(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, March 7, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
On payday, employees at the Norwood Promotions calendar factory in Washington have been getting brown bags to go with their hard-earned checks. Although there’s no lunch in them, the brown, crinkly paper bags do contain some food for thought.
As part of an Iowa State Extension program, those little brown bags are helping Washington County employees get the information they need to remain happy and healthy.
Another inmate housing contract has the Washington County supervisors wondering about liability issues. A contract with Jefferson County to house Washington County prisoners came before the supervisors this morning, and they unanimously deferred its approval until County Attorney Barb Edmondson has a chance to look it over.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will spend a little more on two existing staffers to make up for the absence of its civil office head.
The Washington City Council approved pay increases for the mayor and council members but will not benefit from their approval unless they win re-election.
20 YEARS AGO
The restaurant business is family business for the owners of Grandma’s House and The Break Shop. Sisters Joyce Nash, Donna Wagenknecht and Mary Norton own The Break Shop, while Norton and husband Leland own and operate Grandma’s House. Both restaurants have opened in the past year.
Smokers in the Washington schools can breathe easy for a little while longer. With a few details left to iron out, the board of education tabled action on a smoking ban last night and sent the proposed policy back to committee for revision.
KALONA — Thanks to the Kalona Co-op Telephone Company, Kalona will soon see the opening of a new structure intended to house a Chamber of Commerce office, public meeting room, public restrooms and a telephone company repair shop with storage area.
30 YEARS AGO
The Kalona Lions Club held its second annual pancake and sausage breakfast at Pleasantview Home, Saturday. The Lions served 24 Pleasantview men and 30 from the Tall Tales Coffee Club.
Voters in Wellman will go to the polls Tuesday to see if they want the city to own and operate a cable TV system. The city, which already owns the municipal gas system and sells natural gas to residents at competitive rates, believes it also can provide and maintain the cable television system at a lower rate than a commercial company.
Washington High School is one of 12 schools joining the new Instructional Service Fixed System (ITFS), an educational television teaching system which will begin broadcasting next fall. The ITFS, coordinated by the Kirkwood Community College system, will offer three elective programs daily at 12 high schools in southeast Iowa.
40 YEARS AGO
The Washington County Board of Supervisors today awarded bids totaling $16,607 for work on the McCreedy Building near the courthouse. The building will be remodeled into offices for the county engineer and the county assessor.
Rose (Mrs. Frank) Russell of Washington received a Silver Fawn Scouting award recently at a meeting of the seven-county Hawkeye Area Council of Scouting. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a woman in the Scouting program. It was presented to Russell in recognition of her leadership and service to Boy Scouts.
Stanley Barber of Wellman was one of the four men named Saturday by Gov. Robert Ray to fill vacancies on the state Board of Regents, the governing body for the three state universities and the schools for the deaf and blind. Barber, 48, is a Wellman banker and currently serves on the State Board of Public Instruction.
50 YEARS AGO
Patti Gerdes of Ainsworth, and Joe Jones of Crawfordsville, attended a reunion of state leadership campers at the State 4-H Camp at Madrid during the past weekend. Some 100 campers were there.
Karl Libe was the recipient of a gold watch and certificate marking 25 years of service with the State Farm Insurance Company.
Hotle Feed and Grain of Washington was one of the Kent Feed dealers honored at a dinner and awards ceremony at the Town House in Cedar Rapids. Dealers, their wives and staff attended this annual event.