(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Feb. 20, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
Elected public officials will see varying pay raises in 2004-2005, following a 3-0 decision by the Board of Supervisors to dole out raises equal to 55 percent of what the County Compensation Board had recommended.
The figure was put forth by chairman Bob Stout, who said reducing the compensation board’s recommended raises by 45 percent would put elected officials’ raises as close as possible to the 2.5 percent maximum pay increase the supervisors have said department heads can give their employees.
Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG) board member Jim Hanshaw said that his group is not yet ready to go ahead with Washington County town meetings on the new jail issue, and wants specific figures on paper about a proposed new jail before it will move forward in supporting the project.
While residents in the City of Washington comprise one-third of the county’s total population, nearly 50 percent of the calls to the Washington County Public Safety Center’s Communications Center come from city residents.
20 YEARS AGO
Four months ago, a pair of Washington women believed that substandard housing could be eliminated in the county. No more shacks, no more slums. They set to work, warned not to expect things to happen too fast. Karen Arbuckle and Lynda Miksch were the beginnings of what will officially become the Washington Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate in June.
A report in today’s Des Moines Register shows local Washington County Hospital with the seventh largest operating loss in the state for FY 1992. During that year, the hospital lost $358,907, or 4.7 percent of revenues.
30 YEARS AGO
The following young women — local residents or those with local connections — recently were selected for inclusion in the 1983 edition of “Outstanding Young Women of America”: Tammy Lynn Crull, Marde Anderson McConnell, Deloris Kay Ryan, Julie Ann Tharp, Loreen Jo Satterfield, Donna Lee Zoss, all of Washington; Becky Sue Thompson of Creston; Mary Jo Turnipseed of Vandenberg AFB, Calif.; and Donna Mae Proudfit of La Crosse, Wis.
Local Optimists heard a presentation by Pamela Gillardo, American Field Service Exchange student from Chile, Tuesday morning. Pam is a senior at Washington High School this year; the Mathiasons are her American host family.
Three Washington students at the American Institute of Business in Des Moines have been named AIB Presidential Scholars. They are Kristine Allison, Faith Hartzler and Jolene Gaffey. The honor recognizes the 4.0 grade point average earned by the women.
40 YEARS AGO
Kathy Vittetoe of Washington, Nancy Beck of Kalona and Betty Rice of Riverside will receive the DAR Good Citizens Award at the annual George Washington banquet to be held at The Captain’s Table, Feb. 19.
The Rev. Thomas Giuntoli, assistant pastor of the United Presbyterian Church in Washington for the past three years, has been commissioned a lieutenant in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy. He, wife Betsy and children Kim and Craig will move to Newport, R.I., where he will begin eight-week temporary duty at Chaplains School on March 26. He is to be stationed later in the Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, S.C.
Administrator Norman Jensen outlined a 10-point energy conservation plan for Washington County Hospital at the regular monthly meeting of trustees, Wednesday night. The energy-saving program in effect now and to be continued came on the heels of a report that the hospital’s natural gas and electric bill was nearly $1,000 higher for January 1974 than for the same month last year.
50 YEARS AGO
Kent Klopfenstein, former Washington resident, passed his certified public accountant exam in Colorado and will become a CPA when his year of internship ends in July. He is the son of the Kermit Klopfensteins of Washington.
The combination of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” and a talented group of 60 local singers, dancers and actors proved irresistible last night at the high school auditorium. Opening night left a standing-room-only audience alternately swept with laughter and tears.