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August 11, 2021

15 years ago

August 9, 2006

A long-awaited dream came true for many Harrison Countians with the dedication Sunday of The House of New Beginnings. The 30-bed, 8,000-square-foot residence for recovering alcohol and other substance abusers is expected to open in a few weeks, said director Brian Dearing. The day could not come soon enough for those who have worked many years to see the project to fruition. The House of New Beginnings incorporated as a nonprofit in 1999 as an offshoot of The Next Step, a self-help center for recovering substance abusers nearby. The $1 million red brick building will provide a carefully supervised home for men in recovery.

Last week’s heat and humidity may have kept attendance down slightly at the annual Harrison County Fair, but Steve Haggard was thankful it didn’t rain. “It was pretty hot,” he said, “but I was happy with it.” The fair, now 147 years old, is sponsored by the Harrison County Agricultural Society. Temperatures in the upper 90s with a heat index over 100 took its toll on some livestock during the week. A swine died on opening day, July 30, and some rabbits died Thursday. A few humans were treated for heat exhaustion during the week.

Children who attend the World on the Square in Corydon on Saturday, Aug. 12, will get to do what children all over the world do easily and naturally: Play games. Dr. Claudia Crump of New Albany, a retired professor at Indiana University Southeast who has traveled all over the world, asked four students to research games from Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States. Kids at World on the Square can learn about one or all the games and then play them as many times as they want. They’ll also learn where the games originated with a “globe toss” played with 18-inch-diameter inflatable globes. (Some will be given away as prizes.)

Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. said the third season of the popular World Series of Poker Circuit will include 11 tournament stops that will bring high-stakes poker action and excitement to players at nine Harrah’s-operated casinos around the country. “For the first time, our Circuit events are tied to the World Series of Poker in Las Vega,” said Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the WSOP. “If you win the $5,000 buy-in no-limit hold ‘em Circuit championship at one of our properties, you’re headed to Las Vegas to play in our Main Event.” Included on the 11-stop tour will be a pair of visits to Caesars Indiana’s Glory of Rome riverboat casino.

Deaths: Lily M. Highfill, 74; Carlos E. Howard, 63; James Stephan, 57; Karl Tucker Sr., 83; George W. Adkins, 76; Paul F. Kraft Sr., 79.

25 years ago

August 14, 1996

With the costs of institutional care for juvenile delinquents ranging from $55 to $290 per day, Harrison County’s bills had reached almost $360,000 in July, officials said. But steps taken Saturday by the county council may get the debt negotiated downward and paid. Steve Haggard, chairman of the council, said an ordinance unintentionally adopted Saturday will allow the state to pay part of the funds it holds in reserve from the County Adjusted Gross-Income Tax. The ordinance allows the state to keep three months worth of income taxes instead of six, which has been the case since the tax was first distributed in 1992.

James L. Pressner has had to get used to going to church without packing a loaded pistol. That’s because Pressner recently returned from a six-month tour of duty in a war-ravaged Bosnia-Herzegovina. He wore his pistol everywhere he went, even Mass. Pressner, 46, is the principal at South Central Junior-Senior High School. He’s also a major in the U.S. Army Reserve. When the United States joined several other European countries in trying to stop the relentless civil war in Bosnia last year, Pressner was pressed into duty again, just like he was during Desert Storm in 1991. Pressner said the destruction he saw in blasted places like Sarajevo and Mostar is worse than what he saw in Kuwait during the war against Iraq.

Without sounding alarmist, it’s pretty much now or never if you want input into the revised Harrison County comprehensive plan. The document, about 150 pages thick and more than 18 months in the making, will be the subject of its fourth and final public meeting tomorrow (Thursday) at the Harrison County Office Building. The open meeting between the plan commission and an advisory planning board begins tomorrow. Consultant Pete Fritz was hired to revise the plan and began doing so early in 1995. His firm, Cole Associates Inc. of Indianapolis, has gathered reams of data about the county.

