Thursday, June 22, 2023

Veterinary Clinic Celebrates 30 Years

Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Shelton, foreground in the gray shirt, this week celebrated the 30th anniversary since opening Shelton Veterinary Care. The 1982 Morristown High School graduate started on Shelbyville's west side on Miller Ave. in 1993, four years after graduating from Purdue University. The family practice is now located in a new facility on Amos Road. | photo by JACK BOYCE


  • The Shelbyville Common Council yesterday approved the Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) ordinance, which will allow people to carry alcohol purchased from participating businesses downtown around a designated area, which includes Public Square and close vicinity. Councilman Scott Furgeson said members of the council had met with bar owners and church representatives in the downtown area , and that while there were "mixed emotions" on the ordinance, it will allow "somebody from Pudder's to grab a beer and go outside and enjoy the music." (Furgeson noted that while he owns Cagney's, it will not be a part of the DORA.) The stanchions currently surrounding downtown outdoor seating can be removed from participating businesses when the ordinance goes into effect July 1. The ordinance follows a new state law that allows for the creation of DORAs. "This is not a free-for-all. This is not going to be someone just showing up and serving alcohol downtown whenever they want. It's still going to be a very controlled and safe environment," City Attorney Jenny Meltzer said, detailing the process to be followed for participation. Brandy Coomes, Executive Director of Mainstreet Shelbyville, expressed support for the measure. “It gives more freedom of drawing people downtown, having events, going through less red tape once all steps are established within your local community. We just feel like we've greated this great atmosphere and we need to use it," she said.
  • STATE NEWS: Monthly tax collections show no sign of cooling off based on the state budget plan as Indiana heads into the final month of its fiscal year. Indiana brought in $216 million more in May than the state budget plan expected. Through 11 months of the fiscal year, that already puts the state more than $2 billion ahead of where it needs to be. Tax collections have been exceeding budget needs since the start of the current, two-year budget cycle, stretching back to July 2021. (Indiana Public Media)

This Day in Shelby County History

2018: A LuAnn Mason piece in The Shelbyville News featured Joann Farnsley, who at 85 years old was still teaching piano lessons at her home, at Walker Place in Shelbyville. Farnsley, a 1950 Morristown High School graduate, had started giving piano lessons at age 17.  

2013: The Triton Central FFA team of Katelynn Wentworth, Elizabeth Stephens, Katie Lawson and Kennedy Lawson placed third out of 18 teams at the state FFA convention at Purdue University.

2008: James Garrett Jr. took the oath of office from Prosecutor Kent Apsley to become the new Addison Township Trustee. Garrett had been elected by Republican Party precinct committee chairpersons to serve out the remaining term of office left by his father, James E. "Jim" Garrett Sr., 77, who had died in April. Garrett Sr. had served as Addison Township trustee for 25 years.

2003: Several Shelby County athletes won awards at the Special Olympics Games in Terre Haute, including Shane Roell, Tom Blackwell, Shannon Goble, Eric Johnson, Mark Kaminski, Matt Wiley, Clint Berg, Greg Elliott, Sharon Lyle, Mike VanArsdall, Tim Fisher, Ralph Lux, John Jeffers, George Thomas, Deanna Gleseking and Kim Webster.

1998: The Shelbyville Noon Sertoma Club awarded scholarships to Linda Ebert, Stephanie Smith, Lori Livingston and Wendy Gahimer.

1993: Herschel and Beulah (Bundy) Thurston celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with dinner at the Kopper Kettle.

1988: Toby Cox of Fairland was named Outstanding Girl at the conclusion of the annual Hoosier Girls State program, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

1983: Donald Carmony, a Shelby County native who had been described as Indiana's foremost historian, won the Shelbyville Rotary Club's Arts and Humanities Award. Club President Larry Underwood presented the award to Carmony, the brother of Shelby Eastern School Supt. Gerald Carmony.

1978: Alyce Tower won a scholarship from the Indiana-Kentucky District Exchange Club, presented by Dan Compton, youth chairman, and Mike Warble, president of the club. Alyce was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James Tower Jr.

1973: Local police cut weeds in a large area on the east side of the Knothole League park, and urged game spectators to park there to alleviate traffic congestion along River Road. Board of Works members had suggested making River Road one-way to help with traffic flow.

1968: Supporters of Robert Kennedy for President cleared out the local Kennedy for President headquarters on E. Michigan Road two weeks following the tragic assassination of the senator.

1963: Waldron defeated Columbus DeMolay in Twilight League circuit baseball action, with Larry Kuhn and Marvin Kuhn getting several hits and Mike Wheeler driving in two runs. Shelbyville defeated Triton with the help of a Keith Patterson triple and big plays from Dave Bremer and Rick Meyer.

1958: Open house was held at a model home in Long Acres Addition, billed as "just south of the new high school."

1953: J.M. McKeand stepped down as SHS head football coach. John Page, a former SHS athlete and assistant to McKeand for seven years, became the coach. McKeand would continue to teach mathematics and coach track and cross country. Page, a junior high school teacher, would be assisted by Loren Joseph and Ray Hinshaw. McKeand had been head football coach since 1927. He coached until 1941, when he went into military service, and returned to coaching in the fall of 1946.

