(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, June 13, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
The one conclusion the Washington City Council and Washington County Board of Supervisors arrived at early into a 90-minute meeting Monday night is that both governmental bodies need to obtain legal opinions from their attorneys before proceeding with any decision about the county’s tax increment financing proposal.
In order to create a TIF district, the county needs a resolution approved by the Washington City Council. The council did not vote on the resolution during last week’s council meeting because some members said they needed more information.
If you’ve ever walked past the Washington Police’s K9 Unit Jeep — the white one with the dog warning label printed across its rear doors — you know that Rex, the police’s crime dog, means business. He yaps and barks, reminding passersby that Officer Brett Sorrells is really the only one who should be trying to get in there.
With Chairman Jack Dillon absent, Washington County supervisors Larry DeLong and Bob Stout this morning unanimously passed a motion directing county department heads to give employees raises averaging 50 cents per hour or 4 percent, if they see fit, and if “the department budget can stand the increase [in pay].”
The Washington Community School Board last night unanimously approved entering into a $1.4 million loan agreement, to pay for renovations at the junior high school and elementary schools to improve air quality; bring the facilities up to fire safety standards; and to procure five new school buses.
20 YEARS AGO
WINFIELD — A Winfield man is in custody today after attempting a daylight, armed robbery of Farmers National Bank in Winfield, Saturday. The Henry County Sheriff’s Department reported that David Dewayne Santos, 29, of Winfield is being held on first-degree robbery charges, a Class B felony, first-degree theft, a Class C felony, and assault while participating in a felony, a Class C felony.
Starting June 14, the Washington community summer band program will begin. This is a four-week program consisting of lessons and band rehearsals. Program director is Fred Stark.
Washington High School has awarded Bill Breckler of Skyview High School in Smithville, Utah, a contract to be its football coach for the 1993 season. Breckler will serve as assistant principal at Washington Junior High School and as the junior high athletic director. The Washington School Board will act on Breckler’s hiring at its July meeting. Breckler’s father was athletic director at the University of Iowa from 1947 to 1960.
30 YEARS AGO
A former resident and son of Harold Miller of Washington is now residing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is serving as administrator of King Khale Eye Specialty Hospital for two years.
The rural Johnson County home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Zahradnek was heavily damaged by a tornado, June 29, that blew out windows, drove a 2 x 6 through a window and embedding it in the wall of a son’s bedroom, and caused other interior damages. In addition, a barn and garage on the property were demolished.
The Wellman City Council, Tuesday night, discussed city employee wages for the 1983-84 fiscal year and determined procedure for discussing job responsibilities with employees. The council will talk individually with employees at a July 18 meeting.
40 YEARS AGO
BRIGHTON – Fire officials say youths playing with matches touched off a fire around noon, Saturday, that destroyed a barn on the Marion Dunbar farm three miles north of here.
The Washington City Hall building has been placed on the Register of Historic Places, according to a letter received by Steve Viggers, president of the Washington County Historical Society.
Elections in Washington County are in for sweeping changes beginning in 1974. The County Board of Supervisors moved recently to switch election tabulation to voting machines, a mechanical system they propose will be more efficient and less costly than the present hand-counted method. The County has ordered 30 voting machines at an estimated cost of $65,000.
50 YEARS AGO
Harold L. Gilmere of Washington won fourth prize in the national contest sponsored by Proto’s Cool Company in guessing the actual speed-winning car in this year’s Indianapolis race. Gilmere’s guess was within .010 miles per hour of the winning speed.
James Stephens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Stephens of Ainsworth, is now on his summer Naval cruise and is stationed at Guantanamo Bay.