Glance Back (From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, March 14, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
The county may allow Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts for rural housing projects in the future, the Washington County supervisors indicated this morning.
To the conference champion go the spoils, and for the Washington basketball team, those spoils came in the form of all-conference accolades this week.
All five starters from Washington’s Southeast Conference championship team were selected as either all-SEC first or second team players, as voted on by the league’s five coaches, including two Demons earning co-Most Valuable Player honors.
Two Washington County supervisors voted this morning to keep the county’s general supplemental levy rate at last year‘s level of $6.57279 per $1,000 taxable valuation. Urban areas will be taxed at that rate, and rural areas will see a slightly smaller-than-proposed levy of $8.86563 per $1,000 taxable valuation.
20 YEARS AGO
COLUMBUS JUNCTION — The Columbus Community School Board approved a plan that will provide all-day kindergarten each weekday. Currently, kindergarten is offered on alternating days. However, the board approved the plan on the recommendation of administration and teachers. It is expected to cost the district around $30,000 to implement.
WELLMAN – The City of Wellman was awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $172,375 by the federal government, to be used for the annexation of Daytonville and for running a sewer line to that area. The city will contribute $86,174 toward the project.
AINSWORTH — Eleven members and two guests gathered for a meeting of the Cotter Guild. Special guest was Romona Zemkova, the Columbus Junction High School exchange student from Czechoslovakia. She is living with the Brian Cummings family.
30 YEARS AGO
KEOTA — Requests for sidewalks, electrical work at the city’s park, a new street light, and use of the city’s softball fields all were topics under consideration at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Approximately 165 rural and urban women came together Monday to celebrate agriculture. Members of the Washington County Porkettes, Farm Bureau women and the CowBelles coordinated Ag Day festivities as a testimony to the impact of American farming and its related industries.
Jeanenne Dittrich, a housewife who ignited communitywide concern over drug abuse, received the Washington Chamber of Commerce’s 1983 “Outstanding Citizen Award.”
40 YEARS AGO
Navy Seaman Apprentice Diane M. Franzen recently became the first woman communications student to graduate from the Naval Communications Training Center in Pensacola, Fla., since the rank was reopened to women early this year.
The Washington County Sheriff’s office soon will be moved to the county jail building. Announcement of the change was made this morning by Sheriff Don Robertson and the Washington County Board of Supervisors.
An unusual and delightful birthday party honored Miss Helen Wilson, Tuesday. Miss Wilson spoke briefly about the days of her grandparents, the Congers, who built the house.
50 YEARS AGO
Lorene Holden, student nurse at St. Luke’s Methodist Hospital’s School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids, is home for a week’s vacation with her parents, the Harvey Holdens.
Nearly 50 persons received certificates at the final meeting of the civil defense class here, Tuesday evening, according to Floyd Woods, instructor for the six-week course.
Linda Campbell told of her stay with a Norwegian family in the northern part of Norway at the Employed Women’s luncheon, Wednesday at the Y.