Sunday, June 11, 2023

Baby Contest Kicks Off Busy Day at Fairgrounds

Erika Monroe carries her son, Breck R. Monroe, during yesterday's Shelby County Fair Baby Contest. | photo by KRISTIAAN RAWLINGS

The Shelby County Fair has not yet officially kicked off, but the grandstands hosted a respectable crowd of parents and grandparents for yesterday's Baby Contest.

The following babies received ribbons in the contest:

Grand Champion Girl: Josephine L. Thompson, daughter of Alea and Drew Thompson

Grand Champion Boy: Lincoln Walton, son of Craig and Katy Walton

Girls: 0 - 6 months

1st: Hadley Neafus, daughter of Kahley Neafus; 2nd: Gia Marie Antle, daughter of Adie Antle; 3rd: JoElla Phelps, daughter of Brayton Phelps and Holly Weaver

Boys: 0 - 6 months

1st: Jackson Dismore, son of Blaise and Jerilyn Dismore; 2nd: William "Elijah" Meyer, son of Mitchell and Jessica Meyer; 3rd: Miles Bonnell, son of Michael and Whitney Bonnell

Girls: 7 - 12 months

1st: Adalyn Zrebiec, daughter of Allyson and Marissa Zrebiec; 2nd: Hadley Platt, daughter of Caleb and Olivia Platt; 3rd: Presley Brammar, daughter of Samantha Scott and Jesse Brammer

Boys: 7 - 12 months

1st: Milo Grimes, son of Dwight and Amanda Grimes; 2nd: Breck Monroe, son of Jordan and Erika Monroe; 3rd: Baker Sellers, son of Hillary and Trevor Sellers

Girls: 13 - 18 months

1st: Novalie Girkey, daughter of Kimberly Norman and James Girkey; 2nd: Maylee Pence, daughter of Jeff and Dusti Pence

Boys: 13 - 18 months

1st: Lincoln Walton, son of Craig and Katy Walton; 2nd: Jack Titus, son of TJ and Alexa Titus

Girls: 19 - 24 months

1st: Josephine L. Thompson, daughter of Alea and Drew Thompson; 2nd: Penelope Haugh, daughter of Jon and Emily Haugh; Ellie Mae Poe, daughter of Jessica and Clint Poe

Winners of all divisions and parents, along with fair royalty, pose for a group photo after yesterday's Baby Contest. | photo by KRISTIAAN RAWLINGS

BELOW: Sue and Mike Hirschauer lend their grandson, Austin Teike, a hand collecting tickets at yesterday's Shelby County Fair Baby Contest. Teike is in his first year as Director of the Grandstand, following Mr. Hirschauer who held the position for approximately 45 years before retiring last year. Teike, though, has plenty of unofficial experience. He has been helping his grandfather at the county fair since he was a young child. | photo by KRISTIAAN RAWLINGS


Family and friends pulled off a surprise 70th birthday party for Gary Bowen, front row right, yesterday. Mr. Bowen thought he and his wife were on the way to dinner with immediate family, but a detour took him to the Charles Davis Mansion, where everyone had already gathered. | photo by KRISTIAAN RAWLINGS


Triton Central High School cheerleaders pick up the pace to catch the fast-moving float in front of them at yesterday's Shelby County Fair Parade. See additional photos of yesterday's parade on our Facebook page. | photo by KRISTIAAN RAWLINGS


  • The Strand and Grover Center's free Community Treasure Series returns next Wednesday, June 14, 7 p.m., at the Strand, to discuss the murder of Charles Tindall, which occurred in 1911 at the corner of Broadway and Harrison.
  • STATE NEWS: Private employees in all but one Indiana county make less than the national average wage and Hoosier workers earn just 83.3 cents for each dollar earned by their national counterparts, according to an analysis of employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rachel Blakeman, the director of the Community Research Institute of Purdue University Fort Wayne, reported that for 91 of Indiana’s 92 counties, Hoosiers made less than the $70,343 national average. Marion County is the only county to buck the trend this year, coming in at $70,834. But Blakeman noted the data only considers county of employment, not county of residence, meaning that commuters in surrounding counties boost Marion County’s wages. The statewide average was $58,604, ranging from Marion County’s high to a low of $36,559 in Union County. However, many counties did have faster wage growth than the national average — and several counties had faster job growth — but not enough to catch up. (Indiana Capital Chronicle)

This Day in Shelby County History

2018: Leadership Shelby County graduates Adriel Pike, James Hough, Ryan Hansome, Gloria Combs, Lindsay Cox and Jake Ash were fundraising to build a dog park.

2013: The Archdiocese of Indianapolis closed several Indiana churches, but spared St. Vincent de Paul, announcing it would become a "linked" parish with St. Joseph church in Shelbyville. St. Vincent de Paul priest Paul Landwerlen had announced his upcoming retirement.

2008: The Indiana Live! Casino was given approval to stay open until it moved to its permanent facility in January 2009.

2003: The Triton Central baseball team won its first sectional championship since the school was built in 1962. Jay Broughton pitched seven shutout innings and Jarrett Mahurin hit a home run to lead off the game.

