(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, May 16, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
The county will hire an extra attorney to handle its new rural Tax Increment Financing (TIF) policy; will wait one more week before deciding which architectural firms will be interviewed about the designing of a new county jail; and will increase small cities’ charge for law enforcement 1 percent, the supervisors decided this morning.
The Washington Community School District will take out a $1 million loan this summer to go ahead with some facilities service needs, school board members decided unanimously last night.
The two groups seeking to be heavily involved in the Washington Community School District school board’s decision about the fate of the district’s facilities will be asked to come together at a special meeting on Wednesday, May 28, at 7 p.m., at Washington Junior High School, in an attempt to form a central committee with the school board.
20 YEARS AGO
“I think this is going to be a shock to the system. It’s a wake-up call … Nowhere in the world, except maybe the University of Iowa, do people spend six to eight hours a day on the mat. This is a great opportunity,” said WHS wrestling coach Tim Balvanz. Balvanz will spend a little over a week studying new techniques of training and other aspects of wrestling in the former Soviet Union, particularly Tbilisi, Georgia and Moscow.
For the second time in the past six months, Washington will be rolling out the welcome mat for a new industry. The ink is dry on a contract between the city, Iowa Southern Utilities and Thermco Industries Inc. to purchase the ISU spec building and seven acres of adjoining land.
Washington’s model railroaders will soon have a new home, as groundbreaking ceremonies for a new building were observed by the Washington Model Railroad Historical Society.
30 YEARS AGO
Kristine Allison, the daughter of Ron and Dorothy Allison of Washington, was one of 103 students who earned straight A grades at the American Institute of Business in Des Moines.
The Washington County Board of Supervisors gave preliminary approval to a land acquisition proposal from the County Conservation Board. The plan hinges on approval of state cost-sharing funds and would increase the parks, timber and wildlife refuge land under conservation board management by 25 percent. The board has been offered a 250-acre tract just west of Washington at a price of $146,000.
Twenty-five children participated in the Brighton bike-athon to benefit Cystic Fibrosis, held April 30. A total of $671.35 was raised by the riders.
40 YEARS AGO
Nancy Jo Wood of Highland High School is one of seven high school juniors who won all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C., in the 1973 Rural Electric Cooperatives’ Government in Action scholarship contest. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe E. Wood of Ainsworth. Nancy will join an Iowa REC delegation at Des Moines, June 11.
Mrs. Keith Murphy, the former Sara Young, received her bachelor’s degree in nursing at commencement, Monday at Iowa Wesleyan College.
Nancy Rhae of Crawfordsville, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rhae, has been selected to attend Girls’ State on the University of Northern Iowa campus, June 3-9. The project is sponsored annually by the American Legion Auxiliary.
50 YEARS AGO
Mark Moslier of Washington again took the honors with the fastest time of the evening at the jalopy races at Columbus Junction, Saturday night. He won the first heat and the featured race.
Margaret Pratt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pratt of Washington and a senior nursing student at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Iowa City, was crowned queen at a spring formal Friday evening at the Elks Club. The event was sponsored by the Medical Staff of Mercy Hospital.