(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Feb. 7, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
Dave Elder performed in the very first production of “Grand Central Station” at the Golden Eagle Riverboat Dinner Theater in Canton, Mo., 12 years ago.
Now, the first performance of “Grand Central Station” in Washington will be a tribute to him.
The Washington Y’s Men will open the play at the Community Theater this weekend.
While the legal process is officially over, the battle over the Washington County Conservation Board’s plan to harvest dead and dying trees from Sockum Ridge continues to have an effect on both the park and the county, conservation leaders said this morning.
Like most other kids their age, the Lincoln Elementary students have spent at least part of today discussing the space shuttle Columbia disaster.
But unlike many other students, some Lincoln sixth-graders had already learned that traveling in space could still be dangerous.
20 YEARS AGO
There will be light at the new Washington High School baseball field. Dick Sojka, representing the Washington Area Baseball Council (WABC), told the Washington School Board, Wednesday that poles and lights have been ordered for the diamond which will host the Demon baseballers for the third season this summer.
There is no time to waste in renovating the Washington Courthouse exterior, county supervisors said Tuesday. The supervisors decided to move ahead with plans for an architectural study of the building, although it is uncertain whether grant money will be available in the fall for the project.
Strong family ties and a commitment to excellence are the driving force behind the Hora Family Farms, recently named 1992 Master Pork Producers by the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
30 YEARS AGO
“Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,” was the Washington City Council’s sentiment Tuesday night as it formally accepted Fareway’s store property at 107 West Second Street. The vote was unanimous to accept the property.
Twelve swimmers traveled to Cedar Falls, Saturday to attend the Brown Bottle Invitational swim meet. Many state records were set at the two-day affair. Beth Hartsock came in second in the 100-yard breast stroke, setting a national time.
Washington County Hospital spending would rise 5 percent under a proposed fiscal budget reviewed by the hospital’s board of trustees, Wednesday night. Because of the carryover balance, the amount of property tax revenue needed to finance the plan would decline.
40 YEARS AGO
Almost 30 disadvantaged high school youth in Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Louisa and Washington counties will be jobless this summer because of the cancellation o f the federal Neighborhood Youth Corps program in southeast Iowa. The summer NYC program began in these counties in 1966. Since that time, over 1,350 youth have enrolled in the programs.
Mr. and Mrs. Milo Steele Jr., long noted for their volunteer swimming instruction and coaching of local youth, were recipients Wednesday of the first annual Outstanding Service to Youth award of the Washington Kiwanis Club.
Joe Adelman, comedian deluxe and member of the Mullikin family from Brighton, provided entertainment for a very large crowd which had attended the meeting of the Washington County Beef Producers Association.
50 YEARS AGO
Marion McAvoy of Washington just completed a quarter century as an employee of General Telephone Company of Iowa.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kennedy and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wiley returned from a motor trip to Texas and other southern points which included a sightseeing trip to Mexico.