(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Nov. 1, 2002)
10 YEARS AGO
Construction has begun on the Conservation Education Center at Marr Park.
That project was the highlight of Washington County Conservation Director Steve Anderson’s presentation of the Washington County Conservation Board annual report to the county supervisors this morning.
A group of 13 Danish farmers visited the Washington area, Oct. 22. The group included the board of directors of the Sohojlandets Farmer’s Association (the area Farmer’s Union of Central Denmark). Most of these farmers farm approximately 250 acres of various field crops. Many were pork producers and a few were dairy farmers. Accompanying the group were some of the agricultural and economic advisors of the organization.
Four area residents who currently have one of the small, flat electronic black boxes connected to their phone lines can explain exactly what that box does, and what it means that it is in their house.
The box is the monitoring device that accompanies the electronic ankle bracelets that allow certain convicts to avoid going to jail by agreeing to remain under house arrest.
“The machine lets me know when they are home,” said Washington County assistant jailer Kevin Orris.
In the past 18 months, Orris said, approximately 15 county convicts have chosen the ankle bracelet alternative.
20 YEARS AGO
Dorothy June (Manuell) Miller of Washington was recently selected to the second edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 1992.
Washington County Sheriff Yale Jarvis and the Committee to Elect Jarvis accepted settlement terms Friday with the Campaign Finance Disclosure Commission, over the distribution of fliers which did not include the required disclaimer. Under the settlement terms, Jarvis and his election committee agreed to pay a civil penalty of $500 to the state; to publish notice of the flier’s existence and the omission of a responsibility disclaimer; and to accept filing of a letter of reprimand which will remain on file in the commission’s office, the Washington County Auditor’s Office and in a state file of all letters of reprimand issued.
Washington County Rural Water Association members have begun a telephone survey to determine whether extension of the water service qualifies for a Block Grant.
30 YEARS AGO
A fire Tuesday afternoon at the Max McClintic farm, five miles southeast of Richland, caused a small amount of damage to a cornfield. Richland and Brighton firemen answered the alarm.
Lisa Soper, daughter of Delbert and Mary Soper of Washington, was recently initiated into the Beta Nu chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, national home economics honor society at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.
40 YEARS AGO
A reception Sunday evening at the First Baptist Church honored Mrs. Foster Bagge in appreciation of her many years as choir director. Mrs. Bagge is retiring from her position after 16 years of service.
The doctors’ search committee here reported Thursday that it is in dire need of funds and future prospective physicians. The most immediate need, however, is for a house for Dr. Sum Tam and his family, officials said. The newest local doctor, who is planning an open house for his clinic Saturday, will open his clinic on Monday. He is looking for rental property and, thus far, none has been found.
50 YEARS AGO
Bill Casey was elected president of the Washington Coin Club with Carlton C. Wilson selected as honorary president at a meeting of the newly formed organization here, Monday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Elder are attending a regional meeting of the Y’s Men’s clubs in Philadelphia, Pa.