(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Aug. 20, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
Washington County is in no hurry to demolish what Friends of the Bunker Mill Bridge believe is an historic structure in Richmond, and Tuesday the county supervisors gave the group another 90 days to come up with a plan to save the 117-year-old bridge on the English River.
Assistant Superintendent Julie Grotewald told the board last night that Washington students had exceeded national and state standards on ACT tests for 2003-2004 in every area but math.
KALONA — In a move to stay within budget and also to continue employee health insurance benefits, the Kalona City Council, Monday evening, approved a move that will see the city paying $400 of a $1,000 deductible for a single employee and $488 of a $2,000 deductible for a family.
City officials had more excitement before last evening’s meeting than they had during the meeting because of the heavy rainfall that hit the city of Washington prior to the start of the meeting. Several council members and city employees were poised at two entrances to city hall, watching the rain come down. The rain did let up slightly and the council meeting began on time.
20 YEARS AGO
DES MOINES — Holly Stephens, 17, of Ainsworth has advanced to the semi-final round of the Bill Riley State Fair Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair, Des Moines. She will present a lyrical ballet performance on Aug. 20.
Unseasonably cool weather continues to hamper Iowa farmers, but the weekly crop report shows 98 percent of the corn and 96 percent of the soybeans are in good to excellent condition.
Temperatures averaged from 2 degrees to 8 degrees below normal across the state last week.
DES MOINES — Nate Basinger, Washington, has advanced to the semi-final round of the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair, Des Mines. He will present a piano/vocal performance Aug. 19.
30 YEARS AGO
The “Hills Rocket,” a passenger train carrying three coaches and two domed lounges, will make five round trips each day, Aug. 25 and 26 over the former Rock Island branch line between Iowa City and Hills. The trips are sponsored by the Iowa Association of Railroad Passengers.
Fred and Cecile Kephart, 86 and 83 respectively, traveled to Des Moines earlier this week to be on hand for opening ceremonies of their 66th consecutive state fair. They attended their first state exposition before they were married, when they accompanied Cecile’s parents in a Chalmers model car for what was then a four-hour trip to the capital.
The COMAS Trinidad Steel Drum Band will perform a concert of calypso, jazz, classical, reggae and black popular music at the Washington Community Center, Aug. 23. The band will perform under the watchful eye of renowned director Cliff Alexis, a native of Trinidad where the steel drum is the national instrument.
40 YEARS AGO
Washington/s National Guard unit, the 134th Medical Company, will be taking part in a landmark environmental project in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). An agreement provides for the use of National Guard personnel and resources to collect an estimated 588 water samples from the tributaries flowing into 15 Iowa lakes designated for the yearlong project.
Sister Marie Vittetoe, daughter of Marcella Vittetoe of Washington and the late Edward Vittetoe, is one of seven Sisters of Humility who will celebrate the silver jubilee of their profession, Aug. 15, at Ottumwa Heights College in Ottumwa.
Since Tuesday’s report, $7,000 has been pledged to the Area Community Center to be built on the Washington County Fairgrounds. The original gift of $500,000 is dependent on the community raising an additional $200,000 by public subscription. Of that, $115,000 has now been pledged.
50 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Lyle Embree has returned from a two-week vacation trip to California. She went to attend the graduation of her son, Phillip, from basic training in San Diego.
Mr. and Mrs. James O. Hewitt and son Brig of La Jolla, Calif., are visiting in the home of her mother, Mrs. Fred Palmer. They have been to New York on business where they also visited the World’s Fair.