(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, May 9, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
Washington County will go it alone in its proposal for a new jail facility, county supervisor Larry DeLong said this morning.
DeLong had gone to meet with two supervisors from Henry County recently, he said, to continue talks about the possibility of constructing a regional jail the counties could share. He found that the Henry County supervisors were ready to pull out of the talks.
The Louisa County Area Vietnam Veterans are asking for the families of Southeast Iowa Veterans for help this spring in keeping the memorial near Grandview a beautiful and powerful site for the area’s former servicepeople.
The City of Washington Planning and Zoning Commission has developed a proposed ordinance amendment that would regulate “light trespass,” or outdoor lighting which spills from one property onto another.
20 YEARS AGO
The Washington County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this morning to renew the county’s service contract with WCDC Inc. at $282,250, up 3 percent from Fiscal Year 1993. The 3 percent increase was chosen because the county’s entire mental health budget saw an increase of 3 percent for FY 1994.
For the past 18 months, Lending Hands has been filling a county need in providing adult day care. Now, the provider is extending its hand to its service area, hoping for aid in finding a new home.
The Highland School, Monday evening, stood firmly by its decision to discontinue the busing program despite appeals from parents to reconsider.
30 YEARS AGO
Four Washington students attending Kirkwood Community College were recognized at a reception for outstanding students held May 18, on the Kirkwood campus at Cedar Rapids. They were Ed Colby, Michelle Liebe, Jacque Chalupa and Tom Nardy.
Dave Young of Ainsworth will be a member of the 1983 Freshman Daze committee at Central College in Pella this fall. He will be part of an orientation for freshman and transfer students by planning campus tours, meetings and activities.
40 YEARS AGO
Washington Evening Journal editor Dave Elder has been honored as namesake of a newly created regional Y’s Men’s Club award. Elder was the first recipient. He was presented the first annual Dave Elder Award at a recent regional meeting in Waterloo.
Some 40 Camp Fire board members and former members honored Mrs. Tom English at a surprise open house in the home of Mrs. Joe Evanovich Jr., Thursday evening. English has served as office secretary of Camp Fire for the past 17 years and is retiring.
Mike Fritz of Washington turned in the largest mushroom, a 9-ouncer, in the annual contest sponsored by Mangold TV and Appliance here.
50 YEARS AGO
A surprise party for Clarence Locke, manager of the State and Waco theaters, was held at the Waco last evening by employees of the two theaters.
Mrs. Sadee McAvoy of Rock Island arrived Saturday for a week’s visit with her son, Marion and family, and with friends. Sunday, the McAvoys will take Mrs. McAvoy home again.
Jeanne Rinner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Rinner of Washington, has been named judiciary chairman of her housing unit, the Maude McBroom house at Burge Hall. Rinner is a sophomore at the University of Iowa.