(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Aug. 29, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
The Washington County supervisors decided this morning that they will take a step back from the proposed Washington County subdivision ordinance to ask for input from the county department heads who will have to deal with the ordinance on a regular basis.
The move means that the ordinance might exit the supervisors’ chambers and head back to the Land Use and Planning Commission for retooling, if department heads do not sign off on it.
Washington County will pay to have its bridge consultants redesign bridges over Goose Creek and Davis Creek on Old Highway 218, but what kind of bridges they will be is yet to be determined.
Nearly every seat in the audience was taken, last night, during the Washington City Council’s work session. Twenty-eight people were in the audience to hear about possible changes to the way the Washington Fire Department is organized, including firefighters, Halcyon House’s administrator, and a Farm Bureau insurance agent.
20 YEARS AGO
A tally of public health services in Washington County shows that total home visits were up 19 percent and home visits to Medicaid patients shot up by a whopping 62 percent in the last fiscal year.
If Washington County officials or staff want to drive to Cedar Rapids the night before a convention, should taxpayers pick up the hotel tab? The Washington County Board of Supervisors are grappling with the question in light of a request for a travel advance of $75 for a hotel room in Cedar Rapids.
Washington’s Bob Shelman is the latest member of the Washington Golf and Country Club to ace the second hole.
Washington County took second-place honors in the young member Ag Challenge contest held Tuesday. Representing the county were John Carter of Kalona and Kevin Hora, Tom Vittetoe and Duane Hammen of Washington.
30 YEARS AGO
Connie’s Hallmark, a new Washington business, opened today in remodeled quarters on the south side of the square. The specialty shop is owned and operated by Connie Duwa of rural Ainsworth and Willa Mae Porter of rural Brighton.
In terms of heat and dryness, the summer of 1983 locally has already left its mark as the worst in modern history. And Robert Logan’s notebooks tell just how grim the story is. Logan is the National Weather Service’s official observer in Washington and his weather recording instruments and diligent checks have compiled a stark set of numbers over the past several weeks.
More than 1,800 public and private school students in the Washington area went back to classrooms today, but opening day of the 1983-84 school year was abbreviated because of uncomfortable weather conditions.
40 YEARS AGO
Cathy Lloyd won the Washington women’s golf tournament at the Washington Golf and Country Club, Sunday, carding a 41 and 40 in the 18-hole championship flight. Helen Doak finished second with a 44 and 48.
Ron Hackbarth was elected president of the De-Men sports booster club here at the first meeting of the new season, Monday evening.
Preliminary plans for the new fire station and municipal building were sent “back to the drawing board” Monday night after the Washington City Council had spent considerable time looking over the proposed plans. Councilmen suggested several minor changes to the plans and asked Jim Reschly, director of public works, to do additional work as soon as possible.
50 YEARS AGO
Lars Sjoberg of Transtaad, Sweden, has arrived in Washington and is a guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Holden. Lars will be the foreign exchange student attending Washington High School during the 1963-64 school year.
A 220-pound Hampshire hog owned by Bruce Davis, member of the Ainsworth Beaver 4-H Club, was selected as the champion carcass of the hogs exhibited at the 1963 Washington County Fair.