Wednesday, June 14, 2023


Toddlers enjoy a ride near Head Start on South Miller Street, Shelbyville, yesterday. Assistants Miss Clines and Miss Pogue had just taken the group on a field trip. | photo by JACK BOYCE

Plan Commission Recommends Approval for Proposed Westside Apartments

The above site plan was submitted to the Plan Commission by TWG Development regarding a proposed project on Webster Street, Shelbyville.

The Shelbyville Plan Commission on Monday offered its blessing to a proposed apartment development in the 800 block of Webster Street. The matter now moves back to the Common Council, where it was approved on first reading last week.

Indianapolis-based TWG Development intends to buy the land from Christian Investments/Chad Christian but first needs it rezoned to Business General before the 138-unit complex can proceed. The seven-acre property is mostly open, with the remains of a structure built in the late 1800s by a furniture factory and later used by a storage and moving company before being gutted in a 2019 fire on the site.

The development, called Eight37 Lofts, would include a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units using the workforce housing community tax credit program, the same used by developer Birge & Held for the Coca-Cola plant redevelopment project underway. The program targets working professionals earning 50 to 60 percent of the median income in the area, currently $33,850 to $62,700, depending on family size, a TWG letter said. The planning staff cited a Stanford study showing an average 6.5 percent increase in surrounding property values when this program has been used in other areas.

The Plan Commission staff had given a favorable recommendation in its report, noting, "The surrounding area has a lot to offer in terms of services, restaurants, schools and shopping, but the site in its current state is underutilized."

A second entrance from Hale Road is a possibility, officials said.

City Council meets next on Wednesday, June 21, 8:30 a.m.

The Shelby County Board of Zoning Appeals last night acted on the following petitions:

  • Approved a request to allow variances of use for an automobile salvage and repair business at 1796 W. Washington Ave., Shelbyville, with the stipulations that no more than 40 vehicles can be at the site.
  • Approved a request for a projecting sign from the face of the Waldron General Store, 110 W. Washington Street. Mistie Nigh, with the sign company, said the new owner is remodeling the building and plans to open shortly.
  • Denied a petition on a split vote regarding a variance to allow for three single-family lots to use a single private driveway at 5815 W PR 874 S, Edinburgh. BZA member Jim Douglas expressed general concerns about property owners not wanting to pay to maintain shared gravel driveways throughout the county. Board member Kevin Carson agreed. “We’ve gotten lax on some variances in this county,” he said before the vote.
  • Approved variances to allow for five single-family lots to use a single private driveway on land south of and adjoining 7354 S. Edinburgh Road, Edinburgh. The five lots include the two existing homes. The approval was made with stipulations, which included the installation of a 15-foot paved driveway.


  • The Shelbyville Board of Public Works and Safety yesterday handled several nuisance properties, including giving a two-week extension to the owner of 639 East Jackson Street to finish tearing down a garage. A home on the lot, which had been significantly damaged by fire, has already been demolished. After the board expressed concern about securing the property, the owner said he would put up caution tape to detour children from the area. In other action, the board approved having the City clean 626 West South Street and assessing the costs to the owner's property taxes, in addition to a $150 fine. The board then gave the owner of 735 Blanchard Street 30 more days to clean up the property and connected the tenant with Shelby Senior Services to discuss possible assistance. The board also gave the tenant at 529 East Jackson Street a week to discuss options for cleaning the property with the Street Department.
  • The Board of Works yesterday also approved road closures for the following upcoming Mainstreet Shelbyville events: Wine Walk, June 23, which will feature nine wineries and two chocolatiers; Fall First Friday events in August, September and October; and Brewfest on Sept. 22, which will feature the Hairbanger's Ball band and Shelbyville High School reunions for graduating classes from the 1980s. The event will be coordinated with SHS Homecoming activities, Jenna Martin, Mainstreet Events Coordinator, said. Also, a Knauf representative discussed paving work with the board at their main entrance June 30 and July 1. Mayor Tom DeBaun asked the representative to ensure truck drivers knew the designated truck route, and, he added, “through the middle of downtown is not that route.”
  • Beginning on or after June 26, crews will close one lane of the Brandywine Creek Bridge on North State Road 9 for a bridge deck replacement. There will be a temporary signal placed to allow for one 11-foot lane of traffic to move across the bridge at a time. Work is expected to be complete by early December, weather permitting.
  • Theft was reported in the 400 block of Walker St., Shelbyville.
  • STATE NEWS: The city of Fishers plans to build its community and recreation center on 40 acres of farmland at Hoosier Road and 121th Street. The $60 million center would include a 5,300-square-foot indoor playground, a walking and running track, pool, a waterslide and play features and an 18,600-square-foot gymnasium with three basketball courts, according to a Fishers news release. (IndyStar)

This Day in Shelby County History

2018: Emily Kennedy, 15, received the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn.

