(From The Washington Evening Journal, Thursday, July 3, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
This week’s Washington Municipal Band concert will honor local heroes as well as military personnel. The ensemble will be playing a salute to the Armed Forces, a variety of patriotic songs and many favorite marches. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3, in Central Park.
“American Freedom,” a one-hour musical production and fireworks display held at the Shiloh amphitheater, will help kick off this weekend’s Independence Day celebration. The production is scheduled for Thursday night at 9 p.m.
By 5 p.m. on July 4, Sunset Park will become a city within a city and the home of the Third Annual American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Tents will be pegged, lawn chairs unfolded, campsites decorated in preparation for the opening ceremonies set to begin at 6 p.m.
The Washington Jaycees and the Community Y are sponsoring several July 4 activities at Sunset Park. A 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A volleyball tournament is planned from noon to 2 p.m. A family swim day from 1 to 3 p.m. will be held at the Family Aquatic Center.
The fireworks display will take place at the Washington County Fairgrounds in conjunction with the Relay for Life luminaria ceremony and will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.
The Wayland Lions Club will sponsor a day of activities on July 4, beginning with a pancake breakfast at Wayland City Hall from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Food booths will be open throughout the day, and a fireworks display will follow the setting of the sun at the football field.
Grand Marshal Albion Young and wife Vi will kick off Wellman’s Independence Day celebration with a parade at 10 a.m. Young is marking his 50th year in law practice in Wellman.
Personnel of the Washington County Public Safety Center were among more than 154 officers from state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies along the U.S. 34, IA 2, and IA 92 corridors in Iowa who conducted a cooperative traffic safety enforcement project on Thursday, June 26. Current results show 1,848 contacts were made by the 24 agencies reporting.
Washington Community School District superintendent Dave Schmitt has a hearty handshake. It’s firm, but not domineering. There’s no extravagant “pumping the well” motion in it. It’s simple and easy.
And it’s just as well, since Schmitt plans to do a lot of hand shaking over the next few weeks. He’ll be introducing himself to the people he’ll be working with, and others around town. It’s the first step in taking over the top administrative position in the school district.
At midnight last night, Iowa joined 38 other states by enacting a law that designates drivers with blood-alcohol contents (BAC) of 0.08 or higher legally drunk.
DAVENPORT (AP) — About 24,000 pounds of plate glass fell from a truck on Interstate 80, covering about a quarter mile of the road with glass shards and backing up rush-hour traffic in the westbound lanes for about two hours.
(Note: No information from files of 20 or more years ago was printed in the July 3, 2003, issue of The Journal.)