Both of Harrison County’s high school football teams will participate in controlled scrimmages this Saturday. North Harrison will host West Washington at 10 a.m. Corydon Central will travel to Perry Central. The clocks will run continuously, except for injury.

Deaths: Wallace Bartlett, 75; Barbara A. Hofert, 37; Goldie C. Bube, 87; Ruth A. Harmon, 79; William T. Poe, 72; Kathryn Butt, 87; David E. Baylor, 32; Edward N. Hubbuch Jr.; Lowell Bullington, 65; Martha Russ, 67; Joshua D. Bennett, infant; Agnes O. Martin, 67; John F. Uhl, 61; Edna F. Pierce, 89.

50 years ago

August 11, 1971

Kenneth Ray Collard of Depauw has enlisted in the U.S. Navy and is taking his basic training at Great Lakes, Ill.

A new bridge is being erected over Big Indian Creek in West Corydon. It will be part of the construction for the S.R. 135 by-pass west of Corydon and south of the Hayswood Nature Reserve.

The Corydon Rotary Club is sponsoring a drive for funds to purchase an artificial kidney machine. The money will be given to the hospital, and the machine will be owned by the hospital.

Miss Velda Rothrock has returned from a six-week visit with her sister and brother-in-law, SSG and Mrs. Floyd Raisor at Glen Muchweiler, Germany. She also visited Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg.

Births: Boys — Ann Kinslow, Betty Rogers, Cassie Deckard, Edna Hardy, Mary Lou Booth; girl — Sandra Jenkins.

Deaths: Arthur Goldman, 73; Walker Maulden, 72; Ethel Mosier, 83; Albert Schuring, 84; George E. Condra, 83.

65 years ago

August 8, 1956

An electrical storm last Wednesday night caused what is considered one of the greatest dairy catastrophies in Harrison County in many years. Twenty-nine head of cattle were killed on the farm owned by Dewey Hickman and John Bye, north of Corydon. The cattle were standing under a tree.

Mrs. Herman Funk Jr. has been appointed clerk of the circuit court to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of her husband, Mr. Funk, who accepted a position with the Old Capital Bank and Trust Co. Mr. Funk had served more than seven-and-one-half years.

Mr. and Mrs. George Hess, daughter Betty Jo and son Alan moved last week into their new home west of Corydon, which they recently purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Dale Simler.

Miss Shelia Williamson from Trinidad is visiting her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. James D. Williams.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Merle O’Bryan, Mr. and Mrs. John Byerley, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Bays, Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Bruce; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Joe T. Cape, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Richmer.

Deaths: James E. Conrad, 85; Homer Sharp, 52; Lyman Haycox, 63; Mrs. Fred Lemmon Lincecum; Susan Lee Elam, infant; Albert J. Scott, 47; Franklin P. Briscoe, 81; Mrs. Grover Baelz, 60; Herman E. Miller, 52.

75 years ago

August 14, 1946

Mr. and Mrs. Ira Simler and sons, Dale and Ray, and Mr. and Mrs. Norval Yeager have gone to Sunnyside, Wash., to spend a month with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Funk.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bye of Spencer Township left Friday for Grand Rapids, Mich., to visit their son, Olaf Bye, and family.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Ed Lee Hudson, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Davis; girl — Mr. and Mrs. Huber Wenning.

Deaths: Robert (Red) Lemmon, 57; Louise Cotner, 79; Alfred C. Beaver, 17; Edith Breeden, 79.

100 years ago

August 17, 1921

Miss Georgia Duggins of North Boone, Mr. and Mrs. James Holliday, Sidney Shields, Harrison Beckhart and Carl Hornickle of South Boone have returned from Danville, where they have attended school.

The bungalow which is being erected on Oak Street by L.A. Meech is nearing completion. It is a conveniently arranged residence; all space under the roof is being utilized. The exterior will be stuccoed, which will be a departure from the usual building custom of Corydon. George H. Feller is the carpenter.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Williar, Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Leffler, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar R. Dietrich; girls — Mr. and Mrs. George Scharff Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Heishman.

Death: William Radcliff, 49.