1948: Morris DePrez, a Navy veteran and former clerk of the Shelby County Circuit Court, was named commander of the American Legion Victory Post, the first World War II veteran to take over command of the post. Other officers elected were Jack Abel, Gene Junken, Glen McNamara, Bernard Jones, Max Huffman, and Flavia Moore.

1943: The following local residents were inducted into the U.S. Army: Fred Gourley, Bob Shook, Frederick Kendall, Maurice Cherry, Bill Minton, Harley Brown, William McClain, William Harrell and John Price.

1938: Construction on nine pushmobiles was completed in the basement of the Morrison Park bandshell and at Booker T. Washington in preparation for an upcoming race. Race organizers were having trouble, however, finding wheels for the vehicles.

1933: City officials discussed the feasibility of building a driveway of regular street length through the north end of Morrison Park. Parks board members had proposed building a drive from Second Street into the park, then turning north to an alley extended from West Street and east on that line to Miller Street.

1928: The Shelbyville Business and Professional Women's Club celebrated its first anniversary at the Strand Alcazar.

City Council passed on first reading an ordinance instituting Daylight Saving Time in Shelbyville for the summer despite Mayor James Emmert's objections. Owners of local motion picture houses were strongly opposed to the plan, believing it would reduce attendance by 50 percent or more.

1923: James Shanner, 47, night watchman at a local furniture factory, lost his 19-year-old bride when she left to be with a 70-year-old man from Bartholomew County. "Shanner wants heart balm in the sum of $10,000 and in an effort to satisfy his desire in this respect he has filed suit in the circuit court here....charging that the defendant not only alienated the affections of his wife, but finally stole her," The Republican said. The lawsuit alleged that the Bartholomew County man had called Shanner's wife "honey," gave her candy and "informed her that he had a buggy to which he and Mrs. Shanner could have delightful times driving about the country."


Mary Katherine “Katie” Kimbler, 79, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2023, at Morristown Manor in Morristown. She was born September 20, 1943, in Shelby County, the daughter of William Krise and Bessie (French) Wells. Katie is survived by her daughter, Kelley Johnson Hiner and husband, Robert of Indianapolis; brother, Larry Krise and wife, Janet, of Shelbyville; sisters, Nyla Johnson and Sheila McKenney and husband, Mike, both of Shelbyville; grandson, Calvin Scott Meranda; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, George Wells; and sister, Meredith Woodall.

Katie was an avid reader. She enjoyed baking, cooking and was a very talented crafter.

Inurment will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2023, at Miller Cemetery. Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville. Online condolences may be shared with Katie’s family at

Steven Thomas Beatty, 67, of Fairland, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2023 at Community North Hospital. He was born May, 14, 1955 in Indianapolis, IN. to John Thomas Beatty and Mary Elaine (Wright) Beatty.

Steven graduated from Ben Davis H.S. in 1973. He worked as a Journeyman Wireman for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #481 for 37 years before retiring in 2018.

Steven loved to play and listen to music. He started playing the guitar when he was 12 years old. Steven played in a number of bands thru his years. The last band he played in was St. Joseph Praise Band until 2016. He was very talented in music and loved to make people happy with it. Another one of Steven’s favorite pastimes were gardening and grilling out.

He married Linda (Greene) Beatty on September 30, 1989 and she survives. Steven is survived by his wife; sons, Thomas Beatty, Joseph Beatty; sisters Alice Canner, Donna Bishop; many nieces and nephews; and his loyal friend and dog daughter, Roxie. He was preceded in death by biological parents; his foster parents who raised him, Robert and Barbara Cole and sister Delores Cook.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life will be Saturday, June 24, 2023 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 413 E. South St., Shelbyville, IN. 46176. Donations may be made to Special Olympics at 6200 Technology Center Dr. #105, Indianapolis, IN. 46278. Funeral Directors Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, Stuart Parks, and Darin Schutt are honored to serve Steven’s family. Online condolences may be shared at

Dayton Neil Schonfeld, 79, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at his residence. He was born January 22, 1944 in Columbus, IN. to John William Schonfeld and Zelma Marie (Shirley) Schonfeld.

Dayton was a Deputy Sheriff for Shelby Co. Sheriff Department for 25 years before retiring in 1995. He enjoyed dancing and riding his motorcycle.

Dayton is survived by his sons, Rick Schonfeld (wife, Pam), Scott Schonfeld (wife, Paula); 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Lovena Dayton, and his companion dog, Jax. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Chrystal Rose and sister, Florence Cave.

Visitation will be Tuesday June 27, 2023 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN, 46176. Graveside services will follow at 1 p.m. where he will be laid to rest at Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens in the First Responders Garden Section with Rev. Mike Crockett officiating. Funeral Directors Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, Stuart Parks, and Darin Schutt are honored to serve Dayton’s family. Online condolences may be shared at