(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, April 11, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
While some of Iowa’s western counties attempt this summer to implement a program that will draw its officials into a closer working relationship when dealing with children found at the scene of Methamphetamine labs, Washington-Louisa Drug Task Force officer Jerry Dunbar says his region of the state already has that kind of interdepartmental cohesiveness.
A citizen’s committee has organized this week to fight the current Washington Community School District’s proposed $17.5 million new-high-school bond issue, set for referendum April 22.
As times change, the needs of individuals and of families change as well. That is why the HACAP Food Pantry is restructuring to meet the needs of people in Washington County.
20 YEARS AGO
WILLIAMSBURG — Security Savings Bank of Williamsburg completed the acquisition of the Wellman Savings Bank in Wellman, under a purchase and assumption agreement signed by the two banks in the final quarter of 1992.
The Wellman facility will continue its operation as a branch office under the Security Savings Bank name. It will continue to provide complete banking services to its customers.
Modine Manufacturing company, Thursday, recognized its Washington plant for excellence in waste reduction and minimization. The plant’s 170 employees were presented with the “Shrinking Drum Award,” which symbolizes efforts to reduce waste.
According to Don Lukavsky, president of the Washington County Rural Water Association, rural water for Washington County may be funded this summer. Washington County Rural Water Association, associated with Wapello Rural Water of Ottumwa, appears to be next in line for federal funding and construction as soon as Phase 5, the Eastern Keokuk County extension, is completed.
30 YEARS AGO
The Friendship Club celebrated its 50th anniversary April 14 at the Bryn-Mawr Steakhouse with 11 former members as guests. The club was first organized in the Bethel neighborhood, west of Ainsworth, by Mrs. Harry Dye.
The YWCA board of directors announced the appointment of Jana McConnell-Nieman to the position of executive director. She will replace Jackie Wells, who held the position for over eight years.
Over 300 people attended a Pancake Day sponsored by the Izaak Walton League last night. The profits go to the Handicapped Children’s Fish Day, which is held annually in June by the league.
40 YEARS AGO
For the fifth time in as many years, the Washington Future Business Leaders of America group won the title of outstanding club in the state. Faculty adviser T.J. Berdo and the current club accepted the award at the state leadership conference last week.
Voters in the new Crawford Township Fire District gave overwhelming approval Tuesday to the 1.5-mil levy proposal to finance the new fire department.
Don Minick has been named as officer-in-charge at the Washington Post Office. This will be in effect until such time that the U.S. Postal Service appoints a new postmaster to replace Harry Levy, who recently resigned.
50 YEARS AGO
The board of directors of the Washington County Swine Producers Association held its reorganization meeting Monday, according to Merritt Canady, county Extension associate. Cletus Reed is the new chairman; Don Stout of Crawfordsville has been named vice chairman; and Canady was elected secretary-treasurer.
The Washington High School golf team won its first meet of the season Wednesday by defeating University High of Iowa City, 162-192. Don Kos and Butch Wells tied for medalist honors. Mike Brake turned in a 42 and Brian Owen, a 44, for the Demon team. Larry Henness, fifth man on the squad, shot a 48.
Mrs. Dave Livingston, Mrs. M.L. Brown, Mrs. Roy Steele, Mrs. Fred Downing, Mrs. Claude McCoy and Minnie Miller attended the spring county meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary in Riverside, Thursday.