(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, April 25, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
Yes For Our Kids committee member Matt Beenblossom said last night at the Washington County Courthouse that although the $17.5 million new high school bond issue vote may have lost 1,922 to 1,001 and 1,962 to 948, he is pleased that so many people turned out to cast their ballot.
Rep. Sandra Greiner (R-Keota), chairman of the House Environmental Protection Subcommittee, is working on a resolution through her committee that would nullify new air emission rules for ammonia and hydrogen sulfide approved by Environmental Protection commissioners in the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Monday. An identical resolution has been filed in the Senate.
On the brink of being overlooked as state government struggles this week to find compromises on budget, agriculture and tax issues, the Iowa Workforce Development surtax bill might get the champion its proponents are looking for in an experienced southwestern Iowa representative.
20 YEARS AGO
Although Wayne Brock’s proficiency in musical performance is limited to the percussion section, his musical talents extend far beyond the bass drum and cymbals. And Dean Kurtz realizes that as he prepares for life without Brock’s talented musical instrumental repair work at West-Kurtz Music Co. on the Washington square. Effective May 14, Brock will be laying his repair tools aside and picking up the fishing pole and heading to his favorite fishing hole.
The Washington County Board of Supervisors explored ways to get out of paying property tax on the Orchard Hill residential care facility at their meeting this morning. The facility, formerly the county home, was privatized in 1988.
Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG) leaders have announced that WEDG is in its third and final phase of its 1993-95 pledge campaign. “Our first phase was to call on existing supporters,” said Mike Salter, “and the second was to follow up with them. We’re just beginning to invite new people to support the campaign.”
30 YEARS AGO
Chemotherapy is now available on an outpatient basis at Washington County Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Darald Letts of Washington attended their son’s junior-senior banquet at the Ox Yoke Inn in Amana recently. The Lettses’ son, Jeff, has attended the Iowa Braille and Sightsaving School since 1968 and will graduate May 28.
Brent Dunlap, son of Doug and Sandy Dunlap, was crowned the state champion in the 9- and 10-year-old division of the U.S. Wrestling Federation Tournament held last weekend in Cedar Falls. Dunlap won the 60-pound division.
40 YEARS AGO
KALONA — The Small Business Administration today approved a $350,000 loan for the Central Iowa Railway Company, a budding railroad headquartered here. The SBA will guarantee repayment for up to 90 percent of the borrowed amount to Farmers’ Savings Bank of Kalona, the local lender. The railroad will be in operation soon, possibly Jan. 1.
Sheriff Don Robertson and his staff have moved into the new office quarters in the Washington County jail building.
Preliminary estimates released this week of county corn yield averages placed the 1972 Washington County corn yield at 112 bushels per acre, down one bushel from the record of 113 set in 1971, reported county Extension director Jim Frier.
50 YEARS AGO
Gwynneth Jones of Washington was hired as the Washington home economics teacher for the coming term.
Mrs. Lyle Schulty returned Monday from a weekend visit with her daughter, Gladys, at Marycrest College in Davenport. She went Sunday afternoon, especially to hear the Marycrest Chorus since her daughter is a member.
Lorene Holden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Holden, is a student nurse at the St. Luke’s Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids.