charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder. Abell is being held without bond in the Washington County jail, and a trial is scheduled for Dec. 19.

An additional $175,000 in medical care costs for inmates in the Harrison County Jail will come from excess dollars in the account used to make justice center payments. That account is funded with part of the $1 economic development income tax levied on each $100 in annual income of residents. Out of that, more than $800,000 is paid each year on the justice center, which opened in 1996. Because the workforce has increased, the income on which the tax is collected has risen, thus resulting in more money than needed for the jail payments. Part of the income tax is also used to lower property taxes.

Deaths: Barnett R. Ripperdan Sr., 68; Estelle Poe, 82; Louis C. Ott, 86; Robert L. LaHue, 69; Thomas Dupont, 31; James Owings Jr., 68; Judy A. Cottrell, 53; Edith Oczkowski, 90.

25 years ago

June 26, 1996

When it comes to checks, big looks better. So the two checks totaling $6.75 million that arrived Friday were about the size of doorways. And they were met at the Harrison County Court House steps by whirring cameras, a flock of reporters and lots of smiling people, including Caesars World officials. “I’m thrilled to be here today,” said Peter G. Boynton, president of Caesars World, wiping his brow in the midst of bright, hot sunshine. “I’m getting used to this wonderful humidity.”

One of the most difficult challenges schools face is lack of access to juvenile court records, agreed a group of school officials at last week’s educational forum, sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau. The annual meeting, which included Harrison, Crawford and Washington counties, focused on transportation and discipline issues. It took place Wednesday evening at the Stagecoach restaurant in Palmyra. When the talk turned to discipline, Lanesville High School Principal Cecil Shrout said school administrators have been hamstrung by a lack of access to juvenile records.”We should be trusted with those records,” he said.

Fifty years and one long, wet winter and spring in the making, the 18-hole golf course at the Corydon Country Club is set to open on the Fourth of July. The club will host a members-only mixed scramble at 11 a.m. that day to open play on the expanded course. Meanwhile, a grand opening will take place in late July as the club commemorates its 50th anniversary. In conjunction with that celebration, the club will have its men’s and ladies’ championship tournaments. The new nine holes, designed by club member Paul Primavera, and built by Golf Development Construction of Louisville, will present golfers with a different kind of challenge.

Deaths: Mary E. Flock, 85; Darlene Cunningham, 74; Margaret Ahlemann; Edna Mae Higginbotham, 86; Irene Hammontree, 73; David K. Tolliver, 69; Martha Richert, 71; Levida T. Morgan, 87; Agnes A. Kenney, 51; Irma L. White, 65; William H. Cole, 46; Lois M. Lottick, 93; Wilford Deatrick, 85; Viola R. Luckett, 64.

50 years ago

June 23, 1971

Greyhound bus lines announced this week the opening of a new Greyhound service agency in Corydon. The ticket office will open with Wayne Knear, manager of the Corydon Ashland Service Station, located at Chestnut and Mulberry streets, in charge.

The Rev. David Senefeld will be leaving St. Michael’s Church at Bradford to become priest of St. Mary’s Parish in New Albany. The Rt. Rev. Monsignor James Jansen, who has been pastor at St. Mary’s, will become pastor at St. Michael’s.

Marcell Schoen is the new commander of Hornickel Post 377, American Legion at Elizabeth. Carl Byerly of Crandall became president of the Corydon Jaycees Monday night.

The hospital board of trustees has voted to name the new solarium “The L. Grace Carroll Solarium.” Miss Grace Carroll, a retired teacher, established a trust in memory of her father and mother, Stephen and Margaret Carroll, to be used for recuperating patients.

Births: Boys — Phyllis Carver, Bonnie Bullington; girls — Phyllis Wise, Linda Windell, Barbara Knear, Jackie Merry, Beulah Royse.

Deaths: Chester B. Stem; George Daugherty, 81; Martine Smith, infant; Thomas E. Baker, 53; Cleo Case, 66; Wilbur Stults, 57; Genevieve Davis, 80; Pearl Beal, 83; Verna Davis, 78; Beatrice Kron.

65 years ago

June 20, 1956

Parvin Baumgart has been employed to succeed Charles R. Bell as principal of Lanesville High School. Mr. Bell has accepted the position as principal of the new Pineview School on Corydon Pike west of New Albany.

Dr. S.W. Martin and family are moving this week from their home three miles east of Corydon to Beckley, W.Va. Dr. Martin has accepted the offer as a residency for surgery in the new Miners Memorial Hospital near Beckley.

Work is progressing on the new residence of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kitterman in Ashton Heights. The Kittermans sold their home to Mr. and Mrs. Buell Amy.

Col. Albert C. Windell graduated from the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and has been assigned to the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C. He is a native of Washington Township.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. John Sipes, Mr. and Mrs. James D. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Feller; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Foster Stephens, Mr. and Mrs. H.V. Withers, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace V. Kron.

Deaths: Wesley Pace, 59; Ambrosia Oster; Carrie Carver, 65; Robert O. Husson, 64; Lyman Knowland, 79.

75 years ago

June 26, 1946

Dale Coleman of Palmyra will leave Thursday for Chicago, where he has accepted a position in the Buying Department of Sears, Roebuck & Co.

William Lockhart has accepted employment in the office of the Continental Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

Births: Boy — Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Brent; girl — Mr. and Mrs. Austin Berg.

Deaths: Lillian McGuirk, 45; Mary Goldsmith, 60; Henry Jones, 38; James R. Newhouse, 51; Walter Denbo, 58; Dr. Amzi Kannapel, 66; Mrs. Ida Rowe, 82.

100 years ago

June 29, 1921

O.S. Wright, William Chinn, George C. Irwin and Herman Kopp of this place visited Harrison County’s gas field near Laconia last Sunday. They also went to New Albany by way of Elizabeth and Bridgeport. They also visited the country north east of New Albany near Sellersburg. They made the trip in Wright’s car.

Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Harvey of Houston, Texas, are visiting Mrs. Harvey’s mother, Mrs. Joseph DeWeese.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Claude A. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. S.D. Brumsor, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Becker; girls — none.

Deaths: John Zabel, 81; Isaac Machery, 59; Miss Anna L. Henneman, 19; Sam Lopp, 61; William Harrison Watson, 55; Jesse Evans, 40; Mrs. Minnie Borde; Mrs. America Emmaline Sharron, 61.

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