(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, March 21, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
The Board of County Supervisors met today to discuss the secondary road budget plan for the next five years, as well as the proposed TIF land development project.
The conference room of The Journal rang with laughter and applause Tuesday morning as Mr. Illusion entertained Golden Triangle’s ad team. Jesus Rios is man who can bring magic to any situation, and has now brought it to Washington.
A new, matte-finish, black IBM personal computer with laser printer and Internet access sits in the front room at the Central Park Community Center (CPCC), for public use.
When it comes to state politics, the people of Washington County who attended a legislative briefing Saturday morning were interested in tax increment financing districts (TIF), preserving the current road use tax formula for distributing the revenue, local option sales and services tax, state funds for a soil conservation program, a surtax to support Iowa Workforce Development offices, county roads, gambling, and nutritional programs for local farmers markets.
20 YEARS AGO
IOWA CITY — A night of bar hopping in Iowa City turned into a tragedy Friday night at the Forest View Trailer Court in Iowa City. Four Washington men — Kevin Lamont Williams, 29, Otis Penelton, 21, Tommie George McCune, 18, and Michael Earl Coleman, 19 — are in the Johnson County Jail, charged with first-degree murder in the death of Ryan Wagehoft, 18, of Iowa City.
RIVERSIDE — A controversial elementary school busing plan was scrapped by the Highland School Board of Directors during a special meeting Monday night. The plan was adopted three years ago as a temporary measure.
Nine bald eagles, including three adults, have been spotted at the Lake Darling Recreation Area in recent days, according to Donald Pfeiffer, Southeast District Supervisor for Wildlife at the Department of Natural Resources district office at Lake Darling.
30 YEARS AGO
Awards were presented to the members of Washington’s YMCA swim team at the annual banquet last night. Brad Buchholz was the outstanding boy swimmer; Laurie Hartsock, the outstanding girl swimmer; and Jolynn Ramsey was the most valuable swimmer. Rich Shaver is the coach.
Julie Anne Collins of Washington High School was awarded one of the 50 Grand Lodge of Missions scholarships in the amount of $500. She is the daughter of Gary and Linda Collins.
Suzette Marie Kiefer, 17, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Kiefer of Richland, was selected as a finalist in the annual 1983 Miss Iowa National Teenager Pageant.
40 YEARS AGO
The Gulf Pipeline Company is opening a new truck terminal for anhydrous ammonia fertilizer loading at Washington. The new terminal is located on land a short distance west of West Chester and north of Highway 92.
The McCleery-Cumming Company of Washington will increase its plant space by about 20 percent this year, Richard H. McCleery, president of the firm, announced today. Plans are to add 31,500 square feet to the calendar manufacturing plant.
The large, faceted glass window was installed this week at the west end of the sanctuary of the new United Presbyterian Church here. The Des Moines workmen brought the window, weighing more than 1 ton, in 21 sections at 150 pounds each.
50 YEARS AGO
An original play written by Larry Woods of Washington will be one of three presented at Tarkio College in Tarkio, Mo. The play is entitled “The Paradox.” Woods is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Woods.
Prize fish caught by a group of Washington fishermen on a trip to Missouri last year were cooked for the Izaak Walton League meeting Monday evening by John and Paul Rotenburger, Al Lemke and Myron Salladay.
Dave Elder of The Washington Evening Journal is among 110 non-metropolitan newspaper publishers and editors from 30 states attending briefings of the Kennedy administration and Congress.