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15 years ago

May 2, 2007

The Indiana General Assembly approved a two-year, $26 billion budget late Sunday night which will provide increases in annual spending for Indiana schools and Medicaid and $550 million in property tax relief for homeowners. Gov. Mitch Daniels said he will sign the bill. The assembly also passed legislation Sunday night that prohibits Indiana’s five riverboat casinos from relocating.

A former Kentucky educator has been selected as the next principal at North Harrison Middle School. Karen Lambertus was unanimously approved Monday night during a special meeting of the five-member school board for North Harrison Community School Corp. Lambertus succeeds Jon Howerton, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Howerton’s first year at the North Harrison school system was the 1970-71 school year. He has spent the last 32 years as principal at NHMS.

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners held a short meeting Saturday afternoon to discuss proposed amendments to the subdivision ordinance that were designed to slow the division of undeveloped land. The meeting lasted less than 20 minutes. County planner Eric Wise told the commissioners in March they had until May 7 to act on the request or it would automatically be approved. The commissioners motioned to hold a special meeting on the amendments with the stipulation that if the meeting did not occur, the amendments would automatically be denied.

Harrison County Facilities Maintenance Supervisor David Simon served in the military for 20 years, so he’s no stranger to stressful situations. But even he admits adjusting to life without Harrison County Animal Control officer Mike Gentry, who was involved in a serious vehicle crash April 22, has been — at times — overwhelming. Simon has taken over running the day-to-day operations of the animal control facility while the new full-time employee, Rylanda Mixon of Corydon, gets up to speed.

It was a night of black and red as the Corydon Central Panthers and Brownstown Central Lady Braves dominated the North Harrison Invitational track meet Friday night. It was the first big meet after many weather cancellations thus far this season. Many teams were looking to find out where they were at amongst both conference and sectional opponents.

Deaths: Rowena Cunningham Miller, 75; Wanda R. Cropper, 71; Judy A. McAdams, 60; Alma Ritchey Morton, 81; David E. (Billy) Boone, 76; Ronald R. Miller, 65; Lester Ray Wiseman, 78; Lester (Bud) McRae, 69; Mary Katherine West, 90; Donald G. Kitterman, 77; Steve A. Salisbury, 88; Clarence James Vincent, 92; Fairley (Fuzzy) Stinnett, 84; Dean (Dee) Shockley Duncan, 73; Maxine L. Pancake, 97; Roger D. Mosier, 42; Rose Mary Johnson, 67; Ada M. Foley, 84.

25 years ago

May 7, 1997

The Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources is preparing for a public hearing on a request from Caesars World/RDI to build along the Ohio River. Th gaming company — which has a preliminary license to operate a floating casino at Bridgeport in southeastern Harrison County — must get permission from the DNR to build in the floodway. Stephen Sellers, director of public information for the DNR, said the department is in the process of setting up the hearing, which will be conducted in Harrison County, probably within the next three to five weeks. Caesars World/RDI also needs a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to operate on the river. That decision is expected by the summer. Meanwhile, at its regular meeting Monday morning, the Harrison County Board of Commissioners approved the gaming company’s planned unit development district. The district had been passed to the board with a favorable recommendation from the plan commission, which conducted a public hearing last month.

Harrison County taxpayers will pay some $8,000 that the financially strapped Hoosier Valley Economic Opportunity Corp. mismanaged while administering a housing grant that helped low- to moderate-income residents buy homes. HVEOC doesn’t have the money to pay three grants that had been approved for closing costs, nor does it have funds to reimburse money to the Indiana Housing Finance Authority that was approved for another purchase that fell through.

Last summer, just a couple of weeks into his new job as South Harrison school superintendent, Dr. Neyland Clark got a telephone call from a New Middletown resident. The caller suggested that the grass needed mowing at the baseball field near New Middletown Elementary School. Clark realized before he took his job that the school was an important part of the New Middletown community, but that call further drove home the point. Now, as the school board considers what to do with the old, run-down building, residents are coming forward to show their support for the school.

Harrison County native Joe A. Pitman, former principal at Corydon, Silver Creek and Seymour schools during a half century in public school education, died May 1 at the Medical Center of Southern Indiana in Charlestown. He was 86.

The Silver Creek Dragons broke open a close game with a six-run sixth inning and dealt home-standing Corydon Central a 10-2 Mid-Southern Conference loss Monday afternoon. The first seven Dragons’ batters reached base in the sixth. Steve Hoehn and Craig Hargett each drove in a pair of runs to key the rally. The Panthers also committed three of their five errors during that inning.

