(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Sept. 26, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
A case of criminal mischief and theft is under investigation today in Washington following an incident reported Sunday evening that left the automated teller machine (ATM) at Federation Bank in Washington without its security eye.
More than 60 people turned out last night and packed the Helen Wilson Gallery of the Washington Public Library to standing-room-only capacity for a meeting of Washington residents opposed to the city’s condemnation of the Leffler family property, commonly known as “the goat farm.”
The Facilities Needs Committee met last night at the Administration Building for its first scheduled visit to the facilities of the Washington Community School District.
An Ainsworth High School graduate and retired Ball State University journalism professor, Tracy Norris, has written a brief history titled “Ainsworth, Pearl Harbor, World War II.”
20 YEARS AGO
Rich Boyd is the minister at First Christian Church, but he and his wife also run Washington Monuments from their home. The Boyds say it is important that people order monuments ahead of time so they can get exactly what they want.
Two months into the fiscal year, state officials have decided Washington County can’t have $100,939 budgeted for community mental health because Lutheran Social Services is not accredited by Iowa’s Department of Human Services.
30 YEARS AGO
Lori Riggan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Riggan of Ainsworth, was crowned Washington County Pork Queen, Saturday at the fall meeting of the Porkettes. Jorjean Horning, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Horning, was selected princess.
BRIGHTON — A free program offered by the Brighton First Responders may mean the difference between life and death for this community’s elderly. Tuesday, the emergency medical technicians will begin a house-to-house canvass of Brighton to seek participants for the “Vial of Life” project.
Two new directors were sworn in Monday afternoon at an organizational meeting of the Washington School Board of Education.
40 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Keith Stewart of Keota will be the Washington County delegate for the Iowa Farm Bureau women’s tour of the nation’s capital, Sept. 17-20.
Theresa Wheelan, daughter of the Mike Wheelans of Washington, is pictured on the cover of Women’s Comfort magazine. The photograph was taken almost two years ago by Ellen Rebecca Fenn.
COLUMBUS JUNCTION – Plans for a new 60-bed nursing care center for the elderly here will apparently live or die with the results of a large-scale stock selling effort scheduled to begin next week. Directors of Colonial Manor of Columbus Junction Inc., a locally formed company planning the center, will be seeking buyers throughout Louisa County for $200,000 worth of preferred stock.
50 YEARS AGO
Pam Hite, daughter of Mrs. Pauline Hite, has been chosen a baton twirler with the State College of Iowa Band at Cedar Falls.
Ruth Earnest, daughter of the Chris Earnests, plans to leave by plane Friday for Washington, D.C., where she will take a position as a clerk in the justice department.