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Jan 10, 2013

(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Jan. 10, 2003)

10 YEARS AGO

City officials briefly discussed the recent installation of 32 stop signs at the four corners of the square during the Washington City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Councilman Bob Shepherd, last year’s chairman of the city’s Streets Committee, told the council that the committee discussed a number of options before deciding on the current placement of the signs.

As the earthscraper carves a bowl-shaped pond out of a steep, downward sloping gully, Stan Simmons, coordinator of the Lake Darling watershed from the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District speaks about the merits of the construction project.

Now that Washington County supervisors have heard the last of the four jail option proposals it had sought, one supervisor says it’s time for the county to stop paying for jails in other counties.

Record highs spread across eastern Iowa yesterday like the wind-whipped grass fires that an unseasonably dry winter has produced in Washington County.

20 YEARS AGO

The law firm of Morrison, Lloyd, McConnell & Mullins is pleased to announce that Craig Davis has become a partner. The firm’s name has been changed to Morrison, Lloyd, McConnell, Mullins & Davis.

Ronald Southwick of Long Grove, one of a hunting party of six, was shot in the head Saturday about five miles southeast of Kalona.

“Apparently, Southwick was between two of the other hunters and slightly ahead of them, and when a pheasant flew up, they shot him in the head,” Washington County Chief Deputy Jack Dillon said.

OTTUMWA — Milestones seldom come easily, and Washington didn’t turn the tide until late in the game Friday night, giving Coach Dave Tremmel his 300th coaching win with a 52-47 victory over Ottumwa.

30 YEARS AGO

Washington County Porkettes kicked off their 1983 membership campaign according to Clarabelle Vittetoe, county president. This year’s goal is to increase county membership from its current 142-member level to at least 160 members. Dues are $5.

Washington Congregate Meals will observe its fourth year in existence Thursday with an informal anniversary dinner, according to Florence Griggs, manager.

Ferne Minnick, secretary of the Washington Community Theater Group, was recognized Monday night for her volunteer efforts in handling a wide range of paperwork for the organization. She was presented a rose and a “Grabby” award, which normally goes to stagehands and other behind-the-scenes workers in theater productions.

Craig Davis, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Davis Sr. of Washington, finished sixth among some 300 go-kart racers in the Grand Nationals at Quincy, Ill.

40 YEARS AGO

Mr. and Mrs. Raphael Gonshorowski are co-chairs for the local Community Chest fund drive in the schools. Mr. Gonshorowski is an industrial arts teacher at the junior high school and coaches wrestling at the high school. His wife is a nurse for the local school system.

Peggy McGaffey, daughter of the Gearold McGaffeys, accepted a position as comprehensive health planner and will oversee an eight-county area around Lake Winnebago, Wis.

50 YEARS AGO

Washington Y’s Men are working on preliminary plans for their annual home talent play for 1963, “You Can’t Take It With You.”

Between 150 and 200 Washington area farmers attended the special one-day Washington County Farm Institute held here Wednesday. The Institute featured films, speakers and discussions on a variety of farm problems. Many saw the institute as an opportunity to address farming issues unique to Washington County.

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