(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, March 19, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
The Washington County Supervisors decided this morning to put the city-county law enforcement agreement on its March 23 regular meeting agenda, and indicated they would formally invite representatives of the City of Washington to attend.
A reader asked if the City of Washington pays the jail expenses of persons arrested by city police officers.
Washington County Auditor Bill Fredrick said that the jail is funded by Washington County taxpayers.
He also said that any of the city-county law enforcement contracts would include fees for the jail.
KALONA — A crew of Amish workers razed a large part of the former Leo’s Auto Service building on C Avenue in Kalona, Wednesday and Thursday. They expected to be done by the end of the week in clearing the site that is one of two parcels of land on which the new Kalona Public Library will be built this year. Paul Beachy arranged to take the building for the materials.
DES MOINES — Interstate Power and Light Co. filed a request with the Iowa Utilities Board on Monday to raise its rates by $142.9 million.
Under the company’s request, all residential customers through the utility’s service area would pay $13.32 more per month. Business and industrial customers also would see an increase of varying dollar amounts.
20 YEARS AGO
RIVERSIDE — The Highland High School mock trial team finished first out of 18 teams in regional competition in Iowa City recently and will head to the state competition. Wapello, which finished third, will also go to state.
CRAWFORDSVILLE — An idea came to Beth Wells one summer night because she loves to dance. Her former husband and current fiancé (figure it out), Bill Conaway, owns the town’s eatery, Uncle Bill’s. Now it’s a dance hall, and on a good weekend, people on the dance floor aren’t too far from outnumbering the town population.
Saying that he can bring “some valuable perspectives to the legislature,” Washington County farmer-musician Robert “Bob” McConnell announced today that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the 97th House District.
30 YEARS AGO
The Washington YM-YWCA will unveil its new $450,000 addition for the public Sunday with an open house.
Kris Allison, daughter of Ron and Dorothy Allison, has completed her studies at the American Institute of Business in Des Moines where she majored in the executive-secretary legal program. She has accepted a position with an Iowa City law firm.
KEOTA — Shane Lee Fleming’s parents are happy to see their son again, even though the missing 14-year-old turned up in an unexpected place. Fleming was found in his own home, hiding in an upstairs closet, trying to bargain for “better treatment.” Eileen Riordan fainted upon seeing her son.
40 YEARS AGO
Harold Kerr, Washington Golf Course superintendent, received the Iowa Golf Course Superintendent of the Year award at the annual banquet in Waterloo, Tuesday.
John Scheldrup, personnel director of McCleery-Cumming Co., has been named to the newly organized Area 12 Subscriber Advisory Committee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Iowa.
50 YEARS AGO
Bob McClure of Washington and Keith Heifner of Fort Madison headlined the annual Southeast Six All-Conference basketball squad selected by sports writers from newspapers that have covered conference games this season.
Mrs. Gerald Edwards, manager of the Sears Catalogue Store, returned Wednesday evening from a regional managers’ caravan in St. Louis, Mo.
The McCleery-Cumming Company Inc. has been awarded the Calendar Supplier of the Year award from the Detroit Specialty Advertising guild.