Deaths: Walter (Hap) Zabel, 81; Elmer L. Sturgeon, 72; Millard W. Hanson, 79; Warden S. Grunden, 64; Lois E. (Betty) Dome, 86; Eric Lee (Rick) Atkinson, 45; Juanita Hieb, 82; Idella K. Kellem Mifflin, 73; James W. Taylor Jr., 52; Claude M. (Capt.) Neafus, 88; Ruby Jo Theising, 38; Elizabeth Feller McCormick, 90; Cleo Thompson, 87; Iville R. St. Clair Jr., 51; Willard Davis, 78; Henry V. (Hank) Taliaferro, 69; Lewis D. Deen, 65; Joe Pitman, 86

50 years ago

May 3, 1972

Allan M. Steinberg, owner of North Heth Woods near Central, was recently named by the Louisville Jaycees as an outstanding young man for the city of Louisville, for 1971.

John Wood, head basketball coach at Corydon Central High School for the past seven seasons, has accepted a similar position at New Palestine High School.

Special recognition is being made to four Indiana State Police officers who serve in Harrison County during National Police Week. They are Donald Mayden of New Salisbury, Clyde Sailor of Corydon, Kenneth Spencer of New Salisbury and Melvin Wall of Corydon.

Elmer (Pete) Keene, long-time manager of The Fair Store, became manager of the Western Auto Store on Monday. Hobart Poellein is owner of the local Western Auto Store.

Dave Purcell is opening a photography studio in the Crayden building next door to the Ramsey Post Office.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bye, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Skaggs, Mr. and Mrs. Duane Yocum; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Dale, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Heishman, Mr. and Mrs. Verlin Whitman.

Deaths: Daniel H. Winsett, 71; Clara Radmacher, 85; Robert Spade, 58; Victor Henriott, 57; Earl Miller, 76; Guy Smith, 67; Ethel Murphy, 87; Claude W. Lotich, 75; George Fluhr.

65 years ago

May 1, 1957

Roger Ashton suffered severe injury last Thursday afternoon when he slipped while operating a power lawn mower, and his right foot was struck by the revolving blade. Three of his toes were cut off.

Awards at the Corydon Central High School basketball banquet last Thursday night went to Cliffy Hurst (Outstanding Athlete), Kenneth Bently (Sportsmanship Trophy) and Polk Pendleton (Best Free Throw Record).

Phillip Eskew, superintendent of Sullivan Public Schools, will deliver the commencement address next Tuesday for the Laconia High School seniors.

Work is progressing on the new residence being erected by A.R. Miller and Chester Miller on the hill near the turn of State Highway 337 in the Loweth Addition.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. William Bryant, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harbeson, Mr. and Mrs. Kedric King, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. Enos Hallowell; girls — Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Love.

Deaths: Willard C. Tindall, 75; Arthur B. Richert, 74; Ray Warrick, 65; Harry W. Shields, 75; Lewis Crawford, 870; Wilford L. Giles, 80; Ola Windell, 77; William S. Sharp, 89; Charles Tabler; Eugene R. Roby, 67.

75 years ago

May 7, 1947

Victor McIntosh of New Salisbury is suffering from a broken arm, near the wrist, and a fractured rib sustained by a fall, a distance of about 14 feet, to the ground from a new building which he was erecting.

Charley Evans and his mother, Mrs. Delia Evans of Louisville, were visiting Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Dora on Sunday afternoon.

Floyd Cunningham last week bought the business building formerly occupied by the Huff Furniture Co. from Samuel Lee Wright Sr. Mr. Cunningham, who conducts a horology school as well as his jewelry store, plans to move into the building soon.

Mr. and Mrs. Allen Jordan have purchased the six-room residence of Mr. and Mrs. Gus E. Gurtz on Elliott Avenue. Mr. and Mrs. Gurtz are purchasing property in Ashland, Ky.

Births: Boys — the Rev. and Mrs. W.C. Butt, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hill; Mr. and Mrs. Warren Timberlake; girls — Mr. and Mrs. E. Hurst Miles, Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Curts, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hendricks, Mr. and Mrs. Waidrow Wolfe, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Coleman

Deaths: Jerome Hays, 42; Jacob Roby 93; Emma LaHue, 82; George A. Harmon, 73; Mrs. John Doolittle.

100 years ago

May 17, 1922

Monday, May 15, was a great day in history for Corydon and Harrison County, when the gas pipe line was completed from the gas field at Tobacco Landing, near Laconia, 14 miles from Corydon, and was lighted in the stock show ring at the Fairgrounds.

Mrs. Almon Best and son Oscar returned home Sunday from Morris, Ill, where they were visiting her son Edmund. Oscar was critically ill fro some time in a hospital at Peoria suffering with flu and pneumonia.

Births: Boys — Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Jenkins, Mr. and Mrs. P.U. Miller; girls — none.

Deaths: Frank Onlon, 17; Mrs. Sophia Brown, 84.