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August 4, 2021

15 years ago

August 2, 2006

A family argument may have precipitated the sniper attacks late last month that claimed the life of a New Albany man. Zachariah Blanton, 17, of Gaston, appeared in Jackson Circuit Court last Wednesday after he was arrested late afternoon on July 25, two days after allegedly opening fire on vehicles driving on Interstate 65 near Seymour and Interstate 69 west of Muncie. He faces one count each of murder and attempted murder and three counts of criminal recklessness. Jerry L. Ross was killed early Sunday morning as he was riding in a pickup truck with his two brothers.

The three Hs are here this week: heat, humidity and the Harrison County Fair. And the combination of those three have Steve Haggard “sweating all over.” Haggard, president of the Harrison County Agricultural Society, isn’t the only one who’s having trouble staying cool at the fair. On Sunday night, a woman riding a horse in the annual parade apparently fainted as she reached for a bottle of water. She reportedly was fine after being checked by EMTs. A swine taken to the fairgrounds on Sunday wasn’t as fortunate; it died from the heat. Fair board member Jim Cavins said they encourage participants to bring their animals to the fairgrounds early in the morning or at night so they don’t get overheated.

About a week from now, big yellow school buses will roll out for the first time this school year in the north and the south. Lanesville’s started Monday. What many parents and other motorists may not know is that the planning for such an event has been underway for quite some time. After all, a school bus driver has an awesome responsibility. “Those children are the most precious cargo there is,” said North Harrison’s transportation director Ken Oppel. “Our drivers are very responsible. They take their jobs seriously.” Transportation director Sam Day, South Harrison Community School Corp., and Matt Kellems, director of transportation at Lanesville, would say the same.

One of the best attended events at the Harrison County Fair took place on Monday night, as thousands of fans braved the heat to take in the annual small-car demolition derby and a big-car cage match. Tiffany Applegate, who was the only female driver in the derbies, started the night’s festivities by winning the Pretty Car Contest. In the first of two heat races, where the top two cars advanced to the feature, Patrick and Greg Wright emerged and Michael Rhoads was third, earning a trophy for his efforts. The second heat saw Jason Morgan and Chris Stepro move on, along with No. 1000 car of Tim McCouley.

Deaths: Wilma E. Fuehring, 89; Sharon K. Cline, 65; Gordon Johnson, 63; Richard L. Deen, 65; Nellie L. Mahoney, 88; Patricia A. Atkins, 66; Dorothy C. Collins, 59; Elnora F. Boze, 80; Juliette Lelois, 85.

25 years ago

August 7, 1996

In an effort to ease its space crunch, Harrison County Hospital has purchased two nearby homes. The hospital is essentially landlocked, and hopes to use the new property along Atwood Street to house its home health department and to increase parking. Two homeowners have agreed to sell: Carl and Marilyn Walter, who live at 330 Atwood St., and Darrell and Mary Lou Rothrock, who live at 290 Harrison Drive, at the corner of Harrison and Atwood. Both homes are part of the Ashton Heights subdivision, which was developed in the early 1950s. However, the subdivision deeds contain restrictive covenants that prohibit using the lots for anything but homes, so the Walters and Rothrocks, along with hospital representatives, have been circulating a petition through the neighborhood to modify the covenants.

A lingering resentment bubbled to the surface at Monday morning’s regular meeting of the Harrison County commissioners. In an exchange with Gloria Scott, who represents a volunteer group advocating an animal shelter in Harrison County, Commissioner Terry Miller chastised Scott for having close ties with a dissident group known as Voice of the People (VOP). VOP, led by Lee Cable and Walter Carter of Elizabeth, has harshly criticized the commissioners — particularly Miller, who represents the Elizabeth area — on a number of issues. Harrison Educational Animal Responsibility Team has volunteered to help run a shelter, but Miller said flatly that he wouldn’t feel comfortable turning over county money to a private group.

People in Southern Indiana have long been aware of the scenic roads they can travel along the Ohio River. The state even designated certain stretches of highways — such as the Lincoln Heritage Trail on S.R. 62 that passes through Harrison and Crawford counties — as scenic routes. Now, two other scenic routes — George Rogers Clark Trail and the Ohio River Scenic Route — have joined with the Lincoln Heritage Trail and have been designated a “National Scenic Byway.”

