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2017 Todd County Schools' Hall of Fame
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Monday, December 11, 2017
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2017 Todd County Schools' Hall of Fame Named

The Todd County High Schools' Hall of Fame has been established to recognize alumni and staff of the Todd County High Schools who have made significant achievements in their chosen fields or professional services and made noteworthy contributions to society on a local, national or international level. The recognition of alumni who have become outstanding citizens will provide current students with positive role models in their own lives.

2017 inductees in the Todd County High Schools' Hall of Fame were announced this week by the committee that set up the hall of fame, said Fred Harper, chairman of the committee. They are: Leila Chastain Cole; Alice Allison Dunnigan; Dr. Eula Ewing Monroe; Brigadier General John William "Bill" Rutledge; Troy Davis Snardon

Lelia Chastain Cole 

Mrs. Cole was a graduate of Trenton High School class of 1955.  She graduated from Austin Peay State University in 1969 before beginning her career as a teacher in Guthrie, Trenton, and South Todd Elementary Schools.  During her 30 year career, she planned and accompanied students to Washington DC, the Biltmore and Frankfort, KY as well as influenced numerous former students to enter the field of education.  She served on the Trenton City Council, the Todd County Board of Health, Sanctuary House Board, Big Brothers-Big Sisters Board, the Board of United Way, and the first Site Based Council for South Todd Elementary School. She was also the Co-Founder of the Silver Triangle Main Street Corporation, a non-profit program dedicated to downtown revitalization and historic preservation in Elkton, Guthrie, and Trenton.   She shared the love of community by securing the land for the beautiful Bradley Crusher Park located Trenton, Kentucky.  This park is now dedicated to her memory. 

Alice Allison Dunnigan

Ms. Dunnigan was born 1906 in Logan County the granddaughter of slaves and daughter of a sharecropper.  At age 14 she began writing for the Owensboro Enterprise newspaper.  She completed a teachers’ course at the now known Kentucky State University before beginning her teaching career in segregated Todd County schools.  She developed and published fact sheets and numerous books to chronicle historical contributions of black Kentuckians.   She worked for U.S. Department of Labor as an information specialist.  She was named Bureau Chief of the Associated Negro Press, was first black female member of the Senate and House of Representatives press galleries, elected to the Women’s National Press Club, a White House correspondent and a member of President Truman’s whistle-stop tour.  She was named Education Consultant to the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity and became Associate Editor with the President’s Commission on Youth Opportunity.  She was later inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame and honored in the “Kentucky Women Remembered” exhibit. 

Dr. Eula Ewing Monroe 

Dr. Monroe graduated from Clifty High School in 1957.  She received her Bachelors of Science from Western Kentucky University before beginning her teaching career at Elkton Elementary School.  Graduated from WKU with both a Masters and Rank 1 degree, received a doctorate degree from George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University.  Taught mathematics education at WKU Laboratory School, Brigham Young University, and worked with the Baptist Student Union at BYU.  She has presented and consulted extensively in mathematics education in many states and more than 20 countries, written numerous articles and books including a mathematics dictionary for children.  Outstanding lifetime achievements include Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 1992, Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 2009, and volunteer work in the Todd County School System in the area of mathematics education after 56 years in the teaching profession.

Brigadier General John William “Bill” Rutledge III

Brigadier General Rutledge graduated from Todd County Central High School in 1965.  Graduated with honors in ROTC program from the University of Kentucky where he played freshman basketball.   Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and logged a career 2,800 hours flight time in fighter aircraft.   Received Master of Science degree from University of Southern California, graduated Air War College, served in a variety of operational and staff assignments in Europe, the Pacific and United States.  Commanded an F-15 squadron, a tactical group, a provisional composite wing, a combined force air component and the United States’ only high-altitude reconnaissance wing.  Served on the staffs of Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command, Headquarters U.S. AF, Headquarters U.S. European Command and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency.  Was Commanding Officer of Incirlik AB US/NATO Turkey and Beale AFB, CA. He received Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, AF Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Aerial Achievement Medal and numerous other awards.

Troy Davis Snardon

Mr. Snardon graduated from Todd County Central High School in 1976 after recording 4,900 rushing yards as a 5-year starter in football. He was named to the All Mid South Conference Team sophomore year, to the All Western Kentucky Conference Team, the Kentucky Third All State Team junior year, All Western Kentucky Conference Team and Kentucky All State second Team his senior year at TCCHS.  He graduated from Western Kentucky University with a BS in Industrial Technology after lettering 4 years in football. Help lead WKU to 2 OVC championships, ranked 7th in the nation in scoring and 1st Team All-OVC selection in 1980.  Ran the ball 157 times for 905 yards, 4th highest single season rushing total in school history, leading the team in total offense. Led WKU in scoring as a senior.  Signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions in NFL.  1983 Graduate of Kentucky State Police Academy and retired as a sergeant after 22 years of service.  Coached Todd County Middle School football and serves as Todd Circuit and District Court Security Officer.

Harper, who was asked by the Todd County Board of Education to set up the implementation committee, said the names were chosen by an anonymous selection committee from nominations solicited publicly earlier this year. The recipients or their families will receive the awards at an event early next year. Individuals who were nominated but not selected this year will remain eligible next year for selection. Anyone can nominate a person for the hall of fame by getting in touch with Harper at 270-265-3687 or

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