(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Feb. 13, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
Half of Washington residents who have sent letters to City Hall to protest turning off streetlights in their neighborhoods cited a fear of increased criminal activity as the main or secondary reason for their letter.
WELLMAN — Already promised $40,000 from the Mid-Prairie Athletic Boosters to aid with new lighting for the high school track and football field, the Mid-Prairie School District received double that Monday when it was given the Wellman Rotary Club soccer fields.
BRIGHTON — In a large, yellow utility shed eight miles south of Brighton, Don and Sandee Fields have set up house and shop. The shed which once was host to as many as 600 Christian youth under the name “The Real Thing” is now Liberty Ministries, a satellite packaging center for Feeding Children International — Kids Against Hunger.
20 YEARS AGO
AINSWORTH — Raymond Lasek, 64, of Ainsworth announced his candidacy today for the Republican nomination for county supervisor, which will be contested in the June primary. Last week, H.E. Peterseim of Kalona said he would be seeking the office on the Republican ticket.
Modine Manufacturing honored its 175 employees last week for completing two years without a lost time injury. The Washington plant manufactures charged-air and oil coolers for the automotive and industrial equipment industries.
Lending Hands Adult Day Care moved to its new location at 125 E. Second St. just before Christmas and, finally settled in, staff says that although smaller than its prior location in the basement of Faith Baptist Church, it is “cozier.”
30 YEARS AGO
Ticket demand has been so strong for the Washington theater production of “Annie,” that officials have announced today the addition of two more performances. Heidi Miller and Amy Augustine are alternating in the lead role.
Washington Boys Basketball Coach Dave Tremmel used that old sports cliché to describe his team’s 69-41 non-conference win over Mount Vernon, Saturday: “It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.”
St. James School has been presented an award recognizing its “outstanding progress” in Catholic education. The presentation was made Friday by Washington Mayor Raymond Minnick to Sister Mary Bly, principal, and Carl Berst, president of the parochial school board.
40 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Merle Twinam of Crawfordsville has been appointed by the Washington County SEATS Committee as area membership sales representative for the mini bus system for the elderly.
Dorothy Rankin Helscher of Washington has been named Mother of the Year by the local Fortnightly Club and was presented during the club’s general meeting, Tuesday at the Methodist Church.
Rita Sojka of rural Washington has joined the staff of the Washington County Public Health Nursing Service.
50 YEARS AGO
Phil Embree, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lysle Embree, left this week for training with the Marines and reported for duty at San Diego, Calif.
Gary Leeper of Washington is a member of the Wartburg College track squad this spring. A senior, Gary plans to throw the javelin for the Knights.
Hubert Lohrer was in charge of the Kiwanis Club meeting Wednesday night and introduced Larry Ruppert of the Rogers Company, who outlined plans being made for the 125th anniversary celebration in Washington, June 9-14.