BACK IN TIME: 2004 - Work on new middle school may begin soon

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60 years ago
January 28, 1954
Little Mt. Baptists Continue Fund Drive
On Sunday, January 17, the Little Mount Baptist Church raised $1,928.34 for its building program, but because of bad weather previous to the Cash Raising Day, the church voted to extend the drive until Sunday, January 31.
Rev. M. R. Cherry, pastor, announced that estimates indicate that $15,000 would finish the building and pay off all indebtedness. Since construction began, the congregation has raised approximately $20,000. The building of modified Gothic architecture, is now nearing completion.

Wakefield 4-H Club started the new year by selecting new officers. They are: Kathie Gaddie, president; Hazel Inghram, vice president; Shirley Stevens, secretary; Lillie Edwards, reporter and song leader.

50 years ago
January 30, 1964
Few Leaf Markets Holding Auctions
Demand weakened for Burley tobacco during the past five days, reports the Federal-State Market News Service. Nineteen more markets ended the selling season, leaving only 23 of the 61 markets in the belt operating,
Quality of offerings showed little change from the preceding week. The percentage of sales placed under Government loan increased and was the largest of the season.
Gross sales in the eight-state marketing area for the week ending January 24 totaled 49,327,132 pounds and averaged $56.63 per hundred. The average was the lowest of the season, dropping 81 cents under the previous week. Volume for the season reached an all-time high of 747,451,473 pounds averaging $59.10. Sales for the entire 1962 crop grossed only 703,955,750 pounds and averaged $58.43 per hundred.

Airman 3c Charles R. Waldridge, Taylorsville, is being reassigned to Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, following his graduation from the technical training course for United States Air Force medical laboratory specialists, Gunter AFB, Alabama.
The airman’s former guardians, Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Green, reside on Route 4, Taylorsville. His wife, Brenda, is the daughter of Roy A. Cull, Route 1.

40 years ago
January 31, 1974
Schools in Kentucky to rely on coal
Two state agencies are urging Kentucky schools to convert to coal-fired heating systems.
Both the Kentucky Department of Education and the Department for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection have recommended that all schools now using natural gas or oil consider building standby coal furnaces.
Spencer Ministers organize, elect
The Spencer County Ministerial Association organized for 1974 on January 14 during a breakfast meeting at the Plum Creek Baptist Church.
Officers named for the year include: Rev. Jon Stubblefield, president; Rev. Harvey Richardson, treasurer; Rev. Harold Mauney, vice-president; Rev. Gerald Stacy, devotional chairman.
A new committee was appointed to administrate the Christian Love Shop, a used clothing store operated as a non-profit organization committee is Rev. Roger Cox, chairman; Rev. Nick Coleman and Rev. Dennis Smith. These ministers will be working with the representatives from the local churches to operate the Christian Love Shop.

30 years ago
February 2, 1984
Susan Watson Elected To Represent Spencer For Nazareth Community Health Services
At the annual meeting of the Board of Directors, Susan Scholl Watson was elected to membership on the Board as a representative from Spencer County. Judge Mike Abell was chosen as Chairman of the group and Dr. Fredericka Lockett was appointed Vice-Chairperson.
During 1983, more than 1,000 persons in a six county area received services through the agency and nearly 26,000 in-home visits were made. Services which were provided included professional nursing, medical social services, pastoral care, homemaker, bathing and personal care, oxygen, and furnishing medical supplies; all of these services are provided under the order of the individual’s attending physician. Homebound and handicapped citizens of Spencer County greatly benefited from the services, having received a total of 2,555 visits from the various agency staff members.

Stuart Kelly Gets Ink
A recent story about temporary legislative workers went around the state via a major wire service and Spencer County’s Stuart Kelly was the main subject of the item.
Kelly is a sergeant-at-arms in the House and he told the interviewer he’d only had to separate lawmakers twice when they got so heated in hallway arguments they nearly came to blows.
Kelly was a state representative for four terms and ran an unsuccessful race against Tom Easterly in 1973 for a Senate seat. He calls the renumeration he gets for keeping the legislators in order “rocking chair money,” since he’s officially a retired farmer.

20 years ago
January 26, 1994
Local Jaycees chapter stays active in community
The Taylorsville-Spencer County Jaycees celebrated National Jaycees Week Jan. 16-22.
“The Taylorsville-Spencer County Jaycees wants to use this historic week to thank the community for doing its part to make our chapter efforts successful,” according to President Duane Hume. We also want to invite young people to get involved in their community by learning about the advantages this organization offers young people.”
The 1993 “Christmas On Main Street” parade, Chamber of Commerce Christmas Dance, men and co-ed summer softball leagues and “Christmas for Kids” program are just a few of the activities the Taylorsville-Spencer County Jaycees organizes each year. The Jaycees offers personal and professional development through civic involvement for men and women ages 21-39.

4-H Teen Leader Club is born
A 4-H Teen Leader Club will be organized for any youth age 14-19 who is interested in being a 4-H Teen Leader.
4-H members who are interested in being a teen leader at 4-H camp, attending 4-H Senior Conference or any other 4-H teen event should join the club.
An organizational meeting for the club will be held during a club/activity day at the high school.
The idea for a 4-H Teen Leader Club came from delegates who attended the Area 4-H Teen Council meeting on Jan. 13.
Shannon Sullivan, Melody Jackson and Elizabeth Perry represented Spencer County at this meeting.

10 years ago
January 28, 2004
Work on new middle school may begin soon
Dirt could be moving in a few months for construction of the new middle school now that final designs have been approved.
The Spencer County Board of Education Monday night approved plans that have already been sent to the state for approval. Once that hurdle is passed, the contract can be advertised for bid and work on the new $12.5 million school to be built behind the elementary school on HWY. 44, can begin.
“Our goal is to have a contractor and begin construction on April 1.” said Kenny Stanfield of Sherman-Carter Barnhart, Architects. He said that date would give the district 16 months to complete the project in time for the opening of the 2005-06 school year.
While talk of a groundbreaking brought excitement, with Superintendent Larry Holt discussing the desire to have children at the site to take part in the ceremony, Stanfield broke that mood when he announced that he would be submitting a cost projection with about a 9 percent increase over the first cost projection.
“I like to err on the high side,” he said, adding that there has been some extra work done to the site.
By projecting the final cost high, Stanfield said it could safe- guard against going over budget, and suggested other ways for the district to cut costs, such as bidding out items such as auditorium seating and kitchen equipment themselves.
Another piece of legislation being considered is the repeal of the prevailing wage, which Stanfield said could result in a savings of about 20 percent in labor costs.

Later in the evening, the board talked with David Garber of Garber & Garber Consulting Engineers. Garber has been working with the district in helping them plan and reroute sewer lines for the new school, and also has been talking with a land developer next to the school site who has expressed interest in running lines along school property for the development.
However, an agreement has yet to be reached and the board made a preliminary decision on sewer lines route Monday night in order to submit the plans to Frankfort. If an agreement could be worked out, the board could alter the routes up until the time construction
actually starts. .
The new middle school is designed to house students from 6_8th grade and the existing middle school in downtown Taylorsville, will be converted into a second elementary school for students through
the 5th grade. Currently, the middle school is [or students 5th through 8th grade.