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15 years ago

November 29, 2006

The Harrison County Commissioners Monday night asked for $75,000 from the Harrison County Council to pay RQAW, an engineering firm from Indianapolis, to update the 20-year master plan for Harrison County government buildings. This is the second time the commissioners have requested this amount this year. “We haven’t implemented anything other than the first phase of the 20-year plan, which was the renovation of this building (Harrison County Court House),” J.R. Eckart, commissioner chair, told the council. Not all council members seemed pleased with the request, however, saying it seemed “like a lot of money for a plan.”

Crawford County officials Monday night pitched their argument in favor of retaining the eight-percent share of riverboat revenue it receives from Harrison County, which averages about $1.5 million a year. “It’s been very beneficial,” Crawford County Council attorney Marcus Burgher IV told the Harrison County Council during its planning session. “Crawford County has come to rely on that money.” The issue of revenue sharing in general was up for discussion, said council chair Gary Davis, because interlocal agreements allowing Harrison County to share its riverboat revenue have expired.

Oohs and aahs could be heard throughout the Corydon town square Saturday night as thousands of tiny white lights were turned on during the annual Light Up Corydon festivities. The Corydon Central Vanguard and band boosters had spent considerable time stringing the lights in the past couple of weeks leading up to Saturday’s event. “The band did a great job,” said Jim LaDuke of Corydon. “It’s the best job I’ve seen in recent years.” Mild temperatures for this time of year may have enticed more people to come to the event, or at least come earlier, before the lights were turned on at 6:30 p.m.

Two local boys’ basketball teams tipped off another season Saturday night, as the Lanesville Eagles made it two in a row over the Corydon Central Panthers, 58-56. Despite the fact that Light Up Corydon was going on that night after temperatures reached a balmy 70 degrees in the afternoon, it didn’t stop fans from filling Lanesville’s gymnasium for the annual tussle. “Any time you can come out with a win in the first game of the year, it puts you in a good mindset for the season,” said Lanesville coach Mikel Miller. “I thought the game was going to come down to the last possession.”

Deaths: Arthur L. Byerley, 85; Dallas H. Roberts, 82; Edith Honaker, 58; Robert G. Lanham, 63; Hazel Colvin, 76; Martin E. Wilcox, 48; Patricia L. Bierly, 71; Robert C. Rutherford, 82; Dorothy Franck, 89; Norman E. Craig, 87.

25 years ago

December 4, 1996

Caesars World Inc., issued a preliminary gaming license in May from the Indiana Gaming Commission, is facing new challengers after beating four other casino companies and their proposed sites for a riverboat gambling complex. The new challenges include toads, snakes and rodents. Dr. Claude Baker, professor and coordinator of biology at Indiana University Southeast, has requested a broad spectrum environmental impact statement to document and survey the natural resources at Caesars’ site near Bridgeport.

The Next Step, a support center in Corydon for recovering alcoholics and other substance abusers, hopes to open a halfway house to bolster recovery. “The project is in the preliminary stages,” said Wayne Buchinsky, director of LifeSpring Mental Health Services in Harrison County and a member of The Next Step’s board of directors. A halfway house would provide a stabilizing environment for adults in the early, critical stages of recovery, Buchinsky said. Few details of the project are complete, but the organization has purchased an old, deteriorating farm house on the north side of the center. It will be demolished and replaced with co-ed housing.

A one-year contract for psychiatric services at the jail was unanimously approved Monday by the Harrison County Board of Commissioners, contingent on funding approval from the county council. LifeSpring Mental Health Services will seek $15,000 to cover 20 psychiatric consultations a year (no time limit is given) plus $150 hourly for evaluations in excess of 20. If funding is approved, a psychiatrist would spend up to three hours per week at the jail, performing inmate consultations for those who are held more than 48 hours, prescribing medications when necessary and providing follow-up care.

Corydon Central’s search for a victory proved as long and winding as the road that took it to Brownstown Friday night. The Panthers rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to take a three-point lead in the final 20 seconds of regulation only to relinquish it and lose the Mid-Southern Conference game in overtime 59-57. “The bottom line is inexperience right now,” said Corydon Central coach Bob Pels. “We’re just not making the key plays at the end of the game. I think it’ll get better though, and I think the shooting’s going to get better, too.”

