(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, July 11, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
Two suspects thought to be the men who robbed West Chester Savings Bank in Washington on the afternoon of June 12 are under arrest in Henry County, Ill., awaiting extradition, police say.
Washington County once again has a permanent representative from the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP). Donna Dorothy has been named the Washington County services coordinator; she has finished an intensive 46-hour training program with RVAP, and has moved into her office in Blair House.
A ruling by the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals will have a major impact on the way the beef industry advertises, if the USDA cannot get the decision overturned.
On Tuesday, a three-judge panel concluded that the mandatory collection by the Beef Board of $1 per head of cattle sold or imported to fund pro-beef advertising is a violation of free speech. The judges called the $1 surtax “coercion,” requiring all beef producers to fund speech they may not believe in.
20 YEARS AGO
Washington City Council members received an offer they couldn’t refuse Tuesday night. However, the council didn’t “jump” at the offer of a free street. Rather, council members expressed reservations before accepting Hazel Corey’s offer to place a 3-inch asphalt covering over the seal-coated street which runs past her house in the 800 block of East Taylor.
The most severe flooding to hit Washington County since anyone can remember has made life plenty difficult, closing roads and forcing people to move their livestock and sandbag their properties.
A woman moving out of her apartment on East Seventh Street apparently dropped her cigarette into one of the boxes and then left for two days, leaving the fire to burn until the heat melted plastic water pipes above it and the water extinguished the fire.
30 YEARS AGO
A $75,000 out-of-court settlement was reached last week in a lawsuit over control of the former Church of the Living Word in Washington.
The First Assembly of God Church in Washington will celebrate its 30th anniversary Sunday, Aug. 7, with former pastors and friends scheduled to share in the day’s special events.
Brian Schmitz of rural Crawfordsville earned championship honors in the purebred ram division of this year’s Washington County Fair, and was also named the top junior sheep showman.
40 YEARS AGO
Livestock judging at the 1973 Washington County 4-H and FFA Fair reached a climax this morning as market beef animals paraded before the judges. Eric Graber of the Crooked Creek Cyclones showed the grand champion animal this year and Jim Schneider of the Riverside Ramblers showed the reserve champion.
The Rev. Edward Shepherd has taken up his duties here as pastor of St. James Catholic Church.
Meat managers and officials of Washington’s three major food stores predicted today that retail sales of beef may be stopped cold by the end of this week, as a result of dwindling supplies. One store, Bud’s Jack and Jill, was completely out of beef this morning
50 YEARS AGO
Leigh Soule visited in Washington Monday. He now lives in Penny Farms, Fla. Mr. Soule was a former secretary of the Washington YMCA.
Elizabeth Bauer, daughter of the David Bauers of Washington, formerly of West Chester, will be among the 61 seniors at Iowa Methodist School of Nursing to receive her degree at annual commencement exercises Friday in Des Moines.
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Booth and sons, have returned from a vacation through the Dakota Badlands and Black Hills.