(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Feb. 14, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
The number of people jailed and in the custody of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department has grown to more than 40.
“It’s bad,” said assistant jailer Kevin Orris. “The highest I have ever seen has been 39.”
The daily jail count provided to the Washington Evening Journal for this morning indicates a total of 42 prisoners. Three are under house arrest with the electronic monitoring system, two are being temporarily held in the Washington County jail, two are in treatment facilities, and 35 have been contracted to other counties.
The Washington Community School District school board will ask the State of Iowa and the Washington County Auditor’s Office to allow it to hold a vote on the proposed $17.4 million new high school bond issue May 13, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Washington County property taxpayers will likely see a 17-cent per $1,000 of assessed valuation increase in next year’s tax levy for the Washington County Hospital and Clinics (WCHC).
Near the end of an educational session of WCHC’s Board of Trustees Wednesday night, the trustees informally agreed to increase the tax rate from 83 cents to $1 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for the next fiscal year.
20 YEARS AGO
Add two more pieces of hardware to the bulging trophy case at Washington High School. Demon basketball teams carved themselves into the conference history books over the weekend, becoming the first set of five-player teams from the same school to win Southeast Seven Conference basketball titles in the same year.
Given the go-ahead by the board of supervisors Tuesday, Washington became the fourth county in the state to have an approved substitute medical decision-making board. Created under a 1989 state law, the board will be in place to assist persons who require medical care but are unable to give informed consent.
City leaders were not smiling Tuesday night when they released the proposed $3.89 million city budget which calls for a 39-cent jump in the property tax levy per $1,000 valuation.
30 YEARS AGO
Daryl Redlinger retired from the National Gas Pipeline Company of America after 13 years with the firm. During his years at the Harper Compressor Station, Redlinger served in several capacities prior to being named maintenance specialist in 1978.
Becky Timmins, daughter of Eleanor Timmins of Washington and Ruth Potratz, daughter of Stan and Jean Potratz of rural Washington, will represent the local junior high school at a regional spelling bee in Cedar Rapids on March 19. The girls were selected following competition at the school.
The Knights of Columbus regional free throw contest was held in Washington at St. James School. Steve Genkinger of Washington placed first in the 14-year-old division. This was a southeast Iowa contest and it included many competitors.
40 YEARS AGO
Don Lukavsky of rural Washington showed the grand champion animal in the Washington County Market Hog Show, Thursday evening at the Washington Livestock Auction area. Wilfred McCreedy of Ainsworth had the reserve grand champion.
Whether the first grade teachers’ program in the Washington school system is a necessary bargain, or simply a luxury that could be trimmed from the budget, was the center of discussion at a special meeting of the board of education, Wednesday night. The salary committee of the Washington Education Association listed eight recommendations and presented them to the board.
For the second time in about a month, a telephone bomb threat was received at Washington High School today. The call was traced and a male suspect was taken into custody.
50 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. John Logan and son spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Duane Christensen and small son Craig. Christensen, who used to be at the Lemmon Jewelry Store here, now owns a jewelry store in Hampton.
Hugh Dougall, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Dougall of Washington, has enrolled for the February term of instruction at AIB in Des Moines.