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November 24, 2021

15 years ago

November 22, 2006

On Monday night, the Harrison County Board of Commissioners approved $2.5 million for school debt reduction in the three public school districts. The payments will be applied to debt reduction for capital improvements at each of the schools, to reduce the amount needed from property taxpayers. Harrison County Auditor Pat Wolfe said if schools complete paperwork in time, the reduction will be reflected on tax bills received in 2007 for 2006. As in previous years, the $2.5 million reduction approved by the commissioners will be divided according to assessed valuations in the three school districts.

About 400 people turned out last week for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Harrison County Community Foundation. Celebrants heard first-hand plans for a $100 million upgrade of the Caesars gaming complex at Bridgeport. Harrahs previously announced a $50 million upgrade of the facility, but Tuesday night those plans were expanded to include both the four-level casino boat and the land improvements. The buffet celebration in the Colosseum at Caesars was attended by present and former directors of the Foundation, 2006 Advisory Council members, elected officials, charitable fund-holders, donors, grant recipients, Foundation staff and Caesars’ officials.

Harrison County’s three public school systems put their heads together recently to take a close look at safety programs in schools. For the past decade, school violence has become a major problem for school corporations across the country, with more than 400 violent deaths since 1992. Shootings have taken place in the small towns of Jonesboro, Ark., West Paducah, Ky., Lancaster County, Pa., and other places where no one thought anything like that could happen in their schools. To help find ways to make schools safe in Harrison County, the South Harrison Community School Corp. hosted a day-long safety seminar on Nov. 2, including a public session that evening.

When it comes to cleaning glass, Windex has nothing on South Central’s boys’ basketball team. In the lid-lifter for both squads, the Rebels thrashed host North Harrison on the boards, 53-30, with many of those being offensive rebounds. Coupled with a respectable shooting number for an opening night affair (27 of 57 for 47 percent) South Central was able to turn back North Harrison for the first time since 2001, 62-48. The Rebels raced out to a 14-3 advantage — bringing on three North Harrison time-outs in a five-minute span — in the opening quarter and never looked back, leading wire to wire in the victory.

Deaths: Mattie Hayden, 93; Mary Ruth McDaniel, 73; Joseph W. Hardesty, 56; Beverly Hoefler, 51; Robert J. James, 51; Elberta Beeler, 86; William Hargrave, 71; Eva A. Slaughterback, 94; Julia C. Bierman, 87; Yvonne M. Fentress, 52; Melissa L. Weathers, 58.

25 years ago

November 27, 1996

More than 20 Purdue University students who were asked to draw plans for making Big and Little Indian creeks more accessible to the public are about finished with their work, and they will be in Corydon Tuesday to present plans for public review. The meeting will be in the media center at Corydon Central High School. The center will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. with the informal presentations set to begin at 5:30. The students are enrolled in upper-level landscape architecture classes. They were enlisted, through an Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources Urban Forestry grant, to draw plans for making the corridors of Big and Little Indian creeks accessible for things like walking, running, bike-riding, enjoying nature and more.

Anna Jones and Eddie Wallace had a plan. She’d head up the effort at Keller Manufacturing’s New Salisbury plant, while he’d carry the message at Corydon. They divided their co-workers into teams, which met each week for four weeks. They secured gift certificates from area merchants, for food, gifts, even gasoline. Any Keller employee who donated to the United Way campaign would be eligible to win the gifts in a drawing. It worked. Employees of the 101-year-old woodworking company doubled their pledges from a year ago to just more than $20,000. The 101-percent increase earned the company the “Torchbearer” designation at the annual United Way Victory Celebration breakfast yesterday morning at Old Capitol United Methodist Church.

North Harrison High School was recently awarded a Technology Grant from the Indiana Dept. of Education that should eventually allow every student to access the Internet. Among other things, the $472,800 grant, announced last month, will help the corporation purchase equipment and train teachers in computer usage, said technology coordinator Harvey Trowbridge. The Technology Grant program was proposed by Gov. Evan Bayh in 1995 and passed by the legislature. Priority is given to schools with the lowest assessed valuation per student.

