(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Aug. 15, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
There was frustration, anger, and even tears last night at the County Courthouse, as a small crowd gathered to give input on the proposed 80-plus page Washington County subdivision ordinance at the supervisors’ public hearing on the matter.
The supervisors unanimously agreed to defer passage of the ordinance through a first reading after the hearing was closed. By law, the ordinance needs to be passed through three readings before it becomes county code.
The outer pane of a stained glass window that faces southeast from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Washington was found damaged yesterday.
A small hole was found in the outer Thermopane glass that protects the stained glass. Whatever did the damage stopped short of breaking the stained glass.
In last night’s monthly meeting, Washington School’s Board of Education heard the school’s annual progress report, including No Child Left Behind information; heard a proposal for a new multi-purpose training facility; and approved hires and resignations, loans and scholarships and various administrative work.
20 YEARS AGO
Several community residents have donated flags from other nations which have been turned into a display at the Community Y, titled “Our Global Connections.” The colorful display in the Y foyer features flags from Mexico, El Salvador, Republic of China, South Africa, Spain and Greece placed around a flag depicting the earth as seen from space.
Years of planning and nearly three years of construction will culminate Sunday in a celebration at the “new” Washington Municipal Airport.
Washington’s Ryan Koller and Iowa Mennonite’s Aaron Swartzendruber were the only area players to land spots on this year’s all-Golden Triangle team.
30 YEARS AGO
Seifert’s Inc., a retail women’s clothing chain which has a store and central accounting office in Washington, will open its 100th store this month.
The hot, dry Iowa summer has been good for at least one thing — swimming. Russ Gibson, manager of the Washington Municipal Swimming Pool, said pool attendance is running about 30 percent ahead of last year.
BRIGHTON — Mr. and Mrs. Harold Manwell of Jones, Okla., visited the Kenny Guys, Aug. 3-6. On Thursday and Friday, Mrs. Manwell, Mrs. Guy and Virginia Brinton attended a show sponsored by the World Organization of China Painters in Peoria, Ill.
40 YEARS AGO
Work on the building which will house the new Gibson Discount Store in Washington has been started and it is hoped the structure will be ready for opening Nov. 1. Manager Leo Zuetlan reported today the building has approximately 35,000 square feet and is about nine times larger than present quarters.
With the aid of an Iowa Crime Commission grant, a new deputy has been hired for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Sheriff Don Robertson says the addition will mean around-the-clock patrol in the county. The appointment of Yale H. Jarvis, 29, of Washington boosts the size of the department to five men.
LaVon Worley of Washington was taken to the county hospital with rib injuries after he flipped a detasseling machine around 4 this afternoon. He was alone at the time.
50 YEARS AGO
A landmark in the northwest area of Washington County was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon when the former Lexington Methodist Church burned to the ground.
The fire department in Wellman was called out again during the severe storm Monday evening when lightning struck a barn on the Lester Schmidt farm.