(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, April 9, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
DES MOINES — The Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG) has been awarded $600,000 in federal funds from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency.
The Prohibition of liquor sales around the square may be repealed in early May. The Washington City Council set the repeal in motion during last night’s council meeting. Council members passed a proposed ordinance amendment regarding liquor licenses and wine and beer permits on to a second reading.
Seven of eight Washington County cities will likely increase law enforcement contract payments to the county by 2 percent, as requested by the Board of Supervisors, for the 2004-2005 fiscal year.
The supervisors approved contracts with the cities, yesterday. The contracts will now go to the cities for a signature.
20 YEARS AGO
RIVERSIDE — Riverside city officials, irked at a 25 percent increase in contract law enforcement rates for the upcoming budget year, asked the Washington County Supervisors to reconsider. They did not.
Pleasant weather over the weekend and unpleasant memories of last summer may be pushing some southeast Iowa farmers to plant too soon. “We know what happened to us last year,” Jim Jensen, Iowa State University Extension Service crop specialist, said. “And they’re thinking that maybe if they’d just planted a little earlier last year … of course, we’re talking corn and soybeans.”
The Washington County Sesquicentennial Commission met last month to formalize its mission statement, determine goals and elect officers for the state’s 150th birthday celebration, beginning Dec. 28, 1995.
30 YEARS AGO
IOWA CITY — Washington High School Jazz Band will compete along with 58 other Iowa high school jazz bands in the 1984 Iowa Jazz Championships, April 19 at the University of Iowa.
WAYLAND — WACO athletes Kurt Meyer and Shelley Miller participated in the Harold Tackleson basketball games, March 24 in Burlington. Kurt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Meyer, also won the 3-point shooting contest, bringing home a traveling trophy. Shelley is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Miller.
Prolonged and frequent applause was the reward garnered by members of the Iowa Coral Belles and Sweet Adelines and the Old Capitol Chorus as they presented their “Barbershop Cabaret” before an audience of about 450 persons in Washington’s Community Center, Tuesday night.
40 YEARS AGO
WEST CHESTER — The Town Council here has accepted time limits proposed by Helena Chemical Company representatives for the removal of agricultural chemicals from storage near the town’s water supply.
Melinda Pacha, senior student at Washington High School, has been named an “outstanding performer” in two categories of the state high school speech contest. Melinda, daughter of the Walter Pachas of Brighton, received top honors in dramatic acting and interpretive poetry.
Plans were unveiled today for the construction of a new health club addition to the YMCA. Work on the 12,000 square foot addition is expected to begin this week.
50 YEARS AGO
The Clarence Lockes will leave Sunday for their new home in Des Moines. The Lockes, who have managed the local theaters for the past several years, will manage a 21-unit motel in Des Moines.
Howard McCleery has announced he will be a candidate on the Republican ticket in the coming primary election, seeking his party’s nomination for the county board of supervisors.