Kevin Nash has won just about everything there is to win at the New Salisbury Golf Course, but Sunday’s triumph in the club’s annual invitational was particularly sweet. “Twenty-two or 23 years and no one from here has ever won it,” Nash said. “Now it’s changed. I’ve been trying to do that since I got out of high school in ’84, so it only took me, what, 12 years?” Nash, who recently turned 30, has won eight club championships, including the last seven, at New Salisbury, but he has experienced his share of frustration in the invitational. “It means a lot,” he said.

Deaths: Randolph Jones, 74; Elice Gabbard, 76; Elsie Kaegi, 93; Betty J. Lincoln, 56; James E. Gibson, 51; Frances Day, 79; Terry W. Merritt, 49; Joyce Popham, 63.

50 years ago

August 4, 1971

Open house will take place Saturday and Sunday at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home at the completion of its new chapel. The funeral home dates back to 1916 when Clarence Gehlbach and Ray Resch opened the first funeral home in Harrison County at New Middletown. The operation was moved to Corydon in 1929.

The Blain Hays Sr. building, located at the corner of South Capitol Avenue and Chestnut Street, is being torn down to make room for church expansion of the Old Capitol United Methodist Church.

Alva Wiseman, who will be 92 in November, attended his 91st Harrison County Fair last week.

Dr. Frank Denzinger has opened an office on State Street in New Albany for his dental practice. A graduate of Corydon Central High School, Frank is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Denzinger who operates the Lincoln Hills Motel in Corydon.

Births: Boys — Gayle Cox, Virgie Schmitt, Judy Hamm, Mrs. James Wenning; girls — Lynda Alexander, Martha McAdams, Mrs. Floyd Webster, Sharon Thompson.

Deaths: James Applegate, 84; Joseph (Doug) Brown, 53; Chester A. Fox, 73; Anna L. Shaffer, 81.

65 years ago

August 1, 1956

Corydon Christian Church will be razed to make room for the new structure on the same site. The new structure will be one story with a Bedford stone exterior.

The Rev. David Scull is retiring after serving 27 years in the ministry. He formerly served the New Middletown charge in Harrison County but had been pastor at the Jeffersonville E.U.B. Church the past five years.

Chester Bruner of Depauw we re-elected chairman of the Harrison County ASC last week. Mary Eisenmenger was appointed office manager.

Emory Bruner will succeed Lewis A. Jones as American Red Cross head in Harrison County.

The Rev. John Bare was resigned as pastor of the Christian churches at Central, Highland, Union Chapel and Hill Grove after serving 10 years. Health problems in the family were his reason for returning to Andrew, Ind.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. David Blank, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Gibbs, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Dyer, Mr. and Mrs. James Orman, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bruce; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hendricks, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Sturgeon, Mr. and Mrs. James Saulman, Mr. and Mrs. James Redden, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Feller.

Deaths: Lawrence S. Davis, 77; Cecil G. Conrad, 40; Clyde A. Phillips, 76; Sister Longina, 92.

75 years ago

August 7, 1946

The Rev. and Mrs. E.A. Struble of Columbus are spending this week at their farm east of Mauckport. The Rev. Struble is minister of the U.B. Church with more than 700 members at Columbus.

Miss Jean Atwood left Monday for Kansas City, Mo., where she has accepted a position in the Nazarene Publishing House in that city.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hoehn, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Miller; girl — Mr. and Mrs. John Frederick.

Deaths: Harold Hartman, 20; Arthur Winter; Mrs. Lucy Hohimer; Mrs. Ollie Engleman, 75; John B. Stalcup, 77.

100 years ago

August 10, 1921

Mrs. George Fleshman and two children, Sterling and Ammie, of Bruceville, visited her uncle, Robert Redden, and his wife enroute to New Amsterdam to visit her father, William Redden, and other relatives.

Miss Lottie Hunter, who has had employment at Bloomington, came home last week to assist in caring for her grandmother, Mrs. Charlotte Benton, who is ill.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Gunther, Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Brown; girl — Mr. and Mrs. Ruskin F. Rowe.

Deaths: John H. Lewis, 70; William Smith, 63; James Daily, 62; Miss Sina Breeden, 15; Paul Breeden, 11; Mrs. Laura Vogel, 63.