(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, July 9, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
Motorists who get a speeding ticket or other scheduled traffic violation in Washington County will now pay an extra $5.
A concrete direction for the proposed new Washington County jail plan is still not settled, due mainly to what many believe to be public rejection of a proposed $4 million to $4.5 million planned facility and also what could be a shift in county leadership following the November elections.
Washington Public Library officials told a gathering of roughly 30 people that a library on the square would be “a point of destination” that could spark growth in what they see as the heart of the city.
“In the end, it becomes an economic gain,” said librarian Patrick Finney, who provided information to and took questions from a mostly supportive crowd in the Helen Wilson Gallery of the current library, last night, in the first of possibly three public forums on the Library Foundation’s proposal to move the library into buildings on the south side of the square.
20 YEARS AGO
It was Washington County attorney Jerry Partridge’s aversion to the legal system that moved him to push for a county mediation ordinance. However, as the framework for settling disputes outside the court system, the proposed ordinance faced a series of obstacles from county officials who wanted nothing to do with it to legal professionals who question its necessity.
Wellman city clerk Donna Wade updated the council on an ongoing letter-writing “battle” she has been waging with Industrial Energy Applications (IEA), the city’s natural gas supplier, and Natural Gas Pipelines (NGP), the city’s bulk pipeline carrier. The three-way disagreement involves a $26,270 bill from NGP for gas that IEA is supposed to be managing for the city, Wade said.
30 YEARS AGO
Walt Stutzman of Washington has been elected to the board of directors of the Professional Photographers of Iowa, a statewide association of about 300 commercial and portrait photographers. Stutzman, 29, owns and operates Stutzman’s Studio in Washington and is a certified professional photographer.
40 YEARS AGO
Specifications for demolition of additions to Blair House are expected to be considered by the Washington City Council at its regular meeting tonight. The proposed guidelines, drawn by city officials, include provisions for “great care” of Blair House, itself, during the razing work.
Mayor Harold Johnson reported today that Washington’s water supply is back to normal quantities following emergency repairs Friday night and today. The city’s waste volume capacity was cut severely when a pump in one of the three wells failed.
50 YEARS AGO
Mr. Herb Osincup and Mr. Harold Stephens returned Sunday from Estes Park, Colo., where they were delegates to the International Y’s Men’s Convention.