2013: Students from Shelby County received the 8th Grade Congressional Scholars award from Congressman Luke Messer as top students at their schools. Honorees were: Emily Zheng, Nolan Ray and William Blocher from Shelbyville Middle School; Kendall Mangram and Madeleine Correll from Southwestern; and Dawn Tilley and Ryan Huesman from Triton Central Middle School.

2008: Four-year-old Marlee Rice won the Strawberry Shortcake Look-A-Like Contest during Shelby Senior Services annual Strawberry Festival. She was the daughter of Brett and Stephanie Rice. Shortcake prizes were presented by Laura Mason, 17, daughter of Mark and LuAnn Mason.

2003: Triton Central baseball player Kyle McCarty hit in the game-winning run to propel the Tigers to a regional victory.

1998: A community debate had ensued about which elementary schools to close in order to build a new school. Laura Brewer, who was in fifth grade when officials closed her school, Booker T. Washington, in 1949, told The Shelbyville News she had then been angry at consolidating to Colescott School (later rebuilt and renamed Lora B. Pearson). But she said she had learned that sometimes the best decisions aren't always the easiest. "I think we are all human. We tend to get wrapped up in a lot of sympathy about buildings, and that is great," she said. "But you take those memories with you throughout your life. Time doesn't stand still."

1993: A Flag Day ceremony was held on Public Square, with Mayor Bob Williams reading a proclamation before leading a group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. (A resolution creating the flag of the U.S.A. and its basic design was enacted by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.)

1988: William Couch, a 30-year veteran of public education, was named superintendent of schools for the Shelbyville Central Schools Corporation. He had been one of 56 candidates who applied after Don Strobel resigned to accept another position.

1983: Eight cohorts graduated from the first local industrial apprenticeship program. They were David Evans, Wellman; Glenn Dowell, Excel Wood; Greg Martin, IPC; Kevin Jackson, Shelby Steel; Gary Long, IPC; John Spurling, Deem; Jim Spurling, Wellman; and Tab Brown, IPC.

1978: A Widow to Widow program was formed to help local widows. Volunteer leaders were Mrs. L.E. Barlow, Tom Carmony, Judy Runnebohm, Marjorie Smith and Ellen Rigsbee.

1973: Three local college students were spending the summer working in the Shelby County Extension Office. They were Pam Reece, Indiana University; Debbie Jones, Franklin College; and Nita Luhring, Purdue University.

1968: Built on the site of the Plymate Laundry destroyed several years prior by fire, a new Lums Restaurant was under construction. Larry Lewis and Bob Cover were the owners.

1963: Albert "Bert" Dugan, 90, a well-known local carpenter, died.

Wind damage broke one of the traffic lights at the north end of the Harrison St. bridge, causing it to be draped around the pole which supported it.

1958: The J.O. Parrish Lumber Co. and Shelby Lumber Co. sponsored a redwood log to be displayed on Public Square.

1953: New officers elected by the Shelby County Junior 4-H Club were Pat Underwood, Sandra Toothman, Edna Cobb and Mike Hanahan.

Robert Stadtmiller J. was named grand knight of the local Knights of Columbus as the organization planned a celebration of its 50th local anniversary.

1948: City school superintendent William F. Loper received the Good Government Award from local Jaycees. Members of the award committee were Donald Jones, Glen Ash and Don Hilligoss.

1943: L.E. Webb, former mayor of Shelbyville, 76, died. He had been a printer for The Volunteer and Republican newspapers here before working for the Detroit Tribune. He was known to be a close personal friend of Henry Ford long before the latter produced his first vehicle. Webb later returned home to buy a printing shop from J.H. Deitzer.

1938: The Goodman Department Store formally opened under new ownership led by Major T. Jester. The event included models showing off new clothes. The models were Mrs. J.B. Hamilton, Juanita Major, Mrs. Mildred Wilson, Myrna Flowka, Karlene Kanouse, Martha Parker, Marian Miller, Norma Potter, Nancy Conklin and Sally Fix. Music was provided by Katie Hinschlaeger and her orchestra, consisting of Thomas Pearson, Orville Cuzzort, Mary Helen McCabe, Beaulah Smith and William Smith.

1933: J.M. McKeand, W.F. Loper and H.T. McCullough organized a fundraiser to purchase playground equipment to "keep Shelbyville boys off the streets during the summer vacation period," The Republican reported.

