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June 30, 2021

15 years ago

June 28, 2006

A nine-man, three-woman jury in Harrison Superior Court deliberated a little more than an hour yesterday afternoon before finding Hobert Alan (Albert) Pittman, 25, guilty as charged in the shooting deaths of his father and step-grandmother and the near death of his stepmother in Mauckport two years ago. “I’m relieved,” said Albert Pittman’s stepmother, Linda Pittman, who survived a barrage of shotgun blasts by playing dead. “Thank God, justice was served.” Albert Pittman showed no emotion as the verdicts were read, but his mother, Eva Mullin, sobbed in the courtroom.

The Town of Corydon and Main Street Corydon have received two major grants totaling $917,920 to aid in a downtown revitalization project that began two years ago and which could give Chestnut Street a boost while paving the way for development at the Keller site. The State of Indiana’s Community Development Block Grant Brownfields Redevelopment Program accounted for a $500,000 grant to fund the demolition of several buildings at the former Keller Manufacturing Co. plant in downtown Corydon. The property, purchased by Main Street Corydon in July 2004, has been described by Main Street as a major safety hazard due to its wood construction, lack of sprinklers and close proximity to several historic homes along Capitol Avenue.

George and Penny Ioannidis, formerly of New Orleans, are the Hurricane Katrina story that doesn’t get told. Ever since Katrina crashed ashore last summer, they’ve been a lot happier. “We evacuated four times in the last 12 years. You just lock your door and pray you have something to come back to,” Penny said. After riding out Katrina, the Ioannidises had had enough. They moved to the place where they had planned to retire one day, near Corydon in Harrison County. The former Penny Shaffer was born and raised in Edwardsville, and, “I brought George up here years before the hurricane, and he fell in love with Corydon. We retired early. We were very blessed,” she said.

Sunday’s final round of the annual New Salisbury Membership Tournament not only had an obvious youth movement, but it also could have been named the North Harrison Invitational. At least three flights were won by players with North Harrison ties, and the Championship Flight was dominated by former and current Cougars’ players. The highlight of the day was the victory by Zach Davis (NH alum of ’05), who edged Ross Schulz (Class of ’03) by two strokes 141-143.

Deaths: Ray D. Parker, 76; Frances Kimbrel, 92; Thomas Newton, 57; Lois Clubb-Wisman, 75; Wanda J. Storey, 75; Glenn E. Snider Sr., 75; Mary Mattingly, 80; Robert Archibald, 62; Margaret Lawhorn, 82; Philip R. Paris Sr., 77; Virginia Roark, 83; Anthony Taylor, 45; Richard C. Sillings, 40; Adrian Y. Combs, 66.

25 years ago

July 3, 1996

Most doctors in Harrison County are so far opting out of a new managed-care health program for pregnant women on Medicaid and children on Aid to Families with Dependent Children. Under the new program, Hoosier Healthwise, recipients must select a Primary Medical Provider to oversee their care or a doctor will be assigned. Recipients will sign up when they are first approved for Medicaid under the AFDC program or when their case is reviewed in six months, said James Miller, director of Family and Children’s Services (welfare) in Harrison County.

Harrison County Police Officer Lee Hancock closely watches the youth who come through the sheriff’s department or are placed on probation. What’s he looking for? Hancock is keeping tabs on the almost 3,000 students he has graduated in the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program during the last six years. “Only three of those kids have been in any kind of trouble,” Hancock said. “Two of those weren’t even drug or alcohol related.”

A Mauckport man drowned Sunday — three days after his 19th birthday — while swimming in a quarry pit in southern Harrison County. Eric Jason Bowles, who was swimming with friends in a pit at a quarry on Lopp Circle Road near Mauckport may have become tired, said Conservation Officer Mac Spainhour. “His friends said he was a good swimmer,” he said. “He was swimming across the quarry when he apparently got tired.” The conservation officer estimated the quarry to be about 125 feet wide.