1998: Andrea Goldyn and Sarah Morin were named valedictorian and salutatorian of the Shelbyville High School senior class.

1993: Dan K. Thomasson, a former Shelbyville resident and editor of Scripps Howard News Service in Washington D.C., was inducted into the Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' Hall of Fame. Thomasson was a 1952 SHS graduate and 1970 Shelby County Chamber of Commerce "man of the year." His mother, Margaret Thomasson, still lived in the area along with a sister, Peggy Browne.

1988: Major winners from Waldron High School's spring sports awards program were Brian Ahaus, Jeremy Lux, Matt Thomas, Matina Kappes, Kris Wilson, Scott Brown, Walt Robbins, Suzie Fischer, Cory Sullivan, Ned Comstock and Jason Bottom.

1983: Billie Stieneker was hired as permanent school nurse to replace the late Wanda Hindman. Stieneker had previously filled in for Hindman in the position.

1978: Craig Loufer was presented a National Elks Foundation Scholarship by Harry Smith.

Local dance instructor Sandy McLane offered a series of lessons at the public library as part of summer activities.

1973: Six county seniors were chosen to attend the annual American Legion Auxiliary-sponsored Hoosier Girls State. They were Pam Clayton, Mary Weissenberger, Sheila Marshall, Darlene Meloy, Sharon Neville and Jeanne Sexton.

1968: Elks Club officials announced they may have to sell the downtown lodge. To cut costs, the city club had been closed during the warmer months, when the newer country club building was used. Members of the Elks board were James Gilbert, Paul Sirkus and Larry Porter.

1963: Winners of the St. Paul Baby Contest were Timmy Lane Gay and Tina Marie Taggart.

Mrs. Smith, director of the summer program at the Booker T. Washington recreation center, began programming for the year. Lonnie Robertson, Jerry and Danny Brown and Doug McDuffey had redecorated the center. Activities included crafts, music, hiking, swimming, softball and dancing.

1958: Local farmer Malcolm Settles, who farmed 340 acres in Brandywine and Marion townships, invented and built the first model of the Settles Hydraulic Loadall machine, designed to cut the cost of loading livestock. The Loadall was a pen mounted on skids and lifted by hydraulic fluid to the height necessary for loading.

1953: Six county men received military draft notices: Sheldon Armstrong, Larry Thurston, Charles Gobel, Harold Cherry, Harold Hill and Robert Rudd.

1948: The Eagles Junior Baseball League opened at the high school diamond for the year with a team captained by Hal Eckstein downing Capt. Bill Price's squad, 10-8. The second game was postponed and would be played later between teams headed by Kenneth Nickol and Bob Walton. Jack Bryan, Jim Hagan, Bob Mitchell and Jim Hebbe were other team captains. Top players from the first day included Don Metz, Bill Antle, Jim Arbuckle, Karl Scheffer and David Klare.

1943: George Yarling was named president of the Lions Club. Yarling was in the dairy business here.

1938: Fire swept through Camp Joy Pleasure Resort, west of Boggstown. The fire started when 200 gallons of gasoline stored in an engine room exploded. Gene Compton, grandson of owner Charles Compton, suffered a severe leg burn. Two cottages and other structures were destroyed before county firefighters could extinguish the flames.

1933: The "wets" won over the "drys," with Shelbyville citizens electing all three delegates who supported repealing prohibition. The delegates - J. Elmer Davis, William Groebl and Thomas Yater - would travel to Indianapolis for the formal vote.

1928: City Council declined to make an ordinance regarding the sale and use of fireworks. Several local businessmen had been championing an ordinance, and the council's failure to act caused "some comment," the newspaper said.

1923: A man wanted for the murder of a Cleveland police officer appeared at the Bruce Restaurant on East Jackson Street before escaping. Restaurant owner Clarence Bruce and George Hungate, an employee, recognized the man from a newspaper photograph. The suspect had ordered a sandwich, piece of pie and a drink, but then left. Police were notified but were unable to find the man.


Karen M. Sutton, 65, of St. Paul, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at OUR Hospice Inpatient Facility. Born March 6, 1958, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Fred Freeman Partlow and Janet Ruth (Krebs) Partlow. Survivors include four children: Janet Hinds (Tim) of Fairland, Carol Anderson of Poland, Indiana, Alanna Tinch of St. Paul, Danny Sutton of St. Paul; two sisters; one step-sister; two step-brothers; nine grandchildren, Ashley Sandoval, Elizabeth Lisby, Kassey Anderson, Cheyanna Anderson, Bethany Hinds, Nolan Hinds, Leanna Jackson, Laine Jackson, Braxton Jackson; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and step-brother Duke Duty.

Mrs. Sutton had lived in this area her entire lifetime and attended Ben Davis High School. Karen had worked for several different local fast food restaurants for several years. Karen loved animals, flowers, any outdoor activity, was a "people person" and loved spending time with family and friends.

Funeral services will be 5 p.m., Friday, June 16, 2023 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road. Friends may call on Friday afternoon from 2 p.m. until the time of service. Memorial donations can be made to OUR Hospice of South Central Indiana, in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at