Friday, August 4, 2023


Incoming Shelbyville Middle School student Carllynn Lucas participates in Sixth Grade Orientation last night with the assistance of math teacher Matt Thomas. Carllynn was one of several students who read inspirational quotes over the school intercom during the sessions, which included interactive opportunities to learn key locations around the building. Members of the Class of 2030 taught a teacher a popular dance and engineered paper airplanes, as well as learned practical tasks such as opening lockers. | photo by KRISTIAAN RAWLINGS


In addition to freshman orientation, the Shelbyville High School campus is active with athletes this week, as many fall sports participate in first practices. Above, Hayden Ricketts practices her volleyball serve. | photo by KRISTIAAN RAWLINGS

This Month in Shelby County History

2018: Julia Hamblen, 16, won the blue ribbon and special merit at a 4-H competition in public speaking at the Indiana State Fair. As a result, she was invited to go on the Achievement Trip to Chicago sponsored by the State Fair Board.

2013: The Cubs were crowned league and tournament champions of the Shelbyville Boys and Girls Club Summer Baseball League. Members of the team were Corbyn Phares, Jayden Moses, Brody Dowden, Chace Parsons, Mason Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Gavin Fisher, Hunter Nedderman, Brevin Bear and Kaden Grissom. Coaches were Jon Easterday and Dustin Phares.

2008: Hannah Fisher, a sophomore at Triton Central High School, was one of 29 students statewide chosen for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute's Point of Youth class. Point of Youth was a youth-led group which advised the Governor's Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana for high school students.

2003: Bears of Blue River Festival queen candidates were Mallory Burgess (2002 winner), Christy Sammons, Lenzie Reddick, Stephanie Poehner, Alicia Brundage, Amanda Nunnally, Kimberly Chapman, Megan Taggart and Rachel Bohall.

1998: The Red Sox won the Shelbyville Boys Club ages 5-6 baseball tournament. Team members were Josh Schact, Chris Pease, Taylor Eads, Riley Anspaugh, Shawn Schact, Nate Stangle, Jordan Wright, Tyler Moorhead, Justin Willey and Sabin Mitchell.  Coaches were Rick Moorhead and Brittany Moorhead.

1993: The Shelbyville Eagles won the Shelby County Babe Ruth Jr. Bambino Tournament. Members of the team were Wally Alfimow, Justin Fox, Chad Tucker, Nick Alfimow, Andy Kaiser, Clayton Simpson, Jason Crohan, Eric Thurston, Nolan Kuhn, Jake Runnebohm, Brad Miller, Jeremiah Goss and Randy Hunt. Dan Hunt was manager and Charlie Thurston and Ed Alfimow were coaches.

1988: Runyon Tire & Auto Service won the Morristown Youth Summer Sports Club's Minor League championship. Team members were Jimmy Rogers, Brad Rogers, Jeremy Ross, Sean Hunsinger, John Bassett, Jon Scott, Ryan Carey, Chad Moore, Josh Brown, Matt Cole, Aaron Storm and Grant Edwards. Coaches were David Ross and Kent Cole.

1983: Stage Door Graphics posted a 16-0 record to win the National League and postseason tourney championships in the Babe Ruth Bambino League. Team members were Rod Suiter, Steve Platt, Mike Farmer, Warren Harris, Jade Boling, Billy King, Jeff DeWitt, Jeff Tugan, Jim Stafford, Jim Sleeth, Mark Murphy, Matt Marshall and Jeff Larrison. Nathen Platt was batboy. Coaches were Jim Sleeth and Jim Boling.

1978: Southwestern won the Shelby County Pork Day senior team event. The team was comprised of Cindy Burbrink, Greg Niebel and David Settles. Howard Lea was coach.

1973: Winners of the Boys' Club "P" League regular season title were the Pirates. Team members were Kenny McNeeley, Jim Miles, Carl Muncy, Brent Miller, Scott Wheeler, Kris Leming, Brian Kehrt, Dean Eversole, Tim Staker, John Laughlin, Jason Karmire, Jeff Branson, David Platt, Jeff Logan, Matt Miller, Mark Coers, Matt Cole, Dwight Craft, Wes Dennis, Will Bruner and Keith Pitcock. Coaches were Jeff Conger, Tim Bowen and Alan Joseph.

1968: Linda Woodall was named queen of the Flat Rock Festival. Karen Gravely was princess of the festival and Marty Nading was Junior Fireman.

1963: The Linne's Bakery team won the Little League championship over Todd-Bennett. Players were John Steiglitz, Rick Zimny, Scott Argue, Jim Krebs, Tom Stieglitz, Mike Hillard, Jim Linne, Billy Wheeler, Phil Haehl, Bob Andreas, Dean McNamara, Randy Hindman, Scott Williams, Ed Pritchard, Jerry Berry, Jim Thieman and Bobby Leming. Steve Mullen and Henry Linne were coaches.

1958: A pet and hobby show highlighted the annual closing events program for 4-H members at the county fair. Steve and Patricia Price won first place as Roy Rogers and Dale Evans with their dog in the pet parade. Mary Lou Branson, as a "Chinese coolie" carrying her cats in baskets swung from her shoulders, won second. Barbara John with a hen and chickens was third. George Ruschhaupt was fourth with his dog. Winners of merchandise awards for 4-H achievements were Mary Jo Soller, Daryl Robinson, Sandra Shaw, Jerry Gallagher, Carol Billman and Mary Nell Leap. Those selected to attend the state fair school were Molliellen Amos, Linda Watson, Mary Nell Leap, Julie Gaines and Annette Courtney.

1953: Norman Thurston was elected chairman of the Shelby County chapter of the American Red Cross. Other officers elected were Robert Thoms, Mrs. Unger and Mrs. Louis Coers.

1948: Gene Williams and C.N. Jeffries of Fountaintown received top placements in the Shelby County Western Riders' Horse Show, attended by 1,000 at the fair.

1943: Local men moved to 1-A draft status were Carroll McKay, Loren Schantz, James Schutt, Charles Poland Jr., Benjamin Mahurin, Morris Fallis, Kenneth Craig, Hal Towns, Milton Rouse, Charles Phares, Burford Harvey, Glen Osborne, Emil Reed, Gerald Collins, Paul Hasecuster, Roy Fox, James Lynch and Warren Lowe Jr.

1938: Shelby County's 86th annual fair got off to an impressive start, with an estimated 35,000 people packing the midways and exhibits on opening day.

1933: Try-outs were held for Shelby County's softball team for the state tournament. Early selections to the team included John Osborn (Five Points team), Raymond Lackey and Kenneth Gunning (Krebs Grocery), Howard Aldridge (Art's Place) and Bus Cramer and Bill Cole (McCabe's Grocery).

1928: Horse-drawn wagons, "which have had their stand on the Public Square here for years without number," were no longer permitted to be parked, by action of City Council, within the business district, The Republican reported. One councilman suggested the "drays" be moved to Polk Street.

1923: Lowell Hoyer, 13, of Noble Township, took top prizes at the Shelby County Fair pig show.