Saturday, June 24, 2023


The new Shelby County Complex on North Michigan Road, which includes the highway garage, emergency management and the recycle center/transfer station, is taking shape alongside the existing highway garage structure. | photo by JACK BOYCE


  • The Shelbyville Central Schools board on Wednesday approved a new position for a middle school At-Risk Counselor. SHS Counselor Katie Beyer was hired to fill the position. The board also approved the retirement of Diane Erickson, manager of educational technology, effective Aug. 31. In other news, the SCS board received the Exemplary Governance Award from the Indiana School Boards Association.
  • Editor’s note: It’s hard to believe we’re nearing the end of June. I have enjoyed creating the daily edition so far this summer. For the latter part of summer, now through the end of July, I will be publishing a weekly edition on Saturdays. (This harkens back to the old Saturday Shelby and also gives me a chance to focus on some other responsibilities, such as completing my Advanced Stats class.) As always, I’ll stay in touch. - Kristiaan
  • STATE NEWS: Indiana is experiencing exceptionally dry conditions this summer, with 52.8 percent of the state under drought, while 97.6 percent is at least “abnormally dry,” according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Up to 80 percent of Indiana faced dry conditions last summer. (Indiana Public Media)

This Day in Shelby County History

2018: Waldron graduate and Marian University nursing student Katie Settles was crowned Queen of the 170th Shelby County Fair. Lauren Taylor, Abigail Miller and Abigail Eck were also on the court.

2013: MHP administrators asked for community feedback on whether to build a new facility or renovate the old.

2008: The Moral Township School class of 1948 celebrated its 60th year reunion at Triton Central High School. Five girls were in the class of 13 and all attended the reunion: Norma Ruth (Mohr) Trimnell, Jean (Neuman) Eckstein, Margie (Zink) Whitley, Vera Mae (Brooks) Baseggiao and Phyllis (Phares) Wilkins.

2003: Fastenal opened a branch on Northridge Dr. - behind the National City Bank ATM on North Michigan Road.

1998: Special award winners for the Morristown boys track team were honored at a banquet, including Randy Davis, Matt Lane, Chris Hilton, Brady Keaton and Chris Geryak.

1993: Ray and Irene Wilkins marked their 50th wedding anniversary with a party. They asked friends to bring gifts, which would all be given to Dan and Kathy Blackburn, the Jennings County couple who had adopted 28 Haitian children and planned to move to Shelby County. About 300 guests brought cash, paper goods and groceries.

1988: Former presidential candidate Paul Simon was in Shelbyville to stump for Congressman Phil Sharp.

1983: Bears of Blue River Festival committee members announced a traditional folk dance group from West Germany would perform after the parade and during the Jaycees steak dinner under the stars. Jack Warble had met the group while he was in Germany in 1981. He and Don Wickizer Jr. made arrangements for the group to visit while touring here. Thies Knauf offered to house part of the group in his guest house and give a party.

1978: The Sugar Creek Reds won the "T" League with an 11-0 record. Members of the team were Jeremy Levi, Bradley Mattingly, Chris Fisher, Francis Plymate, Craig Griffith, Billy Hodge, Jamie Sills, Sam McAtee, Charlie McAtee, Eric Carmack, Jill Karasak, Scott Sills, Joe Crist and Bobby Hodge. Coaches were Tony Crist, Phil Levi and Bob Hodge.

1973: Dr. Daniel Zimny opened his dentistry practice at 301 Wellington Blvd. Dr. Zimny had graduated from Shelbyville High School and was associated in practice with Dr. James Meyer.

1968: GenPro hosted an open house at their St. Joe St. plant to celebrate 15 years in business. Willard Fischer was plant manager. The plant employed 175.

1963: Susan Wagner, Sally Hamblen and Terry Krebs won the Elks district golf tourney. They advanced to the state tournament in Columbus.

1958: The Shelby County Historical Society put out a call for farmers to submit information on log cabins on their properties. Paul Wolf, Morristown, was in charge of the project. Most of the log cabins in Shelby County were built in the 1820s and 1830s, Wolf said.

1953: Five local teens were arrested at Porter Pool for trespassing and destruction of swimming pool property. The teens had climbed the fence after hours and threw a bench into the pool. They were ordered to write essays about the operation of the pool.

1948: The body of First Sergeant Harold Brewer, who was killed in France Aug. 11, 1944 in the war, was returned to Shelbyville after arriving in the U.S. via the Army Transport Greenville Victory. His widow, Mary Swinehart Brewer, planned funeral services. They had been married in 1943 while he was stationed at Camp Atterbury. Their son was Larry Dale Brewer.

1943: Seven more local men were inducted into military service: Charles Rouse Jr., Thomas Conover, Stanley Mann, Rex Mitchell, Dale Stafford, William Harrell and Harley Brown.

1938: Barbers in the downtown area had been at odds with barbers in the residential areas over pricing. The downtown barbers met at the George Cuzzort shop and voted to lower prices to match those in the residential areas.

1933: The Shelby County Coroner asked County Commissioners to install road signs to protect motorists after a woman was killed when she failed to negotiate a sharp turn in Range Line Road near the Little Blue River Baptist Church.

1928: The Len McCabe Grocery and Busy Dairy Maids donated croquet sets to Kennedy Park. The sets had been requested by local children.

1923: Remodeling began on the old Floyd Drug Store corner, a brick building at the corner of West Franklin and North Harrison St. The new building would be made into apartments.


Peter B. "Pete" Barker, 59, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2023at Decatur County Memorial Hospital. He was born on November 1, 1963 in Marion County. Survivors include his father, William D. Barker (stepmother Karen) of Waldron; his mother, Barbara Hoban of Shelbyville; a brother, Keith Barker (wife Tammy) of Cincinnati; sister, Billie Coker ((husband Mac) of Elwood; half-sister, Leah Fikani (husband Richard) of Greenfield; two step-sisters, Emily Beal-Nelis (husband Chris) of Waldron; and Susan Nicholas (husband Jason) of Millington, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his brother, Rick Barker.

Mr. Barker had lived his entire lifetime in this area and graduated from North Decatur High Schoolin 1982. He had been employed as a welder with Wood-Mizer of Batesville for many years. Pete enjoyed hunting and fishing with his best friend Jeff Welch.

A Gathering of Friends will be Wednesday, June 28, 2023 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Glenn E. George Funeral Home, 106 E. Franklin St. in St. Paul. Burial will be in Paul Hill Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be shared at