(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, June 4, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
Rinker Materials-HydroConduit Division will close its Washington location by the end of 2004, a move that will cut 36 jobs from the Washington area.
The County Engineer’s Office has taken sharper measures to keep people off the closed bridge over the English River north of Richmond and just south of where Nutmeg Avenue forks with Poplar Boulevard.
City of Washington residents who want to build a garage or accessory structures on their property next year will pay a lower building permit fee than city code currently allows if the council adopts an ordinance amendment to freeze the fees. The fees are due to increase on Jan. 1, 2005.
20 YEARS AGO
Learn to compete and learn to control hog odor. Those were the predominant messages at Washington’s KC Hall Thursday when more than 80 area farmers, legislators and agri-business people gathered to listen to testimony at the first of three hearings organized by the Governor’s Livestock Revitalization Task Force’s recently formed Environmental Agriculture Committee.
30 YEARS AGO
Francis L. Johnston, currently assistant principal at a Manchester high school, has been hired as principal of Washington High School, local officials announced today. Johnston, 38, is to begin work in his new post here on Aug. 1. His starting salary will be $37,000 annually.
Forty-three seniors graduated from Iowa Mennonite School during commencement exercises May 28. Valedictorian was Cynthia Yoder, daughter of Kenneth and Dorothy Yoder of Wellman, who carried a 4.0 grade-point average. Shari Yoder, daughter of Daniel Keith and Shirley Yoder, also of Wellman, was salutatorian with a 3.994 GPA.
Bill Perdock of Washington, owner of Perdock Inc. car dealership, celebrated his 45th anniversary of selling cars last week. He was employed by Tucker Chevrolet the day after he graduated from high school and, though he has changed dealerships and locations, remains in the business today.
40 YEARS AGO
Unanimous approval has been given for a 36-bed nursing care unit planned at the United Presbyterian Home in Washington later this year. The new 36-bed unit will replace the current 19-bed nursing care unit which will then be converted to house 16 residential rooms.
50 YEARS AGO
Gary Leeper of Washington received a Senior Award at Wartburg College the past weekend for his work in football and track during the past year.