Sometimes it is easy to locate bluegill, while at other times it can be very difficult. You can catch bluegill all year round. Most fisherman start looking for, and finding, them in the shallows by the last week in April. The hardcore bluegill anglers find them in the shallows the first of March. Bluegill fishing really starts to turn on in the spring when the water temperatures warm up to the mid-60s or so. The fish are easy to find because they are swirling, darting and dashing around their nesting areas.

Deaths: Robert Knowland, 76; Sarah L. Falardo, 68; Joseph P. Wilson, 45; Beve N. Sizemore, 67; Raymond Hawkins, 84; Ermil Harmon, 96; Nellie H. Adams, 100; Leonard F. Cunningham, 81; Stoy E. Neaful Jr., 72; Marvis A. Blanck, 77; Charles A. Dyer, 50; Gerald David Williams Sr., 77; Harold Sullivan, 74.

50 years ago

June 30, 1971

Definite plans are being made for erection of a motel complex with restaurant and other facilities on the east side of State Road 135 just north of the intersection with Interstate 64. Chester Miller and Larry Orme will establish the hotel business.

Maurice M. Louden retired Wednesday as acting postmaster at Corydon. He had served 49 years in the postal service. New appointments for postmasters at Depauw and Marengo were announced last week. Dorothy Atkins will serve at Depauw, and Leon Lambdin at Marengo.

Judy Cato will leave Sunday for a visit with her brother, Captain Joe Cato, who is stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army.

William H. Davis graduated from Indiana University Law School with an AB degree from Miami University in Ohio. He plans to practice law with his father, Robert W. Davis, in Corydon.

Births: Boys — Pamela Allen, Ella Eckart, Betty Cook, Pamela Fleace; girls — Peggy McGuire, Mary Conrad, Sherry Reed.

Deaths: Charles J. Rupp, 87; William Monahan, 48; Mrs. Roy Meriwether, 78; Gerald A. Gettelfinger, 64; Charles Pectol, 71; Floyd Beard, 73; Daniel B. Love, 65; Irene Messmer, 58; Anna L. Sanders, 46.

65 years ago

June 27, 1956

Work has been progressing on the new Heth-Washington Grade School west of Central. The classrooms are expected to be completed in time for use in September. Miss Sallie Neely will be principal of the school.

William H. Davis, rural carrier at Ramsey, was given an award for 26 years of safe driving.

The Old State Capitol Post of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary won first place in the state Thursday for history of their unit. The first-place award has been won three times by the Old Capitol Post. Mrs. Harry Brandenburg is the post historian.

Edwin Wolpert, former principal of Elizabeth High School, has been employed as elementary principal at Crothersville.

The basement has been excavated for the new Calvary Baptist Church in New Salisbury on the site of one which burned in February. A one-story building is planned by the members.

Births:  Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Carl Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Russell; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Straub, Mr. and Mrs. James Miller.

Deaths: Maud Brady; Carl J. Bean, 53; Marjorie Baxley, 52; Anna Lind; Harry F. Poole, 35; Cora White; Celestine Rainforth; James Sappenfield.

65 years ago

July 3, 1946

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Hurst and family have moved into the home they purchased recently from George Feller.

Murlin Duggins has accepted employment as clerk in Lamon Davis Hardware Store.

Births: Boy — Mr. and Mrs. John A. Graft; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Brinley, Mr. and Mrs. J. Silverstein.

Deaths: Mary Catherine Johnson, 90; William Heishman, 89.

100 years ago

July 6, 1921

Marshall Kitterman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilford J. Kitterman, five miles south of Corydon, went to Indianapolis yesterday where he will have employment with his brother-in-law, Ora McKinney who is a gardener near the city.

Roy Brown opened a new meat market on Chestnut Street yesterday. He will be connected with Colvin and Farnsley who are in the grocery business. Until recently he was associated in the meat business with Ivan Grable.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Ed Becker, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Wheat; girls — none.

Death: Mrs. Elizabeth Funk, 57.

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