About this time a year ago, the Lanesville boys’ basketball team sat dejectedly in the visiting locker room at Corydon Central High School. The Eagles, had just been humbled by the hosts, 107-62, and they weren’t anticipating a cheerful Thanksgiving. Chances are the dinner table will look extra sweet this year. In a bruising contest, Lanesville turned the tables on the Panthers and turned them back 56-48 last night for its first win over Corydon Central since 1986.

Deaths: Adrian Foreman; Mary Hendricks, 48; H. Willis Means, 80; Mary E. Franks, 77; Altha M. Martin, 89; Norma Richert, 86; Allen Hollopeter, 66; Magdalen, 68; Frank Boyd, 68; Gladys R. Curtis, 76; Donna M. Stuart.

50 years ago

November 24, 1971

Songwriter Hoagy Carmichael visited the First State Capitol in Corydon last Thursday seeking information on the Constitution Elm. He needed the help for a picture he is considering to paint on the famous elm. Mr. Carmichael was enroute to French Lick to entertain.

Doug Breeden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Breeden, will study for one year at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in business and law. The study was awarded to him from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

After 23 years as manager of the Standard Oil Station at the intersection at New Salisbury, Walter L. Davis of Palmyra, left his station there Saturday. Bill Sieveking has taken over temporary charge of the station.

Joy Smith was crowned North Harrison Basketball Queen at the North Harrison-Marengo game last week. Brenda Best was crowned queen at the South Central-Perry Central game.

Births: Boys — Anna Zimmerman, Mrs. James LaPlant; girls — Sarah Reas, Patricia Jacobs, Rita Becht, Cinda Schrader, Mrs. Alvin McKim, Mrs. Charles Davis.

Deaths: C.C. Katterjohn, 79; George Purcell, 57; Naomi Baxley, 60; Gerald C. Lloyd, 73; James R. Swift, infant; Anne Fielding.

65 years ago

November 21, 1956

W. Kermit Rothrock has purchased the two-story business building on Chestnut Street, west of the Corydon Post Office, from the Harrison County Colombian Club. Mr. Rothrock plans to move the Auto License Branch office, for which he is the manager, from the Lamon-Davis Building.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Cato have purchased the home of Dr. and Mrs. Jack Moss in the Hoosier Heights Addition to Corydon.

Mandy Taylor of Corydon was presented a check for $1,500 from the Ford Motor Co. as payment for a suggestion in the building of automobiles.

Work is progressing on the new home of Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Seipel in east Lanesville. Work is also about completed on the new home for Mr. and Mrs. Herman Zollman south of Lanesville.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. James Quebberman, Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Westerfield, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schuppert, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Quebberman,  Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rothrock, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Sibert, Mr. and Mrs. James Padgett; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Lendell Pirtle, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Burns, Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ehalt, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Keilman, Mr. and Mrs. William McRae.

Deaths: Charles (Sonny) Sackstedter, 13; Katherine Smoot, 48; Catherine Higginbotham, 86; Homer Sprinkle; Fred P. Kraft, 86; Rose Kinney, 68; J. Edward Saulman, 78; Isaac Farris, 87.

75 years ago

November 27, 1946

Joe Kessler has leased the garage and machine repair shop of Harlan Roudenbush at Kings Cave. He formerly served as superintendent for the Mason-Hanger Construction Co. in Virginia and Wisconsin.

Mrs. A.P. Kannapel of Peoria, Ill., has sold her tract of land, where the Corydon Sales Barn is located, to Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Schmidt.

Births: Boy — Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Day; girl — Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sonner.

Deaths: Eliphalet Hickman, 83; Lucy Emery, 64; Otto Rogge, 87; William Roudenbush, 67; August Jenkins, 78; George W. Watson, 84; Roy Miller, 72; John L. Winders; Jesse Noon, 59.

100 years ago

November 20, 1921

Mrs. George Beal and daughter, Margaret Elizabeth, of Ramsey, are visiting her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Leffler of Crandall.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Lord and children and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Shickles and daughter, Murrel, spent Sunday with Jacob Shickles and family.

Births: Boys — none; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ashton, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Harley Babcock.

Deaths: Mrs. Peter Day, 70; Valentine Prell, 75; Frances Busey, 6; Mrs. Cynthia Jones, 82; Miss Valena E. Windell, 28; Mrs. Myrtle Denbo, 20; Mrs. Sarah A. Sherman.

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