(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, March 12, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
KALONA — Ordered March 4, a $217,000 30-foot fire-rescue unit will join the Kalona Volunteer Fire Department’s lineup next year, possibly in time for the department’s 88th anniversary on Feb. 28.
Jackie Amigon-De La Rosa handles a lot of money as an employee of Federation Bank.
So she knew right away that there was something fishy about a particular $20 bill, Friday morning.
While Amigon-De La Rosa has never spotted a counterfeit bill before, she knew something was amiss when a $20 bill, slightly smaller than the rest of the pile she was handling, came through her fingers.
A proposed reduction in public safety spending by the City of Washington may jeopardize the long-standing city-county law enforcement contract and split the police and sheriff’s office into clearly separate entities.
The City of Washington made its official proposal, yesterday, to reduce its financial contribution to Washington County for public safety services.
20 YEARS AGO
This is history, author Dave Elder said of his fourth book. What We Laughed At in Those Days, he added, is also storytelling.
Lead in the drinking water at Highland Junior and Senior High schools have both district officials and the EPA concerned. “Although most of the drinking water service lines at the secondary building have very low levels of lead, some of the lines have lead levels above the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion,” officials released today.
RIVERSIDE — Flood damage repairs at Riverside’s Hall Park will begin this spring and FEMA funds will be used, after last year’s floodwaters from the English River damaged fences, killed grass and caused several washouts in the lower park area.
30 YEARS AGO
New members of the National Honor Society chapter of Columbus High School are: senior Heidi Dunker, juniors Brenda Clark, Greg Griffin, Bob Johnson, Karl Kilpatrick, Wendy Robertson and Kevin Van Auken; and sophomores Sherri Curtis, Wendy Davis, Chris Della Vedova and Julie Milder.
Area youth competed in four wrestling tournaments over the weekend. Jeff Balvanz, Chris Black and Pete Balvanz all claimed first places in the L-M Kids’ Tourney and Ryan Koller tied for first. Chad Kaufman won a championship at the Tri-County Kids’ Tournament in Thornburg; Frank Greiner and Jim Allender nabbed seconds; and Marty Beenblossom and Don Martin earned thirds.
COLUMBUS JUNCTION — Iowa Beef Processors Inc. says it has offered to purchase Rath Packing Co.’s hog-slaughtering plant in Columbus Junction. The plant has been closed since January 1983.
40 YEARS AGO
Washington 112-pound wrestler Randy Tschantz won sixth place in his division in the state high school wrestling tourney in Des Moines, Saturday. Len Corpman of Highland, competing in the 185-pound class, finished fourth in his division.
Sophisticated monitoring equipment, that medical officials say will take much of the guesswork out of treating patient afflicted with heart attacks and other ailments, arrived at Washington County Hospital, Wednesday. Although actual use may still be months away, local medical authorities were overjoyed at the arrival of the coronary care apparatus which has been on order for some time.
50 YEARS AGO
An exhibit of watercolors and drawings by Peggy McKinstry will open the “Little Campus Gallery” at Iowa Wesleyan College.
Mid-Prairie’s junior high girls’ basketball team has just finished an undefeated season in which they won eight straight games.
The Rev. W.J. Stevens, pastor of the Christian Tabernacle in Washington, left Tuesday night for the West Coast.