Deaths: James Troutman, 63; Gale R. Beardsley, 76; Carl Schellenberger, 47; the Rev. Donald A. Grinar, 69; Thomas Bruner, 72; Oral Gutknecht, 81; Frank J. Sramek, 76; William M. Carden Sr., 75; Esther Vaughn, 91; Mary Ferguson, 92.

50 years ago

December 1, 1971

On Sunday, Dec. 12, at 12:01 a.m., Eureka Telephone Co. will put into service its new central office at Palmyra. Customers in the Palmyra area will have the most modern up-to-date service available in the telephone industry.

The Schmidt Cabinet Co., which started 12 years ago at New Salisbury as a family venture in a garage and has grown to one of Harrison County’s major industries employing 125 persons, has announced plans for a major expansion and revamping.

James O. Conlee of Elizabeth was recently recognized for 30 years of service with the federal government. He is the quality control representative at the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant in Charlestown.

Peter L. Cleveland of Lanesville has enlisted in the Navy and left for recruit training at Great Lakes, Ill.

Mr. and Mrs. James Renaker have moved from Corydon to Salem. Mr. Renaker is associated with his uncle, E. Conrad Renaker, in operation of The Fair Store.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pearson, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Jenkins; girl — Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Schoen.

Deaths: Ruth Brengman, 61; Esther Hamilton; Dale Lee Stoffer, 14; Lt. Col. Harry M. Funk, 54; Joe Lynn Allen, 37; Elwood A. Baxter, 49; Delores Curts, 49.

65 years ago

November 28, 1956

One of the largest trees in the community is being removed from the lot recently sold by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brandenburg on South Mulberry Street to the John C. Groub Co. of Seymour. The firm plans to build a supermarket on the lot where the Brandenburg home has been situated and on adjoining lots.

Lewis A. Jones has been appointed to the Harrison County Alcohol Beverage Commission to succeed John W. Walker, who resigned.

The new gymnasium-auditorium at North Central High School was dedicated last Saturday night preceding the Charlestown-North Central basketball game. State Supt. Wilbur Young complimented the people of the three townships and board members for their work in providing the building. He said, “Who knows, but there may be a future president of the United States in this room tonight.”

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Paul Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Longacre, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Shireman, Mr. and Mrs. Huston Ernstberger, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Lemmel; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Stephenson, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Backherms.

Deaths: Morris Fleshman, 79; Mrs. Lou Timberlake, 73; Mrs. Mollie Lillpop, 73; Mrs. Roy Downs; Bill Conrad, 64; Roy Parsonage, 69; Edgar H. Colin, 71.

75 years ago

December 4, 1946

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Eckert, son E.J. and daughter Judy have moved from New Albany to New Middletown. Mr. Eckert bought the store from Frank McCollum. The McCollums moved to New Albany.

Cecil W. Miles has sold his interest in the lumber and building material business of the Hurst-Miles Hardware & Lumber Co. to Robert L. Stepro. The new firm, Hurst-Stepro Lumber Co., will be headed by Parker Hurst as president.

Births: Boy — Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sparks; girl — Mr. and Mrs. Shirley Zenon.

Deaths: Claude N. Boone, 61; Cora Seacat, 82; John King, 74; Julius Sibert, 66; the Rev. Wilbur Huffer, 73.

100 years ago

December 7, 1921

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Herter, Mr. Herter’s sister, Mrs. Ed Sanford, and husband and son, Charles Edward, of New Albany, motored out to visit their aunt, Mrs. Lena Resch, near New Middletown last Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. Claud Hurst and Mrs. Edward LaHue entertained a number of their friends with a dance at the Y.B.M.C. Hall last Wednesday night.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Kelley, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Kirkham, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Vogt, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Martin, girl — Mr. and Mrs. Emil Miller.

Deaths: Mrs. Mary Windell, 76; Talmage Weber, 2; Enoch Hancock, 80; Horace Swarts; Verna Faith, infant.