(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, June 6, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
Disagreement about the Washington County Board of Supervisors proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) policy moved out of the county courthouse and into city hall.
All who spoke out at a public hearing on the proposed subdivision ordinance for Washington County told the Land Use and Planning Commission that the lengthy legal document would be detrimental to the county’s economic growth if passed into law.
Heritage Area Agency on Aging celebrated Older American’s Month on May 22 by recognizing individuals and services that have bettered communities for seniors and their families in east central Iowa.
Among “Outstanding Senior Volunteers” honored was Betty Colby of Washington.
20 YEARS AGO
CRAWFORDSVILLE — Tim Graber and Jason Eubanks will represent Schantz-Mitchell Post 593 of the Crawfordsville American Legion at Boys State in Des Moines, June 11-17.
RIVERSIDE — The driving rains and fierce winds that assaulted much of Iowa last night turned to near catastrophe for Alan and Linda Thomann of Riverside. “We heard the wind coming up really strong,” said Linda. “Then I felt the bedroom moving.” An old walnut tree crashed into the house, taking the porch off.
Pork producers from across the country will join Iowa farmers for the World Pork Expo to be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.
Nearly everyone was included as the Washington Community School District approved salary increases Wednesday night for non-certified staff, administrators and faculty members during their monthly meeting.
30 YEARS AGO
Washington County’s unemployment rate fell sharply in May, Job Service of Iowa said today in its latest report on the state’s labor market. Job Service pegged the county’s jobless rate at 5.1 percent in May, down from 6.3 percent in April. However, the level is still well above the 3.6 percent of a year ago.
Jane Anne Mayer, daughter of Bill and Mary Grace Mayer, and Matthew Hahn, son of Kenny and Janet Hahn, all of Keota, exchanged wedding vows, Saturday, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Rev. Charles Mann officiated at the 4 p.m. ceremony.
40 YEARS AGO
KALONA — First District Congressman Ed Mezvinsky announced today that an $800,000 REA loan has been approved for the Wellman Cooperative Telephone Association, according to word received from the United States Department of Agriculture. The loan will be made available at a 5 percent rate of interest and will be used to provide one-party service to party line customers.
Mrs. Max (Opal) Henness, assistant to Ernest Lund, county assessor, retired today after being on the job since December 1953.
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Murphy, Janelle and Derek have returned from the 21st annual International Farm Youth Exchange Alumni Conference at Adrian College. Murphy is a member of the national IFYE board of directors and, at the conference, was elected president of the national organization for the coming year.
50 YEARS AGO
Ruth Ann Wulf is working in the County Extension office this week while the secretary, Frances Miller, is spending the week at church camp.
Harvey Davis is in Ames this week serving as a commissioner to the annual meeting of the Presbyterian Synod of Iowa.
A surprise birthday party was held in the Claire Keating home Monday night, honoring Mrs. Keating’s mother.