1928: The Alhambra, managed by Charles Curson, showed a film featuring Shelby County. The scenes were taken by Frank Rembusch and his son, Truman, and included views taken from an airplane, a demonstration of a pumper on the Public Square, pictures of the May Festival, the Memorial Day parade and the Big Four station.

1923: A well drilled for gas behind Mr. and Mrs. T. Dorsey Jones's home on West Broadway was proved to be a "bloomer." Unlike a recent well which had provided a good supply of gas, nothing appeared on West Broadway. Mr. Jones and Charles and Arthur Spiegel had financed the operation. Forty quarters of nitroglycerine were used in shooting the well, the explosion being heard all over town and resulting in a number of calls to police when it occurred, at 5 a.m. The well was down 852 feet when drilling was stopped.


Ernest A. Wrightsman, 69, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2023 at OUR Hospice Inpatient Facility in Columbus. Born October 21, 1953 in Indianapolis, he was the son of  Alfred Wrightsman and Glendia (Jones) Wrightsman. He married Judy (Bell) Wrightsman, and they celebrated 20 years together. No funeral services are planned at this time, however, a family gathering will be held at a later date. Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Judith Ann Nugent: March 15, 1940 – May 24, 2023

On Wednesday, May 24, as the hay was being bailed in the field, and the newborn calves were playing in the pasture, Judith Nugent took her last breath in this world, and her first breath in the next, as her beautiful soul passed through the window, toward the western sky and the final resting place of her beloved Meredith. Her children were at her side as the gate opened, she took the hand of her husband, and walked across that hay field one more time.

Judy entered this world a daughter, but she left it as an aunt, a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, and a dear friend, a matriarch. Her greatest source of pride and joy was her family. She cherished every moment with them. She loved to laugh, loved traveling, cooking, golf cart rides with her great grandkids, a freshly mowed lawn, her Eddie dog, original Lifetime and Hallmark movies, and shopping, never passing up a good bargain.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters of the family that became hers, a nephew, and her husband, Meredith Allen Nugent. She leaves behind a son (Meredith Allen Jr. (Bud)), a daughter (Margaret Elizabeth) and son-in-law (Max), a grandson (Sam) and granddaughter-in-law (Jen), a granddaughter (Roxie) and grandson-in-law (Gene), and 7 great-grandchildren (Lexie, Teagan, Auggie, Addie, Channing, Ellie, and Evvy.)

She will be dearly missed but will forever live on in the hearts and minds of her family, as will the bedrock foundation of stability, love, pride, and encouragement that she worked to build. It will forever be felt by those who are here now, and those yet to come. While future generations may not know where that foundation originated, they will come to know it, nonetheless, as it’s passed down from one era to the next.

Though her body was laid to rest at Lewis Creek Baptist Cemetery on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, her soul lives elsewhere. In a farmhouse kitchen, just the other side of a divide that we cannot see from this world, love and laughter are once again being shared between a husband and wife, and in the center of that room sits a long table, lined with refurbished, hand-caned chairs, each one crafted with meticulous detail, and each one awaiting a family member that has yet to arrive, dinner is on the stove, and the sweet sounds of her humming fill the air.

Carolyn Sue (Dyer) Duncan, 75, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday June 9, 2023, at Centerpointe Medical Center in Independence, MO. Carolyn was born on Saturday, June 28, 1947 in Somerset, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Lloyd Dyer and Ethel (Oakley) Dyer-Adams but was raised by her mother and stepfather Melvin Adams. Carolyn married the love of her life Clarence O.L. Duncan on Friday, May 6, 1966, and he preceded her in death on May 21, 2017.

Carolyn enjoyed the times she was able to spend at the ocean. She also enjoyed fishing and gardening. She loved to read, especially her Bible. She had a love for being outside tending to her chickens and mowing with her sister. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family and loved ones.

Carolyn is survived by her daughters, Clarissa Mead (husband, Mark), Alicia Wahab (husband, Wahab UL Hassan), Melissa Kritzell (husband, Larry); son, Kedar Kilanbu; daughter-in-law Connie Duncan; sisters, Betty Thurman, Sandra “Sue” Simpkins (husband, John), Connie Bunger (husband, Lee); 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sons, Edward Duncan and James Duncan; brothers, Wayne Dyer and Floyd James Dyer.

Visitation will be Monday, June 19, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176. Funeral services will follow at 1 pm. at the funeral home with Pastor Mike Ayala and Pastor Eric Freking officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Funeral Directors Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, Stuart Parks, and Darin Schutt are honored to serve Carolyn’s family.