(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Sept. 19, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
The Washington County Supervisors, law enforcement personnel and an architect from Dubuque worked through the morning and into the afternoon yesterday to hammer out a compromise on a jail design that would come close to giving the Sheriff’s Office what it wants in a new jail, and come close to the dollar amount the supervisors had planned to spend on one.
The Facilities Needs Committee met for the first time last night in a round-table discussion in the Washington Community Schools Board Room, to “clear the air,” identify areas of agreement and define the process/procedure of the five weekly meetings to come.
The corn crop might not have benefited from the steady, even rain Washington County saw this weekend, but other greens will get a much-needed boost from it.
Al Schmidt of the Washington Farm Service Agency office said this morning that non-row crop vegetation will be reinvigorated by the 2-plus inches the county received during a lengthy weekend rainfall.
20 YEARS AGO
A private radon-testing company has found that among 87 Washington County homes it tested, the average radon level was high enough to cause the same health risk as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.
WELLMAN — Acceptance of Mid-Prairie School District Superintendent Rose Dillard’s resignation topped the Monday night meeting of the Mid-Prairie School Board.
Washington County Deputy Carroll Kenney will serve a week’s suspension and a year’s probation because he lost his appeal of a disciplinary decision. But the Washington County Civil Service Commission, which reviewed the case, also struck down wording in Sheriff Yale Jarvis’ disciplinary order that threatened to fire the deputy if there were any more verified complaints about him or if he violated any of the department’s policies during the year of probation.
30 YEARS AGO
A major block of Washington State Bank stock changed hands today in a $1.8 million transaction that assures the bank will be “more locally owned than it ever was,” officials said.
KEOTA — The Keota school board has backed away from an earlier decision to look for a company to take over the operation of its five school buses and is now looking into leasing buses and retaining management of the fleet.
At least seven area churches have joined together to sponsor the Washington County CROP Walk for hunger on Sept. 25, according to the Rev. Doug Tharpe, pastor of the Ainsworth Community Church.
40 YEARS AGO
Paul Boettcher, retired district conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service in Washington, has been named as a recipient of a WMT Radio and TV stations award for achievement in the area of soil conservation.
An emergency “newsprint bank” has been established by the Iowa Press Association for the benefit of member newspapers who may run out of paper during the current shortage.
50 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kerr have notified Washington Country Club members that they will not return as managers of the club for another year.
Dr. Clifford W. Hesseltine, native of Brighton, is the new president of the Mycological Society of America. He is the son of M.J. Hesseltine of Brighton and the nephew of Mrs. Marion George.