(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Nov. 28, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
CEO Don Patterson said he had “three pieces of good news” for the Washington County Hospital and Clinics (WCHC) Board of Trustees, during yesterday’s board meeting: Congressional approval of a Medicare bill; October’s financial reports; and a fundraising golf event organized by the hospital’s foundation.
KALONA — Going to a municipally owned electric utility for Kalona not only is “feasible” but also could net the city $2.9 million in savings, Robert Latham of Latham and Associates said Thursday.
WELLMAN — A possible instructional support levy, to aid with instruction costs, may be sought by the Mid-Prairie School District next year.
Board members discussed the idea during a work session Monday.
Bill Fredrick told the Washington County Supervisors this morning that eight of 10 housing rehabilitation grants were still available to Washington County residents.
20 YEARS AGO
A groundbreaking proposal that could play a part in calming a lawsuit-happy society is under consideration by the Washington County Board of Supervisors. The county’s proposed Mediation Ordinance urges the intervention of an impartial mediator in interdepartmental and contractual conflicts, stemming problems before they get to court.
Just as the city and Teamster’s Union appear to be worlds apart in their initial master contract proposals concerning the local department, so do the views of the chief negotiators for both parties. Gary Dunham, business representative for the Teamster’s Union and chief negotiator for the Washington Police Department said, “It looks like we’re light years apart.”
30 YEARS AGO
Kalona photographer Frank Yoder won honorable mention in the “Love an Arabian” photography contest sponsored by the Arabian Horse Express of Coffeyville, Kan. His entry, “Misty Morning,” had also placed third at the Iowa State Fair.
City police are investigating an overnight burglary of the Out Back department store in Washington in which several hundred dollars worth of clothing and cash was reported stolen. Police say thieves gained entry to the Western wear store through an alley door.
More than 1,000 persons registered for the Farm Bureau Women’s annual Hobby Show on Nov. 19. There were 72 exhibitors at the show, held at Columbus Community High School. Money raised was donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City.
40 YEARS AGO
The local U.S. Army Reserves may never be the same again, but the male members of the 872nd maintenance company say they won’t mind it at all. Retha Hole set Reserves precedent here, Saturday when she became the first female to be inducted into the unit.
Paul V. Shearer, Washington attorney, has been elected a trustee of the newly merged Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary of the United Methodist Church. The new seminary will be located in Evanston, Ill.
RIVERSIDE – Fire here Monday night gutted a Main Street building that housed a tavern and an upstairs apartment, causing damage that is expected to total several thousand dollars. Cause of the blaze which destroyed Dave’s Tap is undetermined.
50 YEARS AGO
Jon Ballou and David Coon were reported in much better condition in Washington Hospital following a one-vehicle accident in which both boys were thrown through the top of a pickup, last Sunday.
Jerry Evans of Colton, Calif., spent two days in Washington visiting the Richard Chorpening family. He is on his way to Flint, Mich., where he will be appearing with the new Carousels for four months as a piano player.
Diane Buffington of Crawfordsville is one of 30 Iowa 4-H members chosen to represent the state at the 42nd National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago, Dec. 1-3.