(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Dec. 5, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
Fourth Avenue in Washington will be the main road used by the Army Reserves 308th Quartermasters unit’s convoy, as it deploys for active duty, Tuesday.
A new billboard greets visitors to Washington as they enter from the east on Hwy 92. Community members can thank Washington Junior High School student Kristina Pedro for the colorful representation of the planet and the message, “Alcohol-Free Teens.”
The proposed Washington County subdivision ordinance has not yet been reassigned to the Land Use and Planning Commission for retooling, and is still lingering between a first and second public reading today, following a work session on the ordinance this morning.
20 YEARS AGO
Area merchants are keeping their fingers crossed that Santa’s bag will be full this Christmas. However, after the first big weekend of shopping, merchants are apprehensive on how heavy that bag will be. Most local merchants reported good traffic on Friday, particularly Friday morning, and on Sunday — thanks, in part, to a Chamber of Commerce discount coupon offer. Saturday, however, saw light traffic.
WEST DES MOINES — Washington High School business teacher Sally Beezley recently received the Dedicated Service to Business Education award from the Iowa Business Education Association at its fall conference.
The third-ranked Washington girls’ basketball team won its second straight game to open the season last night, 70-36 over Cedar Rapids-LaSalle.
30 YEARS AGO
Mike Zahs, a Washington school teacher and history enthusiast, said a group he helped to organize has been notified by the Milwaukee Road railroad that its depot bid has been tentatively accepted. The bid was submitted in the name of Mildred Shoemaker.
The winning bid amount was not disclosed, but Zahs said it was in the neighborhood of $27,500. Local efforts to preserve the building were heightened by the railroad’s decision to allow it to remain on its present site.
Columbus Community recorded three straight pins to defeat West Liberty 42-27, in the Wildcats’ wrestling opener at Columbus Monday. Gary Keller (126 pounds), 132-pound Buddy King and Randy Rupe (185) all recorded falls to help the Wildcats’ cause.
40 YEARS AGO
Washington County’s subsidized ambulance service will be manned by new operators beginning Jan. 1. Karl Jones and Richard Burns of Washington were awarded the 1974 contract by the Board of Supervisors today after the two submitted the low bid of $34,860. The only other bid received was by Ambulance Service of Washington County for $37,800, which is operated by John Stimmons and Jerry Beauchamp.
AINSWORTH — Joy was the word of the day here Monday as the students and teachers of Ainsworth Elementary School settled down to classes in a new building. The staff and 171 students started anew in the open forum concept of education they have been accustomed to since fire destroyed the former school in January.
T.J. Berdo of Washington is one of 12 Iowa high school business teachers attending the 78th Congress of American Industry in New York, Dec. 6-7.
50 YEARS AGO
John Cannon of Colorado Springs, Colo., visited during the weekend in the Cloyce Stewart home. Mr. Cannon and Mrs. Stewart are cousins.
Cheryl Keating, a freshman at Simpson College, Indianola, is a member of the Madrigal Singers who will hold their second annual Madrigal Christmas Dinner, Dec. 8. The singers will be costumed in the dress of the Renaissance and will entertain with old and familiar carols.